Monday, December 27, 2010

Cleaning House: World's Fair Outcasts and Sketches...

Hope you all had a happy holiday and are well rested for New Years debauchery.
Now available on my ETSY shop are the unsold pieces from this past November's World's Fair exhibition, two inked pages of vampires smoking weed from THC Expo, and an inked sketchbook page. Take a gander if you see fit...

In other news; the collaborative sketchbook with James is near completion, three shows are being ironed out, a beer label is being designed for my homebrew, and other assorted madness will be presented to you on a rusty platter in the near and dear future.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Seasons Greeting From Catfish Heimer

I hope this finds you all healthy and happy. I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. I hope the coming 2011 treats us all well. I'd like to thank you all for the gift of your support, love, criticism, friendship, and business. Knowing you all is more than I could have ever asked for, and I'm thankful for that going into the New Year. I wish the best for all of you.

Much Love,
Sam 'Catfish' Heimer

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I've been taking Fish Oil for a few weeks now...

...and my dreams keep getting weirder and weirder. This is a work in progress. I feel like I should do some washes, or color, or something. We'll see...
I got a lot of cool stuff on the burner for 2011 folks, including inclusion in a Dinosaur show curated by Sir Anthony Pedro of the Turkish Royal Rifleman's Society, curating an H.P.Lovecraft show that will hopefully involve a companion book, in the talks for two other shows that may or may not happen, a limited edition sketch-book collaboration with James, a new mailer and new site, and a mess of other craziness.

If this is the last you all hear of my this fading year, I wish you all Happy Holidays and I hope you're all in good health.

Catfish Heimer

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010


The following is a hodge-podge of ink doodles that may be used for a top-secret project. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed drawing them. The first is directly linked to my belief that James John Audubon absorbed the souls of each bird he euthanized to document and draw for 'Birds of North America' causing him to be reanimated sometime in the late 70's at which point he started to send me... yes me...messages in the queer formations of flocks of society finches and the well placed cry of killdeer and whipporwill.

The following was an idea for an image to be framed by an Angler Fish drawn by my brother for the 'Public School' exhibition at Masthead.

The following was sheer pointless doodle.

The following is a storm feeder worm that lives in the south pacific and often wars with the shore birds that control hurricanes.

The following is my contribution for the second piece my brother and I had in the 'Public School' show at Mast head.

More soon folks, I promise. 2011 is looking to be an art filled year and you will all have front-row seats to the madness.

Also, If you're in need of some quick christmas present ideas GO HERE. Real men give art for the holidays.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

GIVE ART FOR CHRISTMAS... my art that is...

Hey folks, hope you're all well. So here's the skinny; I want to have a new mailer ready and funded by the new year and to do it I'm putting together grab-bags of (3) randomly picked screen-prints, and (1) original inked doodle at the low low, ready to move, quality goes in before the paint goes on, shipping included, price of $35. Check it out here! Much thanks to anybody who picks up one of these, it'll greatly help me further my illustration career.

Also, working on a collaborative show with James that's turning out pretty badass. More work up soon!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Works in progress, studys, and doodles OH MY!

Hope you're all well. The following is a collection of works in progress, doodles and sketches, and a study.

Above is an early detail from a Giggle Party poster. Much thanks for these guys searching me out because of my work for Parade of Flesh; so far they've been a blast to do work for. If you can't tell; it's Lincoln with balloons and confetti exploding out the back of his head, the biggest balloon bears the bands name. I still need to work in more type, a blue layer, and some zip-tone. It's been fun to work on thus far and I really miss doing posters... just not printing them.

Above is a doodle I decided to ink and color. It's a shirt idea for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Autumn Society. Right now a few shirt designs are being worked up as a small fundraiser to get the group one step closer to being a 501(3)(c).
Above is an ink-study of the great Cthulhu. I've been a die-hard member of The Esoteric Order of Dagon for years now and for some reason this is the first time I've drawn the lord of the old ones. I did an ink-wash and then inked some areas. PLEASE NOTE the layout comp I used warped considerably so the scan is god-awful. This was done as an ink-wash demo for the Pennfield Art & Design Club im running.

Above are a few ink doodles I've done over the past few weeks on my lunch breaks at my new job. Nothing to write home about, but I think they're kinda fun. The first is simply me drawing my extreme anxiety over when my next cigarette will be. The following is a play on a past master, a love note, and my favorite holiday. The last is wishing I went to Denmark with my Grandmother.

More coming in the near and dear future. I'm about to start two collaborative peices with James for a show at Masthead. I also have some projects I'm keeping close to the vest in case they crash and sink into the oily deep. Cheers folks!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


First and foremost, I hope you all had a happy Halloween and your meditations and visiting with passed loved ones on Dia De Los Muertos was cathartic and joyful. Last night was the opening of the Worlds Fair exhibition curated by Patch and Concetta, whom I'd like to thank for inviting me to be a part of the show. Below are two of the ink drawings I contributed to the show. They were printed and toned with coffee and habanero ink. The show was amazing; the artwork was of the highest pedigree of imagination and the flow and arrangement of the work was art in itself. Also, Shadow Space gallery is an amazing venue and I hope to show there again in the near and horrible future.

Also, a chance self-googling and the following correspondence with the multi-talented Kenny Harris has yielded me a new web-site in trade for some art!
Also, I've begun some new projects with the Autumn Society that may make for some really cool shows and opportunities for local illustrators... but may yield a headache and a warm hand full of wasted time/thanks for giving it another shot. Time reveals all.
Also, it seems there is strange weather blowing new and odd wind into the PCS sails and I sincerely hope adventure is on the horizon.
Also, I'm about to get back to work doing a rendition of the great and all mighty Cthulhu... my first, which is odd because I'm a huge lovecraft fan.
Also, my personal art gallery has gained: two more Jeffro Kilpatricks, and a Melissa Lomax.
Also, working on some posters for Giggle Party that are turing out to be pretty fun!

More soon folks. I promise. For all that's worth.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hallowed Halloween Video!

Shot, edited, and much thanks to David Diperstein for the great looking video, and much thanks to Matt Cavanaugh for setting us up with David, and doing his own fare share of Photography!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The above is my piece from last years smash-hit show "Dia De Los Muertos" by the Autumn Society of Illustration at Proximity Gallery. This years show, "Hallowed Halloween" is shaping up to be the best group showing I've ever happened upon. The drop-off was last saturday (photos to come) and the few pieces I got to see before shoving off were incredible. This is one not to miss folks.

And in old news; Fresh out of school I did a mailer, sent to a few hundred American micro-breweries... and didn't get so much as a "thanks for the postcard" e-mail. Well several years later, I might be doing a beer label. More on that soon too...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hallowed Halloween Cont'd...

Still ironing out the kinks on this one. Piece number 2 for 'Hallowed Halloween' (see previous post for all show info). So far I've seen two other pieces for this show, and believe me, this is one you're not going to want to miss!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hallowed Halloween Cont'd...

He is without a doubt gleefully watching
children trick-or-treat, while listening to
his father, Ronald Clarke O'Bryan, howl
and scream in Hell.

Rest in Peace Timmy.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Opening Reception - October 1st, 2010
October 1st - October 31st
2434 East Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Once a year the summer sun passes on to make way for the birth of the next season. From it's passing, the month of October welcomes many changes with the coming of the season of Autumn. Most know the presence of Autumn thanks to the calm breeze that soothes the sun scorned fields of a past summer's day and the prismatic changes that trees decorate themselves with. Others, especially in the northern ends of the world, know it marks the last harvest of the year. The last harvest, the slaughtering of cattle, and stockpiling of grain are all in preparation for winter. These tasks largely decided Life and Death, and thus was a time to celebrate, mourn and call on the spirits of the season and the field, both good and evil.

A novelty now, viewed as children's games of years forgotten, the rites, practices and superstitions stemming from harvest holidays used to embody the fact that life is precious, delicate, and at a time, largely relied on the last harvest. What at one time was a potluck holiday, borrowing from most farming civilizations, Halloween has lost its edge, its lesson, its beauty. What was once a celebration of life and death, role-reversal and phantasmagoria, black and orange is now garish, commercialized and seemingly meaningless.

Fall is often a short reprieve; a flash of beauty between the sweltering summer and bone chilling winter, passed before it's noticed. However, thanks to rituals that do not invite publicity or the light of day, the practices, adornment and lore that were once Halloween will be celebrated by 35 nostalgic artists this October. For the first time, the Autumn Society and the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society have collaborated to bring you "Hallowed Halloween". This celebration will be welcomed and housed at Proximity Art Gallery, which is Philadelphia's premiere upcoming gallery for fresh, new talent in the visual arts.

The "Hallowed Halloween" art exhibition will feature multi-media based artwork exploring all the elements that make Halloween creepy, imaginative, and fun. This will include exposing its roots in folklore, diverse rituals, adornment and staple characters. Thanks to Proximity Gallery and the gathered artists this exhibition and celebration will ignite the Autumn bonfires as we, the living and the dead celebrate Halloween in all its magic and lore.

Come join the goblins, ghosts, witches and artists this October 1st for the opening reception of "Hallowed Halloween" at Proximity Gallery.

Participating Artists:

Melissa Lomax
James Heimer
Paul Palcko
Tim Durning
Timmy Smith
Christine Larsen
Alex Eckman-Lawn
Concetta Barbera
Jen Gin
Eric Braddock
Yis Goodwin
Ray Chase
Anthony Pedro
Sam Heimer
Ryan Studley
Peter Wonsowski
Jeffro Kilpatrick
Amy Houser
Marc Damicis
Andrew Hart
Matt Cavanaugh
Joseph Game
Kyle Margiotta
Matt Stewart
Gina Stewart
Justin Gray
Andrew Hoffman
Christian Patchell
Jay Bevenour
Eamon Dougherty
Jane Hay
Tim Grimmer
Ralph Giguere
Stephanie Struse
April McPhatter

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


As mentioned in a prior post, the official announcement for 'Hallowed Halloween' is coming soon, but in the mean-time, a detail from one of three pieces. Three in the event that the big one doesn't get finished... this being from the least impressive of the three. Just a little more info on the show: THIS IS THE FIRST ASOP/ Philadelphia Cartoonist Society COLLABORATIVE SHOW! More soon, I promise!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Poster Of The Week! Third Time!

Got a nice write up on the Dallas Observer music Blog HERE for my Coathangers poster. Check it out.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

bourbon flavored tears...

Sorry it's been so long folks. Above is the ink-work for my "All Hands on Deck" show piece. Sadly, due to a last minute detour to New Hampshire to see a Portuguese speaking catfish named Earl, I was not able to finish this piece how I wanted. Instead of ink-wash gray-scale and digital color with a full-view frame, I had to do ink on ink and use a frame with an odd mat. Sorry Anthony. The following photos are courtesy of the lovely Kacy Jones.

If I haven't mentioned it in a prior drunken ramble, I'm curating the first ever collaborative show, joining the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society and the Autumn Society in an unholy union in celebration of the baying of dogs and the spilling of blood... also known as Halloween! Between the two groups we have 32 artists participating, and I'm not one to speculate, but this show is going to be killer.

First Friday, October 1st
Proximity Gallery
2434 East Dauphin

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


If you flip to pages 106 - 109 you can see the four pages of illustration I did for this magazine. As time has passed, so has my liking of the work I did...

Got a ton of stuff on the stove folks, more dishes soon!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Christmas (Halloween) came early

I was antiquing in Cape May this past weekend and came across the above; a home shrine for last rites. With a little persuasion from my Girlfriend, I'm now the proud owner of said shrine, and have already begun dismantling and cleaning it in preparation for the ASOP/PCS Halloween show at Proximity Gallery. Both the main compartment, and the frame door of the smaller compartment (holds an image of the last supper, not shown) will be used in some manor, but I felt this wooden box, with candle holders, and compartment to hide my sins, would be a perfect fit for some of my artwork.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fishing for work...

more soon folks. I promise...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Nobody ever brings anything small into a bar... I've had a lot going on lately. The editor of the magazine for the LA THC Expo saw my work in Cigar Press and commissioned me to do four pages of vampires smoking weed... really... I'm not kidding... Dracula with a spliff.

Above is a doodle I've been wanting to start the finish on for a while, I'll probably get around to it after the aforementioned project is done. I still want to do a 'maritime' themed show with my chums Eamon and Anthony.

Below is a show poster... nothing like starting off the year with the same crap I've been drawing for the last few years...conceptually dead...but fuck it. Next show poster is for 'the Coat Hangers' so maybe I'll be able to hash out something a little more worthy of being silk-screened.

more soon. I promise.