Mike Wytrykus
Cartoonist & Animation Writer

Welcome to the hub of my online presence. I invite you to view the comic and animation projects I've worked on, to browse my portfolio, to purchase some of my cartoon art, and to follow me on social media.


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 as well as a pilot for an animated comedy series. I am available for any freelance screenwriting assignments. I am also seeking employment opportunities as a writer's assistant or script PA to learn more about the craft of writing for television.

My secondary area of interest is animation production management. I am interested in any entry-level positions as a production assistant in order to gain further experience and learn more about the animation production pipeline.

About Me

I am a cartoonist and animation writer. I am a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where I studied animation production and directed the award-winning animated short film Play Date. I am also the artist & writer of the online comic strip Grimstone, which I have been creating since 2000. I am a movie & comic book geek, tabletop gamer, computer nerd, Star Wars & Doctor Who fanatic, and proud Ravenclaw.

I am currently exploring employment opportunities in the animation industry while also pitching my newest project, an animated comedy series called The Quarter Bin.




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

Play Date

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.

Fan Works


Poker Night

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

Harry Potter and the Perfect Night

Back when 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.

Ultimate Munchkin Companion

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.



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