St.Albert Lifestyle Expo

This past weekend, April 15-17, I was tending our booth at the Lifestyle Expo in St.Albert. It’s been a few years since I was there and it was great. I made some great connections and reconnected with some people from yesteryear. The staff and volunteers of the St.Albert Chamber did a great job.

trade show booth

I had a plethora of swag to give away, from balloons to a $1000 cash. Blue balloons are more popular than red balloons, the most popular of all the goodies is the lip balm and the least favorite was a $1000 cash. Sound idiotic I know, I’ll discuss it at the opening of the May 1st auction. Speaking of that sale, you will be able to enter the draw for the $1000 cash during the Friday viewing of that sale and we’ll draw for the money at 1:00pm on May 1st, during the auction.

trade show swag

Below is a copy of the ad that ran in the Gazette and was in the show program. Mike did such a great job I thought I’d show it off.



trade show ad 2

Comic Celebrity

Dear Doug.

Or was it Dan?


Oh! Diary. Of course. Sorry about that. Now that I’m a huge celebrity in the comic world I have a hard time remembering all the little people.

I’m sure you saw the headlines about it. First page of the New Yorker ring a bell? Or maybe it was page 22 of the St. Albert Gazette. Still better than you’ve ever done, Diary!

On September 20th in the St. Albert Gazette they printed an article about comic makers in the Edmonton, Alberta area. AND I WAS IN IT! And it was the best thing ever. Here’s a copy of the article I saved. Click it to make it huge. Or just go to this website:

comicarticle copy

See that guy in the red shirt. That’s me. That’s my side face. And my side arm.

This is the comic I was working on during the interview.

It’s from my webcomic and it updates twice a week.

I have two other webcomics as well:

darfriends-300x295 (updates 5 days a week)


stickdinosaurs (No longer updates)


I know I know. Too many comics. Who needs sleep anyway? Becky and I make all these together. I do the arts but she helps with all the writing and character designs.

Anyway. Go read those because one day they’ll go to print and I will need you impressed enough to buy a book.

Love Michael

New Baby

Hey Diary! I’m a daddy!

All the regulars at the auction know who Becky is. She’s the loverly lass in the office that registered everyone. You can’t come to an auction without talking to her. And recently she hasn’t been alone. Becky has been pregnant for a little while. Roughly 9 months infact (give or take a minute). But that changed at 2:14pm on September 23rd (First Day of Autumn).



That handsome devil is Mason Isaiah Ward. The 7 lb 2 ounce future Astrophysicist/President/Rockstar. He has my genes after all.

And Becky is doing great! It was 24 hours after we got to the hospital before Mason was born and she did it all without pain killers. That girl is made of tough stuff.



Look how lovely she looks even after squeezing out tiny people.



I found a stethoscope. That’s what they get for leaving it right out in the open…in the hallway…near the nurses station…in the back of the cupboard.. How could they expect me not to play with it?!

Love Michael (also Becky and more also Mason)