At the age of 76, the painter/cartoonist Jerry Moriarty moved from his studio loft in Manhattan, where he lived and worked for 49 years, to his childhood home in Binghamton, New York, where he lived from the age of six until he went to Pratt Institute at 18. The artist uses this as an opportunity to interrogate his past via the act of painting as a mnemonic. He invents teenager Sally, based on his sister Pat, with whom he talks and shares his paintings: "The painting becomes a time machine..." The book alternates between unconventonal pen-and-ink comics panels, that take place in the present as Moriarty converses with the past; and full color acrylic paintings recreating his memories of that same past and allowing the artwork to serve as a self-reflective time machine. Whatsa Paintoonist? is a masterpiece of imagination and introspects, imbued with the love of life lived and life yet to live.