John Martz Illustration and Comics

Black and Bittern Was Night

A spooky Halloween picture book, written by by Robert Heidbreder.

Written in alliterative nonsense verse in the vein of Carroll’s “Jabberwocky,” Heidbreder’s Halloween tale tells of “skul-a-mug-mugs” (rattle-boned skeletons) that commandeer Halloween night, chasing “tall-bigs” (adults) inside and pre-empting plans for trick-or-treating. But skul-a-mug-mugs are no match for candy-craving, costumed kids. In Martz’s crisp, none-too-scary digital cartoons with highlights of orange, gold, and dark blue, an all-out “scare-fest” ensues between the rival gangs [...] Author and illustrator match wits in this cheeky and sophisticated readaloud that imagines the ultimate in Halloween skullduggery.

Publishers Weekly

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Destination X - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Destination X

Destination X is a science fiction parable about obsession and singlemindedness. Inspired by pulp sci-fi, Star Trek, ghost stories, and The Twilight Zone. Published by Nobrow Press in June, 2013.

ISBN 978-1907704680, 40 pages

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Machine Gum Book - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Machine Gum Book

A collection of my Machine Gum comic strips, published by La Pastèque in May 2013.

ISBN 978-2-923841-37-7, 80 pages

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Who’s on First? - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Who’s on First?

Who’s on first. What’s on second. I Don’t Know’s on third. I illustrated this comic/picture book adaptation of Abbott & Costello’s classic routine. Published by Quirk Books, 2013.


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Fifth Business - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

A two-page adaptation of Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business for Canadian Notes and Queries.

The Globe and Mail - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

The Globe and Mail

News commentary cartoons from the Globe and Mail.

Read all past Globe cartoons on my blog.


Bravest Warriors Variant Cover - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Variant cover for the Bravest Warriors comic book, issue #3, from BOOM! Studios

Monsters - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Monsters

Animated music video for the song “Monsters” by Jim Guthrie, from the Indie Game: The Movie soundtrack.

Official selection, TIFF Kids International Film Festival, 2013

Gold Star - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Gold Star

A comic book about an awards ceremony gone wrong. Published by Retrofit Comics (2012).

In honour of Gold Star’s 2013 Ignatz nomination for Outstanding Story, you can read Gold Star online in its entirety.

Buy Gold Star from the Retrofit Shop.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Illustrations from Picture Book Report, a project in which illustrators created work inspired by their favourite childhood books. I chose Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


Dear Flyary - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Dear Flyary

My first illustrated picture book from Kids Can Press, written by Dianne Young:

One-eyed alien Frazzle recounts his flying adventures in a new journal (in alien vernacular, of course). He bighearts his little Model 7, but as time passes, it starts making strange sounds, and Frazzle -- pressured by friends and co-workers -- wonders if he should trade it in. One day, when it goes CLUNK in the middle of the flyway, it's clear something must be done. Youngsters will love the out-of-this-world illustrations depicting worlds rife with all manner of alien life. Even more irresistible: an unexpected ending sure to delight careful readers.

Dear Flyary was nominated for Best Book Illustration in the 2013 National Cartoonist Society Reuben Awards.

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The Big Team Society League Book of Answers - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

The Big Team Society League Book of Answers

A collection of jam comics by Team Society League, published by Koyama Press.

The Big Team Society League Book of Answers by Toronto jam comics collective Team Society League (Aaron Costain, John Martz, Steve Wolfhard, and Zach Worton) is an absurd blend of priapic comic pantomimes that feature an adorable cast of characters doing abominable things. Ridiculously violent and unabashedly immature, The Big Team Society League Book of Answers is a comic destined to be hidden between, and confiscated from, the pages of history textbooks.

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Custom Fonts for Cartoonists - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Custom Fonts for Cartoonists

Are you a cartoonist or comic book creator seeking to turn your handwriting or lettering into a custom font? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for pricing and details.

I have created fonts for many top cartoonists including Jillian Tamaki, Jules Feiffer, Paul Pope, Dustin Harbin, Dan Piraro, Hope Larson, Vera Brosgol, Paul Gilligan, Sara Varon, Paul Hornschemeier and others.

Your custom font will be in OpenType format and will comprise multiple versions of each letter that randomize to look more hand-made than a traditional font.

The Free Fonts

The following free fonts are ancient relics from the Internet stone age (1997-2001) and are offered as is. They are free for personal or non-commercial use. For professional or commercial use, I simply ask that you purchase something from my Amazon wish list as payment.

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Fonts are in TrueType format and work on both Macs and PCs. Includes these fonts, plus 15 more:
Free Fonts

Machine Gum - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Machine Gum

Comics from my sketchbook, published as the webcomic Machine Gum.

It’s also serialized in print as minicomics. Purchase issues #2 and #3 from my shop.


Robot Print - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Illustration Machine - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

This is how I make my illustrations.

Program Glitch - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Excelsior 1968 - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Excelsior 1968

A high school yearbook for the fictional Bristol County Secondary school in the fictional Staedtler, Ontario.

Over one thousand students are redrawn (and renamed) from my mother’s actual 1968 high school yearbook. Excelsior 1968 was nominated for the Pigskin Peters Award for experimental or non-narrative cartooning at the 2008 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian cartooning.

See the entire project on Flickr.

Heaven All Day - John Martz Illustration and Comics

John Martz Illustration and Comics

Heaven All Day

Excerpt from Heaven All Day, the recipient of a 2010 Xeric Grant, and the winner of a Joe Shuster Award in 2011 for independent publishing.

Purchase a copy in my shop.