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