David Heatley

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David Heatley
Born (1974-10-17) October 17, 1974 (age 46)
Area(s)Cartoonist, Penciller
Notable works
My Brain is Hanging Upside Down

David Heatley (born October 17, 1974) is an American cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, and musician.



Born in Teaneck, New Jersey,[1] Heatley graduated from Teaneck High School in 1993. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000.[2]


Though he studied painting and filmmaking at Oberlin College, Heatley started drawing comics regularly in the late 1990s. Since then, his comics and illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Mome, and Kramers Ergot, among others. He has been featured three times in the Best American Comics series.[3] Fantagraphics has published two issues of his solo comic book series, Deadpan, and Pantheon Books released his first full-length book, My Brain is Hanging Upside Down, in September 2008.


Heatley's high school band Velvet Cactus Society released two albums on Shimmy Disc in the early 1990s. In 2008, he recorded (under his own name) a soundtrack to his graphic novel "My Brain is Hanging Upside Down", featuring a cover of The Ramones song by the same name. The soundtrack was released on WonderSound records.

Personal life[edit]

Heatley lives in Jackson Heights, NY, with his wife Rebecca Gopoian (an agnostic, Jewish-Armenian poet) and their two children, Maya and Samuel Heatley.[4]


Heatley lists among his influences Daniel Clowes, Gary Panter, Fort Thunder, and Paper Rad.[5]

Selected works[edit]


  • My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Pantheon Books, September, 2008, ISBN 0-375-42539-X)
  • Otis Dooda, written by Ellen Potter, Feiwel & Friends, 2013
  • Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous, written by Ellen Potter, Feiwel & Friends, 2014
  • Qualification: A Graphic Memoir in Twelve Steps, Pantheon, 2019 ISBN 978-0375425400

Solo Comics[edit]

  • Deadpan #1 (Fantagraphics)
  • Deadpan #2 (Fantagraphics)

Collaborative Comics[edit]

Anthology appearances[edit]

Publication Publisher,
Kramers Ergot 4 Gingko Press
ISBN 0-9677989-5-7
ISBN 0-9800039-7-0
Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern
Issue 13
May 14, 2004
ISBN 1-932416-08-0
Original printing of "Portrait of My Dad";
a strip on the table of contents page.
Kramers Ergot 5 Gingko Press
December 31, 2004
ISBN 1-58423-172-6
15-page story: "My Sexual History"
Bête Noire #1 Fantagraphics
cover art
The Education Of A Comics Artist Allworth Press
May 1, 2005
ISBN 1-58115-408-9
2-page strip called "How I Became the Cartoonist I am today."
Mome Vol. 1 - Summer 2005 Fantagraphics Books
September 12, 2005
ISBN 1-56097-650-0
Part 1 of serial comic "Overpeck"
Mome Vol. 2 - Fall 2005 Fantagraphics
November 30, 2005
ISBN 1-56097-684-5
Part 2 of serial comic "Overpeck"
Mome Vol. 3 - Winter 2006 Fantagraphics
April 24, 2006
ISBN 1-56097-697-7
Part 3 of serial comic "Overpeck"
Mome Vol. 4 - Spring/Summer 2006 Fantagraphics
July 31, 2006
ISBN 1-56097-726-4
dream comics
The Best American Comics 2006 Best American
October 11, 2006
ISBN 0-618-71874-5
"Portrait of My Dad"
Mome Vol. 6 - Winter 2007 Fantagraphics
January 16, 2007
ISBN 1-56097-781-7
dream comics
Mome Vol. 7 - Spring 2007 Fantagraphics
May 22, 2007
ISBN 1-56097-834-1
dream comics
The Best American Comics 2007 Best American
October 10, 2007
ISBN 0-618-71876-1
cover art; 10 pages of dream comics
The Best American Comics 2008 Best American
October 8, 2008
ISBN 0-618-98976-5
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: Volume 2 Yale University Press
October 21, 2008
ISBN 0-300-12671-9
Kramers Ergot 7 Buenaventura Press
November 1, 2008
ISBN 0-9800039-5-4


  1. ^ Duin, Steve. "David Heatley", The Oregonian, October 24, 2008. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Heatley's Facebook profile. Accessed Feb. 5, 2009.
  3. ^ promotional page for Best American Comics 2007
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ David Heatley's artist page at Drawger

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