Hi, I’m Jim Wirt.
I’m the creator of Coloringbookland.com. When I’m not whipping up sick and disgusting cartoons for the masses I work as a freelance graphic artist, creating artwork and websites for a variety of folks including Marky Ramone (punk legend drummer for the world famous RAMONES), the always insightful and hilarious comedian Marc Maron (be sure to check out his podcast at wftpod.com), pop punk rock n roll super freaks Antiproduct, psychedelic public access visionaries The Threee Geniuses, and many others. If you would like to have me create something for your next project you can check out some examples of my work at worldofwirt.com.
The history of Coloringbookland.com goes back to the fall of 1998, when I came up with the idea of putting my weird little cartoons in a self produced Xerox magazine. I was working for a company in Hollywood that catered to the special effects industry, and after I got screwed over for my raise I decided I might as well use the copy machine to it’s full capabilities and produce my first magazine with it. I wanted to create a social experiment with my book by passing out copies to unsuspecting victims in various locations in the city, sometimes with hilarious results. There were more than a few times that I was expecting to get punched in the face or dragged to church for exposing certain uptight folks to my fucked up cartoons, which always made me happy inside when I got that kind of reaction. I did around 5 editions of the book and decided to abandon the project around 2000.
I had knocked around the idea of putting the content online for a few years, then decided to take the plunge and make it go live in 2005. After a few months I started getting some exposure in some magazines (T3 Australia, Maxim), and then I was contacted by frat humor writer Tucker Max with an offer to publish my book through his connection at Kensington Press. After that I decided to join his Rudius Media network of sites, which at the time seemed like a good idea. Fast forward to October 2009. I got a message from Tucker stating that he was shutting down Rudius Media as of November 1st, 2009, which gave me about 2 weeks to get my site off their server and onto a new one. Two days later I was finished with the new version of site, and in all honesty I can say that I couldn’t be happier.
So there you have it. That’s the brief history of Coloringbookland.com.