Friday, December 24, 2010

Shopping Season

Hey, last minute (too-late) holiday shoppers, you can still buy one of my 4-color screenprints online from Giant Robot for a couple more weeks! Also, they have set up an online Post-It sales catalog! Give in to the consumer frenzy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Medieval Thinkers

All right! I have an original drawing (detail above) in this exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle! I'm honored to have my work up on the wall alongside Bruce Bickford, Gerald Jablonski, Justin Green, and all these other great artists. I will be there in person, and so will the brilliant Jim Woodring, plus Jason T. Miles, and other special guests. Please come down and take a look at some excellent cartooning, and get some X-mas shopping done at the Bookstore.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Duck Shit

Here are some more of my Post-Its from the current show at Giant Robot L.A. Hit it up on your L.A. X-mas shopping spree!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Printed Matter IX

I made some four-color screenprints for the new Printed Matter show at Giant Robot in San Francisco. The show opens Dec. 4th at 6:30, hey, that's tonight!
This scan is from a fudged-up print that I thought looked good (cropped & enlarged), so here it is, in the swamp.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Post-It Show VI

Hey blog-readers! I have been busy drawing stuff, and will be adding some new posts soon. I also put some of these tidbits on FaceBook, check it out on The Heavy Hand page. I have drawn on a bunch of Post-It notes & mailed them to Giant Robot in Los Angeles. They will be up on the wall with many other crazy little drawings, opening December 11th. Go check it out, L.A!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Heavy Hand Release Party and Facemelterz

This Thursday (Nov. 4th, from 6 til 10pm) is the official release party for The Heavy Hand! I will be at Floating World Comics, signing books and celebrating the publication of my full length book, as well as the release of Zack Soto's anthology Studygroup 12 #4 (including some pages by yours truly), and everything will be drenched in liquid face drippings from the Tim Goodyear curated Facemelterz art exhibit (check out this list of artists: Brian Skiff, Cameron Hawkeye, Jose Angeles, Birch Cooper, Jason Leivian, Tim Root, Bobby Madness, Tony Remple, Jason Overby, Sean Aaberg, John Orloff, Jon Vermilyea, and of course, more C. Cilla stuff...eyeball overload); please come down, buy some books, have a drink, and let the flesh flow off your skull.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ghostwood Forest

I have drawn some Twin Peaks inspired pages for an art show at Guapo Comics & Coffee, opening this Friday the 29th, curated by Sean Christensen. I'm sure you'll want to see these local artists' tributes to a great TV show, & check out a top comics shop, plus, they are showing the pilot episode!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A.P.E. in S.F.

All-right! I am heading to San Francisco this weekend for the A.P.E. comics convention. I'll be selling The Heavy Hand at the Sparkplug Comic Books booth #118. I will also have a new issue of Stun Nuts (#7) & some other minicomics, Dylan Williams, Renee French, Julia Wertz, Tim Root & Tim Goodyear will be there, so please stop by and say hello & buy some comics!
I will also have comics in two anthologies debuting at this show: Pictured here is the wraparound letterpress cover of Tim Root's zine Barf Water, including work by Jason Overby, Tim Goodyear, Bobby Madness, and other weirdos, including a centerfold by Jim Blanchard and some bonus stuff! You can't miss this!

The second anthology is Zack Soto's long awaited Studygroup 12 #4! I'm excited to see this book, full of art by Farel Dalrymple, Vanessa Davis, Amy Kuttab, Ian Sundahl, Blaise Larmee, hell, too many to list, just click on the link & check it out! Zack will be at booth #420, of course...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Whoot There It Is!

Thanks to everyone that came by the Sparkplug Comic Books table at the Jet City Comics Show, it was a good time! Lots of dealers selling back issues, quarter boxes, and the incredible Jim Woodring! I hope this show continues and grows in attendance in the coming years...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jet City Comics Show

Hey blog-readers, here's a new batch of sketchbook scans! Saturday I will be in Seattle at the Jet City Comic Book Show at the Seattle Center. I will be at table #102 with Sparkplug Comic Books and Teenage Dinosaur. I'll have some minicomics & The Heavy Hand. Stop by & check out all of our books & magazines & comic books!

I had a great time in San Francisco at the Zine Fest, tabling with Tim Root! Thanks to everyone who came by & bought our stuff, and for the trades & comics & zines.

I'm trying to promote my new book, so I started a FaceBook page. Check it out and click that you like it if you know what I'm talking about...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

San Francisco Zine Fest

More zine madness! This weekend Tim Root & I will be at the SF Zine Fest with our minicomics, t-shirts, prints and books, including the brand new Bound & Gagged! The SF Zine Fest website recently ran a short Q & A with me on their blog, check it out, and be sure to come by our table, buy some comics and say hello.
The SFZF posters & ads were drawn by my friend (& Fest special guest) Jesse Reklaw! Go buy his new book, Ten Thousand Things To Do (I have a single page guest strip in there somewhere...)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Portland Zine Symposium

Hello there, fans of homemade booklets! I will be at the Portland Zine Symposium this weekend (August 28 & 29), look for me next to the amazing Tim Root. We will have lots of xeroxed comic books and other stuff (like Crappy Comics t-shirts & The Heavy Hand), so dig in your couch for some spare change & come by to see us!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I'm back from San Diego, and I had a great time. Thanks to everyone that came by and bought a copy of The Heavy Hand, and thanks to my friends for good meals & funky conversation.

These images are from my contributions to the August show at Pony Club, curated by Amy Kuttab. The opening night is Thursday, August 5th from 6pm until 10. If you are in Portland, please come downtown and take a look at this show.

My full length book is now available to order from the Sparkplug Comic Books online store, and if you need some convincing, here are some thoughts copied from the Sparkplug blog comments section:

"It was a delight to read, on the way back from the Comic-Con, "The Heavy Hand" by Chris Cilla. The level of high classics of the grotesque - do all of you feel it, too, don't you? - the flavor of pure fun clarity at the edge , the ease to create an amusing, awkward, uncomprehensible, familiar world , echoed in our mind as a bunch of strange vibrations that is reality. Hooray to Chris Cilla." -Olga Volozova

And here is a review from the Poopsheet Foundation's Justin Giampaoli.

Thanks again to everyone who is interested in this book!

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Heavy Hand in San Diego

My full-length book is done! It will be debuting at the San Diego Comic-Con at booth 1630, Sparkplug Comic Books. I will be there signing copies Thursday, Saturday & Sunday from 2 to 6pm. I will also be selling minicomics (including Hott Schlitzz!) and original art. Please come by and say hello, and pick up a copy of The Heavy Hand. This book came out exactly as I had wanted, I am excited to have them in the real world at last! I will post more news as it develops.
The Heavy Hand is now on sale at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nome & Wet Paint

All right! I have some artwork in two new publications now available from Profanity Hill: Nome, a sequential arts journal edited by Jason T. Miles & Tony Remple, and Wet Paint #2, a humor magazine edited by Jason T. Miles. Both are highly recommended! Click on the links for purchase info.
Photos stolen from Profanity Hill

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hot Shlitz

I will be at the Olympia Comics Festival this Saturday, June 5th, sharing a table with Tim Root! We will both have a bunch of mini-comics for sale, including our new split comic book, Hott Schlitz. We are next to Max Clotfelter & Kelly Froh, Theo Ellsworth, Teenage Dinosaur, & Sparkplug Comic Books, whoa! And that's just one aisle, so bring your change jar & buy lots of comics!

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Latest Swamp Link Lump

Hello! I'm posting a link round-up to help you check some of my stuff out.

My pieces for the GRSF Tree Show are currently for sale at the Giant Robot website, along with plenty of other cool art, so click & buy! Time is running out!

Bogwitch #3 is available from Patrick Keck's Sinus Problem; I drew the full-color back cover and a couple of black & white interior pages in this freaky anthology, click & order now!

Also, the Funny (Not Funny) catalog is now available at Powell's City of Books, so if you live in Portland, come down & buy a copy!

Thanks for reading all this self-promotional jibber jabber, and thanks for looking at my blog. I've recently added the helpful tag system to the sidebar over there, to help you find the entries you are interested in. The bulk of sketchbook & other drawings & paintings are labeled SWAMP, so click on that for (mostly) news-free viewing & fun.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tree Show VI

This is one of two pieces that I have contributed to the Giant Robot SF Tree Show VI, opening Saturday May 15th. It looks like a good lineup of artists, including fellow Portlanders Andrice Arp, Blaise Larmee, & Scrappers. If you are in San Francisco during the next month, you should go and take a look!