John Martz Illustration and Comics

The team at the TD Summer Reading Club produced this short video about me and my work (and my coworker Gary).


A quick portrait of Dan Berry. I recently made my second appearance, alongside Dustin Harbin, on Dan’s podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody.

A quick portrait of Dan Berry. I recently made my second appearance, alongside Dustin Harbin, on Dan’s podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody.


My favourite piece from this year’s TD Summer Reading Club. This is the centrefold poster in the program’s magazine, designed to showcase not only all the characters, but the different types of activities central to this year’s Making theme: art, music, crafts, textiles, building, inventions, electronics, photography, gardening, cooking, and of course, reading.

My favourite piece from this year’s TD Summer Reading Club. This is the centrefold poster in the program’s magazine, designed to showcase not only all the characters, but the different types of activities central to this year’s Making theme: art, music, crafts, textiles, building, inventions, electronics, photography, gardening, cooking, and of course, reading.


Self portrait for my interview in the TD Summer Reading Club magazine.

Self portrait for my interview in the TD Summer Reading Club magazine.


More TD Summer Reading Club art, you say? Sure thing. Here’s the cover to the pre-reader booklet for parents of younger kids just learning to read.

More TD Summer Reading Club art, you say? Sure thing. Here’s the cover to the pre-reader booklet for parents of younger kids just learning to read.


Here’s the cover to the TD Summer Reading Club magazine. Every kid who enrols in the program will get a copy. It’s full of games and stories and articles about art, creativity, inventiveness, and making.

Here’s the cover to the TD Summer Reading Club magazine. Every kid who enrols in the program will get a copy. It’s full of games and stories and articles about art, creativity, inventiveness, and making.


The TD Summer Reading Club launched yesterday. It’s a fantastic reading program in libraries across Canada for kids of all ages. This year’s theme is Eureka! and celebrates creativity and making.
I am thrilled to be this year’s TD Summer Reading Club Artist, and even more thrilled to finally show off all the work I did for the program. I’ll share images over the next few days. Here’s the poster you might see in your local public library.

The TD Summer Reading Club launched yesterday. It’s a fantastic reading program in libraries across Canada for kids of all ages. This year’s theme is Eureka! and celebrates creativity and making.

I am thrilled to be this year’s TD Summer Reading Club Artist, and even more thrilled to finally show off all the work I did for the program. I’ll share images over the next few days. Here’s the poster you might see in your local public library.


An illustration in the print edition of today’s Globe and Mail accompanying an article about Think Like a Freak, the latest book by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame.

An illustration in the print edition of today’s Globe and Mail accompanying an article about Think Like a Freak, the latest book by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame.


Some dude.

Some dude.


Some dude.

Some dude.


TCAF is this weekend, May 10-11.
I’m not exhibiting this year, but I’ll still be at a few events, including a panel where you can see some excerpts (like the one shown here!) from my upcoming book A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, and a kids’ drawing session with Britt Wilson: 
All weekend: Comics vs. Games ShowcaseCumulo Nimblers, the game I made with Farbs at the very first Comics vs. Games jam is back! Play it all weekend long in the Comics vs. Games space.
Sunday, May 11, 12:15 – 12:45pm: Creative and Cat-tastic!Cats and cartooning go together like lasagna and naps. Join cartoonists Britt Wilson (Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake) and John Martz (Black and Bittern Was Night) in a series of drawing activities and games featuring characters from their upcoming, feline-focused kids’ comics from Koyama Press. Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins and Martz’s A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories both feature a delightful collection of kitties and critters that are sure to amuse and inspire.
Sunday, May 11, 2:45-3:45pm: Kids Fall GN PreviewBelieve it or not, not every great comic book is debuting at TCAF this year—we left some for this fall! If you’re a kid or a fan of kids and young adult graphic novels, come check out this panel which will feature a preview of the fall’s hottest titles! Preview Amulet Volume 6 and Explorer: The Hidden Doors with Kazu Kibuishi, Sisters with Raina Telgemeir, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins with Britt Wilson, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories with John Martz, Maddy Kettle with Eric Orchard, and The Rise of Aurora West with Paul Pope. Moderated by Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library, School Library Journal).
I also have a piece in The Last Match art show presented by kuš and Videofag in Kensington Market.
Happy TCAFing. See you there!

TCAF is this weekend, May 10-11.

I’m not exhibiting this year, but I’ll still be at a few events, including a panel where you can see some excerpts (like the one shown here!) from my upcoming book A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, and a kids’ drawing session with Britt Wilson: 

  • All weekend: Comics vs. Games Showcase
    Cumulo Nimblers, the game I made with Farbs at the very first Comics vs. Games jam is back! Play it all weekend long in the Comics vs. Games space.
  • Sunday, May 11, 12:15 – 12:45pm: Creative and Cat-tastic!
    Cats and cartooning go together like lasagna and naps. Join cartoonists Britt Wilson (Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake) and John Martz (Black and Bittern Was Night) in a series of drawing activities and games featuring characters from their upcoming, feline-focused kids’ comics from Koyama Press. Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins and Martz’s A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories both feature a delightful collection of kitties and critters that are sure to amuse and inspire.
  • Sunday, May 11, 2:45-3:45pm: Kids Fall GN Preview
    Believe it or not, not every great comic book is debuting at TCAF this year—we left some for this fall! If you’re a kid or a fan of kids and young adult graphic novels, come check out this panel which will feature a preview of the fall’s hottest titles! Preview Amulet Volume 6 and Explorer: The Hidden Doors with Kazu Kibuishi, Sisters with Raina Telgemeir, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins with Britt Wilson, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories with John Martz, Maddy Kettle with Eric Orchard, and The Rise of Aurora West with Paul Pope. Moderated by Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library, School Library Journal).

I also have a piece in The Last Match art show presented by kuš and Videofag in Kensington Market.

Happy TCAFing. See you there!


I peaked in 1987.

I peaked in 1987.


I wasn’t a big Bert fan. I wasn’t a big Bert fan. I wasn’t a big Bert fan.

I wasn’t a big Bert fan.



Just found this collaborative drawing between Nate Bulmer and myself from last year. It’s our shared D&D character, Orc N’ Beans.

Just found this collaborative drawing between Nate Bulmer and myself from last year. It’s our shared D&D character, Orc N’ Beans.