where the wild things fish

this is my super late contribution to terrible yellow eyes.


where the wild things are was one of my favorite books growing up. i must have had my parents read it to me a million gazillion times and then, when i was old enough, i read it a million gazillion more times. i reread though it again for the first time in years before working on the above drawing and it’s easy to see why the book  was (is!) one of my faves. the story really locks into that important imagination trait vital to being human, but especially to being a kid. plus maurice sendak’s crosshatched illustrations are so visually real and unique that you can’t help but hope that wherever the wild things are it is a place that really exists out there somewhere. my little drawing doesn’t do justice to their world at all, but it was still an honor to pay tribute to something that inspired me to create and tell stories in the first place. and also quite humbling to be invited to be  part of a collection of so much incredible work!

jen and i are really looking forward to the movie too, which might have a little bit to do with our favorite arcade fire song featured on the trailer.


  1. Ben Hatke’s avatar

    Woah! Mike! You did a really awesome job!

  2. Douglas Soares’s avatar

    Beautiful! Yet the climate of the movie! Pretty good!

  3. RAWLS’s avatar

    Fantastic work Mike!!! I love it!

  4. John Wallace’s avatar

    This is awesome.

  5. Keath’s avatar

    Best Maihack Ever!

  6. Leo Teixeira’s avatar

    Wow…..your blog is amazing. Congratulations for all your works. Greetings from Brazil!!!!

  7. Bryan B.’s avatar

    You rocked this one big time! I’m so glad you were able to do this. The colors here are amazing.

  8. mike’s avatar

    thanks so much, guys! i had a really fun time on this one. :)

  9. bruna’s avatar

    Oh man! truly amanzing! one of my favs!!!!
    all the yellow eyes seem to be glowing and the whole scene is full of magic!!!

  10. mike’s avatar

    thanks, bruna!

  11. Holly Ferris’s avatar

    I love this piece! This book was one of my favorites growing up as well. Great composition :)

  12. melissa rae’s avatar

    wow. this is by far my new mike maihack drawing!! i love it…

  13. mike’s avatar

    thank you, holly and melissa!

  14. megan’s avatar

    That is adorable. I want to hug it. Is that weird?

  15. Muffin’s avatar

    This reminds me of my joyful childhood! I looved dissapearing into drawings like this, imagining myself among the creatures and beyond the borders. This illustration invites me to do that again. :) I love the warmness in your illustrations.

  16. mike’s avatar

    megan- thanks! and not at all. :)

    muffin- aw… that is too kind. :)

  17. Andrew Mok’s avatar

    love it love it love it!!

    great colours! great designs! i love this book, and you did it justice. well done my friend.

  18. Oscar’s avatar

    Awesome! Easily one of my favorites from the Terrible Yellow Eyes site :)

  19. Megan’s avatar

    I still want to hug this one. Can’t wait for the movie, it looks perrrfect!

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