Monday, November 10, 2014

Garbage Canny

Bill Wray and I did a story for the GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC BOOK PUKETACULAR, upcoming this December from IDW publishing. The last time Bill and I collaborated was on the twisted laugh-fest HELLBOY JUNIOR. This bathroom gross-out will be just as outrageous.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Heavy Metal Duty

I have a two-page story in Heavy Metal #271. This special Halloween issue goes on sale October 29. Colors by Davpunk of Robot Envy. The issue was edited by Frank Forte of Asylum Press, and Previews gives it a rave recommendation.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zombies! Comics! Zombie Comics!

This Saturday I'll be at Defiant Comics for HALLOWEEN COMICFEST. I'll be sketching zombies and what not, and signing copies of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #20, a special all-zombie issue.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 AM until 2 PM

Defiant Comics
7234 Madison St, Forest Park, Illinois

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Amber Ale Alert!

Tomorrow night I'll be sketching for the Hero Initiative at the Paramount Room in Chicago. Come on out and join me, Jill Thompson and Mike Norton for beer, comics, prizes and more! You'll find more info on facebook, here.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Zombie or Not To Be?

I have a story in Treehouse of Horror #20, on sale now.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A Punishment For Suckers

The first and last word on the Punisher by yours surly, Peter Gillis, and the late, great John Severin. Follow the link below to the Pulverzer page and click on "majikalconcepts" at the top of it. From there scroll down to see the entire story.
"Accounts Overdrawn--Checks Returned For Lack Of Funds"

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cincy and I

Next weekend I'll be attending CINCY COMICON.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Not So Heavy Metal

This is a panel from a short story of mine in HEAVY METAL #271, a special sci-fi/horror issue. Davpunk provided the color. It goes on sale in early October.
Heavy Metal #271 can be pre-ordered at your local comic store, and this Wednesday is the last day to do so. Use Diamond Ordercode: AUG141519.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Show Some Initiative

Yes, I'll be at Wizard World Chicago. I'll be sketching and signing at the Hero Initiative booth, #128, from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday, August 23rd. Catch me there and then.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zombie All You Can Be

I'm currently inking a story for this fall's all-zombie issue of BART SIMPSON'S TREEHOUSE OF HORROR. Here's a panel of my pencils.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I'm a Maniac for Mania

I will be a guest at Comic Book Mania Convention on Saturday, July 19 at  the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL!  I will have art to show, art for sale, and I will be drawing sketches.

Hours are 10am-5pm; admission and parking are FREE.

Gail Borden Public Library
270 N Grove Ave
Elgin, Illinois
(847) 742-2411

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Count on the Con


At the end of the month I'll be a guest at Lake Count-I-Con in Northern Illinois. Here's the con's facebook page.

Lake Count-I-Con
Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, Noon until 6 PM.
The Cultural & Civic Center
2007 N Civic Center Way,
Round Lake Beach, IL

Admission is $5, FREE to children under 12.
Buy a $5 for  admission Saturday, and come Sunday for FREE!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mole Manic

On sale tomorrow: BART SIMPSON # 90, featuring a fun story called "The Curious Case of Hans Moleman", written by Max Davison and drawn by yours, surly.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Fort Wayne's World

Once again I'll be trekking to Fort Wayne Indiana for Appleseed Comic Con, one of the nicest shows of the year. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, with a dinner on Friday night celebrating guest of honor Jim Steranko. Boy howdy!

Here's Appleseed on facebook.

Posters by Dave Wachter and Sean Dove.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Free At Last!

Tomorrow is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Join me and artists Jim Terry, Andrew Mitchell Kudelka (both pictured) and Tony Maldonado at Vigilante Press.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Noon to 4 PM
Vigilante Press,
1931 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

God Loves Auctioneers

The annual C2E2 charity art auction is this Saturday night. I have donated several sketches, and two pages of original comic book art: a two-page story for Ryan Browne's GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS. This is one of the pages. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

When: Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Where:  Chicago, South building at McCormick Place, Room S403

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Fortnight Till Fun

WHAT?!?  C2E2 starts a WEEK from FRIDAY?!?  Gedouddaheah!
Come see me at ‪#‎C2E2‬ at Artist Alley table E17 on April 25-27.
For more info & to buy tickets visit

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fangs For Nothing

The new issue of BART SIMPSON comics contains a 10 page story written by Ian Boothby and drawn by yours surly. It's called "Fangs for Nothing", with Bart playing an elaborate practical joke on Principal Skinner. On sale now!

And my next story will be in the following issue, # 90, due out in May. It's called "The Curious Case of Hans Moleman."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

C2E2 2014

As I do every spring, I'll be attending Chicago's premier comic convention, C2E2. You'll find me in Artist Alley at table E17, along with fellow artist Jim Terry. Please stop by and say hello.

April 25-27, 2014

Table E17, Artists Alley
South Building at McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Barta Art-a Day

This Saturday from noon to 3, please join me, Gary Gianni, Scott Gustafson, Dave Dorman, Doug Klauba, Raf Nieves and Dan Dougherty at REEL ART in Berwyn for C2E2's "Artists' Day".

6727 Stanley, Berwyn, Illinois
Saturday, March 22  noon to 3

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Yeah, yeah, YEAH!

A week from tonight I'll be sloppy-drunk-sketching at the AW YEAH COMICS 2nd Anniversary Bash. Come out and laugh at all the unintentionally wavy lines.

Trust me, these guys know how to throw a party!

When:      Saturday, March 15 from 7:00pm till...

Where:   AW YEAH Comics
4933 Oakton Street,
Skokie, Illinois

Friday, February 28, 2014


I'm starting the inks on my latest story for SIMPSONS COMICS. It's called "The Curious Case of Hans Moleman." Here's a glimpse at the pencils, including the MAD MEN homage above.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Dandy Sandy Issue

I have a new story in the latest, 29th issue of SpongeBob Comics, a special Sci-Fi all-Sandy issue. This is the nifty, EC-inspired cover.

Indiana Wants Me?

We'll find out tomorrow, when I'll be a guest at the Northwest Indiana Comic-Con, drawing sketches, selling art and schmoozing with fellow artists Tom Gianni, Doug Klauba and Ryan Browne.  Come on out and punch that evil super-villain Polar Vortex in the groin.

Northwest Indiana Comic-Con
Sunday, February 23, 2014
10AM - 6PM

• LOCATION: Villa Cesare
900 Eagle Ridge Drive
Schererville, IN 46375
(Off Rt 41 / Behind Home Depot)


Friday, January 17, 2014

To Seep, Perchance to Stream

Posted for no particular reason, except that I've been thinking about how much fun it was working with Alan Moore.