“John Martz is a gag technician. He has an astonishingly fine-tuned sense of how a drawing can convey humor in as few lines as possible. He’s quite skilled at coming up with simple but memorable character designs created to be as flexible as possible. While I’ve enjoyed much of his other gag work (mostly in Team Society League), his kid’s book A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories may well be his best comic. Each gag is well-designed, easy to understand and packs a genuine laugh. I tested the book on my five-year-old daughter to see if she could follow it (she’s just learning to read), and the way that Martz continually subverted audiences expectations led to laugh after laugh.”

Rob Clough reviews A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories

Finished sketchbook

It’s here! A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories debuts this weekend at SPX. Here’s my signing schedule:
koyamapress:

SPX KID-FRIENDLY COMICS DEBUTS! Looking for some kid-friendly comics at this weekend’s SPX? Koyama Press has got you covered with two kid and kitten friendly comics: Britt Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins and John Martz’s A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories. Both artists will be in attendance and signing their wonderful new books, so be sure to stop by!
KOYAMA PRESS KID-FRIENDLY SIGNING TIMES (TABLES J12-14)
SATURDAY 1-2PM              John Martz + Britt WilsonSUNDAY 2-4PM              John Martz + Britt Wilson

It’s here! A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories debuts this weekend at SPX. Here’s my signing schedule:

koyamapress:

SPX KID-FRIENDLY COMICS DEBUTS!

Looking for some kid-friendly comics at this weekend’s SPX? Koyama Press has got you covered with two kid and kitten friendly comics: Britt Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins and John Martz’s A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories. Both artists will be in attendance and signing their wonderful new books, so be sure to stop by!

KOYAMA PRESS KID-FRIENDLY SIGNING TIMES (TABLES J12-14)

SATURDAY

1-2PM              John Martz + Britt Wilson

SUNDAY

2-4PM              John Martz + Britt Wilson

 koyamapress

Issue 2 of my newsletter went out today.

Issue 2 of my newsletter went out today.

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories. Debuting at SPX this weekend! In stores now! OMG etc.

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories. Debuting at SPX this weekend! In stores now! OMG etc.

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories comes out Tuesday, September 9th! Here are some of the rough cover ideas from my sketchbook.

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories comes out Tuesday, September 9th! Here are some of the rough cover ideas from my sketchbook.

Comics Shelfie: John Martz
I took part in Comics&Cola’s Shelfies feature, in which cartoonists share photos and write about their bookshelves and comics collections. I also picked three childhood favourites to focus on. Click through to have a peek.

Comics Shelfie: John Martz

I took part in Comics&Cola’s Shelfies feature, in which cartoonists share photos and write about their bookshelves and comics collections. I also picked three childhood favourites to focus on. Click through to have a peek.

“Combining picture book and comic book principles, and largely wordless, Martz creates a hugely engaging story filled with colorful characters and beautifully illustrated spreads that sees Tim the cat embark on a series of adventures in a unique, delightful little world. A world in which mice and duck are enthusiastic aviators, pigs wait happily for buses that never come, and cats paint on ceilings. Martz’s illustrations are imbued with his signature charm and appeal, his protagonists ripe with a cheeky wit which never fails to please.”

'A Cat Named Tim' is previewed at Publishers Weekly by Zainab Akhtar.