Monday, November 10, 2014


You've seen Pictorial Anatomy of the Cute. You've seen Pictorial Anatomy of 007. You've seen New Linea Alba, which is essentially a "Pictorial Anatomy of Kriota". Now you can commission your own customized Pictorial Anatomy Drawing!

Who had the honor of being the first to be immortalized in all their muscular glory? The adorable dog Pochi at Fantastic Comics, that's who!

Here's the photo I picked to work with from the Friends of Fantastic Comics Tumblr.

I made a series of sketches locating Pochi's skeleton through all that fur. Glad he had a haircut! Once I had the skeleton laid down I worked in the muscles to fit his bony frame. I had to keep a list of what was what and where.

Then I retraced the line work, colored, and voila!

Pochi approves!

Zoey is jealous.

Want to give that special someone a gift they'll never forget? Say "I love you" or "Happy Vesalius's Birthday" with an anatomized portrait! I love doing commissions. You can message me on Facebook or Kriota (at) earthlink (dot) net.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Bored? Listless? Looking for that perfect three minute something to do? Well, my friend, I have an answer for you! Amuse yourself and test your knowledge of animal-human pathogen transmission.

The Zoonosis Activity page can be found in my mini Zoonosis and Tipsy Nephrologists along with gag cartoons of drunken doctors, the ill elderly, and a short series called "Don't Pet the Kitty!" The title says it all, I think!

The image in the mini is in black and white, but who can resist purple tinting? Not I!

If you'd like to purchase a copy of "Zoonosis..." you can find it at Birdcage Bottom Books.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


It's the incredible day that can't be contained in one blog post! So here we are for Part 2! (Yes, it took awhile, but waiting builds discipline.)

For the rest of my Vesalius 500 day I attended some excellent panels, and took my sketchbook. Good luck reading my writing! Good luck reading my drawing! If you are looking for some form of linear narrative, you are screwed. I usually start drawing in the upper left corner, work my way in pseudo left-to-right rows down the page, and then start cramming additional comments and illustrations up the right side. Eventually I just put anything extra wherever it will fit and create relationships that may not have been discussed in the presentation. Despite all that, I find other people's sketchbooks interesting. Here are my pages...

MK Czerwiec and Ian Williams gave a presentation about Graphic Medicine (comics with medical/patient/caregiver themes) and its evolution as a website, a transformative and creative practice, a teaching tool, and their personal relationships to comics and medicine.

Lisa Rosner, author of The Anatomy Murders, spoke about her discoveries in researching the lives of the notorious Burke and Hare and their victims. She described the culture of 1830's medical education, the premium on bodies for dissection, and the method by which B and H killed their victims. Then she went on to describe the ways in which the press misdirected the general public in their understanding of who their victims were, as in Mary Patterson was NOT a prostitute. For some reason I've been interested in the circumstances leading up to the Anatomy Act of 1832 so this was a "treat" (if such things are treats!)

Alice Dreger spoke about Fascinomas, pathologies or conditions that evoke fascination in the medical community. She also talked about the evolution of medical representation, the myriad messages behind anonymizing patient photographs, and towards the end rocked my world with a dismissal of the feminist dismissal of Vesalius' illustration of a vagina. Kudos, Alice! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014



The New York Academy of Medicine Center for History is an institution that everyone should get to know. One way to do that is to go to their annual open house events. This year's event was on October 18. Guest curated by artist Riva Lehrer, this day of history, medicine, pathology, anatomy, and loads of fun (yes, fun!) was entitled Vesalius 500. 2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius who rocked the world in 1543 with the publication of his seminal book on human anatomy. In 449 more years I want a birthday party like NYAM's celebration of Vesalius!

Tyner and I demonstrate the position and action of sternocleidomastoid.
(Photos by R. Sikoryak. A little blurry but he was videotaping at the same time.)

With the help of my model Tyner Dumortier, I talked about and drew muscles of the body that rotate the torso and/or move the arms in diagonal pattern. The "route" that we took around Tyner's torso was inspired by one of the plates from Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.
Here's a close up of Vesalius' inspirational plate.
I'm particularly attracted to the relationships of splenius capitis and the rhomboids.

I used bony attachments to create a "chain" of muscles that wrapped around the body, forming a spiral pattern. I did this because it's pretty! If you're going to attend an anatomy lecture on a Saturday morning, it ought to be entertaining at least.

Demonstrating trunk rotation and the function of the
serratus anterior and abdominal obliques.

Pectoralis major, serratus anterior, and the abdominal musculature,
get a work out in this burlesque-like image.

Vesalius and the anatomists he influenced over centuries, like Casseri (illo of one of his books above), show us anatomy in bodies situated in environments and often in lifelike poses. One of the reasons I draw on live models is to reinforce the understanding that anatomy is living in us! Not on a page.

NYAM displayed my needlework of body imagery that include colon- and end- oscopies, ultrasounds, and MRIs in their cabinets.

Last but not least, this is an image drawn by the fabulous MK Czerwiec, in some circles known as Comic Nurse. I love this! Notice that she even includes my reference to the muscles of the trunk as a "meat balloon." (But that's another story!)

Monday, October 13, 2014


Who was Vesalius? One of the (many) greatest anatomists who ever lived. Even if you "don't know anything" about the history of medicine or anatomical study, you've either seen reproductions of his anatomical illustrations or you've seen the illustrations of others who were heavily influenced by him or directly ripping him off (like me!)

This year celebrates his 500th birthday. Come celebrate with a day of art-academic-nerd flavored discovery.

New York Academy of Medicine Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
2nd Annual Festival of Medical History and the Arts

Art, Anatomy, and the Body: VESALIUS 500
Celebrate the 500th birthday of anatomist and humanist Andreas Vesalius with a day-long event. Presenters include Daniel Garrison, Heidi Latsky's GIMP Dance Project, Graphic Medicine, Sander Gilman, Hill Hayes, Steven Assael, Chase Joynt, Brandy Schillace, Ann Fox, Lisa Rosner, Michael Sappol, ProofX, and me! Artist Riva Lehrer is the guest curator.

Saturday, October 18
11:00 AM- 6:30 PM
The new York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY
General Admission - $35
NYAM Fellows, Members, and Friends of the Rare Book Room - $20
Students and Hospital House Staff (ID required) - FREE
Wheelchair Seating and Companion Seat - $35
To register -

My presentation, Visualizing Anatomy on a Live Model, is at 11 AM (on the third floor). I'll use the anatomical illustrations of Vesalius and other early anatomists and draw on a live model (dancer Tyner Dumortier), as we look at the body with the double vision of the anatomist. Part live-drawing performance, part slide show/lecture, part conversation, we will explore the (kin)esthetic relationships of our anatomy.

My anatomical needlework will be on display as well! Here are some preview images photographed by Tom Henning...

Catherine's Knee is a sampler of a friend's knee MRI.
Different stitches represent different tissues or structures.
Surrounded by a border of fibroblasts.

Here's a cross stitch of a past endoscopy. 
Rumors that I am "gutless" are obviously unfounded.

You can use this link for the fascinating NYAM blog:  (I was a guest blogger on August 14


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SPX 2014!


I can't think of a thing. But I'll have the whole weekend of September 13-14 to think about it, because I will be there tabling with R. Sikoryak at the Small Press Expo.

In my opinion it's one of the best fests on the east coast. I will be selling my injury prevention manual (NO) PAIN!, minis from the Pathology Laffs series, and premiering my latest titled "Zoonosis and Tipsy Nephrologists." It's got a series of cat/human diseases, a zoonosis activity page, gags about drunken medical professionals... and more!

Zoonosis cover. Minutes of fun!

My work will also appear in the new Ninth Art Press anthology, "Subcultures" ...

Here's the cover of Subcultures. You can buy it here.

...AND I've got a new horse poster that I'm not yet revealing online. Come by and check it out!

Our table number is C12A (listed in program under R. Sikoryak).

Saturday, August 30, 2014


R. Sikoryak's Carousel is Dixon Place's longest continually running performance series featuring cartoonists, visual artists, and theater and music artists presenting their work live. Now their work will be shown on the Dixon Place Gallery Walls. Featuring Emily Flake, Brian Dewan, Danny Hellman, Miriam Katin, Jason Little, Dyna Moe, Doug Skinner, Jim Torok, R. Sikoryak, and me - Kriota Willberg. 
My hanging... on the wall of Dixon Place.

I have three pieces in the exhibit: "New Linea Alba," a self-portrait commenting on last year's abdominal surgery, done as an homage to the 17th century anatomist Guilio Cesare Casseri; "Eggscuse Me!" is a color print from my minicomic "Pictorial Anatomy of the Cute"; my latest, "Temperaments of Popular Breeds" is a poster comparing the physiognomy of popular teenage heartthrobs and favorite breeds of horses, and is premiering in this exhibit. Sorry, I don't yet have the poster image, so go see it!

Wednesday, September 3
Opening at 6 pm
Performance of select participating artists at 7:30 pm
161A Chrystie St (btw Rivington and Delancy), NYC 
Exhibit runs through October 3

(I won't be at the Theater until 9 pm. You can show up earlier!)