Hello, my name is Mike Schwartz.
For the past fifteen years I have worked for a t-shirt and home goods printing company; I design both original and licensed art as well as handle your typical corporate graphic design needs.
However, since I was a child comics have always been my artistic aspiration and career dream. My first leap into this world was my webcomic Oceanverse which ran from 2008-2011. An underwater adventure comic strip that took inspiration from pulp movies and comics from the 1920s and 30s, Oceanverse spanned eight story arcs which eventually became the collected edition that was successfully funded through Kickstarter in 2012.
After this experience I focused on my freelance art and starting our family. Enter our two amazing children (now eight and ten); a new generation to fall in love with comics. I am constantly introducing them to my old favorites (Bone, Uncle Scrooge, Tintin) and they consistently open my eyes to their interests as well (Pokemon, Secret Coders, Amulet). Together we’ve established a creative bond forged in the language of graphic storytelling.
Once the parental fog of infancy and toddlerhood lifted I knew I was ready to start another comic project. But I didn’t want it to be about my children so much as done with my children. My kids became my collaborators. On New Year’s Day 2016 I asked my (then) four and six-year-olds to invent their own characters. Just for fun. Out of that original session Al and Love were created. By April 2016 our “Family Comic Project” was off and running. Pre-school commuting became brainstorm meetings about storylines. The kitchen table held drawing classes where the kids feverishly scribbled over (and improved) my designs. They even built prototype models of all eight Water Racers boats out of Lego. Our just-for-fun idea has consumed me! So now with this raw material born from two burgeoning comic minds I am putting it all together. Water Racers is completely written, 90% pencils are done and final pages are being cranked out.