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My Bio
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I'm a published comic artist who graduated from SCAD with a Bachelor's in Sequential Art (comics and cartooning), with additional graduate-level training under my belt in the same field. I now work professionally as a Multimedia/Web Developer while producing/publishing comics and pinup illustrations. I've also been known to play some crazy piano on occasion. My wife Whitney is also one of the most talented artists I know, and together we are the creative team behind two comics that have been published online since 2005. Her character is also the focal point of an annual pinup cosplay series that I produce around Halloween each year.

The Peterverse is the name of the universe where both our comics take place. Peter & Company tells the story of a young cat named Peter and his special friend, a duck named Seth whom only Peter can see. Peter & Whitney is the sequel series to P&C, telling the story of how Peter and his soulmate Whitney find each other in college and start their lives together.

Peterverse Comics and Websites:
Peter & Company - "What if, to a child, what appeared to be an imaginary friend... were in fact, his guardian angel?" The story of Peter and his friend Seth, a supernatural duck who was assigned to help Peter survive his childhood intact. Currently available in printed volumes via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and coming soon in animated form.

Peter & Whitney - The story of two childhood friends finding each other again in college, falling in love, getting married, and everything that happens in between.

The Peterverse Picarto - Watch our weekly streams on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, as Whitney and I both work together to get our comics and other projects done.

Favourite Visual Artist
Frank Cho, Bill Watterson, Gary Larson
Favourite Movies
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Favourite Gaming Platform
XBox 360
Tools of the Trade
Blue col-erase pencils, Windsor-Newton Series 7 #3 brush, waterproof ink, watercolors, Photoshop.
Other Interests
Cartooning, comic strips, graphic novels, music, video games, moon pies
Hello, everyone! The 2019 Whitney Cosplay Series has come to a close, with another full roster of 31 sketches throughout the month of October! For the next week we are now in the final stretches of the voting phase, and the winner of this leg will be the first piece to be given a full upgrade to ink and color. So if you have a specific piece you'd like to see first out the gate, now's the time to start voting! For your convenience, I have compiled a complete list of all 31 Whitney Cosplays from the 2019 series, with links to each of their respective posts across Twitter, DeviantArt, and FurAffinity. Remember that ALL USER INTERACTIONS are co
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Hello, everyone! Whitney and I have been working hard over the past few months to increase production of bonus materials in our Patreons. In addition, I've decided to start doing weekly streams on Picarto where I will be taking quick sketch commissions from viewers, drawn while you watch. These streams will take place on early Sunday afternoons (starting around 1 or 2 pm EST) and slots will be available for anyone who watches. Here are the details: - Flat price: $40/character* - Detailed backgrounds: $15 extra (basic backgrounds can be included) - NSFW commissions are allowed, both pinup-style and adult. I will not draw any extreme subject
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Hello, everyone! To those in the VA/DC/MD area, Whitney and I will be attending the upcoming con FurTheMore in Tyson's Corner, VA. We have reserved a table in the Artists Alley throughout the entire weekend and plan to be selling books, prints, stickers, and taking art commissions the whole time. Additionally, on Sunday at noon, I will be hosting an hour-long live panel/demo on Facial Expressions and Portraying Emotion in cartoon characters! This should be an absolute blast, so if you'll be attending the con, make sure to check out the link below and let them know you're interested in joining the panel audience: https://furthemore2018.sche
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Soooooo.... how goes the animated series?

I hope you and Whitney have a great Valentine's Day.

So, how did you and Whitney first met?

We actually met online originally, back in 2007. I had just graduated from SCAD with my Bachelor's and Whitney was getting ready to start her undergrad at the school in the Fall, so one night she did a search on Yahoo messenger for anyone who had SCAD listed in their profiles. My name was the only one that had a hit, so she messaged me out of the blue to ask questions about the school. We immediately hit it off and a couple months later I decided to return for my grad studies to be closer to her. Three years later, we were married.

The version of how Peter and Whitney meet in the comics is only loosely based on our actual story. The P&C side of their story is purely fictional. We didn't know each other as kids -- there is actually an 8 year age difference between us -- but the story of how they get together in college in P&W is much more directly autobiographical.

Merry belated Christmas!