photo credit: Thanh Pham

photo credit: Thanh Pham

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I'm a cartoonist and book illustrator. I was born in Toronto, I grew up in London, England, and Welland, Ontario. 

I have lived and worked in Dublin, London and Seoul. My first comic, Ojingogo was nominated for two Eisner awards in 2004 and 2005 and a Doug Wright Award for Canadian Cartooning in 2008. 

I lived in Los Angeles from 2012 to 2014 where I was the Lead Designer on the show, Adventure Time at Cartoon Network.

The first picture book I made, My Name is Elizabeth (2011, Kids Can Press) was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year and my second picture book, Do Not Open This Book (Simon & Schuster, 2013) won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award in 2013. 


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Instagram: @mattforsythe

For book-related enquiries, please contact Judy Hansen at

Selected interviews

Your Dreams My Nightmares interview, 2014

Selected Awards & Honours

  • 2017 Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence, Concordia University
  • 2016 Guest Lecturer, VIA University, Denmark
  • 2014-2105 Emmy Award Honour for Contribution to Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program (Adventure Time, Cartoon Network)
  • 2013 Guest Speaker, Royal College of Art, Leeds 
  • 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


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


  • 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)