I am skilled in cartoon illustration, concept development, screenwriting, storyboarding, animatic editing, producing, directing, and a wide array of computer software.
My primary area of interest is writing for animation. I have written several unproduced short scripts. I am seeking employment as a writer's assistant or script PA to learn more about the craft of writing for television. I am also open to any freelance screenwriting assignments.
My secondary area of interest is editing animatics & story reels, and I am looking for any such employment opportunities.
I am interested in entry-level positions as well, such as production assistant, in order to gain further experience and learn more about the animation industry.
I'm also available for cartoon art commissions, schedule permitting.
Mike Wytrykus is a cartoonist and animated filmmaker who has been writing & illustrating the online comic strip Grimstone since 2000. He is also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where he studied animation production and directed the award winning animated short film Play Date about a little girl pursuing a little boy through imaginary worlds in a game of make-believe.
Mike continues to create new comics while also developing concepts for future projects and exploring employment opportunities in the animation industry.
The town of Grimstone is home to many monsters, ghosts, and creatures of the night. One such monster is Ribcage, a skeleton who makes his “living” appearing in horror movies. His career has taken a turn for the worse and it has become increasingly harder for him to get work. Nevertheless, Ribcage is determined to do whatever it takes to become a star again, even if it kills him – again! Come and take a look at life through the eyes of a dead man.
Grimstone is the online comic strip that I’ve been sporadically writing and illustrating 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.
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 boy named Jack and a little girl named Jill. Jack just wants to be left alone and play as a cowboy riding his horse across the desert. Jill pretends she’s a beautiful princess and wants Jack to be her knight in shining armor. Jill pursues the reluctant Jack through several imaginary worlds of make-believe in her effort to win his affections. In the end, the two might just learn to play together after all.
Play Date was the recipient of the Chicago Film Critics Association’s inaugural Emerging Filmmakers Award in 2013 and later won Best Student Short at the 2014 Wizard World Film Festival in Chicago.
Several years ago, before there was Robot Chicken, there was Rabid Mongoose. Inspired by the comic strip Twisted Mego Theatre in ToyFare magazine, my friends and I created a series of stop motion animated short films using our highly articulated action figures. The pinacle of these shorts is Poker Night.
Batman is the world's greatest detective and has defeated scores of dastardly villains in his long career. But tonight, he will face his greatest challenge ever. The Dark Knight squares off against five of the world's greatest superheroes in a high stakes, winner-takes-all game of poker! It will take all his crimefighting skills to defeat the combined might of Superman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Aquaman and the Hulk. When the chips are down and everything's on the line, who will be the victor?
Poker Night was a runner-up in one of Wizard Magazine's Direct to Video contests and footage was screened at the 2002 Wizard World Chicago comic convention in Rosemont, IL
A few years ago, while I was still a student at Columbia College Chicago, I wrote a short Harry Potter story as my final project for my Fantasy Literature class. The story is about 5500 words and is set five years after the Battle of Hogwarts and the downfall of Voldemort. It tells the tale of a very special Valentine’s Day between Harry Potter and the love of his life, Ginny Weasley.
My friends and I are huge fans of the card game Munchkin. If you've ever played it, you know how complicated it can get, especially when it comes to keeping track of all your stats. I tried a few level counter apps and found them all insufficient. So I made my own web app instead. It is optimized for the iPhone 6/6s but should be compatible with just about any smartphone.