My name is Mike Wytrykus. I am the cartoonist of the online comic strip Grimstone and the director of the award-winning animated short film Play Date. I am also currently developing concepts for future projects and exploring employment opportunities in both the comic book and animation industries.
This website is the hub of my presence in the digital world. From here you can explore the various comic & animation projects that I’ve worked on, order a cartoon art commission, and connect with me on social networks.
Play Date is the animated short film I directed for my college capstone course Animation Production Studio in 2010-2011. The film tells the story of a little girl pursuing a little boy through imaginary worlds in a game of make-believe. In 2013, Play Date won first prize in the Chicago Film Critics Association inaugural Emerging Filmmakers Award.
Grimstone is the online comic strip that I’ve been writing and illustrating on and off since the year 2000. I’ve also self-published a few issues of a Grimstone comic book series and a book collection of the strip’s early years. In 2009, Grimstone took part in the Cartoon Art Museum’s Monsters of Webcomics Virtual Gallery.
- 2013 Chicago Film Critics Awards Press Conference
- Short-filmmaking students receive the ultimate critique