Stephen McCranie

Hi, I’m Stephen McCranie and I’m a cartoonist. It’s nice to meet you all on the internets here! My goal is to draw comics that make people happy.

My latest attempt to make people happy is a calvin-and-hobbes-esque comic strip called Mal and Chad that updates Monday thru Friday at Here’s the main cast of characters:

I’ve been cartooning since I was 5 years old. I didn’t know how to write at the time, so I scribbled out comics on printer paper and had my mom fill in the speech bubbles for me. Even though I couldn’t read my own comics, for some reason I just had to draw them! I guess I caught the comics bug early, and I haven’t been the same since.

I currently chronicle my obsession with comics as well as general life happenings in a journal comic. I’ve also got a bunch of extra comics and art work on my gallery website, Doodle Alley. My current comic strip, Mal and Chad, is featured on the digital syndication site GoComics, along with strips like Foxtrot, Garfield, and Calvin and Hobbes. I’m also currently working to complete a children’s graphic novel based off the Mal and Chad comic strip, which will hopefully be printed in the summer of 2011 by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin.

Here’s some of my work:

I drew this piece for an artist blog called Drawergeeks! This is a sweet blog you should totally check out, where a staff of talented artists render their versions of various topics, ranging from Strawberry Shortcake to Iron Man.

This is probably some of the best poop I’ve ever drawn!

Here’s a pretty girl I drew because she’s pretty.

Of course, I couldn’t call myself a cartoonist if I didn’t show some of my cartoons! Here’s a recent adventure Mal and Chad had with a robot named Beep:

And here is a picture of Mal and Chad going for a space walk:

Do you like what you see? Want a commission? Want a hug? Drop me a line! I’m excited to hear from you.

Email: stephen at doodlealley dot com

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