Patrick Lay (he/him) is a cartoonist from Northwest Ohio.  He gets just as excited about sad things as he does about happy things (imagine a Golden Retriever raised by cats).  His comics are teen and all-ages stories about our relationships with each other and the ups and downs of a wild world.  He earned a B.S.F.A in Oil Painting from Valparaiso University and recently earned an MFA in Comics from the California College of the Arts.   He is co-creator and artist of the all-ages adventure Multi-, which saw the fourth issue released in April of 2018.  He also released the mini-comic Dance and has contributed to the anthology Vagabond Comics.  Patrick is currently working on his first webcomic, Screaming Mimi Kids, which updates every Sunday, and a graphic novel, Ramble.

He also works as a freelance designer, creating album covers, book covers, restaurant menus, and more. His day gig for almost a decade has been in management at a restaurant and banquet facility. He's currently looking to join an organization as an educator or in the kids' publishing field!

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Teaching Philosophy

­The goal of an arts education is not only to develop the expression and craft of emerging artists, but also to prepare them for the rhythm of an artistic life. There’s no single path to success. I believe each student can be given the tools and skills to build their own artistic rhythm and find their own path; to become thoughtful, lifelong artists.

My approach to curriculum is based on scaffolding lessons that take student art practice from the basic to the complex. As working artists are rarely given the opportunity to indulge in a career of pure production, I feel students should have lessons enriched with history, academic study of the medium and insights into professional practice. This includes lessons about the basic elements of art practice, coupled with discussion about the medium’s strengths and weaknesses. Readings that highlight the diversity of comics are essential for students seeking to understand the cultural context of their own work and the work of their colleagues. Critical comics, illustrations, and essays allow students to exercise their cartooning and analytical skills while exploring the form of the comic essay itself.

             As a leader in a business environment, I have found a great deal of success when teammates are invested in each other’s triumphs. I have experienced the same dynamic in the classroom. Peer critique is essential towards that investment, with the instructor acting as a guiding voice towards productive and useful feedback. It is an essential mission to me as a creator and educator that respect permeate all critique activities and that diversity of experience, opinion, and expression is celebrated. A peer critique is an ideal opportunity to practice the skills needed to bring that philosophy out of the classroom and into professional and social lives.

             Lastly, I place great value on the quality of effort expended. A successful artist can rarely be made from a mediocre effort and it is important to set the standards high for even the most accomplished students. That means individual assessment of achievement levels, allowing each student to grow at a pace that is challenging. I will ask students to be uncomfortable. The space for failure exists in that environment, a condition that I think is essential to the foundation of an artistic life. I will ask my students to try, fail, and try again; the embodiment of quality effort. Students who hope to perform art as a lifetime goal must come to understand that failure is not a closed door, but an opportunity to grow in unexpected directions. 

             My students leave the classroom with sets of terminology, tools, resources, and relationships that can be used as a foundation to an artistic life. Students will have thought critically, written analytically, and cartooned both narratively and didactically. Coupled with those exercises is the opportunity to express themselves verbally and lend useful critique to fellow artists. My goal is to help students discover a lifetime of art-making, with the tools to express themselves, the flexibility to adjust to changing priorities, and the passion to put forth a full effort without the guarantee of success.




California College of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Comics, 2017

Valparaiso University, Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts, 2009


Publications as Author

| 2018

“Screaming Mimi Kids”, Patrick Lay, Self-published (On-going webcomic) http://plutarian2/tumblr.com

“Who ya’ Gonna Call? Pt. 2”, Multi-, Nick Dutro, Patrick Lay, Self-published

| 2017 

“Who ya’ Gonna Call?”, Multi-, Nick Dutro, Patrick Lay, Self-published

“Ramble”, Patrick Lay, Self-published

          “Screaming Mimi Kids”, Patrick Lay, Self-Published

| 2016

“First Day” in Vagabond Comics Issue #4 (planned), Vagabond Comics Collective

“Dance”, Mini-Comic,  Self-published

| 2015

“Kids on the Run pt. 1”, Multi-, Nick Dutro, Patrick Lay, Self-published

“Kids on the Run pt. 2”, Multi-, Nick Dutro, Patrick Lay, Self-published


Visiting Artist Presentations

| 2017   “Comics are for Everyone”, Fandemonium Youth Group, Ashland Public Library, Ashland, OH 

| 2016   “Comics in Form and Education”, Regular Board Meeting, Tiffin Art Guild, Tiffin, OH 

| 2015   “Comics are for Everyone”, 6-8 grade with learning and cognitive disabilities, Tiffin Middle School, Tiffin, OH 


| 2018  Alaska Robotics Mini-Con and Comics Camp, April 27-May 1, Juneau, AK

| 2017  Genghis Con, November 25, Cleveland, OH

               Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, September 30-October 1, Columbus, OH

               S.P.A.C.E, March 25-26, Columbus, OH

| 2016 Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, October 15-16, Columbus, OH 

               S.P.A.C.E. , April 9-10, Columbus, OH

Selected Exhibitions

| 2016 Emanata, group exhibition,  California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

| 2013 Sustainability, group exhibition, The Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH

| 2009 Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Fine Arts Exhibition, group exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN



Selected Work Experience

|Camden Falls Conference and Reception Center and Carmie’s BBQ & Grill, Tiffin, OH

               August 2016-Present Operations Manager

Oversee front-of-house operations.

Generate orders and maintain inventory for beverages and dry stock.

Provide guidance and discipline to kitchen managers.

Create and implement marketing strategies.


               November 2013- August 2016 Shift Manager

               Supervise front-of-house staff and execute events.


               October 2010-November 2013 Restaurant Manager

Personally oversee operations of the restaurant at least 55 hours per week.

Create and implement internal and external marketing strategies.

Create designed pieces for marketing, internal, and promotional uses.

Oversee all front-of-house staff, including hiring, disciplining, supervising, and terminating.

Generate all orders and monitor inventory of beverages and dry stock for banquet events and restaurant.


| WTSC- SenecaCountyRadio.com, Tiffin, OH

November 2013-June 2016 News Director and Sales Representative

Write, deliver, and/or record news broadcasts, including original content for on-air play.

Attend and report on city council and school board meetings.

Create podcast-style content for on-air and online play.

Sell sponsorship and advertising opportunities.