"BOOT THE FOOT" #45: JASON GAMMON VS. "CHROMEDOME"!
SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?
GAMMON:  My art style would probably best fit in the cartoony/comic category. Growing up I read a lot of comic books, MAD & Cracked Magazines, and spent as much time as possible watching cartoons and drawing and tracing comics. It’s really tough to pinpoint my influences over the years, but right now, since you asked, I’d probably say the strongest influences over the years is a combination of Garbage Pail Kids, Al Jaffee, Geof Darrow, Mike Allred, and a slew of random 80’s and 90’s comic artists too vast to mention.
SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT.
GAMMON:  I remember the first time I saw TMNT. A friend had an early issue from Mirage in his stack of comic books. Funny enough, I don’t remember any specifics of the issue outside of the cover showing the turtles in ‘cool’ poses. My real relationship with the turtles probably came along when the cartoon debuted.  Me and my brother watched the show daily. The first initial episodes were always my favorite. The characters seemed tougher, were drawn better, and the animation was better quality. Much of the show was silly, but that didn’t really stop me from watching it. The toys always showcased a bunch of goofy over-the-top characters. Some were better than others. 
SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?
GAMMON:  It’s a tough one but I think it’s a toss-up between Raphael and Donatello. Raphael’s snarky smart-ass tough personality was appealing, but Donatello had the bo staff. A giant stick to beat down foot soldiers. Give Raphael a bo staff and you’ve got the perfect Turtle.
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Coming up tomorrow …. “RAHZAR” by Elliot Fernandez!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #45: JASON GAMMON VS. "CHROMEDOME"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

GAMMON:  My art style would probably best fit in the cartoony/comic category. Growing up I read a lot of comic books, MAD & Cracked Magazines, and spent as much time as possible watching cartoons and drawing and tracing comics. It’s really tough to pinpoint my influences over the years, but right now, since you asked, I’d probably say the strongest influences over the years is a combination of Garbage Pail Kids, Al Jaffee, Geof Darrow, Mike Allred, and a slew of random 80’s and 90’s comic artists too vast to mention.

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT.

GAMMON:  I remember the first time I saw TMNT. A friend had an early issue from Mirage in his stack of comic books. Funny enough, I don’t remember any specifics of the issue outside of the cover showing the turtles in ‘cool’ poses. My real relationship with the turtles probably came along when the cartoon debuted.  Me and my brother watched the show daily. The first initial episodes were always my favorite. The characters seemed tougher, were drawn better, and the animation was better quality. Much of the show was silly, but that didn’t really stop me from watching it. The toys always showcased a bunch of goofy over-the-top characters. Some were better than others. 

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

GAMMON:  It’s a tough one but I think it’s a toss-up between Raphael and Donatello. Raphael’s snarky smart-ass tough personality was appealing, but Donatello had the bo staff. A giant stick to beat down foot soldiers. Give Raphael a bo staff and you’ve got the perfect Turtle.

Thanks, Jason! You can follow more of JASON GAMMON’S work at:

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"BOOT THE FOOT" #44: ELLIOT FERNANDEZ VS. "ACE DUCK"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

FERNANDEZ:   Classic/Contemporary Comic

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT.

FERNANDEZ:  My first real contact with the TURTLES was the cartoon and I wasn’t really too keen on the whole concept. They seemed silly to me as compared to shows like THUNDERCATS, SILVER HAWKS, MIGHTY ORBOTS, BIONIC SIX and such. However, I came across a two issue arc in the comic series drawn by Michael Zulli and I was stunned.. I was so impressed with this more serious mature take on the turtle concept and I have been hooked ever since.
As I mentioned before, my first consumption of this property was in the cartoon show so I have always found the color coded turtle props surprisingly pleasant and less confusing than all the characters wearing the red (so I guess the purists would seek to have me flogged). But I have always been attracted to the over all design of the characters especially when they are treated by artists with a simple-line approach.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

FERNANDEZ:  Raphael is one of my favs (along with Leo).
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “Chromedome” by Jason Gammon!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #44: ELLIOT FERNANDEZ VS. "ACE DUCK"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

FERNANDEZ:   Classic/Contemporary Comic

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT.

FERNANDEZ:  My first real contact with the TURTLES was the cartoon and I wasn’t really too keen on the whole concept. They seemed silly to me as compared to shows like THUNDERCATS, SILVER HAWKS, MIGHTY ORBOTS, BIONIC SIX and such. However, I came across a two issue arc in the comic series drawn by Michael Zulli and I was stunned.. I was so impressed with this more serious mature take on the turtle concept and I have been hooked ever since.

As I mentioned before, my first consumption of this property was in the cartoon show so I have always found the color coded turtle props surprisingly pleasant and less confusing than all the characters wearing the red (so I guess the purists would seek to have me flogged). But I have always been attracted to the over all design of the characters especially when they are treated by artists with a simple-line approach.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

FERNANDEZ:  Raphael is one of my favs (along with Leo).

Thanks, Elliot! You can follow more of ELLIOT FERNANDEZ’S work at:

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ELLIOT FERNANDEZ ON DEVIANT ART

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Coming up next tomorrow …. “Chromedome” by Jason Gammon!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #43: RICK HILL VS. "KRANG"!
SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

HILL:   I would describe my art style as clean vector cartoony style. I’m a huge fan of cartoons so that’s had an impact on my style.

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

HILL:  I remember skateboarding with my friends up to the theater and watching the new TMNT movie. Nothing beats, watching a movie with skateboarding in it while your feet on resting on your board. The movies had an arcade in the front so it was def a place we hung out. I picked Krang because I just love the idea of a character controlling another character by being inside of it. I mean look at this guy, its just a fun character. So of course I had to make him poop himself out.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

HILL:  Not sure I had a fav but I remember liking them all as a group. 

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"BOOT THE FOOT" #43: RICK HILL VS. "KRANG"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

HILL:   I would describe my art style as clean vector cartoony style. I’m a huge fan of cartoons so that’s had an impact on my style.

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

HILL:  I remember skateboarding with my friends up to the theater and watching the new TMNT movie. Nothing beats, watching a movie with skateboarding in it while your feet on resting on your board. The movies had an arcade in the front so it was def a place we hung out. I picked Krang because I just love the idea of a character controlling another character by being inside of it. I mean look at this guy, its just a fun character. So of course I had to make him poop himself out.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

HILL:  Not sure I had a fav but I remember liking them all as a group. 

Thanks, Rick! You can follow more of RICK HILL’S work at:

RICK HILL STUDIO OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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"BOOT THE FOOT" #42: ELLIOT FERNANDEZ VS. "RAPHAEL"!
SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

FERNANDEZ:   Classic/Contemporary Comic

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

FERNANDEZ:  My first real contact with the TURTLES was the cartoon and I wasn’t really too keen on the whole concept. They seemed silly to me as compared to shows like THUNDERCATS, SILVER HAWKS, MIGHTY ORBOTS, BIONIC SIX and such. However, I came across a two issue arc in the comic series drawn by Michael Zulli and I was stunned.. I was so impressed with this more serious mature take on the turtle concept and I have been hooked ever since.

As I mentioned before, my first consumption of this property was in the cartoon show so I have always found the color coded turtle props surprisingly pleasant and less confusing than all the characters wearing the red (so I guess the purists would seek to have me flogged). But I have always been attracted to the over all design of the characters especially when they are treated by artists with a simple-line approach.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

FERNANDEZ:  Raphael is one of my favs (along with Leo). This depiction actually started out as an “IMAGE COMICS” styled approach and slowly evolved into a mixed media watercolor painting.
 
Thanks, Elliot! You can follow more of ELLIOT FERNANDEZ’S work at:
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “KRANG” by Rick Hill!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #42: ELLIOT FERNANDEZ VS. "RAPHAEL"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

FERNANDEZ:   Classic/Contemporary Comic

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

FERNANDEZ:  My first real contact with the TURTLES was the cartoon and I wasn’t really too keen on the whole concept. They seemed silly to me as compared to shows like THUNDERCATS, SILVER HAWKS, MIGHTY ORBOTS, BIONIC SIX and such. However, I came across a two issue arc in the comic series drawn by Michael Zulli and I was stunned.. I was so impressed with this more serious mature take on the turtle concept and I have been hooked ever since.

As I mentioned before, my first consumption of this property was in the cartoon show so I have always found the color coded turtle props surprisingly pleasant and less confusing than all the characters wearing the red (so I guess the purists would seek to have me flogged). But I have always been attracted to the over all design of the characters especially when they are treated by artists with a simple-line approach.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

FERNANDEZ:  Raphael is one of my favs (along with Leo). This depiction actually started out as an “IMAGE COMICS” styled approach and slowly evolved into a mixed media watercolor painting.

 

Thanks, Elliot! You can follow more of ELLIOT FERNANDEZ’S work at:

ELLIOT FERNANDEZ’ FACEBOOK ART PAGE

ELLIOT FERNANDEZ ON DEVIANT ART

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Coming up next tomorrow …. “KRANG” by Rick Hill!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #41: ROBB MOMMAERTS VS. "WALKABOUT"!
SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

MOMMAERTS:   I’d say retro-cartoony. Old-timey illsutration styles, line treatment and colors have greatly influenced me. I’m also great inspired by vintage comic art, a good example would be that of the whole 1950’s EC Comics publications.
 
SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

MOMMAERTS:  I actually became interested in the characters when I first saw the toy packaging artwork at the home of some family friends with two kids that were several years younger than me.  What a weird and fascinating new concept!  At that time I was out of my toy phase and starting my teenage years, but was really captivated by the bold designs and character personality.  Soon after I discovered the original and more “adult” Eastman & Laird comics and fell in love with those. I was also a fan of the frustrating to play Nintendo game, I still have that in it’s original box. I’ve cursed out that game many times back in my teenage years.

To be honest, I did not know of Walkabout until recently starting this project. I liked him because he was a kangaroo (and I love kangaroos), plus he has a lot of detailed junk and gear attached to him, which is fun to draw. Kangaroos are not always depicted as being bad-ass looking which is refreshing. I think what I’d like to do with him is make him built more like an actual Kangaroo and less “dog-like” as the figure seems to depict. I’d like his color scheme to stick to the original figure colors because I think that was what made them so attractive and reflective of the time period.

I had to include the little “buddy” that came with the original figure. As I could see, he was molded in solid orange plastic, so I had to figure out what his actual colors would have been.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

MOMMAERTS:  Donatello  
Thanks, Robb! You can follow more of ROBB MOMMAERTS’S work at:
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “RAPHAEL” by Elliot Fernandez!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #41: ROBB MOMMAERTS VS. "WALKABOUT"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

MOMMAERTS:   I’d say retro-cartoony. Old-timey illsutration styles, line treatment and colors have greatly influenced me. I’m also great inspired by vintage comic art, a good example would be that of the whole 1950’s EC Comics publications.

 

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

MOMMAERTS:  I actually became interested in the characters when I first saw the toy packaging artwork at the home of some family friends with two kids that were several years younger than me.  What a weird and fascinating new concept!  At that time I was out of my toy phase and starting my teenage years, but was really captivated by the bold designs and character personality.  Soon after I discovered the original and more “adult” Eastman & Laird comics and fell in love with those. I was also a fan of the frustrating to play Nintendo game, I still have that in it’s original box. I’ve cursed out that game many times back in my teenage years.

To be honest, I did not know of Walkabout until recently starting this project. I liked him because he was a kangaroo (and I love kangaroos), plus he has a lot of detailed junk and gear attached to him, which is fun to draw. Kangaroos are not always depicted as being bad-ass looking which is refreshing. I think what I’d like to do with him is make him built more like an actual Kangaroo and less “dog-like” as the figure seems to depict. I’d like his color scheme to stick to the original figure colors because I think that was what made them so attractive and reflective of the time period.

I had to include the little “buddy” that came with the original figure. As I could see, he was molded in solid orange plastic, so I had to figure out what his actual colors would have been.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

MOMMAERTS:  Donatello  

Thanks, Robb! You can follow more of ROBB MOMMAERTS’S work at:

ROBBVISION OFFICIAL WEBSITE

ROBB MOMMAERTS ON FACEBOOK

ROBBVISION’S DEVIANTART PAGE

ROBBVISION’S ART BLOG

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Coming up next tomorrow …. “RAPHAEL” by Elliot Fernandez!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #40: MATT KAUFENBERG VS. "KING LIONHEART"!
SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

KAUFENBERG:   I’m constantly experimenting with different styles, but I always try to keep my illustrations simple. Simple shapes, minimal detail, and simple colors. I also strive to create work that has a traditional feel to it and doesn’t look overly digital (even though i created it in Photoshop).
I mainly look to children’s book illustrators, such as Roger Bradfield, Art Seiden, and Ed Emberley, for inspiration.

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

KAUFENBERG:  Growing up in the 80’s, I have numerous TMNT memories but my favorite one is when a neighborhood friend would bring over his Turtle costumes and we would battle it out in the backyard. The costumes came with a weapon and a mask that had a turtle nose connected to it. I thought they were the coolest thing ever. 
I jumped onto this project a bit late in the game so there were only a few characters to choose from. King Lionheart stood to me because I always enjoy drawing animals and thought it would be fun to depict in in a more vintage style.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

KAUFENBERG:  Definitely Michelangelo…nothing beat his nunchucks.  
Thanks, Matt! You can follow more of MATT KAUFENBERG’S work at:
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ART OF MATT KAUFENBERG ON FACEBOOK
MATT KAUFENBERG ON TWITTER
MATT KAUFENBERG’S BIGCARTEL SHOP!
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “WALKABOUT” by Robb Mommaerts!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #40: MATT KAUFENBERG VS. "KING LIONHEART"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

KAUFENBERG:   I’m constantly experimenting with different styles, but I always try to keep my illustrations simple. Simple shapes, minimal detail, and simple colors. I also strive to create work that has a traditional feel to it and doesn’t look overly digital (even though i created it in Photoshop).

I mainly look to children’s book illustrators, such as Roger Bradfield, Art Seiden, and Ed Emberley, for inspiration.

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

KAUFENBERG:  Growing up in the 80’s, I have numerous TMNT memories but my favorite one is when a neighborhood friend would bring over his Turtle costumes and we would battle it out in the backyard. The costumes came with a weapon and a mask that had a turtle nose connected to it. I thought they were the coolest thing ever. 

I jumped onto this project a bit late in the game so there were only a few characters to choose from. King Lionheart stood to me because I always enjoy drawing animals and thought it would be fun to depict in in a more vintage style.

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

KAUFENBERG:  Definitely Michelangelo…nothing beat his nunchucks.  

Thanks, Matt! You can follow more of MATT KAUFENBERG’S work at:

MATT KAUFENBERG’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

ART OF MATT KAUFENBERG ON FACEBOOK

MATT KAUFENBERG ON TWITTER

MATT KAUFENBERG’S BIGCARTEL SHOP!

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Coming up next tomorrow …. “WALKABOUT” by Robb Mommaerts!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #39: BRAD MCGINTY VS. "MUCKMAN & JOE EYEBALL"!
SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?
MCGINTY:  I don’t know how I would describe my art style. I’d like to think that my worked looked like Jack Davis Inking Dave cooper, but I would never put myself in the same class as those greats. As far as influence goes, those early Mirage TMNT comics were the biggest influence on me. They were black and white, they had lots of different artists with different styles working on each issue. Sometimes they were funny, sometimes they were serious. I loved that stuff. I still do actually! It holds up much better than most of that image stuff I got into later on. 
SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.
MCGINTY:  Man, I’m a big TMNT fan. As a kid I was never into the cartoon as much as I was into the Comics and toys. The Archie TMNT comics were some of the first comics I ever owned. I bought them at a gas station near my house (along with ALF and Count Duckula). The comics were way stranger than the cartoons. Lots of random adventuresand a variety of cool art styles. It wasn’t long after I maxed out my gas station comic selection that I hit up my local comic shop and found the Mirage TMNT series. I was Absolutely obsessed with the early Mirage TMNT comics. They got me hooked on those 80’s BnW “underground” comics that I still love today. 
As far as Mcukman goes, I think he is one of the greatest action figures ever made. When I saw him as a kid I was just blown away by the level of detail that he had. The figure still holds up too! he is the only figure I have next to my desk. The only thing I wanted to do in my drawing was make sure I included EVERY detail from the figure. From the frog on his leg, to the weird teddy bear in his guts, I tried to get it all in there!

SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?
MCGINTY:  I was definitely A Michelangelo fan as a kid, but I wish I were Donatello these days.  
Thanks, Brad! You can follow more of BRAD MCGINTY’S work at:
BRAD MCGINTY’S “PAPER PUSHER” OFFICIAL WEBSITE
BRAD MCGINTY’S AMAZING STORE HOLE!
BRAD MCGINTY’S “BATTLE ZOO” COMIC AT WIDE AWAKE PRESS
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “KING LIONHEART” by Matt Kaufenberg!

"BOOT THE FOOT" #39: BRAD MCGINTY VS. "MUCKMAN & JOE EYEBALL"!

SKUMMBEAST:  How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?

MCGINTY:  I don’t know how I would describe my art style. I’d like to think that my worked looked like Jack Davis Inking Dave cooper, but I would never put myself in the same class as those greats. As far as influence goes, those early Mirage TMNT comics were the biggest influence on me. They were black and white, they had lots of different artists with different styles working on each issue. Sometimes they were funny, sometimes they were serious. I loved that stuff. I still do actually! It holds up much better than most of that image stuff I got into later on. 

SKUMMBEAST:  Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.

MCGINTY:  Man, I’m a big TMNT fan. As a kid I was never into the cartoon as much as I was into the Comics and toys. The Archie TMNT comics were some of the first comics I ever owned. I bought them at a gas station near my house (along with ALF and Count Duckula). The comics were way stranger than the cartoons. Lots of random adventuresand a variety of cool art styles. It wasn’t long after I maxed out my gas station comic selection that I hit up my local comic shop and found the Mirage TMNT series. I was Absolutely obsessed with the early Mirage TMNT comics. They got me hooked on those 80’s BnW “underground” comics that I still love today. 

As far as Mcukman goes, I think he is one of the greatest action figures ever made. When I saw him as a kid I was just blown away by the level of detail that he had. The figure still holds up too! he is the only figure I have next to my desk. The only thing I wanted to do in my drawing was make sure I included EVERY detail from the figure. From the frog on his leg, to the weird teddy bear in his guts, I tried to get it all in there!
SKUMMBEAST:  Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?

MCGINTY:  I was definitely A Michelangelo fan as a kid, but I wish I were Donatello these days.  

Thanks, Brad! You can follow more of BRAD MCGINTY’S work at:

BRAD MCGINTY’S “PAPER PUSHER” OFFICIAL WEBSITE

BRAD MCGINTY’S AMAZING STORE HOLE!

BRAD MCGINTY’S “BATTLE ZOO” COMIC AT WIDE AWAKE PRESS

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Most of you may have heard already, but some of you may not have — The instigator and mastermind behind SKUMMBEAST, Kory Schuerman (aka Skummie), has passed away, and is no longer with us.SKUMMBEAST was Kory’s idea, and he came to me with the proposal for a fusion/collab label merging BeastPop ArtWorks and the Skummie brands into one beastly behemoth where we could not only work on collaboration designs, but also cook up some interesting art projects wherein we would invite some of our favorite artists and friends to contribute their takes on certain themed pop-culture properties. It was his idea to start with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and thus “Boot the Foot” was born. We both cooked up a master list of artists to invite immediately, and some we would invite further down the road once we got things moving and figured out how to work all of this out. As Kory’s health soon started to decline (he had been battling Muscular Dystrophy his whole life), however, he had to turn more and more of the operation and communication aspects of Boot the Foot over to me, until I was eventually handling everything after his stay in the hospital and weakened condition. He made it clear that he might not have much time left at all, and he wanted to do as much work as he could on completing some designs for his latest wave of shirts. Kory, regrettably passed away on Saturday, and left a huge hole in the art/t-shirt design community. He was always a very friendly, polite and positive fellow, and his illustration and design talents left me envious and constantly inspired. According to some posts by his family over at Mintees, it appears that the shirt designs were finished and might soon be printed and released, but the best way to help his family out and ensure these designs see the light of day is to head over to his online shop and order anything and everything you can.
 http://skummie.bigcartel.com/Kory and I had big plans for the future of SkummBeast — we never got to finish the first collaboration shirt design we started, but we had big plans for future SkummBeast artist-participation projects. Boot the Foot is still going strong with many contributions yet to be finished and turned in, but once it wraps up, there may be plans afoot for a special extension of Boot the Foot and an MS fundraising effort, if I can figure out all the logistics and make it happen with the help of some folks. I would also like to continue the themed projects beyond Boot the Foot, and keep SkummBeast alive and rolling, in memory of one of the kindest, coolest and most talented artists I’ve ever known. I hope all of you who have so far been involved with Boot the Foot will come back to participate in future projects if your time will allow, and I thank you for contributions and hard work thus far. Kory and I were blown away at the unexpectedly positive and enthusiastic response we got once we started to invite artists. We have marvelled at the art that’s been turned in, and I know Kory was very impressed and thrilled at what this has turned into. It’s been a bit difficult for me to keep up with everything by myself, while still keeping my own work and projects going, as well as making time for family/personal life, and I apologize to the contributing artists for sometimes being absentminded in communicating with you, but it’s been more than worth it, and I’m excited to keep this going for as long as I can. Hopefully Kory’s enthusiastic and positive spirit will continue to inspire others in the work he leaves behind, and through SkummBeast, and all the amazing artwork and fun that is to come.Rest in peace, brother Kory. You will be sorely missed, but we thank you for who you are and what you did with the time you had.

Most of you may have heard already, but some of you may not have — The instigator and mastermind behind SKUMMBEAST, Kory Schuerman (aka Skummie), has passed away, and is no longer with us.

SKUMMBEAST was Kory’s idea, and he came to me with the proposal for a fusion/collab label merging BeastPop ArtWorks and the Skummie brands into one beastly behemoth where we could not only work on collaboration designs, but also cook up some interesting art projects wherein we would invite some of our favorite artists and friends to contribute their takes on certain themed pop-culture properties. It was his idea to start with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and thus “Boot the Foot” was born. We both cooked up a master list of artists to invite immediately, and some we would invite further down the road once we got things moving and figured out how to work all of this out. As Kory’s health soon started to decline (he had been battling Muscular Dystrophy his whole life), however, he had to turn more and more of the operation and communication aspects of Boot the Foot over to me, until I was eventually handling everything after his stay in the hospital and weakened condition. He made it clear that he might not have much time left at all, and he wanted to do as much work as he could on completing some designs for his latest wave of shirts. 

Kory, regrettably passed away on Saturday, and left a huge hole in the art/t-shirt design community. He was always a very friendly, polite and positive fellow, and his illustration and design talents left me envious and constantly inspired. According to some posts by his family over at Mintees, it appears that the shirt designs were finished and might soon be printed and released, but the best way to help his family out and ensure these designs see the light of day is to head over to his online shop and order anything and everything you can.

 http://skummie.bigcartel.com/

Kory and I had big plans for the future of SkummBeast — we never got to finish the first collaboration shirt design we started, but we had big plans for future SkummBeast artist-participation projects. Boot the Foot is still going strong with many contributions yet to be finished and turned in, but once it wraps up, there may be plans afoot for a special extension of Boot the Foot and an MS fundraising effort, if I can figure out all the logistics and make it happen with the help of some folks. I would also like to continue the themed projects beyond Boot the Foot, and keep SkummBeast alive and rolling, in memory of one of the kindest, coolest and most talented artists I’ve ever known. I hope all of you who have so far been involved with Boot the Foot will come back to participate in future projects if your time will allow, and I thank you for contributions and hard work thus far. Kory and I were blown away at the unexpectedly positive and enthusiastic response we got once we started to invite artists. We have marvelled at the art that’s been turned in, and I know Kory was very impressed and thrilled at what this has turned into. It’s been a bit difficult for me to keep up with everything by myself, while still keeping my own work and projects going, as well as making time for family/personal life, and I apologize to the contributing artists for sometimes being absentminded in communicating with you, but it’s been more than worth it, and I’m excited to keep this going for as long as I can. Hopefully Kory’s enthusiastic and positive spirit will continue to inspire others in the work he leaves behind, and through SkummBeast, and all the amazing artwork and fun that is to come.

Rest in peace, brother Kory. You will be sorely missed, but we thank you for who you are and what you did with the time you had.

8bz:

Got some very sad and heart breaking news over the weekend. Amazing artist and long-time 8BZ friend Kory Schuerman, AKA SKUMMIE, passed away on Saturday. The world lost a truly talented and and awesome person. Not only was Kory one of the most talented artists that I’ve had the pleasure of working with but he was also just the kindest and most positive guy. Such a great friend.I had an absolute blast working with him on last summer’s release and we had a lot more awesome stuff that we wanted to work on this year. I’m so sad that we won’t be able to work together again but I feel very honored to have had the chance to put our heads together and come up with the stuff that we did. Kory was a fellow child of the 80’s and loved all of this stuff just as much as I do. We had so much fun brainstorming, throwing ideas around and creating rad stuff together.When Kory’s health started to decline he shared with me that he had been planning a new release with his own line of shirts. He was working to get everything ready to be released in the short time that he had but sadly he just didn’t have the time or energy. The good news is that his family wants Kory’s legacy to live on and is working to get his last designs printed and available for sale. If you would like to help his family in this endeavor, please head on over to Kory’s store and pick something up.Kory was admired by many and will be missed by many. He truly left his mark on this world and will be someone I will never forget.Check out Kory’s artwork and pick up some of his merch - GET SKUMMIE: WWW.SKUMMIE.COM

8bz:

Got some very sad and heart breaking news over the weekend. Amazing artist and long-time 8BZ friend Kory Schuerman, AKA SKUMMIE, passed away on Saturday. The world lost a truly talented and and awesome person. Not only was Kory one of the most talented artists that I’ve had the pleasure of working with but he was also just the kindest and most positive guy. Such a great friend.

I had an absolute blast working with him on last summer’s release and we had a lot more awesome stuff that we wanted to work on this year. I’m so sad that we won’t be able to work together again but I feel very honored to have had the chance to put our heads together and come up with the stuff that we did. Kory was a fellow child of the 80’s and loved all of this stuff just as much as I do. We had so much fun brainstorming, throwing ideas around and creating rad stuff together.

When Kory’s health started to decline he shared with me that he had been planning a new release with his own line of shirts. He was working to get everything ready to be released in the short time that he had but sadly he just didn’t have the time or energy. The good news is that his family wants Kory’s legacy to live on and is working to get his last designs printed and available for sale. If you would like to help his family in this endeavor, please head on over to Kory’s store and pick something up.

Kory was admired by many and will be missed by many. He truly left his mark on this world and will be someone I will never forget.

Check out Kory’s artwork and pick up some of his merch - GET SKUMMIE: WWW.SKUMMIE.COM

Rest in Peace, brother Skummie…

BeastPop here… I just found out that my fellow SkummBeast co-conspirator Kory (Skummie) Schuerman has regretfully passed away after his long battle with Muscular Dystrophy.  I’m crushed and saddened, for sure.  I hope you will all take the time to check out the amazing body of work he left behind, and pause for a moment to give thanks for his incredible talent, fighting spirit, and positive attitude.  He will be greatly missed.  I will not be posting any more artwork for Boot the Foot for at least the next week, so as to take some time away and just let this rest for a bit.  Will return soon with more.

http://skummie.com