Schoony for the Holidays

If you are looking to get that special someone something special this holiday season, may I suggest a unique t-shirt design? Some original comic book art? Or a poster?

Here’s a few links to some artwork I have for sale that may make a good gift for someone you know.


If you have a cheesehead in your life and want to get them a cool and unique Packer gift, here’s a Green Bay Legends poster I illustrated that you can purchase over at Cheesehead TV. GBPL_Ver1_WM1

Over at CHUX Print, I have a couple shirts for sale that each have a little midwestern flare. Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 2.21.23 PM

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Cadence Comic Art sells my original comic art. You can check them out here.


And finally, if you are reading this you can just click on that SHOP link above to find some exclusive posters and prints that you can only get on this site.

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Pimping Ain’t Easy

Lots going on over here at Fort Schoonover. Here’s a quick run down.

Both Back to the Future#1 and Howling Commandos #1 are in stores now. I had a blast signing at The Source Comics and Games for their release. Thanks to the awesome crew there for having me.


I’ve been on a few podcasts the past few weeks talking up projects as well as other stuff. John Siuntres over at Word Balloon has me on and it was great to reconnect with him since I was last on a few years back. I was also a returning guest on the Panels and Pizza Podcast. This show is put on locally and it was fun chatting it up with Adam the host and nom noming on the pizza.


The Shirt Show was this past week. Here’s a pic of my design, Eight Arms to Serve You. It’s about as Minnesota as it gets when you draw Wally the Beer Man. All remaing shirt are on sale here.


Finally, I’ll be in London November 7th and 8th for Showmaster’s Brighton convention. Looking forward to chatting it up with everyone across the pond. Hope you stop by and say hi.




Long Time Coming

This month sees the release of two comics I have drawn, Back to the Future #1 and Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1. They come out a week a part on October 21st and October 28th. Back to the Future is one of my favorite films of all time. The chance to work on that property in any official capacity is a great honor. And to do a story with Bob Gale the creator of the films, surreal. Then there’s Howling Commandos. My first monthly comic project. I’ve been working towards this goal for as long as I can remember. After graduating in the early 2000s from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design I started collaborating on a creator owned project with my fellow art school pal Brandon Terrell on a book called Horrorwood. The project ended up at Ape Entertainment and taught me a lot about how hard this medium works. Pouring your guts into something, traveling to cons only to make fifteen dollars, coming up with any angle you can to help get eyeballs on the book. Drawing hundreds of sketches for people who pre-ordered the trade in hopes to hit sale numbers high enough to justify a printing. Cold calling comic shops only to have them hang up on you because they didn’t care. It was a ton of hard work that was fun as hell.

I ended up having much of the same experience on Astronaut Dad shortly after. We were lucky this time that we had a publisher covering the costs of printing. But still the results were very much the same. Writer David Hopkins and myself did our best to swim in the big pool with all the major publishers but following up your comic debut with a black and white historical comic about the space race was not going to catapult me much farther in the industry. Still, I was having a blast and I really felt like the book we made had some substance with a subject matter that I loved. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Around this time a crossroads hit me. I still wanted to make comics but freelance work in advertising illustration was really picking up. I had artist representation for the advertising work and I was doing a variety of different things. Storyboards, project illustration, concept design. I was a jack of all trades in style and subject matter and it was paying off. I was covering student loans, rent, and a upcoming wedding to my then girlfriend, Nicole. Within a year we had purchased a house so now there was a mortgage as well. Somehow all these random projects covered it all. It was a whirlwind but I could handle the 16 hour work days and little to no days off.

Over the the next couple years the projects kind of blurred together. I did a lot of comics but nothing on that large of a scale. Single issues here and there, maybe two. I drew a great graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead with Archaia right as my first daughter Josie was born. It received great praise but once again, I was still kind of stuck on the cusp of where I wanted to be when it was done. I was still having fun but the wear and tear of balancing the commercial work and comics was starting to beat me down a bit. I knew I couldn’t keep it up forever. But the responsibility of a kid and paying the bills keep it going out of necessity.

Around 2012- 2013 things kind of hit a low point. The comic projects I had were fine but mostly fill in stuff. I was hungry for bigger and better projects. I had friends and colleagues who I had started in the business around the same time or even after me leap frog me in the industry with quality of work and great books. I wasn’t hitting conventions as hard as I could or should and overall just wasn’t doing all I could to get my name out there in comics. Commercial work sucked up a lot of time on top of parenthood. I was stuck in the hamster wheel of taking whatever came to me in comics and advertising work. I was seriously thinking of finding a nine to five gig (Working for a beer distributor as a beer truck delivery driver was and still is kind of a job I’d love to have).  It would allow me to come home, and create whatever art I wanted in my free time.

While returning from a comic convention I got an email from an editor at DC Comics. He had seen a Superman drawing I had posted from the con that weekend. He wanted to know if I could do ten pages of a Superman story for Adventures of Superman. I was stoked. This was pretty much a dream gig for any comic artist. It was a much needed kick in the creative pants for me. I was able to take the profile of that project and snowball it into a consistent string of projects that has lead up till now. I also decided that in order to make a good go trying to make comics my only job, I needed to have complete control of my schedule. I left my art rep that was providing me consistent commercial art projects. It was scary but I needed to in order to give this an honest try. I kept a few regular clients and still have some just because it’s a good safety net.

The Superman story rejuvenated me. Not long after that I started to work on characters that I dreamed about drawing since I was a kid picking up my first comic at WALLDRUG, South Dakota. Characters like Batman, The Punisher, and The Phantom. I was having a lot of fun again. Now I just need something bigger to do. Shortly after a trip to C2E2 in Chicago this year, I was asked to do Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. for Marvel.

This may all sound like a victory lap, but trust me it’s not. A good friend of mine, Skottie Young, who’s worked at Marvel for over a decade now, said one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard. “As hard as it is to break into comics, it’s even harder to stay in them”. It’s so true. With all the young talented creators coming out of art schools these days it’s harder than ever to keep relevant. If sales numbers aren’t where Howling Commandos needs to be it’ll be over before it starts. Who knows if there will be another shot at doing a monthly book? So there’s no self congratulating going on. Just have to put the head down, pencil to paper, and get back to work. hopefully we get a good run on this because I think it’s a really fun book. I know that comics are what I was meant to do and it’s been a crazy trip to get to here. But well worth it. Thanks for reading.


It’s that most glorious time of the year again. The leaves are changing, the pumpkins are out. The foam tombstones are scattered on the lawn. Truly the best. Recently a few covers for Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D were released. The cover to issue three, that will be out in December. Also released were two variant covers to issue one. A concept design sketch variant by myself as well as a glorious piece by Declan Shalvey, with colors by Jordie Bellaire. Both of these will be in local comic shops on October 28th.

I have a few comic conventions and signings left before years end. First up is the MCBA FALLCON. Saturday October 10th from 10AM-6PM. At the State Fairgrounds Education Building. I’ll have copies of all the latest books such as Batman’66, The Punisher, and Antman. I’ll be doing head sketches on colored paper that will include grey tones and white highlights for $40. With a one day show I will only be taking a limited number. First come first serve.

Then on October 28th, the release of Howling Commandos #1, I’ll be signing at The Source Comics and Games in Roseville, Mn. I’ll be there for several hours and word is we are going to make this a fun event with some contests and prizes. I’ll post more as the info comes. Also expect a nice batch of copies of Back to the Future #1 which comes out the week prior. I have a 14 page story in that issue.

Finally, Nicole and I are headed to London in November for the Showmasters Film and Comic Con in Brighton, England on November 7th-8th. I’ll be there both days with copies of all my books as well as taking head shot commissions just like Fallcon.  We are so excited to be heading over seas and checking out London and this show. HOWLCOM2015003

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Green Bay Packer Legends

Last year during the football season I decided to have some fun and I started doing weekly sketches of players from my favorite sports team, the Green Bay Packers. I posted them on social media and they managed to gather a decent amount of attention. One of my favorite websites, CHEESEHEAD TV reached out to me and wanted to see if I had plans to do anything with the sketches. I had thought about doing a poster with all the sketches but was worried I wouldn’t get the attention of the Packer fan base on my own. We decided to partner up on the project and now I am pleased to announce that a limited edition poster called GREEN BAY PACKER LEGENDS is available over at the CHEESEHEADTV SHOP.

And to keep tabs on this years sketches, just follow the hashtag #GBLegends on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.