Tuesday, January 5, 2016


2015! It's already come and it's already gone. But what a year it was for me... possibly the biggest and best yet? It was my 7th year living in Los Angeles, and the first year where I really felt like the silly projects I do are becoming big things. But the real special part has been my friends, old and new, who have spent this year with me and made it such a joy. Here's my look-back of this year... the good times and the best bits of 2015.

The Back to the Future art show kicked 2015 on the right track. I am immensely thankful for the artists, the people who came to visit, and BTTF co-creator and screenwriter Bob Gale himself for supporting the gallery on opening night. These shows can be a lot of work at times, but when we open those doors and the flood of people start pouring in, and their eyes widen and smiles grow all around, it makes it all worth it!

This was definitely a year for comedy. Attending a live taping of W/ Bob & David and seeing the cast of Mr. Show, one of the groups that defined and inspired my sense of humor, coming back to life right in front of me... Really special stuff. Then seeing another huge comedic inspiration, the Kids in the Hall, perform live. THEN seeing Woody Allen and his Jazz Band live! I didn't even have to travel to New York.
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My first full year working at Nickelodeon, and it feels goood! Pig Goat Banana Cricket (the show I work on) premiered over the summer. It's pretty amazing to be part of something on TV, something that people enjoy and come up to you and talk about. This is one crazy show and I love it and everyone I work with!
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SDCC 2015
This might've been the craziest Comic Con yet. I was publicly drunk for about 70% of it but at least I have pictures to jog my memories!

I love San Francisco. I took a week trip there in August and it was one of the highlights of my life. The Walt Disney Family Museum alone is worth the trip. The Charles Schultz Museum, all the great bars and food, the ocean and sea life. Even my hotels were cool.
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Started regularly scheduled Bad Movie Nights at my place this year. Complete craziness. I hope to do a hundred of these.
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This show was so much fun to do. Another art gallery in the books!

Another flawless year of victories for our pub trivia team Stevie Dynamite and the Hollywood Nipples!
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The most successful gallery show this year. Julia and I had the best time curating this together, and I'm pretty darn proud of how it turned out. Shoutout to all the Simpsons artists who contributed and supported, as well as Matt G himself for showing up!
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These two crazy kids got married and I couldn't be happier for them. I love them both so much, it's ridiculous!
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No matter what happens, I always take comfort in knowing that Channel 101 is around. It reminds me that even though people come and people go, 101 itself will always be there with open arms. A great community for artists and filmmakers to be together and make cool shit.
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Yet another art show soon followed, this time at Cinefamily. A total honor being asked to help curate an event and art show for Jem! And yes, it was in complete rebellious action against the big dumb Jem movie Hollywood made. Thanks to my great friends for contributing art, and it was wonderful meeting Jem's creator Christy Marx!
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Halloween is usually a pretty big deal for me but this might've been the best one yet (?) Nick and Titmouse both put on some great parties. Plus I won 1st Place for Best Comedy Costume! Sorry George.
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Brailey and I had the pleasure of being on the judging panel for next year's Annie Awards. It was really cool to be on this panel and learn how all this award stuff works! Thanks a bunch to our pal Brooke for having us!
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It's always nice going back to Tucson and being with so many great buddies for the holidays. Now Molly and Carl are expecting, scheduled for May 2016. Congrats you guys!!!
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So here's to 2015. And 2016 is right behind the corner! There are a bunch of things I left out of this review for length's sake, plus a couple of things I HAD to leave out - things that must remain secret for now. Things that are being worked on right now!

There are plenty of surprises in store for next year, and I can't wait to spend them with all of you!!

Lots of love! -Nico

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fall's ending, Winter's almost here!

Hello Blogger, long time no see. Here's some stuff from the last couple months:

A gift for my wonderful friend Geneva! It’s her characters Know-How the Bunny and Exuberance the Kitty! ♥

Lydia from the Beetlejuice cartoon, a piece drawn for Halloween.

A cartoony children's show logo Mike McCafferty asked me to draw for his Channel 101 series, HONKERS.

A shop-a-holic squirrelly girl someone commissioned me to create for their retail website.

Fanart Alert: Penelope Pitstop and Judy Jetson

Hey have you seen MY TUMBLR? Go and check that out to see posts about my art and life-happenings a lot more frequently!

Monday, September 12, 2011

More stuff from the past couple months.

Lady Gaga

Jack's birthday present

Scribble work doodle

Blondie (Debbie Harry)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stuff from the past couple months.

Busy busy busy times. New job at a fantastic animation studio (you'll have to guess which one), filming videos, drawing cartoons, going out to play with friends. Here's some drawings and cartoon gifts I never got around to posting here.

Zach's birthday and college graduation present!

Kali's favorite food!

Drawn for awesome and extremely tall boy Matt Danner's birthday bash!

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(I post my artwork there a lot quicker and more often than I do here)

Thursday, July 21, 2011


See you all this weekend! We'll be handing out Bacon Strips prints!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Here's my piece for Q Pop's Ham Ba Ga Show art gallery, celebrating all things hamburgers! It's entitled "Meat-Bound Beat-Down". And special thanks to Aron Shay for the color shading and background help!

This will be up for sale along with a ton of other awesome artists' as well, so come join the fun and visit us this Saturday night in Little Tokyo, LA!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Guess what! We submitted again to Channel 101 this past month, and got accepted into the screening! It played in front of our friends and a live LA audience. A great night was had by all. This brand new show is called "Gigglers"! It stars myself, along with Kali Fontecchio and Tara Billinger as the adorable title characters- The Gigglers.

Also co-starring Matt Danner, Deanna Rooney and Jack Cusumano! Thank you all so much for working and giggling with me during this production. I am super proud of it and I have only my friends to thank for it.

And sure, why not, I felt like doing fanart for my own show. DEAL WITH IT. :P

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bacon Pizza Boobies Party!

Power overload! Too busy, toooo much stuff going on lately.

I'm in the Autumn Society's TMNT Art Show in Philadelphia next week! Here's my piece for it, entitled "If You Give A Turtle Pizza..."

So if you live in Philly, check out my piece in person (you can even purchase it if you want!) as well as tons of other artwork by awesome artists! Here are the details...

Friday, June 3 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

45 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Here's the present I bestowed for friend Myke Chilian's birthday a few weeks ago!

Mmmm, bacon!

Tons more stuff to share, but it'll have to wait until I have the time to make another post. Bye!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pop Some Popcorn, Sit Back, and Enjoy...

SO much going on lately! To start off, here's our Channel 101 pilot that we submitted for the April 2011 screening. It's called "Drive-Thru Confessions" and it was created and written by myself and Kali Fontecchio!

It stars myself, Kali, Abed Gheith, Myke Chilian, Eric Bauza, Matt Danner, Scott Gairdner and Molly Bates Johnson, along with awesome visual effects and on-set assistance by Tara Billinger and Jack Cusumano. A HUGE thanks to you guys, it was a really fun project and I’m so proud of it!

Next up is a freaking amazing animated segment that Kali worked on the whole past month, featuring her own Maude Macher in Episode 16 of EVERYTHING! I helped cut the animatic together, and did the segment's final editing, sound effects and music! She really did an incredible job on this, I could just watch it on loop all day long!!!!

The Maude segment begins at 02:10, but make sure to watch the whole episode anyway because EVERYTHING rules!

Guess what! Zach Bellissimo's senior thesis is done done DONE!! And the end results are incredible. I cannot show it online at this time for obvious reasons, but I did help color about a dozen scenes throughout the second half of the film. Here's the poster, to help you anticipate the full film soon!

Finally, Channel 101's other hit show Googy asked us to be in their latest episode, Googy #4! You can find Kali, Jack, Tara and myself all as Halloween partygoers at the ending's Wolf Boy (Myke Chilian!!) song. I'm a FrankenNico!

And here are some props Jack and I created to decorate Googy's bedroom in Episode 3. Thanks to Willy Roberts and Mike Manasewitsch for inviting us to be a part of their fantastic show!

Okay, even MORE fun to share, soon!