Welcome to my website. My name is Mike Wytrykus. I am a cartoonist and animated filmmaker, and a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where I studied animation production and directed the short film Play Date. I have also been writing & illustrating the online comic strip Grimstone since the autumn of 2000. Currently, I am developing several concepts for future projects while also 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 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 an online comic strip what I’ve been writing and illustrating on and off since the autumn of 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