“Smash your head against the
Player Piano”

Thurber was born in 1977 in Washington State. His parents moved to an island in the San Juans when he was 6. He began making comics, stories, and music with friends. He moved to New York City in 1996 to attend Cooper Union. Upon graduating, while working at the Met Museum, he began producing minicomics and appearing in anthologies like The Ganzfeld and Kramers Ergot. From 2005-08 he played saxophone in Soiled Mattress and the Springs. Thurber's cassette label, Potlatch I Gather, has released several books on tape. He now performs frequently as Ambergris and in a duo with Brian Belott as Court Stenographer and Young Sherlock Holmes. His comic series 1-800-MICE was the recipient of a 2010 NYFA Fiction Fellowship and in 2011 Picturebox released a collection of the issues. He lives in Brooklyn, teaches, and produces a serialized webcomic called INFOMANIACS, among other things.


Are Snakes Necessary? no.1, Potlatch, I Gather, Dec. 2011

1-800-MICE, Picturebox, Sep. 2011

1-800-MICE no.5, Ambergris Books, Dec. 2010

Sherne (with Billy Grant), Fall 2010

1-800-MICE no.4, Ambergris books, Mar. 2010

Kelp Stingray (with Marc Bell), Feb. 2010

Le Sketch #9: Matthew Thurber, Feb. 2010

The Inner You Tube, Ambergris books, Dec. 2009

1-800-MICE no.3, Ambergris Books, Sep. 2009

Megabat, Ambergris Books, Mar. 2009

Bicycle Fluids, (ed.) June 2008

1-800-MICE no.2 PictureBox 2007

1-800-MICE no.1 PictureBox 2007

Shastafarians of Lemuria, (with Eamon Espey) Mt. Olympus Society. Oct. 2006

Major Domo 2: Out an Innertube, (With Eamon Espey) Mt. Olympus Society. Jun. 2006

What Kind of Magic Spell to Use? Ambergris Books, Jun. 2006

Hokus, Ambergris books, Mar. 2006

Landy Coloring Book (with Rebecca Bird), published in conjunction with the Swiss Institute, Mar. 2006

Carrot for Girls, Picturebox. Sep. 2005

Mining the Moon Part Two, Ambergris Books, Apr. 2005

Agnes and the Invisible Shiner, (with Eamon Espey) Mt. Olympus Society, Sep. 2004

Ambergris Dietary Supplement, Ambergris Books. Aug. 2004

The Flying Fox, Ambergris Books. Jul. 2004

Otto, comic and drawing anthology, (co-editor) Dec. 2003

The Fairly Thick Wrack, Ambergris Books. Dec. 2003

Ambergris Digest, Jun. 2003

Mining the Moon, Ambergris Books. Sep. 2002

Easter Special, (with Rebecca Bird) Ambergris Books. Apr. 2002