Welcome to The Big Insane Happy

Looking to hire an artist/illustrator? email: jonathan.d.burrello@gmail.com or find me here: https://www.freelancer.com/hireme/jburrello

Straight from the Pit of Hell: a Blinky and Sal Collection is available on Amazon!

My name is Jonathan Burrello. I’ve been a pizza slicer, a bookseller, a TV extra, a mail-house packer, a movie critic, a substitute teacher, a special ed aide, a forensics coach, an adjunct speech professor, an ESL teacher in South Korea and Spain, an online tutor, a comedian, a ghostwriter, a storyboard artist, and an illustrator.

Awhile back (circa. 2009) I started doing the Secret Keys comic strip with my old roommate, Jon Stephens. So we invented The Big Insane Happy. Later collaborations have included comedians Wassim El-Mounzer and Dan Wiberg, and my work has appeared in Magic Bullet, 10 Magazine, Patheos NonreligiousToco Cat Comics, Waygeek, netSideBar, Groove Magazine, The Sequential Samurai, Art Nouveau Magazine, The Alternative Chronicle, and others. I have also performed with Stand-Up Seoul, Freshly ComedyStand Up Yours, Tringlish, Calimocho Kids, Box of Bees, Naked Dinerand I have been a recurring guest on the podcast Uncensored English. I am also on the board of advisors for the African Cartoon Centre. Professionally my illustrative work has appeared in magazines, educational texts, blogs, children’s literature, playbills, promotional billboards and posters, t-shirts, storyboards, and some art gallery showcases. PORTFOLIO.

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  • Blinky & Sal a comic featuring a culturally perplexed bat, and a few other creature things with differing philosophical views. Updated twice a week on Patheos!
  • Secret Keys a single-panel random strip occasionally co-written with Stephens.
  • Flash Fiction some humorous short stories usually ~500 words or less.
  • Fat Star Wars the most beloved Star Wars characters only fat. Why? Because it is adorable and funny.
  • Soggy a bear with big, cute eyes. Inspired by my childhood teddy bear, Soggy was one of my earliest characters.
  • Joncast a non-sequitur podcast featuring myself and Jon Stephens.
  • Stewed an original short comedy film on Vimeo about cannibals. (approx. 15 minutes) Both it and my previous short film State of Citrus will never be seen again.
  • Russell Parks  a man of science who produced his own educational videos for some obscure public access channel with the help of remarkably generous federal grants. We were lucky enough to obtain the rights to all of his short educational films.
  • TravelCartoons, Sketchbook, and Film, consist of some of my travel writings, notebook sketches and doodles, comedy videos, and other stuff.
  • Check out some the work I did for hire in the Commissions section.


More: BURRELLOSUBMARINE’S MOVIE BLOG is where I blog about movies. Also check out Blinky & Sal: Portraits of Existential Dread and my children’s book Woolly the Big Cow. You can get your very own “Secret Keys” tees and other fun merchandise HERE and HERE.


Looking to hire an artist/illustrator? email: jonathan.d.burrello@gmail.com or find me here: https://www.freelancer.com/hireme/jburrello