Sunday, April 17, 2016

ANNUAL BLOG POST PART ONE (What the hell has been going on??)

I'm going to run through a few things that have been happening, some projects I have been involved in here on earth. 

I am part of the show COMIC INSPIRATIONS at the Adam Baumgold Gallery. Open until May 26th, 2016. Some great artists in this. Look at that list!

Brusied Toungue made this great "Pizza Pie" patch for me, they also made one of a drawing of mine called "Stress Composite". You can also order these from my ETSY site

I drew the cover for this thing, GRUNK #1, edited by Bryan Munn of Guelph, Ontario, a place I used to live in. There is a river there. This isn't out but Bryan is saying that it will be out for TCAF. TCAF is a comics festival in Toronto. It is very popular. I am excited to see this especially because Bryan said he will be pasting it up by hand. 

I was very happy to be included in the Drawn & Quarterly 25th Anniversary show at Galerie Martel in Paris. Here we all are, Rina and Marc and Anders and Amélie and Julia and Tom. Chester Brown even showed some of his originals there, which I don't believe he does very much (NFS, BTW). The show is not on the walls no more but, yeah, it was nice. Also incredible to see the beautiful originals for Geneviève Castrée's strip from the Anniversary book.

Which reminds me, Anders and I did a big tour last year, eh? And we thought to ourselves "why do we do this?" But it was good, ok? Thanks to everybody who hosted us. We also drew some strips in Ander's sketchbook.  I couldn't find the links to the rest of them but there are a bunch more. I also ended up at PFC again in Minneapolis again, living the dream. The French said I wasn't as funny this time, ha, big ups to June and the gang

And, yeah, when I was in France I attended some chifoumi (PFC) events in Besançon, including the opening for "The Faceless Goat". I somehow ended up on French television with a stern face.

The great Roz Chast edited The Best American Comics 2016 and asked me to design the cover and so here is what I came up with. Not bad. Also, thanks to Bill Kartalopoulos. An excerpt from Stroppy will be included. 

David Bowie died. 

Will you be able to click on this and read it? Not sure. I was asked to put together some "oldies" for VICE but it didn't work out for some reason, not sure, so I will put this one here. 

Here is a detail of a print design I made for Burlesque of North America. Follow the link and you can zoom around and look up at the print up close. These guys are masterful printers, this is a deal at $60 (four colour silkscreen). I drew on around 10 or so of these with real live ink from a pen and these will be randomly sent out to customers. 

I designed the cover for Babysitter's second LP. You can get it from Psychic Handshake

I also designed the CD art of some new Øyvind Torvund (b.1976) compositions. Øyvind has also composed a compostion based on my book The Stacks. This new recording performed by Asamisimasa has won a Norwegian Grammy

Another CD design! This time for Chris Strickland. I am not sure when this is coming out? Maybe it's out now. From caduc

I finally was able to digitize the videos I made with Joey Haley in the 90's. Follow the link to three of these. 

OK, there are probably a few other things like this beer label for DUNHAM but that's it for now. I know nobody reads blogs but this is a way I can organize this shit.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


There has been a lot of great press for Stroppy! I am pleased people really seem to be "getting it".

-Sean Rogers for The Globe And Mail "...a posthippie fantasia, filled with high-minded ideals about labour and art, but orchestrated with gleeful, low brow verve."

-Chris Mautner for The Comics Journal "Bell’s protagonists can seem just as easily plagued by anxiety as they can be blessed by a divine nonchalance."

-Bill for Copacetic Comics "...a work that is very much in the spirit offered by the best of the underground comics era, evinced particularly by Bell’s supreme visual anarchy."    

-Hillary Brown for Paste "...this work is designed for the relaxed and the amused, providing an experience akin to floating on a lazy river." 

-Rob Clough for Hi-Low "Virtually every single original show on the Cartoon Network owes a debt to Bell's work, from Uncle Grandpa to (especially) Adventure Time." 

-Tim O’Neil for A.V. Club "Bell’s return to comics is at once satisfying and exasperating, in a good way: certainly a reading experience like no other." 

-Carla Gillis for NOW Magazine "...panels densely packed with fantastical, misshapen hodgepodge characters who regularly bring the laughs." 

-Stephen Carlick for Exclaim! "The absurd plot, while fascinating, comes secondary to Bell's visual metaphors and his colourful, engaging full-page scenes, composed of jittery black lines, minute details and kinetic energy."

-Jerky "Tibby" Leboeuf for Daily Dirt Diaspora "There are all-too-familiar stakes and consequences for these characters—exploitative employment, precarious housing, class immobility, ambition in the face of hopelessness—which serve to make the surreal moments all the more effective."

And, uh:

-Dan Brown for The London Free Press (my hometown!) "Pay close attention and you’ll find riffs on the likes of Gowan, the Canadian singer from the 1980s, as well as sitcom actor Alan Thicke and President’s Choice products."

Also here are some interviews:

-Mark Connery interviews me for The Comics Journal "Well, I am happy you were irritated by Sean. He is the worst."

-Brad De Roo interviews me for Blog From The Bookstore "Strangely, they are re-recording an old song written by Libby Schnauzer and Jim Boot Sauce Schnauzer called "Going Downtown With The Boxer". 

-A recent interview on Ink Studs

-Shannon Tien interviews Anders Nilsen and I for SAD MAG "I made a new form of story for Stroppy."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ANNUAL BLOG POST PART TWO (Love And Forgiveness and Rudy)

Last year (2014) I edited two books: Rudy by Mark Connery (2D Cloud) and Love and Forgiveness by Joe Hale (swimmers group). It brought me back to those Nog A Dod days where, as much work as it was, I didn't want the editing to end. More's the pity. Follow the links in those aforementioned titles to order these books. This is great, underrated Canadian work! That will stand the test of time! (It already has...)

Great review of Rudy by Robert Kirby at TCJ here.

Top: A cover idea for Rudy (not used but not bad...)
Below: A great strip from Joe Hale's Love and Forgiveness, a classic.

(And maybe some drain pipes next time...)

Friday, March 6, 2015

ANNUAL BLOG POST PART ONE (Stroppy, Shit From An Old Notebook, etc...)

Yes, it 's that time again. We are early this year for the Marc Bell DEPT  annual Blog Post! Woa boy, things have happened. This is not in chronological order!

Item: I made a comic strip for Double Nickles Forever, a comic book tribute to the Minutemen's classic Double Nickels on the Dime L.P.

As it happens, Los Tres Chifaldos performed the LP in it's entirety from start to finish...(celebrating the 30 year anniversary) "All the tracks, including the bonus tracks!!" At Wheelies Motorcycles?? Nice, b'ys. And a t-shirt was made for the occasion (shown above) with a panel from my strip, all proceeds (profits) go the International Bird Rescue of San Pedro.

Item: Went to Dawson City, Yukon. Made some stuff, including an intaglio print with Paul Hammond and Seth Smith. Printed by New Leaf Editions. This has not been "editioned" (numbered and signed) yet, but it will be. I think that is one of Sharkey's cat hairs on there. Her new spot is the top of the scanner. Who cares!

Item: I have some stuff in the new issue of SMOKE SIGNAL which features a great fold-in cover from Al Jaffee!

Item: Speaking of t-shirts, I am finished my all new "graphic novel" called Stroppy, published by Drawn & Quarterly. Above is one of the many colourful and eventful panels contained within. This book is due in stores in June, 2015. But: if you are at TCAF 2015 it will be launched there in a limited supply! I am very excited about all of this, I hope you are too, dear reader of this BLOG.

Item: I went to Russia via Finland! A guest of Boomfest! Very cool. Here I am at the end of my trip looking at what I am returning with: some leftover rubles and an inflight magazine featuring Moomin Weddings. You know who this stuff is for? Not the Queen of England that is for sure! Who do you think I am??

"I wonder how much it costs?"

I walked around the Hermitage.

I did not go inside the Hermitage (long line-ups) but I walked around the perimeter. I spotted an interesting looking underground passageway but was stopped by a large Russian man. I couldn't understand him but I took his crossed arms to mean "get the hell out of here, hoser".

Anyway, perhaps in part two I will show you some photos I took of the incredible drain pipes I saw in the Russian Federation.

Until then, take 'er easy.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Happy St. Patty's Day everybody. I hope you are all acting like idiots. Uh, I have been working on my Graphic Novella (above: a one panel excerpt from won't actually be coloured like this) and have also been doing some music and beer-related artwork recently:

And out soon from 845 AudioJason Kahn/Tim Olive, Two Sunrise


Here is the poster I made for this year's Kazoo! Fest in Guelph, Ontario. 

And the cover for Start Something's debut 7 inch recording from Mammoth Cave Recording Co. 

There are thousands of these coasters produced by Wellington all over the place: sitting on tables in bars and in bar storage rooms and in the garbages everywhere all over Ontario. Maybe outside Ontario too? I don't know. Get one while you can. 

At first I thought the Welly Duck wasn't interesting enough and so I put together this coaster instead.....and then went back to the original design. Ok? Ok. 

Monday, December 16, 2013




Everywhere else please purchase here.

By Rupert Bottenberg and Marc Bell. Nicely printed with 4 colour riso on thick stock by Paper Pusher. Suitable for kids of all ages!

This is the follow up to the first ARBEITEES (1996, Crunchy Comics). 

5" h. x 7" w. 

12 interior colour pages. Coloured by Kirsten McCrea

The image shows one of the original files. Hand printed riso images can shift slightly.

Temporarily Sold Out

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


-I drew this label for a "one off" Wellington Brewery ESB. It's called Quick Brown Fox (jumps over the lazy dog). The name is a pangram (see link). I am hoping next time they might let me do a Both Fickle Dwarves Jinx My Pink Quiz spiced strawberry ale (that is another pangram in case you are wondering).

 -I was recently interviewed by Xavier Guilbert for du9 from France. It's also on their site in French, naturellement!

-I recently put together a publication called Boutique Mag #1. The printer printed them but they were not up to Boutique-y standards and so I rejected them. Hopefully it will see the light of day soon. Also, I have a few odds and ends to add to my Etsy site. Stay tuned??

-If you are in Toronto be sure to check out my upcoming show in the project space at Cooper Cole. As far as I know it is opening on November 8th, 2013. Pictured above is a drawing called "No Jabronis".

-The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygen, WI is hosting a group show called AAIEE! featuring some of my work. If that weren't enough it is actually a side exhibition related to the exhibition Ray Yoshida's Museum of Extraordinary Values. It is a great honour to be included. 

-Also, I am part of a group show in London, Ontario called L.O. Today. It includes some of my peers, such as Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean and Billy Bert Young. There are some other things going on but that is enough for now.