I'm happy to annouce that Wildwood Historical Society - George F. Boyer Museum and I have come to an agreement on our date for the Castle Dracula Memorial Day and release party - Confirmed for Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at the George F. Boyer Museum in Wildwood, from 12pm-3pm!..
Monday, May 16, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Breaks & Dinner: A chapter break page from Castle Dracula & Dungeon: The Employee Handbook Illustrated
Here's a chapter break splash page from the up-coming Castle Dracula & Dungeon: The Employee Handbook Illustrated, which, will be my final Wildwood New Jersey-inspired project for at least the foreseeing future.
This splash page depicts Harry's Corner, a still popular eatery on the boardwalk in Wildwood, at Cedar and the boardwalk. I gained information that this was indeed a popular spot for Castle Dracula & Dungeon cast members/employees and imagined this situation - As the cast members were told not to change (other than their robe) out of wardrobe/makeup while on their breaks... therefore, moments of hilarity insured. The cast members were just a little more vulnerable, but not quite enough.
More from this fun feature soon. Here's the half pencils, half inks (barely) page of said splash:
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Castle Dracula & Dungeon: Employee Handbook Illustrated - Promo Poster - Available in Wildwood NJ 2022!
I'll be once again, spending my August summer month with a week in my favorite shore town, of Wildwood, New Jersey. Soon I'll be announcing what will be the Castle Dracula Memorial Day, where I'll be releasing 'Castle Dracula & Dungeon: Employee Handbook Illustrated' alongside of John Nickels the builder and owner of the long-remembered Wildwood "dark ride", Castle Dracula!..
This promo poster for the new Bombshell Comics release will be available and signed (Limited to 25!) at the event, come August 2022.
Date, place and time will be announced soon!
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Early September has me reflecting back to my mid-August summer,.. to sum it up: a bittersweet journey that touched my childhood so hard, I could feel the loved ones that I've lost in my family there, hanging out with me - as they were the ones to show me Wildwood.. and I like to believe, get to experience that magnificent time warp of a beach town again with me.
Sadly, the Mango Motel wasn't illustrated in 'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop', but the interior liner notes has a nod to the 1950's dream commercialuxe. Sadly, the Mango Motel's neon sign never lit the 5 nights I stayed, but it was so beautiful, it didn't need to be lit... A
common trait (come to find and write about) of Wildwood's motel signs.
Along with receiving the good news that the other comic book I was planning to release that week in Wildwood, officially made it to the Tributes and Traditions proprietor himself, Mr. Fascination - Randy Senna. Our night wouldn't come until that Saturday night, August 14th... but you know I had to get my fascination in!.. So I grabbed a sprite from his soda machine and started playing. The adventure had begun.Doo Wop Preservation League's museum in Wildwood - a museum dedicated to the artifacts and signage surrounding the Doo Wop motel's history. It was the absolute perfect environment for our signing.. and the people who came were just as great.
One of them, being my childhood neighbor, who was so kind to come out and bring one of my late mother's best friends.
Others included siblings of the motel builders, hardcore families of fans and even Stella Star herself - "the girl from Doo Wop city." ...It was great to know the books were beginning to go to great homes with people who love Wildwood's motel movement.here.
Another stellar guest at the DWPL building, was my new friend, Dorothy Kulisek - who, for the last 15 years, has put her heart and soul in to The Wildwood Sun By The Sea newsletter there in The Wildwoods. Like me, she's a long time self-publisher. The newsletter of hers, is fantastically done... containing her own illustrations of Wildwood to photographs submitted by the families who helped shape Wildwood themselves as vacationers and property
At the signing where I met Robert, I also met Cool Scoops ice cream parlor proprietor, Paul Russo, who, was one of the funniest and kindest men I had met during my journey. Paul went above and beyond to promote 'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop',.. I was and still am so grateful of his friendship. His Cool Scoops parlor is a must see for Wildwood nuts - as his collection of Wildwood history lines the walls of the parlor and the ice cream is just as great!..
't seen either of them in years. The George F. Boyer Museum brought out all my favorite friends and authors whom I met through the museum, which was so exciting. This included motel owners (who were 3rd generation) and nearly my age!.. So, it was thrilling to answer them with a "yes" after they'd ask if their own motels were in our graphic novel.
Nothing but pure history surrounded Kirk and I at the George F. Boyer Museum in Wildwood... We were greeted by many friends of the museum - Kirk got in to some wonderful conversation with the signing goers and I was happy to listen ^_^ Our graphic novel found some great new homes that day.. can't wait to return again next summer.
Here's to a great summer 2021 and a hopeful better one for next!..
Friday, February 12, 2021
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Sometimes I question the relevancy of my work, well.. scratch that, a lot of the times I do.. because I spend so much time on it.. Projects are time killers and you hope, that when you're done with it, the world will be ready.. Focusing on a town like Wildwood, New Jersey, progressive for it's civil understandings, is/was a town of diversity, even back when a lot of towns in America were not..
Wildwood, a resort town once built of a fisherman's haven, has of course, gone through its stages of history - it's most important, were the impact of traveling music groups.. groups that even, would travel from the mid-west, where, conditions from which they were coming from, were probably substantially worse than Wildwood, New Jersey. A town of complete cultural acceptance, escape and reflection in the 1950's and 60's.. So much so, I find stories about prominent vocal music groups of the day refusing to leave the resort town in southern New Jersey.. and boy, the Motels are a living cartoon.. and so much fun to draw.
What's beautiful, is that the motels of Wildwood share a coined name for the music style that those artists expressed - and the same motels of Doo Wop housed many of those acts and patrons who were there to support the Doo Wop vocal groups in various clubs and venues in Wildwood, while on their vacation.
Monday, February 03, 2020
Either way, here's more half and half from the 'Wildwood Days of Doo Wop'!..
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Check out these two works in progress - as half pencils and half inks can only do justice!..
I'm normally drawing two to three comic pages at once for this next graphic novel feature and at this point, I've drawn over 100 motels.. and I'm not done yet!..
There really were so many of these motels (seems to be well over 300 at one point) in Wildwood,New Jersey when I was young, that I can't remember them all.. So, to discover new ones that no longer exist has been the most thrilling.
A dream project it is, with being a joy to produce and research this personally felt historic subject for nearly two years, I'm also planning on having a very special component to it (finger's crossed and more on that later). For now, enjoy these two pages as you are taken back to a special time and place via ink and pencil!.. More soon.. stay tuned and a happy new year to you!..
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
I've had a blast going through his body of work and you can definitely tell he loved Wildwood, New Jersey in his music. He just recently, and in his seventies, performed in Wildwood again this September.
The most fun about making an architectural comic book, is finding the thematic cultural connection between the time period and the structure. Though this promo is more on the fictional end, the elements are still bound in the non-fiction - as the Cardinal Motel once had a rainbow in it's sign design (today it's more modern), Bobby Rydell's lyrics match it just right. Most certainly a Wildwood night bird, singing in the night as a cardinal bird might!..
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Half pencils/half inks from 'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop'!.. // Seattle's Pinball Zine, Skill Shot Reviews 'Destroy Centaur'
Thursday, January 31, 2019
As Misfit Wrestling Federation #7 is submitted to comixology.. I'm continuing working on issue #9, which is coming along steadily. This issue will juggle all sides of the plot that I've had going with the story, so I'm excited as it will be pretty well-rounded and will also contain a unique flashback motif for the Bald-Headed Freak that I'm really excited about.
This feature has really brought about some great challenges for me in terms of drawing architecture and environment - The most unique shapes make up these buildings and finding new perspectives beyond my postcard references have been a challenge I've really enjoyed. I have quite a bit to go on it (I'm on page 29), as there are (or were) so many Doowop motels and hotels in Wildwood, it's astounding.. I'm not looking to draw them all, but I'm willing to draw all the worthy ones.. which, are quite a lot. So far, most of them are fitting 2-up per page and are assembled according to their release date, chronologically.. and it wouldn't be a Doowop comic book without the music, so there's a good amount of that that's also contained.
The last bit of news I'm willing to share here is that I'm going to be returning to Nebraska to re-release 'December 3rd, 1967: An Alien Encounter' alongside of another special object dedicated to Herbert Schirmer's U.F.O. encounter. More on that and the date, soon!..
Saturday, December 15, 2018
This latest release is 44 pages in partial color. Get it here: www.bombshell-comics.com
As for what's coming... Here's a half & half (half pencil, half ink(sorta) pages for you to preview what's coming!.. One from 'Misfit Wrestling Federation' #9 and the other, from 'The Wildwood Days of Doo Wop' - a full color feature that's coming to be and will hopefully, be released in 2019!.. Happy new years and holidays!..
Friday, June 22, 2018
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.