Friday, June 22, 2018

In memory of Herbert Schirmer - 8/16/1945 - 3/6/2017 // Hub Ogden Collection




It's in my sad sincerity that I'm here in 2018 accepting the passing of Herbert Schirmer. Whom, wasn't answering my phone calls for the past year..  Sure enough, at the expense of my flickering absence from the social media world that is on the internet and being deep into projects and client requests, I visit Herb's Facebook page to find love ones wishing him a goodbye as of March 2017.

I'd like to say here on my blog that I'm glad to have been Herb's friend the last few years, as we had the chance to talk several times and sometimes, pretty extensively. In our interactions, he was still that sensible, honest guy that I heard from that-nearly 50 year old recording. What I love most of all, is that I had his approving, despite what he could tell me what was truth and what was false. More on that later.. (probably in another graphic novel ; )

Lastly, the photographs above are indeed, of Herbert Schirmer, in the year or near the year, of this encounter (22 years of age.) I have placed these digital copies within a folder, titled, "WISH I HAD THESE".. As my 'December 3rd, 1967: An Alien Encounter' was finished and released on Dec 3rd, 2011, 4 years before the Omaha UFO Study Group had released a collection of rare U.F.O. materials from a gentleman named Hub Ogden. These are Hub Ogden's photos, more here.

I'm pretty proud of how accurate I "got him" in the drawings..
Herb seemed so, too. You will be missed, friend.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Future Bombshell Comics works in progress.. *** 'Misfit Wrestling Federation' #9 - 'Destroy Centaur' - 'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop' ***

Hey everyone.

 I thought I'd share some up-coming works that are amidst the inking process, as I don't share this kind of work enough. 

Below are three different raw scans from three different projects. 

One, as you know, is from the continuous series, Misfit Wrestling Federation. M.W.F. #9 should be out by the end of the year, as I've been focusing on 'Destroy Centaur' as my next release. ..As it's looking, it will be ready for summer. The page below is from a later page in the story. Lastly, the first previews of an up-coming project involving my favorite beach town as a kid, Wildwood New Jersey. 

'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop' will be a focus on mid-century Doo Wop Architecture from the blue-collar riviera beach town, Wildwood. Which, at one time and maybe still does, have the largest collection of these hotels and motels that are essentially, a mix of various types of the most unique and culturally driven architecture styles. Wildwood has had hundreds of motels and hotels that were built from under a dozen builders and sign makers. I was fortunate enough to experience Wildwood as a youngster, and has inspired me enough to produce what will be a unique approach to a historic-type of comic book.

Below you'll find how I begin to ink first directly on top of my pencils. The biggest reason for what may look like a pretty sprawled out approach, is the idea that foreground objects are done first. Then, I descend back with smaller pen nibs for my varying degrees of line thickness. This helps produce bigger depth value, essentially, aggrandizing the perspective.





Believe it or not, 'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop' was a comic book I was planning on producing later in life.. but due to circumstances of recently obtaining photographs that were deemed "hard to get"of the very builders and sign makers that were involved with this movement of architecture, I had to take the sign to begin now. More to come. - Hope you all enjoy!..

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Preview the first seven pages of 'Destroy Centaur' comic book - Out later this year!!..


Hi friends!.. Been awhile since an update, but it's only because there's new content coming and it's from all directions!..

The seven pages below represent a lot for me in terms of my building of acquaintance with living in Los Angeles. Pinball was introduced to me by a special Los Angeles friend in my beginning years of living here. Along with dedicating and thanking the original pinball creators of 'Centaur' as you'll see in this intro splash page, I'll be thanking her in this work as well; because if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have grown a love I have for the art and craft of pinball and I wouldn't have met 'Centaur' the pinball machine, so soon in my life. Which, I find amazing that I did, as I've had the time (and energy) since 2011 or so to conjure this psychedelic story of legacy with the very characters of the Centaur pinball machine questioning their own.

I hope this stirs your excitement in getting the entire feature once it's ready!..

This is the first seven pages (of forty!), including the intro/dedication splash page.

Cover for 'Destroy Centaur' later to come!..

Enjoy,
-MJ










Sunday, May 28, 2017

Two showcases this month and it's been awhile!..

It's been quite a bit since I've shown my original comic art. I'd say, the last time could have even been 2012 or 13'... As I had a show for my release of 'THAT BIKE'. Now, coming back around to my focus on being social again : ) I've not only joined up with a good friend in Joshua Tree whom, now owns and operates a terrific Sci-Fi/Western book shop, but I've also made new friends with some businesses in the neighborhood in which I live. I'm excited for both!..As we've agreed to partner in some fun happenings all happening this June 2017. The first, is the 'Keystone Row Comic Crawl' which, will showcase members of a social group of cartoonists that I've helped organize since 2010.

It's called Comic Makers Los Angeles. We have hundreds of members, but only a small lump sum come out and join the festivities of our various public meet-ups. The other event, is in Joshua Tree as I've noted, at Space Cowboy Books. I'll have original comic book pages there, as well, for sale from 'December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter'  and I'll be presenting the video experience at sundown.

I'm quite excited to be putting these on. You gotta keep on keepin' on!



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Northern Soul & Pinball Flyer collection of works 2016-2017

Hey Everyone!.. It's been awhile and I told you it wouldn't be.. Forgive me. Life gets in the way. ..and boy, I've been busy. Continuing n the positive: You'll have more works to enjoy from Bombshell Comics, really soon!..

If you can believe it, i'm about to be sitting on 5 new books -- which, i'm going to slowly release - beginning this year in 2017. I also have a goal to release another, pinball related comic book this year. I hope I can do it for you.

I'm also going to make efforts on getting more social online, again. It seems, as I've been born on this cusp of what they're calling "the millennials" i'm constantly judging my use of and/or far too much energy towards my online presence. Not sure if any of you out there feel this too, but I sure don't want to have more online memories than I do REAL ones. That's in no offense to anyone who does, I just find that the true tangible is in the reality of one-another - face to face. Though this internet and computer are marvelous tools that I use, I won't be stricken to a tool -- I'll be stricken to the application of actual pen and ink drawing. For this lifetime.

Digital will always accompany my analog.

Below are are the beginnings of a collection of Northern Soul and Pinball night flyers I've produced over the years. I've been proud to support two businesses I love - Pins and Needles and Bedrock Studios now, for many years. This little night we have is incredibly special and in so many ways, parallels exactly what i'm typing about, above. Hold on to your morals.

The latest flyer at the top, is for tonight's event.





More soon!..



Monday, April 11, 2016

A night of Northern Soul & Pinball // M.W.F. Issue #8 cover // Other stuff

Hey everyone, sorry, it's been awhile. I'm alive and still kicking.. 

I've been in to a little momentum, yep - yet another thing.. as I continue to host my Night of Northern Soul and Pinball at Pins and Needles. It's a pinball parlor inside the recording studio, Bedrock Studios. I love these two businesses and believe they should be supported in that they allow artists to be creative with lock-out spaces and rehearsal rooms to having a place for some downtime with your friends. Did I mention three decades of pinball machines?.. 

Definitely check them out if you're in the Los Angeles area. 

Approaching these nights thematically, i'm inspired by one Northern Soul song, which is defined as a pre-Motown and underground sound that almost twenty years later, became famous in Great Britain's dance club scene. Why?.. Because these songs you can most definitely dance to.

The music is most enjoyable but it's out of circumstance that the labels at the time didn't get the air time they deserved in order to gain national or international success.. Leaving us with delightful one hit wonders of the underground you've never heard of at an extremely rounded and tasteful analog sound quality. The singers sing at their heart's desire on most of the songs. Brenda Holloway (Even though the recording is Motown) had just this 1964 re-release which is considered Northern Soul, that inspired me to create this Saturday's poster and night theme:

What fantastic lyrics: "Lord, take me through this change - Tears alone could never explain - about this lonely world of despair.."

Our first night, I used Lainie Hill's Time Marches On:

Lastly, I can share the cover I've drawn to M.W.F. #8:

The 10th Anniversary website will be up soon, replacing my long-lasting "living room" design.. It's been a good run and I've had nice complements regarding it's design and funky-ness. So happy to bring my art there for you all. Stay tuned for more!..

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Bombshell Comics is turning TEN!.. || 33 pages of M.W.F. #7 are YOURS (Read the entire comic here) || Thank you for your patience!

Hey Everyone,

Apologize for the long pause in my social activity.

 I've come back, out from my cave to share with you what I could: An un-edited entirety of Misfit Wrestling Federation #7!..

33 pages of story and art that I'm proud to bring you. Coming in to this at the seventh issue, you might not know exactly what's going here, but at-least you'll get a good idea ^_^ Maybe even enough to start from the very beginning!..

The beauty of underground, independent comics is: NO ADS! ^_^

Misfit Wrestling Federation on Comixology: For your phone or any mobile device (I'm really happy with Comixology's guided view, they do a great job on my sometimes, complex layouts)
and the issue will soon be available in print thru my new 10th Anniversary Website (up soon): www.bombshell-comics.com

I've drawn another two comics books in 2015, but they're a part of a larger project I'm still deciding on how or when, to release. Stay tuned!..




















Thursday, July 23, 2015

CHILDREN, BE-HAYYY-VVVEE *** L.A. DWP Comic Book with Venice Arts -- THE COVER***

That's what they say, when we're together.. (Sorry, Been on a Tommy James and The Shondells kick)

Pardon my once again, for another month+ absense... I guess it does a body good to be busy and well, I was!...

I went back to the homeland of New Jersey for some partial business matters that were all totally fun. I enjoyed returning to a camp I once was a counselor at, and saw some of my former campers now 10 years older. A mega change from the 10 year olds I knew them as. I kept telling myself: time flies. Enjoy it and this, and everything... and I did. It felt great to get away from the drawing table or the guitar and just experience civilian life once again (haha)... and of course, seeing my family was amazing. I miss all of them incredibly. 

It's not like I'm too far off now from civilian life, mind you, but I will tell you, if I can compare my creative output right now to child birth, i'd say I'm giving birth to a small colony... but, more on that later.

I'm currently at the tail-end of a month-long workshop at Venice Arts, and the student cartoonist's work this year has been exciting me to the fullest. As promised, please find the cover to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power cover of, 'Energy Vampires and Water Goblins" below.

I penciled the cover, my student Jesse Papik did the inks!..

This is a water and energy conservation comic book I lead in a workshop with twelve to fourteen 10 to 17 year olds. I'm super excited to see the change it hopefully brings to Los Angeles!


More on this later too!...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Divas of Wrestling art contest // A half & half from M.W.F. #7 // In the news!...

Hey everyone. This week was crazy. Wait - This month was crazy!.. From branded story boarding to non-profit work to anything comics in-between, I'm definitely running on all cylinders ^_^

Here's some of those results:

Masters of Ring Entertainment has chosen my piece here, for their 'Divas of Wrestling" art contest. The 'Divas of Wrestling' event is being held this Saturday, called  Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Women In Wrestling where, i'm told me piece will be auctioned to help breast cancer screenings to those who can't afford. I'm happy to be a part of that!!..

Get your tickets, here for the event.

My piece is titled, 'Catch The Divas of Wrestling':


As promised, more M.W.F. half & halfs!... (half pencils, Half inks)
This one is the one i'm inking today, page 6 from issue #7 of Misfit Wrestling Federation:


In News: The second issue of my pro wrestling series, Misfit Wrestling Federation is going live on Comixology, this Wednesday, May 20th. 


Stay tuned for more news!!.. 

Thursday, April 02, 2015

It's 1973, the DDT wasn't invented!.. // Wondercon Anaheim, CA this Weekend! - Table 873

It's 1973 folks!.. the DDT wasn't invented yet!..

A cool thing about doing a "period piece" like Misfit Wrestling Federation is knowing what came after. In this case of issue #7, I feel when it feels good, make it informative.. Why not?.. It never hurts to learn something while reading and this is an art form (wrestling) in itself... You'll learn about it in M.W.F. if I can help it ! : )

 Like it or not, it's a fascinating art form in which the most colorful and not-so-coloful, strongmen and women have been involved. In many ways, they're a direct reflection of our society and the understanding of the struggles and issues we go through as humans on our planet. There's a reason professional wrestling has captivated many, many people in many many ways.

Maybe you'll agree to disagree.. and we'll wrestle to figure it out!!..

Either way.. here's that finished page from the last posting:




 Also, find me, along with the Comic Makers Los Angeles Meet-up group, at Wondercon
This Weekend: April, 3rd-5th 2015:
At the Anaheim Convention Center - http://www.anaheimconventioncenter.com/ We're at table 873!!.. Fri-Sunday

I will have MOST of the Bombshell Comics line available for purchase. Cash only_^/

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Half & Half (Sorta) // Working in circles, figure eights and "directionals" let's call them // Misfit Wrestling Federation is coming to Comixology March 18th

Hey everyone,

Been awhile since a posting... it's not a bad thing. That's what I keep telling myself, so.. let it be so, will you?.. ^_^

I guess I like to call me endeavor with making comics as well, "let the audience find me if they are looking..." and I know some of you are, after these nine years, and I thank you. Even for just your visits and views... the internet is indeed a blessing for the independent - but, it's still hard.

Well, i'm not stopping!.. Below is a half and half (sorta) page #3 from Misfit Wrestling Federation #7...

For my first unlimited series, Misfit Wrestling Federation goes live for purchase this Wednesday - March, 18 2015 on www.comixology.com ..The digital comics subscription and service. I would highly recommend if you're a cartoonist, to take a look at the books within the Comixology Submit program: https://www.comixology.com/ComiXology-Submit-Releases/page/169

I post this out of what I find to be one of the most enjoyable challenges beyond your standard representational art (as far as you take it as a cartoonist I guess) is the directional over-pass and under-pass let's call them, to the whole comics narrative as a form. Those over-pass and under-passes i'm calling them, involve not only word balloons of the comic with it's placement (which you won't find below) but mostly, a shape/panel relationship/flow.


That's what a "real" wrestling comic book needs. In my opinion. In order to feel the dynamics of the interaction of the wrestlers and their moves, the cartoonist ( writer and artist) must know when and how to place the moves and essentially, story "beats" within each-other fluidly. On top of that, the construction needs to work all at once to encapsulate environment and the energy involved. Just as a match transpires among a commentator reaction... and in this case, character reaction and interaction within the match.Where will the word bubbles fit?.. You'll have to wait and see. Will I go back to "standard" paneling?.. Yes, it's already happening... Look at the top of this page!...

This challenge gets my excitement.. my drive.. to make this the best pro wrestling comic series you never read.

Cover of the unreleased, issue #7 (Released sometime this year):


Stay tuned!.. I plan to post storyboards i've done within the last year or so!...

-MJ