Phil Chen started cartooning at age 63, when his cardiologist told him to spend a weekend avoiding exercise of any kind (not hard to do in Phil's case) while he arranged for an angiogram. Phil's doctor thought that he was going to burst some pipes or something. So with nothing to do, Phil surfed the web and came across an astronomical theory which said that a parallel universe filled with strange matter has to exist in order to keep ours in cosmic balance. This was a very intriguing concept. As he thought about what this strange universe might look like, Phil started sketching scenes of strangeness. Without any formal art or cartoon training, he embarked on a journey of recording the inhabitants of this parallel world.
Since 2007, his cartoons were used by the New York Times as part of their hyperlocal web paper, The Local, and have appeared on numerous forums. One of his cartoons even made it into the print edition of the New York Times. One of his cartoons was used by CNN as an officially designated iReport.
Phil's work has been compared to, among others, James Thurber, Gary Larson and Bill Watterson cartoons. Rick Parker, who is known as the comic genius behind MTV's Beavis and Butthead Comic Book, calls Phil a "very dangerous man."
Hope you enjoy them.
Phil is also a serious writer. His first well-received, very realistic science fiction thriller. Falling Star has been acquired by almost 30.000 readers (about 5,000 purchased). Falling Star's ASIN is B003YCPK4C
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