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More ‘doodles and more’

Here are some more random lunchtime doodles sketches. Some are funny, some are twisted but hopefully they’re all at least (mildly) entertaining. Let me know how you’re enjoying these silly lunch doodles about lunch! I’m always open to suggestions and requests also. Shoot me a message using the form or the email address provided on the About/Contact page.

Here is a quick piece I whipped together to celebrate the World Cup final. Of course, no one is happier than the soccer ball once it’s all over.

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My little pal Noah asked for a Steamboat Willie sketch and I was so taken aback that the character/film still resonates with his generation that I gladly obliged. Here is a great picture which his mom took and sent to me.

If anyone is interested in a personalized, one-of-a-kind commission like the one Noah got please feel free to contact me!

Next week I should have a very exciting announcement regarding my first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella being published by Wandering in the Words Press! Stay tuned for the awesome news.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Doodles and more

I’ve very recently begun the practice of rapid fire doodling while on my lunch break at work. I feel as though it’s a great exercise for not only keeping my sketching technique loose and lively but also for brainstorming ideas. Contrary to that notion, I initially couldn’t think of just what to sketch. Then I found inspiration from a source which was literally right under my nose, lunch. So began my series of lunchtime doodles about lunch. For those who don’t already follow me on twitter (which you really should @AJSchumacherart) or are currently a fan of my facebook page (which I urge you to be at www.facebook.com/AlexSchumacherArt), I am presenting said doodles here for your enjoyment.

This weekend I reached into the annals of my journey through creativity and decided to reimagine a character I had concocted with a friend in summer school when we were fifteen or so. To entertain ourselves an entire cast of ridiculous and wonderfully wacky characters were generated and I may at some point get around to updating them all. Today, however, I am presenting the madcap Calculadora Man! Here he is doing what he does best, playing with himself.

Calculadora Man-webLastly, today I want to share a beautiful model sheet from Fritz the Cat by one of my favorite animators Ralph Bakshi. These expressive poses are spectacular examples of line-of-action utilization. If you are a fan and/or student of animation and haven’t already explored Ralph’s ample catalog of films and series, I highly recommend you do so immediately.

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Have a great weekend everyone!


Wet, Hot American cartooning

A big ole’ American howdy to everyone on this weekend of The U.S. of A’s birthday! Did everyone enjoy a few days of food, family, friends and FIREWORKS? I know I did. Just for the hell of it, and because I’ll be in a food coma for the foreseeable future, I’m posting some random recent doodles. A wacky character design for a new comic series (though the writer decided to go with a more traditional look)…

Lenny animated_websome figure/line-of-action studies…

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And a rat riding a huge rocket in honor of our Independence Day.

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Enjoy folks and I hope everyone had a happy and safe(ish) 4th!


Summer madness!

Well summer is here folks. It’s amazing how quickly 2014 is already rolling by. Blink and it it will be Thanksgiving. By the time you recover it’ll be Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Whatever-the-hell-you-clebrate! So much has happened already and I look forward to all that is yet to come.

Speaking of which, I finally have some updates on current projects starting with my very first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. The book will soon be available on Amazon brought to you by the great people at Wandering in the Words press. I am incredibly excited about being able to share this story with you all as it’s one I’ve wanted to tell for some time. To give you a taste of the story, this is the blurb written by my editor for the back cover:

Once there was a boy who received the world’s crummiest umbrella.
It was a gift from his mother, and he couldn’t believe she would do this to him. The umbrella was huge, multicolored and had a heart on a spring that popped out of the top. Ugh!  The boy knows he’ll be the laughing stock of the entire school.
But the boy soon learns that some gifts, even crummy ones, are not what they seem to be.

Intrigued yet? No? How about if I share the never-before-seen cover?

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Release info will be available very shortly. When it’s out be sure to buy one (or five) to share with your entire family!

Next, I’m honored to be able to help a very worthwhile cause. CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) is hosting an ongoing auction of original art to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Every Thursday they post a new set of pieces on ebay with contributions from many well known artists such as Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Bill Morrison, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, and the list goes on and on. For more information visit http://www.capscentral.org/. Here is my contribution which will be available to bid on soon.

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Last but not least for this update, there may or may not be some snazzy strides being taken in the animation/animated series community.  I’ll refrain from saying too much as I would hate to jinx any progress, but rest assured there is a LOT of work being done and quite a bit of excitement in the air. Since you all have been so supportive I’m going to break a cardinal rule of mine and share a sneak peek of a top secret character design. Ready?

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That attitude! That mulish sneer! What more can you want? Stay tuned and the rest may be revealed sooner than you think. Thanks for visiting as always and keep chasing your dreams! You never know when they might let you catch them.


Memorial Day catch up

Howdy folks! Here’s what’s been going on at studio Schumacher the past couple weeks…

Last weekend was the great Big WOW! convention in San Jose which just seems to grow exponentially every year. It’s wonderful to see as there has been a definite void in Northern California cons since Wondercon moved to Anaheim a few years ago. I was there on Sunday squatting at booth 410 with my cartoonist pals Betsy Streeter and Bridgett Spicer. It was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely be attending again next year. Thanks to everyone who came by and hope everyone had fun.

As of this weekend I have finalized all interior art as well as the cover for my very first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, to be released soon by Wandering in the Words Press. It will be available to purchase through the website as well as on Amazon. Check back here as I will be announcing the exact release date very shortly. There are some other exciting picture book/children’s literature projects in the works so this is only the beginning.

Cover image 2I have also been diligently working with my agent on animated series projects and pitches though there isn’t too much that I can share at this point. We are talking to a few networks you may have heard of though… I’ve already said too much. Just know there is a lot of thrilling things in the works which I hope to be able to share with all of you lovely people very soon. Thank you for all the support and love throughout the years!

On a final note, I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day. While we enjoy our beers and BBQ let us take the time to remember what this day is actually about. Thank you to all the service men and women who bravely gave their lives defending our freedom.

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It’s almost spring…

… And I just cannot believe how fast 2014 is cruising along already. I know there has been a lapse as far as updates on this site as I focused for a bit of time on some music and songwriting (check out my music site here), but rest assured I have not been resting on my laurels on the cartooning and writing front. Here’s a bit of a rundown on what’s been happening lately here in the studio and beyond:

First, I can’t believe I haven’t shared photos on this site from my trip to LA a couple months ago! My agent booked me some really amazing meetings with some of the best animation houses on the planet and I couldn’t be more grateful. There was lots of confidential (and awesome) stuff going on in theses buildings so there are unfortunately no interior pics that I can share. While there I met some wonderful people, talked about some potentially very cool things and I look forward to sharing more as the journey continues and hope to have some news for y’all soon! In the meantime, here’s the photo tour:

If you haven’t had the chance to check it out already, my guest chapter for Betsy Streeter’s Neptune Road is live right now! This is a great sci-fi comic series and I am very proud and humbled to have been asked to take part. Click on the image below to read the chapter with accompanied by my artwork…
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Next up on the boards is the release of my first children’s picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella! I’m very excited to finally have the chance to bring this story to families everywhere and none of it would be possibly without Wandering in the Words Press. They are great supporters of artists and truly believe in the people they partner with and their work. The book will be available soon and I’ll be sure to break the news here first as soon as I know!
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Thanks for the continued love and support y’all! I truly appreciate it and creating wouldn’t be worth it if there weren’t at least a few folks to enjoy it with me.

February round-up

Hello all! My recent (and ongoing) neglect of this here blog has not been in vain. There has been so much going on and as I hurry up to wait for news on the animation front, I thought I’d run down the list of other projects currently happening.

First is my upcoming picture book to be published by the wonderful folks at Wandering in the Words Press. I am nearly done with all final artwork and the book itself should be out some time in the spring. I will keep everyone posted here on release dates but don’t throw a fit like this kid, I promise the wait will soon be over…

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Next up is my contribution to Betsy Streeter’s Neptune Road. As described by the creator, it is a comic about “people (misfits, hackers, criminals, lost children…) who are living on Neptune. The sunlight and air are borrowed, the planet’s core is unstable at best, and Earth thinks Neptune is a place to send anything it doesn’t want – living or not.” Catch up on the first 4 chapters at Perihelion Science Fiction before mine is released next month. Here’s a teaser from my chapter:

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My good buddy and writer extraordinaire, C.W. Cooke and I may just have some great news soon regarding our creator-owned crazy-train-of-a-comic The Guitarist. Seems that recently there is some publisher interest, though we have a few kinks to work out before pursuing this particular avenue. It’s still exciting and I can speak for both of us when I say this has been a story we’ve wanted to tell for some time! Details to follow but hold on to your hats when this bad boy is unleashed! (I also designed the logo for C.W.’s new book Solitary coming soon from Devil’s Due Publishing)

Cover_2There are a couple other really fun things happening right now which I hope to be able to talk about soon, including news and/or updates on the animated series front. Until then I hope everyone is having a productive and wild 2014!

As always, feel free to contact me via the email on my contact page to ask questions, inquire about hiring me for a project or just to say hi!


Morrie Turner, a pioneer of popular art and humanity

This past weekend the cartoonist community and the world at large lost an amazing person, Morris “Morrie” Turner.

Morrie was the first professional cartoonist I met after moving to the Bay Area in 2002. He regularly invited this greenhorn into his home and was happy to spend hours discussing cartoons and life over coffee, and reveled in showing me the amazing pieces of original art he had procured over the years from colleagues of his. Forty years on he still radiated excitement and a childlike wonder for the craft. Morrie continued  to genuinely seem in awe of the fact that he had been able to make a living from his art, not to mention the fact that he was one of the most influential and trailblazing cartoonists of all time. Humble is not a word I would use to describe many of the artists that I have met over the years but for all of his wonderful, barrier breaking achievements Morrie remained one of the most self-effacing and gracious individuals I have ever had the pleasure to have known.

More than being the ever delightful and sublimely talented creator that he was, Morrie was an unwavering supporter of the arts and up-and-coming creators. His support and encouragement made me actually feel as though I could achieve my goals. He even went so far as to get me involved with the Northern California chapter of the National Cartoonists Society as well as the fantastic Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. Morrie believed in people and his philosophy in life was echoed in three words he used often: Keep the faith. While Morrie was religious, this sentiment was not merely confined within the boundaries of spirituality. He was talking about the faith in humanity and the faith in others. The faith in the world and the faith in all that is good around us. I truly believe that, above all else, he was talking about the faith in love. Morrie loved everyone regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc. In return, everyone loved Morrie.

I moved away from the Bay Area in 2009 and since then there had been an unfortunate decrease in our communication. We spoke on the phone a few times each year and kept each other abreast of our latest projects and appearances, but nothing would compare to the years I was lucky enough to spend with Morrie in his studio. I was able to see Morrie one more time in person last year at the Big WOW! Comicfest in San Jose where I spoke with him at his booth and attended a panel featuring him and Frank Hill about creating comic strips. Even at 89 and despite obvious medical issues Morrie was full of joy and as welcoming as always. He passed away this past Saturday surrounded by family and since then it has been beautiful to see the outpouring of emotion from so many like me who were touched and inspired by this man. So many like me whose lives and careers would be completely different had it not been for him. So many like me who know there was no one like Morrie Turner.

Thank you, for everything. Rest peacefully and we’ll all try to keep the faith.

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Morrie and me at San Diego Comic Con 2007


Happy New Year!

Hi there folks! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2014 is going great for you so far. This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years for my professional life ever. To kick it off here are just a few of the projects that will be available soon:

First off is Neptune Road, a science fiction comic about people (read: misfits, hackers, criminals, lost children…) living on Neptune. The comic is an experiment in collaborative cartooning devised and written by my badass cartoonist pal Betsy Streeter. Each episode is drawn by a different artist and will be presented on this page from time to time. Each episode is self-contained, within a larger story arc. I have been commissioned to provide the artwork for episode 5 which will be appearing in early February 2014. I’ll update with an exact date of release when I have one. See more on Betsy’s Neptune Road page.

Neptune Road title

Next up is a project I’ve had on the shelf for some time and will see the light of day early this year thanks to Jennifer Chesak and all the amazing folks at Wandering in the Words press! You may be asking yourself, “which project are you talking about”? It’s my first children’s picture book! I don’t want to reveal too much before our actual promotion campaign begins but I’ll share a teaser image to whet your appetite. I snapped this pic whilst working on this illustration the other day:

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Last, but definitely not least, I am gearing up to pitch several animated series which I have been developing over the past year with the help of a talented, extremely knowledgeable and all around swell fella who happens to be an agent in LA. Of course, with the industry being the way it is this labor of love may amount to absolutely nothing. However, this is a very exciting time for me and as well connected as my friend is I hope to have some exciting news for you in the very near future! If nothing else we’ll have some great new properties to pitch in other forms of media.

Happy 2014 everyone!


… And a partridge in a pear tree

Hello all! I hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are in the throes of a very merry holiday season. This year has kind of been a blur with book releases, convention appearances, in-store signings, series development and so much more. 2013 was pretty good to me and 2014 is shaping up to be an even bigger and better year with animated series and children’s books in the works! More details on that in the new year but for now I wanted to share another review I found recently for my graphic novel, The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung, released this year by Arcana Studios.

Read the review here or by clicking the image below:

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Here’s another tweet I found recently from another satisfied reader:

AL_tweet2In other news, I have also just made a deal with Wandering in the Words press to release my first children’s picture book (hopefully of many) next year. This is a story I wrote and illustrated myself and I am very excited to have the opportunity to finally put it in the hands of families around the world! Once everything has been finalized you can expect all of the details on who, what, where, etc. to be posted right here. Until then you’ll just have to deal with the anticipation…

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I still have a few spots open for commissions if you’re looking for that perfect and unique holiday gift. Feel free to message me at leadheadajs@yahoo.com for sizes and prices. There’s still time before the holidays to pick up “The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung”, “Fame: Tom Daley” and “The Moon vs. The Sun” as well! They make great stocking stuffers or stand alone gifts. If you’d like to send them my way or visit me at any of my upcoming appearances I’d be happy to sign them for you too.

Have a happy holiday season and I’ll see you all again in 2014!


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