New Facebook Birthday Picture

Everyday I go on Facebook and everyday I feel like it is one of my friend’s birthdays. No matter  who it is whether I know them personally or not, I always wish them a happy birthday. It’s just nice for someone to hear and in this case read.

For a while I have been tossing around the idea of creating a picture to post for my birthday comment as a lot of cartoonists do. I’ve done a lot of sketches. Some were of characters I have like Plunger Pup and others were of other ideas, mostly chef’s and bakers. I love to cook (not bake so much, but I am pretty good at it from what I have been told) so I decided to go with the chef/baker idea. After playing with different character designs, I finally settled on the one below. I really like it a lot especially how the organic lines from my inking looks against the hard edge digital blue background. I’m enjoying this cartoon illustration so much that I thinking of removing my name from it to turn into a greeting card to sell.


So, if you are a Facebook friend of mine, you can expect this on your birthday. If not, the greeting card will be for sale soon (seems like I made the decision about making it a greeting card — That was fast).  🙂

Until next time remember, there is always time to GET IN TOON!


Welcome To My New Website


Hello, Michael Grassia here. For those who follow my work or have visited my website in the past, you’re probably wondering what’s up with the new website. If this is your first visit then you’re probably not asking that question.

Well, here is the answer…

I have never been really into web design but the control freak that I can be wants to be in control of my site. I didn’t want to have to pay someone for updating or rely on someone else’s schedule. I have created sites in Photoshop and Dreamweaver as well as used a blogger account for a site. Today, I moved to WordPress.

Why WordPress?

First, it offers more themes and layout options than blogger offers and they can be very dynamic if I choose. The current theme I am using will probably change as I develop the site more.

Second, WordPress is very easy to use. Creating pages and posts are just as easy to do as if I was in blogger so it had familiarity. If you have any basic CSS and/or PHP skills you can go in a develop your site past the basics. I have very basic knowledge and until I learn more I am happy with the what WordPress offers.

Third and finally, I chose to go with WordPress because I recommend it to my students and figured I should practice what I preach.

Over the last few days I have been playing with WordPress and the more I use it the more I  am really beginning to like it a lot. I will be experimenting for a while so the site may go through a few changes over the next few weeks/months, but keep checking back for updates.

I have set up a few goals with this site. The big one is to post regularly on the blog which is the homepage here which means overtime you type into your browser the first page you get will always be my blog. I plan to post daily drawings I do and at least once a week blog about something from the world of cartooning. I will try to make the weekly post as educational as possible.

I hope you will stay around and check back daily to check out my work. It would also be great if you would like to connect with me via social media. Here are the links.

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Until next time remember, there is always time to GET IN TOON!

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