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Yeah you heard right. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister wrote a holiday musical rock comedy. Its amazing, hilarious, totally feel good and full of ROCK! I have landed the leading roll and come this winter I will be a bleach blonde rock monster! The show also stars insanely talented musicians and dudes, Dan Peters, Wilam Tarris Flemming and Tommy Han. OH YEAH AND DEE SNIDER, who will be the narrator and.......the exorcist? Ah now you're even more intrigued! Well go check out the facebook for ticket information. https://www.facebook.com/DeeSniderXmas . The world premiere will be on the Chicago Broadway Theatre stage from November- January. Make sure you get tickets and don't miss out!
Prints for the Kickstarter can be found on the website! I'm currently working on a mega link with a slew of prints but for now look through the store and new release sections and keep patient. I have TONS of awesome stuff to put up. If there is a print you know you have seen at an appearance of mine please feel free to reach out and ask me about it! email@example.com
FINALLY!!! Its happening! Adam's Artbox is getting a home base right here in Chicago! This Kickstarter is to make that big step into the space known as Platform Studios. This kickstarter is also a good way to get a great deal on my artwork for yourself as well as support my cause!
If the link doesn't appear then just copy and paste this! http://kck.st/1kZsgda
"Michaels is a broody, rocker Roger, with shaggy hair and a certain earned misery about him, and yet he's clearly very young, which is as it should be." - Chris Jones
"When you hear the depressed, HIV-infected songwriter-guitarist Roger (Adam Michaels) struggling to compose “One Song Glory,” which he hopes will be his legacy, you think of Larson." -Hedy Wiess
"Andrew M. Mueller as Mark and Adam Michaels as Roger are so believable that you’ll want to call them after the show to hang out." - Marisa Amoni
"Roger (deftly handled by Adam Michaels) is a song writer hoping to write one special song before he dies." -Alan Bresloff
With the preview week finally over, the official opening of RENT is about to happen! This process has been so life changing and fulfilling. I'll come back later with more on my experience and cast but right now I gotta take off to the beautiful Paramount Theatre and gear up for emotional and vocal journeys. Check out tickets and footage at www.paramountaurora.com
And here's some official photos for you!
It has been confirmed! I will be playing Roger in Paramount Theatre's RENT which begins March 2013 in Aurora, IL. I am so so thrilled to be a part of this and take on such an amazing role. It's legendary and iconic and feels so surreal! For info and updates you can visit http://paramountaurora.com/
Hello everyone! So I just wrapped up my 3rd year of Chicago Comic Con and man what an awesome progression I have had since my first year. Thank you all so much for the love and support and chatting about nerd things with me. I saw a lot of old faces and a whoooole bunch of new ones. I am very grateful indeed.
This year of Chicago Comic Con marked the first year I had not one but FIVE Comic Con Exclusives! I was so excited to have people come up and hear them say "I'm here for the exclusive". Definitely a wow moment. I have a few exclusives left which will be released for purchase on a first come first serve basis. I'm hoping to have a few new exclusives for Ohio Comic Con in September! So be on the look out for them! This was also the first look at my original character concept Killy Murderson. With a graphic novel currently in production by Chaz Schoenbeck and myself.
I came up with the character concept originally while driving on the highway and starring at traffic cones and thinking (with distracting creative ADD per the usual) "I should make up a female heroine character based off of just a ridiculous name.....something that you could not ignore if you heard it or saw it......Killyyy Murrrrderrrson..that sounds cool". And it was just that simple and odd. It came very naturally out of nowhere. I knew I wanted her to be something different from the typical female character you see in comics and film. I wanted to embrace real curves and classic beauty. Not big tits and revealing clothing. I wanted her to be desired and respected. But above all else I also wanted her to be feared.
I called up Chaz pretty much on the spot. Chaz is, safe to say, my best friend who still for some reason lives in Las Vegas instead of Chicago. He is a talented film maker and visionary with smart taste in movies, comics and really all things nerd worthy. I explained this new (at the time) art line I wanted to do. He suggested immediately that we just make it into a comic book. We had discussed doing a comic book to together for a while now but at the time I only knew I wanted this to be a new art line. Now, Chaz you see, connects great lines in the dots of the gritty and the fictional. You know those things that many creators are striving and often failing in accomplishing now a days. He came back with some ideas based off what I told him. And then I bounced some back. Then him back to me. And so on and so on. After much excitement and dare I say, brilliance this idea for a comic/graphic novel became UNDENIABLE. It HAD to be made. Basically what I'm saying is that we are the Voltron of awesome ideas and the stuff we have come up with is just pure chaotic and beautiful greatness.
I cant leak too much info on it because there's a lot of twists. Even giving just a small plot synopsis could be too touchy. It's going to be fun making people constantly think "whhhaaat no way?!" while they read it. So descriptions will have to stay somewhat in the dark even upon release. You'll have to find out everything as you read it. Just like in the old days. I can only say that its new and fresh and mysterious and brutal. I have a lot of plans on making its art direction stand alone. And as far as the story...well as you have probably gathered, I have never read anything like it. We are doing a lot of, what I think are very new things, and the goal is to make it the anti-comic comic. Time to break a lot of rules. Prints were limited to only 25 11x14 and some prints ARE still available. Killy Murderson is projected to drop in 2014.
They really duked it out but I would have to say that the most popular of the prints this time around was the Daryl Dixon exclusive titled "...but things changed". With its mass amount of sharing on Instagram, Norman Reedus himself caught wind of it and one of the Con mornings Instagramed it as #holyfuck. To say that my excitement was of Beiber fan girl equivalence is pretty accurate. I did a good job at containing it within though. I made a point to drop one off at his booth for him to have along with another one in hopes maybe he would doodle his little John Hancock on there. I have to say that it went over pretty darn well. Aside from being a fan of his work I do have to say I admire him as a person and how he treats others. Some of us have a hard time being good to a random person who may be in a check out counter and he is being beyond engaging and attentive to thousands of people a day. I always hope that people that acquire mass stardom really appreciate it and treat their fans and supporters with love and Norman is a really good example of someone who does just that.
My two other highlights were getting to walk through the Frank Frezetta museum and getting my first Jedi master lessons from Tommy Castillo. Okay, so the Frezetta museum was beyond words. Growing up and seeing them on books and in comics and posters now doesn't even come close to experiencing them in real life. I remember my uncle having a poster of Frezettas Death Dealer standing in a lake of blood with bones around him and it being one of the biggest impacts on me artistically. I must have been like 8 or 9 years old. I drew it at his house on McDonalds Cooperate notepad paper. You probably know Frank best from his Conan piece which was also there and one of the greatest pieces of art my eyes will ever see. That includes all of the great masterpieces hanging in museums from Chicago and NY. I wish I could go on and on about them but you just have to see them for yourself. The price of a comic con ticket is worth it just to see them in person.
My Tommy Castillo experience was brief but full of awesome ancient master vibes. I met Tommy during my first year showing at comic con. Totally admiring his standing in the business and his fan base. And he couldn't be more of a normal and sweet man. Having him recognize not just me but also my work and my progression as an artist was a really good feeling. He complimented how well I seemed to be doing for "just starting out". I basically asked him to teach me his ways and where to go next and as I said earlier it was like an ancient master speaking to a young eager student. As I was getting ready to hop into my truck to go home I heard someone call my name. I turned around and it was Tommy. He was holding a print of a Wizard of Oz inspired Flying Monkey (oh by the way he just completed a new telling of the Wizard of Oz which is projected for a TV series and video game) with his email written on the back. "Here's my personal email. Get a hold hold of me on here with any questions. We'll get ya going". Did I mention the whole ancient master and young student thing? Here's to hoping I will be the new Tommy Castillo or Frank Frezetta and BROM. I am very fortunate and grateful that some of these huge inspirations are stepping in to show me which doors to open next and how to get there in general.
Alright so now in another topic: my poor website updating. If you didn't notice I produce A LOT of work. I am in the process of updating my site so that EVERY print is available but that is faster said than done. I run my own website and although it would be grrrreeeeeeaaaat to have a webmaster I don't quite know how I can constantly go to him or her sometimes days between and say "ok I have 4 new things for you to put up". The work load could most likely get....annoying. SO I am hunkering down to give you guys everything you would find at one of my shows. There are some new pieces I am especially excited to get up and available.
Sorry to those I didn't snap a picture of but thank you ALL once again for the awesome support! See ya in Ohio!
Ok so here's the deal..the super epic deal.
I recently finished a new piece where I put a monster in a landscape painting that you tend to find in thrift stores. It's been one of the most popular things I have done. I have multiple new ones awaiting completion and am going to be doing more. With that being said back to the deal: I am offering one person a chance to win an original thrift store landscape monster painting! Here's how it works: I'm basically going to be drawing the names out of a hate. And you can get you name in there multiple times. How do you do this you ask? Well there's a few ways; purchase any $10 print and you get one. Purchase and $20 print and get two submissions. BONUS you can get your name thrown in without even having to get a print at all. Recommend a friend to the site and if they buy a print (make sure they name drop you in the Paypal note) and you will ALSO receive a submission just for that! Sound good!? Great! Tons of new stuff so go snoop around!
So for a couple of years now all I kept hearing is "you need to do C2E2!!". Naturally the intrigue was running pretty rapid and I when I looked into the event 6months prior I had found out they were booked solid. "So that sucks" I thought. For something to book up that far in advance is pretty major. But then by the power of the nerd Gods the art coordinators felt compelled to reach out to me when a spot opened up. Before I get into it I have to say first that this event...is AMAZING and rivals Comic Con pretty hard.
I started realizing that these cons get pretty overwhelming and so I decided to start picking up helpers at my booths for the thousands of people rolling through. This time around I was fortunate enough to snag up me best friend and fellow creative juggernaut Chaz Schoenbeck all the way from Vegas. Keep an eye out for his film/photography/writing here in the future. We even have a comic book in the works. You're welcome in advance because yes its that awesome.
After catastrophically navigating the McCormick Center where C2E2 was held and schmoozing a food vendor to let me use their huge pizza cart to load in my work we were ready for the nerdtacular nedation to begin. I brought a lot of new pieces which ended up being some of the most popular things I have ever done. Notably a Shredder which had a waiting list of 5 people hoping that the first potential buyer would fall through.
I mentioned to the others waiting that I would be finishing up a couple more pieces for the following day which included another Shredder. It was the first time I got to experience people showing up the next day and waiting for me to get their so they could beat others to the punch. I had never been on the other end. By the way in case you're wondering I will be releasing prints of these pieces here on the website.
I do have to say that my favorite new piece would have to be my Skeletor. The original is still available which I cant say I'm horribly upset about because it means I get to have it with me a bit longer. This time around I did a lot of 80s cartoon characters (mainly villains) and I'm really pleased with how they all came out. The roster included what you see here, Dino Riders T-Rex, and Mumm-Ra. Up next: Cobra Commander, Monstar, Scareglow and a few more surprises.
By the way while finishing that Shredder piece at 3am on a Friday, Chaz doodled an Apocalypse on the corner of a piece of scratch pen testing paper while trying to take viruses off of my computer. I say Im going to ink it in and he tells me to also make a bunch of destructive stuff behind him. Maybe it was the lack if sleep but I decided that the most appropriate thing was to make him planning to turn a cupcake into an evil cupcake which afterward was dubbed "the velvet hate cake".
I met a ton of cool people and was visited by some great friends which reconfirmed how many sweet and giving people there are in the world! Thank you all for the gifts and love!
We pulled through to the half way point and myself, Chaz and the bearded wonder Professor EJ Bocan shoveled down some mediocre all you can eat sushi (this was answered by eating at Sushi Yaki later on which is the greatest sushi place I have ever gone to. Its worth the trip out to Arlingotn Heights alone). On the final day Chaz and I only then FINALLY got to venture out on the floor and see what awesome stuff lay before us..only to have it pretty much become null and void when Travel Channel's Toy Hunters asked to film us as I inquired about a $7500 7 foot G.I.Joe aircaft carrier from the 80s. So when you see a guy acting like a total idiot on that show....its definitely me. That is the one thing I can say I am envious of. You guys get to walk around and see all of the cool stuff! So jealous. Still though, it was a pretty spontaneously fun AND may have resulted in a possible opportunity of amaaaazingness. I dont want to give away too much just in case nothing comes of it but you'll be frantically updated if and when it does happen.
When the event closed up we set back out to scour through the great nerd treasurers (short of all of the artists I wanted to look around at). It takes a while for figure exhibitors to pack up so theres the opening for nerd hunting. And because of all of my hard work I decided to treat myself to something I have always wanted but never had the full set up of. The original Skeletor and Panthor WITH armor. Preeeetty big deal. Yeah I know..I'm cool.
We headed back to the booth only to find that it was the last booth sitting there in artist alley. Just a sea of nothing and some jerks who STILL hadnt packed up yet. Yikes. We loaded the grids and everything else up onto a rolling recycling bin I found ( I'm starting to sense I should invest in a dolly or cart of some kind) and took off home for a much needed night of sleep which in fact just turned into a full night of designing a new t-shirt. So in the end it was exhaustion at its most devastating but nothing a little Kumas Corner with a nickle size Cthulu couldnt help fix. Until C2E2 2014 folks!