My name is Cayetano Garza Jr.

but all my friends call me “Cat”

inkwellCATI’m a graphic designer, cartoonist, musician, and painter originally from Harlingen, Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from The University of Texas-Pan American.

I currently own and operate the Magic Inkwell Studio & Gallery, located at 412 W. Van Buren, in my hometown of Harlingen, Texas where I paint, draw comics, host art exhibits and teach children and adults how to draw and paint.

I moved back to Harlingen after living in White River Junction, Vermont for a few years. White River is home to  The Center for Cartoon Studies where I taught, helped cartooning students get their work on the web, and was a thesis adviser. My last serial webcomic, Year of the Rat, won an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic at the 2009 Small Press Expo.

I started making webcomics back in 1996 as a way to avoid having to send out costly submission packets to comics publishers and have been posting comics on the web in some form or another ever since. I started magicinkwell.com in 1998 as a place to publish my work exclusively on the web (which at the time was practically unheard of and has since become the norm for any new emerging cartoonist). When Joey Manley started Modern Tales, one of the first webcomics subscription sites in March of 2002, I was fortunate enough to be asked to join. Later, I became part of Webcomicsnation which is now Comicspace.

I’m most well known for my experiments in webcomics, especially infinite canvas comics.

IMDb.

Wikipedia (with semi-complete bibliography).

Online interviews and articles

Writers of the Rio Grande Valley feature

Photographer Stefan Falke’s photo essay LA FRONTERA: Artists Along the US Mexican Border

Namechecked in the Comics Journal as an “Austin comics legend” (I have arrived! ^_^)

The digital evolution: from infinite canvas to infinite comics

Interview with DON’T PICK THE FLOWERS

Article by Jason Silverman for WIRED NEWS

Article by Larry Rodman for POPMATTERS

LITTLE NEMO’S CAT blog discusses my work

Interview on Digital Strips Podcast

(Mostly Negative) Reviews of the early MICST strips by WEBCOMIC BOOK CLUB

Audio interview with Joey Manley for the original talkaboutcomics.com

Interview by Jennifer Contino for SEQUENTIAL TART