Archived News
from Matthew Henry Hall



February 4, 2015

Here's February's drawing for the Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest!


January 7, 2015

And as the New Year arrives, so does a new cartoon for the Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest.This could be your year!
Why not? Enter a caption!



December 3, 2014

My Winter Holiday cartoon for the Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest.


November 6, 2014

The latest cartoon in the Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest is now up and open for caption suggestions.
Give it a whirl. You might win!


September 5, 2014

A new cartoon goes up every month for the Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest.
Winners receive an Amazon gift certificate and a copy of the cartoon signed by me!
Here's September's cartoon below.

Got a caption for the above cartoon? Click here for the IHE Caption Contest.


Spring 2014

A new full color cartoon for Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.


January 1, 2014

Cosmic Cycles needed a fresh image to trumpet the glory of mountain biking in Northern Arizona
and commissioned me to produce this full color illustration. The biker in the image is in fact, Yoshimi,
a dog and good friend of Scott Heinsius, owner of Cosmic Cycles.



December 18, 2013

3 holiday-themed illustrations I cooked up to promote the bikeNewportBeach free community bike rides.


October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! A truly spooky development is the attempt to revive a dormant mine
at the Grand Canyon. I drew up this piece for Ted Johnson and the Grand Canyon Trust
to draw some attention to the issue. Read more about it here.


March 22, 2013

I'm very proud to be a part of the "Border Songs" album, a collection of performances, featuring Pete Seeger, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Amos Lee, Charles Bowden, Calexico, Eliza Gilkyson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Chuck Cheesman and many others. All proceeds go to No Mas Muertes/No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid organization based in Tucson, Arizona. My humble contribution is a reading/performance of a new fable I wrote especially for the occasion titled "What Coyote Brought." (They tell me I do a pretty good coyote, badger and mouse.) To hear samples from the record and order a copy, click here.

Cover Art: "Ni de Aqui ni de Alla," a woodcut by Raoul Deal


March 1, 2013

I'm delighted that Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning published my
"French Higher Education: A Cartoon Essay," which is available (for a subscription price)
at Taylor & Francis Online. Below are a few sample frames:


February 20, 2013

"Abraham Lincoln Rides A Bike To The Oscars" by Ted Johnson makes the call for celebrities attending the Oscars to ride a bike to the event. It's no coincidence Mr. Johnson blogs for, a site for avid bike commuters and those who are seriously considering ditching their cars (or at least driving a lot less). For the last three years, Mr. Johnson has made the same invitation to Oscar attendees, and so far, there have been no takers. Who knows? Maybe this will be the year. I am delighted an honored to illustrate this year's Daniel Day-Lewis/Lincoln-themed piece.



November 21, 2012

Change, The Magazine of Higher Learning, recently published my cartoon below, which ran alongside an article titled, "Performance Tasks and the Lullaby of Broadway" by Marc Chun.


November 14, 2012

Cartoon Caption Contest #3 is now up at Inside Higher Ed. Click here to enter your caption.


October 12, 2012

Here's the cartoon for the second Cartoon Caption Contest, which is now up at Inside Higher Ed as well as the 3 finalists for last month's contest. You've got till the end of the month to enter and win a $100 gift certificate AND, holy cow, a signed copy of the cartoon with the winning caption. Here's the direct link.


September 15, 2012

The Cartoon Caption Contest at Inside Higher Ed launched yesterday and is featuring my cartoons. * See The First Below * The grand prize for the first contest is a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a signed copy of the cartoon with the winning caption. You've got till the end of this month to enter. You can go directly to the contest from here.



May 12, 2012: The Determined EGG

The Determined EGG is my comics page/website. It's been dormant for a while now, but like cicadas after years underground, or maybe a bear that overslept a spring or two, it's finally starting to wake up. Here's one of the new cartoons below. If you want to check out the old site (and 10 of the best Determined EGGs from days o' yore), it's at See it while you can. The new site will be replacing the old one soon!


April 3, 2012: An American Cartoonist in Paris

This past fall, I was commissioned to create a "graphic short story" (think, chapter of a graphic novel) for the inaugural issue of the Mt. Hope literary magazine. My piece, "An American Cartoonist in Paris, The Last Day," is now out. If you'd like to read the whole piece (and the whole magazine), please visit the Mt. Hope website where you'll find the online, flippable issue. Or click on the frame below and read the whole short story right here, right now.

*click on the image to see some Sample Frames*



March 1, 2012: What They Didn't You In Graduate School (2nd Edition)

The 2nd edition of What They Didn't Teach You In Graduate School is now out. Expanded by authors Paul Gray and David E. Drew, the new edition has pushed the number of "Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career" from 199 in the 1st edition up to a whopping 299. I had the honor of creating the new cover as well as a new cartoon (to add to the 16 for the first edition). The book is available directly through Stylus Publishing as well as Amazon and other fine sellers of books.

Here's the cover and a sample cartoon. *click on images to enlarge*



February 21, 2012 : The Missouri Review

I've got five cartoons in the current Winter issue of The Missouri Review! Here's a sample:



January 23, 2012: Bike to the Oscars

Last year, Ted Johnson, a writer at, asked me to create illustrations for an opinion piece, which openly invited the biggest names in the film industry to make a pro-environmental statement by arriving at the Oscars on bicycles. No one took up Ted's offer last year, but he is pushing again this year for cycling celebrities. In "'Hollywood Rides A Bike' (to the Oscars?)," Ted references last year's article (and as I did not post or announce it last time), here's my favorite illustration from the batch. If you'd like more, please check out Ted's 2011 piece, "Celebrities: Bike To The Oscars."


*click on image to enlarge*



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