Music Video Illustrations for Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese has a YouTube channel where they post videos with puppet versions of their characters. Their newest video is a Christmas song featuring their hispanic character, Bella Bunny. I was hired to illustrate some slides of Bella celebrating Christmas with her family that they could cut to during parts of the song.

Here’s the full video along with a couple of the slides I drew:

Haunted Mansion for Kid Stuff Marketing

Kid Stuff Marketing creates happy meal-style toys and games for restaurants. They hired me to illustrate a “flashlight find” game with a haunted mansion theme. It’s a simple but very clever toy. Here’s how it works:

The artwork is printed on transparent plastic, then glued into a cardboard sleeve over a black background. When the transparent image is laid over the black it’s almost impossible to make out anything. (I was asked not to make the colors too bright to aid this effect.)

On the back of the frame is a punch-out “flashlight” with a white circle at the end. You slide the white circle into the frame, between the art and the black background, and boom! You can see the image.

I made this TikTok video to show it in action:

On the back of the cardboard sleeve are several questions (“How many cobwebs are there?”, “What is popping out from behind the couch?” etc.). It’s a simple but super fun gimmick! My kids loved it and said it blew their minds. They couldn’t figure out how it worked without any lights or batteries.

Kid Stuff Marketing does a lot of fun work and I’m honored to help them out. Here’s a few details from the illustration I submitted:

Happy Halloween!

One Million Views

Three weeks ago I started posting my webcomics on TikTok as an experiment, just to see what would happen. After nineteen days I had more followers on TikTok than I had amassed on either Twitter or Facebook, despite being on both of those “legacy” platforms for over a decade.

Then yesterday I shared a cartoon that blew up. When I went to bed last night it had over a half million views and this afternoon it passed the one million views mark!

I am absolutely gobsmacked. I don’t understand it but I’m super grateful. Thanks everyone!

You can follow me on TikTok on this link or by searching for “@doodlemcsketch”.

I Made The Reddit Home Page!

Since today is National Coffee Day I posted a comic from the archives on the r/funny subreddit. Checked back a few hours later to find the comic was on the “Most Popular” page for ALL of Reddit. It ultimately got over 90,000 likes. That’s a first for me and I’m blown away. Thanks everyone!!

MSP FallCon, Oct. 5, 2019

Once again I’ll be tabling at the MSP FallCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Saturday Oct. 5, 2019, 10am-6pm. Just look for the red arrow on the map above. I’ll be selling webcomic prints as well as my book of gag cartoons Mostly Nonsense. Stop on by and say hi!

‘Crib Notes’ Book Cover

Recently I was hired by an author/therapist to create a cover illustration for Crib Notes, an upcoming book for new parents. The client wanted me to illustrate a grid of baby faces showing various emotions and ethnicities. The book is still being edited so I don’t know exactly how the illustration will be used but they gave me permission to post the artwork. It was a fun project, and when I know more about the final result I’ll share it here.