Matthew Daley


Matthew Daley is an illustrator and comic artist based in Toronto, Canada.

Influenced by mid-20th Century illustration and graphic design, Daley combines minimalist digital illustrations with hand created textures to give a rough DIY aesthetic to his vector drawings. 

His comics, that he creates in collaboration with author Cory McCallum under the name Plier Pants, include the anthropomorphic noir story The Pig Sleep: a Mr. Monitor Case which won a Joe Shuster award in 2013. Together they also created the downbeat sci-fi comic Errol Dynamic, a collection of single page stories called Bonus Tracks, an experimental Bach influenced comic called Crab Canon and curated the Canadian underground comics anthology Chilly Tales. He is a semi-regular exhibitor at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. 

As a poster designer, Daley has worked with musicians such as the bands Devo and The Residents as well as The Polaris Music Prize where he designed posters for the
nominees A Tribe Called Red (2013) and Drake (2015). His depiction of the 1998 American Godzilla movie poster has appeared at How Did This Get Made’s poster show in Los Angeles. 

His love of Kaiju (Japanese monster movies) hasn’t only fuelled his hatred for the American Godzilla remake, but it also lead him to draw a monster a day in July 2015 and 2016. His 2016 illustrations were turned into a poster of 28 classic Kaiju in alphabetical order. 

With a degree in illustration from Sheridan College, Daley’s editorial illustration work has appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. He also illustrates a regular wine column for Quench magazine, even though he’s never had a sip of wine in his life. 

He is the regular fiction illustrator for the Canadian literary magazine Taddle Creek, and is hoping to get into children’s book illustration.

He is represented by Three in a Box Inc. (



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