You’ll laugh despite yourself at Howard Chackowicz’s twisted, funny, yet surprisingly poignant cartoons. A mix of New Yorker gags gone awry, underground comix and nightmarish kids’ books illustrations, Howie Action Comics represents many years of the artist’s output. Often called a “cartoonist’s cartoonist” Chackowicz was nominated for a Harvey Award for his early work on Dennis Eichhorn’s Real Stuff and his painted comic mural art was officially selected for the Angoulême comic festival in France. Besides working in his artfield, he has taught cartooning and comics in a variety of institutions over the years and his hilarious appearances on the CBC radio show “Wiretap” have led to a broadcasting award.
“Imagine little old men making swans out of tin foil paper during lunch hour at the factory — Chackowicz’s art captures the same sense of longing for freedom and expression despite the corruption and horror that is everyday life.”
— Heather O’Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals
“Chackowicz’s great trick is making us think that he has merely drawn us comics and cartoons both surreal and laugh-out-loud hilarious, but at a closer glance we can see that he has also here crafted honest-to-God poems — lyrical works of poignancy and depth. His art is unexpectedly wistful and warm-heartedly wise.” — Jonathan Goldstein, Host of CBC’s “Wiretap”