My name is Leiulf Bueno Clausen. I am a published comic book artist with an AAT in web development. Currently I am pursuing a 2nd degree in Web/Graphic Design. This blog is about my efforts to transform from analogue to digital artistic expression.
The son of an artist, I was born with the smell of Shellac in my nostrils. I have always been interested in all forms of artistic expression. I was inducted into the International Thespian society in high school. The defining moment in my life was listening to the FM simulcast of Ziggy Stardust’s final concert. I realized then that media could be successfully combined in exciting ways.
1976, at the fledgeling San Diego Comic convention, Stan Lee (one of my comic “Heroes”) held a round table asking us kids what we wanted to see in a Marvel publication. I spoke up and pitched him the idea of “Epic Tales”, a book where artists could publish their own ideas, potential comic heroes could be introduced to gauge fan reaction, forgotten heroes could be brought back, new ideas tried, all without any formal commitment. A few years later, Epic Illustrated hit the newsstands. It is justly regarded as a very influential Marvel Title.
1978, I entered the science Fiction and Fantasy art Show in Orange County Ca. and was nominated for best of show by Jack “King” Kirby (another one of my Comic “Heroes”) for a combination of comic book art and my Starbarian action figure. I was awarded 5th place, Comic Book Art (presented by Jack Kirby (Marvel/DC creator), Russ Manning (Tarzan/Star Wars), Don Rico (Golden Age comic book artist), Bob Clampet (Beanie and Cecil/WB), Morris Scott Dolens, and Mike Royer (HB/Marvel).
1987, with the publication of “RIVIT #1″ I reached my goal of becoming a published, Comic book Author / Artist (Blackthorne).
2002, I designed an interactive portfolio for local Jimi Hendrix impersonator Ritchie Rodgers and put it on-line. Virgin U.K. got to see it and offered to fly Ritchie to England to do a commercial. My work was exhibited in the Archer Gallery.
2011 – 2013 has been busy, I am serving as Web-Master and illustrator for the Clark College Phoenix staff (Their Annual Arts and Literary magazine), my work was shown in the Archer Gallery, I Did Layout and Lettering for Alf #3 (distributed at the 2012 ComicCon in honor of co-founder Richard Alf), created a cartoon which was published in “The Independent” newspaper, I am also serving with Clark College’s 2011 – 2013 NASA Rocket launch initiative team as a Graphic / Web Designer. Recently, I was honored to receive the “Shel Dorf” award from the San Diego Comic convention (presented by George Clayton Johnson (Ocean’s 11/Logan’s Run/Twilight Zone), Clayton Moore, Richard Alf (Comicon Co-Founder), Greg Koudoulian (Media SF), and Mike Towry (Comicfest Founder) for my humble contributions to Comics and Art.
Currently I am employed in Character Design for “Warlock’s Magic”, a new T.V. series that combines Live action with CGI. Three Seasons (80 episodes) are planned.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds.