Self Portrait 2016


I am a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist,  muralist, and Creative Director for Manifest Urban Arts Festival.

Through highly calculated layouts and improvised content based on emotion, I aim to create an experience in each piece that alters depending on one's point in their life at that moment. The subjects of work often embrace an abstract or surrealistic quality that floats between child-like innocence and manic obsession, often creating opposing responses of humour and discomfort.

I create in hope to project the feelings of excitement and unpredictability that I experience while drawing onto both people that may have never drawn since grade school and those who do every day.


For any inquiries on purchasing any originals, prints, stickers,  comics, or anything else, please contact me via email at mclujohn(at)

Currently I have work for sale at these Chicago locations

  • Armadillo's Pillow, 6753 N Sheridan Road

  • Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W North

  • ShopColumbia, 619 South Wabash Avenue

  • In my backpack, wherever I am


  • Cute and Nice, 2017, A comic in the form of a passed note about some dudes, 5.5"x8.5", Self-published

  • Exquisite Corpse: A Collaboration of Friendship, 2017,  Mix and match book in collaboration with Olivia Olsen and Maggie O'Brien, 8.5"x11", Self-Published

  • Hollinndagain, 2017, A comic reimagining of Animal Collective's 2002 album, 11"x14", Self-published

  • Linework Comic Anthology Vol 7, 2017,  Anthology under the direction of Ivan Brunetti, 10.5"x14", Editor

  • Chaos Theory, 2017, Collection of b/w one page comics, 8.5"x11", Self-published

  • Hi There, 2017, Typography based mini comic, 4.25"x5.5", Self-published

  • Linework Comic Anthology Vol 6, 2016,  Anthology under the direction of Ivan Brunetti, 8"x10", Contributor

  • Bus Stop, 2016, Stream of consciousness semi-wordless mini comic, 5.5"x8.5", Self-published

  • Bees?, 2015, Collection of illustrations, 5"x5", Contributor 

  • The Kitchen Katastrophe, 2007, Children's mystery picture book with talking food, 6"x8", Illustrator


Clients and Experiences