If you come to this website with any regularity, we can confidently say you’ve stumbled across the work of Andy Tyra. The Michigan (by way of Milwaukee) illustrator and is the artist responsible for our T-shirt designs, the label of our official beer, and many of our event posters we’ve had through the years. In addition to his work for Milwaukee Record and a variety of other clients spread throughout the Upper Midwest, Tyra recently completed a project of his own and added author to his résumé in the process.

In Tyra’s first book, Caverns Below Milwaukee, a Bay View man’s insatiable curiosity about the inner workings of a South Side cobbling shop takes him to unimaginable realms and causes him see his hometown in a whole new way. The book—which Tyra both wrote and illustrated—is rife with local references and nods to Milwaukee-area myths like Haunchyville and the Goatman. This month, Tyra will return to town to talk about his book and the magic hidden in Milwaukee during an extra special author event.

On Saturday, November 26, Tyra will come to Lion’s Tooth to read a portion of Caverns Below Milwaukee, answer questions about his book, and discuss Cream City creatures. Milwaukee Record will also be on hand to lead a Q&A and talk about some other bits of localized lore. The author and illustrator will be selling copies of his book, as well as some prints and other goodies. Lion’s Tooth will have beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

This Small Business Saturday event runs from 6-8 p.m. and there’s no cover charge. Come have a drink or two, buy a book, and talk local literature with Andy Tyra and Milwaukee Record!