photo credit:  Thanh Pham

photo credit: Thanh Pham

About me

I live in Montreal, where I make picture books and comics and design for animation.

I have lived and worked in Dublin, London, Seoul and Los Angeles. My first comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for two Eisner awards and won a Doug Wright Award for Best Experimental Comic. 

I was also the Lead Designer on the animated series, Adventure Time, at Cartoon Network.

Contact

Email me at comingupforair@gmail.com

Instagram: @mattforsythe

Twitter: @mattforsythe

For book-related enquiries, please contact Judy Hansen at hansenliterary@msn.com

    Select Clients 

    New York Times / Wall St Journal / Dreamworks / Netflix / Cartoon Network / Nickelodeon / Netflix / Little Brown / Simon & Schuster / Drawn & Quarterly / Koyama Press / The Walrus / Chronicle Books / Penguin - Random House

    Awards & Honours

    • 2018 Bull Bransom National Wildlife Art Award
    • 2017 Top 100 Books of the Year, Globe & Mail
    • 2017 Ontario Library Association Top Ten
    • 2105 Emmy Award Honor (Adventure Time) 
    • 2013 E.B. White Read Aloud Award
    • 2012 Society of Illustrators Book Illustration 
    • 2011 New York Times Notable Picture Book
    • 2008 Quill & Quire Book of the Year, Ojingogo 
    • 2008 Doug Wright award for Canadian Cartooning
    • 2005 Eisner nominee, Best Digital Comic, Ojingogo
    • 2004 Eisner nominee, Best Digital Comic, Ojingogo

    Exhibitions

    • 2019 Solo Exhibition, Treviso, Italy
    • 2018 Solo Exhibition, Nucleus Gallery, LA

    Talks & Workshops 

    • 2018 Yamanashi Artist in Residence, Tokyo
    • 2017 Lecturer, Character Design, VIA University, Denmark
    • 2017 Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence, Concordia University
    • 2017 Lecturer, Creative Writing, Concordia University
    • 2016 Lecturer, Character Design, VIA University, Denmark
    • 2014 Speaker, Royal College of Art, Leeds

    Books 

    • The Brilliant Deep  (Chronicle Books, 2018)
    • The Bad Mood & The Stick (Little Brown, 2017)
    • The Gold Leaf (Enchanted Lion, 2017)
    • Please Open This Book  (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
    • Do Not Open This Book (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
    • My Name is Elizabeth (Kids Can Press 2011) 
    • Jinchalo (Drawn & Quarterly, 2012)
    • Comics Class (2012, Koyama Press)
    • Ojingogo (Drawn & Quarterly, 2008)