I have authored and designed art books about animated series on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Netflix. I wrote, designed, and illustrated a doodle activity book, many art zines, and have collaborated on creating anthology comic books and artist sketch books. I’ve designed books about zombies, horror and science fiction movies, comics, Wonder Woman, the Joker, and legendary animation directors. Plus more! If you’d like a more specific view of book project types, CLICK HERE for books designed by Chris, CLICK HERE for books written by Chris, and CLICK HERE for books illustrated by Chris.
Meathaus formed while a group of us were attending School of Visual Arts around the turn of the century. We self-published comic book anthologies, sketchbook anthologies, zines and a few records, attended small-press comics shows, curated group shows, and had a good time.
After roughly 20 years online, meathaus dot com is no longer. If you would like to still buy our latest and greatest 272 page full color anthology at half-price, head over to Domino Books, the exclusive place to pick up Meathaus SOS!
I wrote and designed The Art of Invader Zim which was published by Abrams in 2020. The book features a foreword by Rebecca Sugar and commentary throughout from Jhonen Vasquez and the original Nickelodeon series and new Netflix movie crews.
SYFY Wire did an interview with me about the book here.
“The sumptuous and comprehensive “Bojack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse”… is fascinating.”
—The New York Times
“Netflix’s BoJack Horseman has cemented itself as one of the best comedies – animated or live-action – of the past decade, thanks in large part to its meticulously detailed world and the fascinating design of its quirky characters. Every scene is brimming with visual gags, ridiculous animal puns and Hollywood-skewering easter eggs, to the point where it’s impossible to catch them all in a single viewing – which is why a new book, BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse, should appeal to fans of all stripes (and spots).”
“For fans of BoJack Horseman,The Art Before the Horseoffers over 200 pages of fun,behind-the-scenes tidbits and images that you just won’t find anywhere else.”
“…part behind-the-scenes companion, part art book, and part history of the project quilted from interviews with cast and crew.”
“An official behind-the-scenes companion book to BoJack Horseman so you can see what all the crazy-cool art looked like before it aired.”
I wrote and designed the 352 page art book Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo which was published in October 2014 by Abrams. Adventure Time is a popular show on Cartoon Network that has earned an international fan base.
Some praise for the project:
“This book is a deep dive into the Land of Ooo.” (Boing Boing)
“The holy grail of the hit animated series Adventure Time. And you don’t even have to go to very distant lands. In fact, you can put in right on your coffee table.” (Paste magazine)
“An extensive look at concept art, storyboards, early character sketches, background paintings, and the series’ show bible.” (The LA Times’s Hero Complex Blog)
“Even if I didn’t love this series so much, I would still buy the awesome Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, a beautiful 352-page large format tome that tells the series’ genesis.” (Gizmodo)
Some more praise for the project:
“It’s fascinating seeing the show broken down into its purest form.” (Kotaku)
“Fans of Adventure Time will basically lose their freaking minds.” (io9)
“This gorgeous full-color hardcover book will grace coffee tables with elegance. Yes, you heard right, with elegance.” (GeekMom)
“McDonnell deserves credit for producing such a worthy endeavor that encompasses nearly every facet of this multidimensional series. . . . this book cannot be recommended highly enough for diehard and casual fans alike of the show.” (ICv2)
“…A stunning hardcover coffee table book that dives very deep into the production of this show. It’s an incredible resource for fans that is immaculately designed and thoroughly researched, and it features an introduction by Guillermo Del Toro to make it a little more high-brow than the usual coffee table book about a Cartoon Network show.” (A.V. Club)
In September 2014 Universe published Ozzy Inguanzo’s book Zombies On Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema which I designed. This is the second book that Ozzy wrote and I designed, after the Green Lantern film book.
“What’s great about Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book is that it involves your imagination-and way too many artists have stopped using their imaginations.”- Bill Plympton, cartoonist/director
“What I love about Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book is that it really encourages kids to use their imagination – and most importantly to draw, draw and draw! ” -Fanboy.com
“This book is awesome. I’ll try to think of a better blurb than this book is awesome.” – Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time.
“This book dares you to get silly about drawing. An anxiety shattering process, especially for people who draw for a living. Like going to the gym where the only exercise is getting a massage.” – Tomer Hanuka, illustrator, teacher.
“This Sasquatch thing looks like so much fun-I want to draw on the vans first. It’s like you’ve made the perfect McD-style culmination of all the best games and puzzle draw-in books of yesteryear.” -Brandon Graham, comic book author/artist.
“I’ve been drawing in the Big Hairy Book with my grand kids. They love it, I love it, and-when I do a bad drawing I can blame it on Chris. Now that’s a great drawing book.” – Ralph Bakshi, cartoonist/director.
“Got . ‘Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book’, and I hereby deem it to be my favorite of Sasquatch’s books”.-Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Invader Zim.
Universal Studios Monsters has gone through several printings and updated editions since I first designed the book in 2009, and author Michael Mallory has since added a new chapter for the latest edition in 2021.
Published in April 2008 by Universe, Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi is the a look at the life, career and art of artist and director Ralph Bakshi. I designed and co-authored it with Jon M. Gibson, with Jon primarily handling writing while I handled visuals. The foreword is written by Quentin Tarantino.
“…a loving behind-the-scenes tribute to a true American iconoclast.” ~Playboy
“The artwork and honor are all contained within, chronicling the acclaimed career of this key animation pioneer that we have to thank for much of popular culture’s influence.” ~Juxtapoz
“The book, which features hundreds of rough sketches, doodles, and animation cells, is tremendously entertaining, if a little worshipful.” ~Planet Magazine
“Stuffed with sketches, paintings and stills from the completed films, the book emerges an eye-candy tribute to an important and idiosyncratic creator.” ~Sci Fi Magazine
“…a behind-the-scenes look at the legend from his childhood spent drawing the characters of Brownsville, Brooklyn to his bitter retirement after losing creative control of the…feature Cool World.” ~Tokion