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 / 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 Exhibition, Kofu, Japan

  • 2018 Solo Exhibition, Nucleus Gallery, LA

Talks & Workshops 

  • 2018 Yamanashi Artist in Residence, Kofu

  • 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)