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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A re-created poster ad that's not in the book // 'THAT BIKE' mentioned in Philly Blogs

As I might've shared or even "favorite" on my twitter recently, fellow blogs philebrity.com and passyunkpost.com mention my 2012 release, 'THAT BIKE'.


Frankly, I had a complete blast making 'THAT BIKE'. My first semi-autobiographical story set in south Philadelphia where I find one of the coolest things I still own, my 1969 AMF Roadmaster 'American V' "muscle bike".

Purchase it, here: http://www.bombshell-comics.com/thatbike.html


Below is my treat. A re-created poster ad that's not in 'THAT BIKE' (only available at shows):


Yes, I laid down to draw this ^_^ but not the background : )

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The first 6 pages of Misfit Wrestling Federation #6 /// To a busy year!...

Hi everyone!...

Misfit Wrestling Federation #6 is now available at my website.

I've had a wonderful busy year here in Los Angeles. I was fortune enough to provide my first animation in a feature film (more on that later)... storyboard some major brands with great directors and crews... work on one of my dream projects involving my friends and another creative aspect of me and the medium of comics itself (of course, more on that later !)... released 'December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter' on Comixology Submit... had a grant awarded to my comics workshop (more on that later, too)... and lastly, give you the first 6 pages of M.W.F. #6 for your enjoyment -_-/:

24pgs - Starts the story arc: 'What's In Mad Mike's Ring?'









Get it at: http://www.bombshell-comics.com/mwf6.html ! ^_^/Thanks!

Monday, December 01, 2014

'December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter' goes live on Comixology - Dec. 3rd 2014 - It's 47th Anniversary!


Iphone and tablet users!.. 'December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter', one of my proudest achievements, comes to www.comixology.com this Wednesday, December 3rd marking Herbert Schirmer's 1967 encounter anniversary of 47 years.

Originally released with a successful Kickstarter campaign, the idea first found me while exploring some U.F.O. contactee sound files - of which, Herbert's audio storytelling was beautifully told and captured. Below and above is HIS dialogue, transcribed word for word.
I'm working on getting physical copies back in print. Stay tuned for that announcement and more!...
-MJ

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Where have all the panel dynamics gone?... Misfit Wrestling Federation #6 Page 20

Well, they're not in current wrestling comics. Yes, I have *ahem* competitors as of late with the commercial market -- WWE is now putting out a comic book with even, pro wrestlers scribing the tales. Sounds awesome but where's the panel dynamics?.. The only thing that could truly show the art form of pro wrestling in a sequential form?.. Not in their full-colored, ad-ridden adventure.

Yes, my work is black and white BUT it does have panel dynamics. 

What is panel dynamics?...
My own definition of panel dynamics is letting the objects dictate the panel motion and flow. This, combined with proper (emphasis on clarity) balloon placement, a page not only can get dynamic, but it also allows for an "environment wrapping" manifesto of the objects... All the while, the eye is literally on a ride around the page. Something only comics can do and can be embraced whole-heartedly in any line of pro wrestling comics. 
Just my opinion ^_^

Above: Page 20 from the unreleased, Misfit Wrestling Federation #6 (OUT SOON)

www.bombshell-comics.com has a new website look up!... Check out my living room!.. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

If Jim Cornette had a Bombshell Comics t-shirt...


It would look like this:

It's no better time to be a fan of pro wrestling folks!.. At-least, I think so... Sorta -- I do miss the old wrestling ring that used to sHaKe and QuAkE it's way from wrestlers big and small. The other thing I miss is sheer charisma and character. Which, all these gentleman and ladies I've drawn above, all had in pro-wrestling during their time.

One things for sure, I sure didn't see it all coming to experiencing some of my favorite wrestling managers now hosting their very own podcasts. One of them, is Jim Cornette. He has always been a most interesting cat to me -- and now with listening to his podcast, he has such a strong vision and a taste of an opinion that I love to hear on the yester-year of pro wrestling and it goes all the way till today of what "Sports Entertainment" is. Well, Jim Cornette has been through them both. Not only that, he got to work with all the starZ of pro-wrestling.. and I emphasize that with a Z -- because he's also knocked a whole bunch out (and made them see stars) with his trusty tennis racket!.. I couldn't NOT include that racket in this piece.

Lastly, you're seeing a selected cast of my own favorites he managed from the passed 30+ years.
Now, for Jim Cornette to see it... ; )
-MJ

Monday, September 08, 2014

My Venice Arts (www.venicearts.org) comics workshop's next adventure is in water and energy conservation.

After returning from my vacation spent on the east coast, i got the coolest news in regards to the non-profit where I instruct a "creating comics from the ground up" workshop -- They had been awarded a grant to create a comic book that will be distributed throughout the Los Angeles school system on water and energy conservation!

This will be the first time while instructing these last 4 years that our workshop at Venice Arts has ever been given a grant by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to create a water and energy conservation comic book... This will also be my 9th anthology-based comic with Venice Arts, a non-profits arts organization that gives low-income families a free multimedia arts experience in film, photography and comics. 

We as a class, write, draw, ink, letter, color and lastly, edit (if there's time ; ) our own stories together within either a summer course (4 weeks/5days/wk) or the academic years (23 weeks-1day/wk).

The experience is awesome. Filled with discovery for everyone. We break down the medium as much as we can with the wonderful world of comics instructive literature, such as Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics', our growing and large comics collection, and my very own research and exploratory development I've made over the years making my own comics.

Most of all, I love to empower the students to keep going. Keep expressing themselves in this amazing free-form storytelling medium ^_^

Below: Our last 8 comic book covers. More at: www.venicearts.org
Thanks,
Michael J.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Mohawk Bend Anniversary Art Show - This Wednesday August 6th - Selective art works on display!...

Hey Everyone,

I have selective art works from both my Roller Dames series and original comic book pages going up for Mohawk bend's Anniversary Art Show. The opening reception is from 5:30-7:00pm this Wednesday -- Don't miss it!.. Catch my work with other local Echo Park local artists in a wonderful unique space (a former vaudeville theatre) for this limited time!...

The Facebook event page to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445059489107139/

See you there!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

My favorite pinball parlor's Grand Re-Opening and the flyer i made for this Friday night! ~

I had a joy or producing this flyer for my favorite pinball parlor in Los Angeles,.. Echo Park to be particular, Bedrock Studios to be even more.

Pins & Needles is operated by a fellow artist, and simply one of the best pinball players out there. Also... I mean, what kind of woman does it take to offer 24 of her vintage pinball machines for you to play at the very cost they've always been played for?... 25,50,75 cents?...

Well, Pins & Needles is having a Grand Re-Opening and i'm happy to have coined it, "Bally Goodness".
Enjoy!



Friday, June 20, 2014

My 2011 graphic novel film, 'Dec 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter' is screening at Venice Arts: June 21st 2014

We'll be screening my 2011 graphic novel film, 'December 3rd, 1967: An Alien Encounter' (with the found 1970's U.F.O. conference audio of ex-Nebraska state patrolman, Herbert Schirmer) as he narrates a panel for panel sequence of how he was taken aboard a U.F.O. while on duty on Dec 3rd, 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.

This screening opens the true show!... A night of sharing 4 years of my time as a comics workshop instructor, along with another Mike, whom has been mentoring for 4 years with the film program at Venice Arts, Mike Cersosimo.

The event starts at 7pm sharp!.. Be there for a great fundraiser!



Join us through facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/836998819646922/

and eventbrite (for tickets): http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mike-mike-share-the-like-tickets-11455474633

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wrestling relationships and a finished page #5 from M.W.F. #6!...


Another mode i'm playing with, let's call it, in Misfit Wrestling Federation is the idea of the wrestling relationship -- beyond physicality. A common theme in our every day lives, but what about with wrestlers?.. Are they still all "over-the-top" outside of the ring?...

 Mmm... Not necessarily, but it sure can make a journey!...

Here, Bald-Headed Freak - a long time wrestler, and the figure head of the M.W.F. from his notoriety, reflects back to hearing gossip of Big Dongrel Mongrel (Big Don)'s days of using his own rules in the ring.

All the while, Mad Mike is doing his best to catch up with 'the Freak', but are they just business partners at different sides of the spectrum or is there something else going on that can't let them "gel"?...

A now lettered, inked, and toned Page #5 from M.W.F. #6 !

Stay tuned for more frames from the latest projects!...



Saturday, May 24, 2014

A "Half & Half" (Half pencils/half inks) from M.W.F. Issue #6

Here's another half & half from my unlimited series, Misfit Wrestling Federation. In issue #6 i'm still pushing the bearers of what comics can only do.

 I guess that's how I can explain this half & half page layout below.. and really, a large substantial part that is the makeup to this series... Other than, loose-canon and crazy-fit (from steroids or not?) characters like the Bald-Headed Freak (below) to obsessive compulsive "head of the company" mad-men, Mad Mike (below). The cast runs the gamut of off-beat personas that you wrestling fans would really enjoy.

 Learn about them in the M.W.F. - Misfit Wrestling Federation series, still available thru Paypal at my website: www.bombshell-comics.com ~~

If you look closely at this page, you'll find some written dialogue that could "take place" in this future world i'm bring you in to / if you so choose!...

Enjoy !...