Local cartoonist Wayno takes over Dan Piraro's acclaimed, nationally syndicated cartoon panel for one week starting tomorrow.
The local cartoonist has been a frequent Bizarro gag-writer since April 2009. The two met in 2008, when New York-based Piraro visited the Pittsburgh chapter of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art Club, a cartoonist's forum.
Since earlier this year, Wayno's also been the colorist for the Monday through Saturday panels of the often surreal panel, which appear in color in some newspapers.
But this will be Wayno's first chance to show readers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other publications what he can do with images as well as with jokes. Bizarro is distributed internationally by King Features Syndicate to more than 350 daily and Sunday newspapers.
It also marks only the second time in 25 years of Bizarro that Piraro has taken a break; cartoonist and TV writer Francesco Marciuliano subbed for a week in 2008.
Wayno is known for his pop style. In 2009, a show of his work at Lawrenceville's Zombo Gallery included 40 portraits of pop-culture icons from David Bowie to Richard Pryor. Wayno is also an occasional CP contributor and a founding board member of the Toonseum, the Downtown museum of cartoon art.
No word on whether Wayno will pick up Piraro's signature penchant for inserting anomalous images of lit firecrackers, alien spaceships and slices of pie into most frames.