home of c. michael hall
writer, cartoonist, nerd

Inspired to make mini-comics by an issue of Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man, C. Michael Hall (you can call him Mike) bumped around the small press comix scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s, where he was best known for his semi-regular series, The Adventures of Dr. Mystery, Man of Action. He was a founding partner in comics publisher Ape Entertainment (which rocketed to great success seemingly 30 seconds after Mike left the company) and is the author of Make Your Own Comics: The Small Press Primer, as well as co-creator of Ape Entertainment’s Go-Go Gorilla and the Jungle Crew. His most recent works include Bronze Age Funnies, which Mike describes as "a political satire with beheadings and nudity;" Library of the Living Dead, an educational comic book which became a viral sensation in its online form (the book enjoyed over one million downloads in its first month of release); Monster Clash, another educational comic; Helldorado: East Eats West, a mini-series written for Ape Entertainment, and Hooligan, a forthcoming digital book from Viper Comics which Mike co-created with series artist Dustin Evans. Mike also continues working with his Library of the Living Dead collaborator Matt Upson to produce more educational comics for various libraries around the country (links to Mike's educational comics can be found on the "Webcomics" page).

Mike has a BS in History and Political Science from McPherson College. He resides somewhere in Kansas with his wife Lily and their three cats, and in addition to his freelance work, teaches a course in comics and cartooning at a small community college and works full time as (of all things) a librarian.

 
FREE PUBLICATIONS FOR LIBRARIANS:
Graphic Novel Collection Development: Are you struggling with the challenges of graphic novel collection development? Let Mike help! Fresh from its successful debut at the 2013 Kansas Library Association's annual is Graphic Novel Collection Development, a 32-page guide full of tips, tricks, and advice from a lifelong nerd who has worked in both the library and comic book fields...and you can download the printable PDF version for FREE! Just right-click and "Save Link As..." RIGHT HERE!

Fundamentals of Readers' Advisory:Readers' advisory can be a challenge for librarians and circulation clerks; this quick-start guide demystifies the basics of this valuable art/science, and can be downloaded for FREE! Just right-click and "Save Link As..." RIGHT HERE!

HORROR FANS: For the first time in more than a decade, Mike has edited and published a 'zine! An Ill Wind: A Journal of Horror & the Macabre features never-before-published horror fiction and poetry, along with chilling photography. Very few print copies were produced, but you can download the printable PDF version for FREE! Just right-click and "Save Link As..." RIGHT HERE!

 
 

DEVIANTART.COM
A vast repository of work by artists from around the world and working in a variety of visual media. I keep an online gallery here.

KA-BLAM.COM
Ready to abandon everything even remotely resembling a normal life and create your very own comic books? Here's the place to have them printed!

APE-ENTERTAINMENT.COM
My longtime friends and former partners produce some of the sharpest comic books in the business. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

DUSTINEVANS.BIZ
Another longtime friend and occasional collaborator, Dustin's work has graced books from Disney, IDW, Devil's Due, Viper Comics, and many more. Tell him Mike sent you.

 MORGSTERS.COM
These handmade plush monsters (each a one-of-a-kind original) are the brainchildren of Mike's wife, the multi-talented Lily Morgan. They have to be seen to be believed.

 
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