Marc Bell (cartoonist)

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Marc Bell
Artist at work; A photo of Marc Bell taken at the Monthly Montreal Comix Jam, February 25, 2004
BornMarc Bell
1971 (1971)
London, Ontario
Area(s)Cartoonist, Artist
Notable works
Shrimpy and Paul and Friends, Hot Potatoe, Pure Pajamas, Stroppy

Marc Bell (born 1971 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian cartoonist and artist. He was initially known for creating comic strips (such as Shrimpy and Paul), but Bell has also created several exhibitions of his mixed media work and watercoloured drawings. Hot Potatoe [sic], a monograph of his work, was released in 2009. His comics have appeared in many Canadian weeklies, Vice, and LA Weekly. He has been published in numerous anthologies, such as Kramers Ergot and The Ganzfeld.


  • Boof, 1992, Caliber Press (Plymouth, MI)
  • Hep, 1993, Caliber Press (Plymouth, MI)
  • The Mojo Action Companion Unit Vol.2 #1, 1997, Exclaim! (Toronto, ON)
  • Shrimpy and Paul and Friends, 2003, Highwater Books (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Worn Tuff Elbow #1, 2004, Fantagraphics (Seattle, WA)
  • The Stacks, 2004, Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, PQ)
  • The Hobbit (with Peter Thompson), 2005, PictureBox (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Fresh From Kiev, 2005, Bulb Comix (Geneva, CH)
  • Nog a Dod (editor), 2006, Conundrum Press (Montreal, PQ) in association with PictureBox
  • Ganzfeld #5 (editor), 2007, PictureBox (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Illusztraijuns for Brain Police [sic], 2008, Drawn & Quarterly/Half World Books (Montreal, PQ)
  • Hot Potatoe [sic], 2009, Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, PQ)
  • Kelp Stingray (with Matthew Thurber), 2009, Nieves (Zurich, CH)
  • Shrimpy et Paul, 2010, Editions Cornélius (Paris, FR)
  • Dirty Dishes (editor) by Amy Lockhart, 2010, Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, PQ)
  • Pure Pajamas, 2011, Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, PQ)
  • Shrimpy e Paul, 2012, A Bolha Editora (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
  • Rudy (editor) by Mark Connery, 2014, 2D Cloud (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Love and Forgiveness (editor) by Joe Hale, 2014, Swimmers Group (Toronto, ON)
  • Boutique Mag #1, 2014, Colour Code Printing (Toronto, ON)
  • Stroppy, 2015, Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, PQ)
  • 18 Sausages (Boutique Mag #3), 2018, No World Books, (Vancouver, BC)
  • Stroppy, 2018, Editions Cornelius, (Bordeaux, FR)
  • Stroppy, 2018, La Cúpula and Hotel De La Ideas, (Barcelona, SP) and (Buenos Aires, AR)
  • Worn Tuff Elbow #2, 2018, No World Books (Vancouver, BC)
  • Boutique Mag #4, 2019, Neoglyphic Media (Bellingham, WA)
  • Banal Complications, 2020, mini kuš! #90 (Riga, Latvia)
  • Boutique Mag #5, 2022, Neoglyphic Media (Bellingham, WA)

Anthology work[edit]

  • Rosetta, "He Works Inside the Condiment Dispenser", 2002, Alternative Comics (Gainesville, FL), four endflaps on covers
  • L’enfance Dub Cyclope 2, "Il N’Y A Pas D’Issue!", Zone Convective (Montreal PQ), 10 pages (French translation)
  • The Ganzfeld #3, "The DUHY Science Network", 2003, Monday Morning (New York, NY), 6 pages
  • Kramers Ergot #4, "There is No Escape!", 2003, Avodah Books (Los Angeles, CA), 23 pages
  • Kramers Ergot #5, "Fallen Angel" (plus other assorted material), 2004, Gingko Press (Corte Madera, CA), 26 pages
  • Black #3, "Le Royaume Sacre de Shrimpy", 2005, Coconino Press (Paris, France), 22 pages (French translation)
  • The Ganzfeld #4, "Gustun on These Layers of the Earth", 2005, PictureBox (Brooklyn, NY), 14 pages
  • Kramers Ergot #6, "Pile of Bacon", 2006, Buenaventura Press and Avodah Books (Los Angeles, CA), 12 pages
  • An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories, "Supernatural Hot Rug and not Used #1", 2006, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 3 pages
  • The Ganzfeld #7, "A History of the All-Star Schnauzer Band", 2007, PictureBox (Brooklyn, NY), 6 pages
  • The Where, the Why, and the How, "What Drives Plate Platonics", 2012, Chronicle Books (San Francisco, CA), 1 page
  • Drawn & Quarterly 25th Anniversary, "Shrimpy is in Trouble", 2015, Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, PQ), 2 pages
  • Kramers Ergot #9 by Marc Bell (a) and Joe Hale (w), "Calendar", 2016, Fantagraphics Books (Seattle, WA), 1 page
  • s! #26 (dADa), "Still Kicking", 2016, kuš!, (Riga, Latvia), 4 pages
  • Kramers Ergot #10, "Slogan Schnauzer", 2019, Fantagraphics Books (Seattle, WA), 10 pages

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2002. Calm Center, The Blinding Light!! Cinema, Vancouver, BC
  • 2004. The Stacks, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005. Bloo Chip, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007. Egypt Buncake, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2008. Illusztraijuns For Brain Police, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal, QC
  • 2008. Illustrated Cartoon Videos, Paul Bright Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2009. Hot Potatoe, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2010. Did Yoo See The Exhibition Of The Chunky Floors?, Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
  • 2010. Modurn Mithoes, Lambiek, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2011. Honk If You Pay Throo the Schnozz, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
  • 2013. Ornate Investment Banker, Cooper Cole, Toronto, ON
  • 2014. Wilder Hobson’s Theater Absurd-o, Art Centre Nevsky 8, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2015. Leftovers Again (The War With Paper, Continued), Weird Things, Toronto, ON
  • 2018. Hoser~Glyphs, Peanuts Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • 2018. Puritanical Psychic Attack!, Weird Things, Toronto, ON
  • 2019. Prestidigitateur à Trois Cartes (Mise à Jour), Toto Club, Bordeaux, FR
  • 2020. Shoe Reviews Online And Other Replacement Works, Massy Arts, Vancouver, BC

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2003 Ignatz Award nomination for Promising New Talent for story in Rosetta (Alternative Comics), Shrimpy & Paul (Highwater Books)
  • 2005 Doug Wright nomination in Best Book for Worn Tuff Elbow #1 published by Fantagraphics Books
  • 2005 Ignatz Award nomination for Outstanding Comic for "Worn Tuff Elbow" #1 published by Fantagraphics Books
  • 2007 Doug Wright nomination in Best Book for Nog A Dod (editor) anthology published by Conundrum Press
  • 2010 Doug Wright nomination in Best Book for Hot Potatoe' [sic]' published by Drawn & Quarterly
  • 2010 Doug Wright win in Pigskin Peters Award for Hot Potato published by Drawn & Quarterly
  • 2012 Doug Wright nomination in Pigskin Peters Award for Pure Pajamas published by Drawn & Quarterly
  • 2012 Ignatz Award nomination in Outstanding Artist for Pure Pajamas published by Drawn & Quarterly
  • 2016 Society of Illustrators nomination in Long Form for Stroppy published by Drawn & Quarterly
  • 2016 Doug Wright nomination in Best Book for Stroppy published by Drawn & Quarterly

Solo and collaborative self-published booklets[edit]

Bloo Chip, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Return Of The King, The Two Towers, Call Larry About The Ironing Board, Gooma, Knoze Clippah! (several varied editions), The Layer of the Ea_th, The Stacks, Stand Tall Guru vol. 1 and vol.3, Shut-Up World, Sleepy Pie, P.M.F. #1-4, Big Boy #1-2, Musician's Cornfest Annual (several issues), Ig, Thanksgiving Amoeba (several editions), Who Cares?, Future Man, Belly Wot Leaflet! (three issues), Hippy #1, This Booklet Contains, Alan Thick Half-Rave with Bob Hope Featuring Jay Leno, Puffer #1-7, Portugese Shovel #1-2 [sic], Atum Bom, The Stacks, Society, Construct, Fwob Ob Obi Won, Turf Godz, Birthday Moustache, The Toe Toddler #1, That Ol’ Drunken Puffer, Totally Psychedoolick, Swed, M.A.C.U. (several issues), There is Nothing + More!, No. 1 Cup, Kelp Stingray, Big Pile Comics, Hassle-Free, Schematic Diagrams For Proposed Objects, Arbeitees #1 and #2, Dr. Booze, Put Your Life Away, Tired of Drawing Books, The Senior Set, Dongery, Boutique Mag #2, Cowabunga Schnauzer (Belly Wot Leaflet 2013, Special Edition), Work Ethic #1, Food Court Foodies, Shipping Saver #1, Waffle Moo-Moo Towel #1, Islade Art Fair, WHAT, Big Snork Special 2019, Piss On The Hawkin, The Polymer Imposter Vol.1 #1

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