2012-04-05 / News

Local artist gearing up for Flint Comixcon

BY TARA MORENO
810-452-2645 • tmoreno@mihomepaper.com


Zimmerman pictured drawing a caricature of Reporter Tara Moreno’s daughter. 
Photo by Tara Moreno Zimmerman pictured drawing a caricature of Reporter Tara Moreno’s daughter. Photo by Tara Moreno BURTON — Randy Zimmerman, raised in Montrose and now living in Burton, loves illustration especially when it comes to comic books.

He’s a commercial graphic artist who “does comics.” Zimmerman has been filling the role as editor for the comic-based monthly publication Flint Comix.

Before Flint Comix came along Zimmerman’s interest in comics was sparked at the tender age of 8.

“My uncle gave me a book on how to draw cartoons, Woody Woodpecker of all things, and it took off from there,” he said. “It always has been a love and obsession of mine.”

Self-publishing comic books and distributing through the comic retail shops sparked the beginning of Zimmerman’s comic book career.

Although DC and Marvel comics impacted his life greatly, “both companies are large corporations. I tried to get into these bigger companies; it just got to be too frustrating,” he said. “The bigger reward for me was being published.”


One of the first production drawings of The Spark, originally for The Uncommon Sense, now appearing in the occasional issue of Flint Comix and Entertainment. Copyright (c) 2003 Randy Zimmerman 
Photo Provided One of the first production drawings of The Spark, originally for The Uncommon Sense, now appearing in the occasional issue of Flint Comix and Entertainment. Copyright (c) 2003 Randy Zimmerman Photo Provided Zimmerman’s interest in newspaper publication started with The Uncommon Sense as cartoon editor, he was seeing the type of impact that a newspaper had and how everybody was reading it.

Zimmerman then decided to get involved with a comic newspaper Flint Comix.

“The natural thing to do was a comic book paper,” he said. “The great thing is we are read by everybody.”

On top of commercial graphic art and playing editor of a comic newspaper Zimmerman has designed clip art, mascot design, apparel illustration, caricatures and cartoons.

“The comics are my first love as far as the cartooning I’ll do if anybody asks me,” he said. “I did the Shrine Circus T-shirt the last couple years. I did their coloring book which was a blast.”

Zimmerman also painted the Halo Burger Kid’s Room at Miller and Linden roads in Flint Township and at Hill and Porter roads in Grand Blanc.

Zimmerman credits his wife for being “very tolerant” calling her “the anchor.”

With her help he has been able to follow his dream.

“It really is feast or famine,” he said. “Doing what you love is what really makes up for it. That’s why they call us starving artists ... You’ll always make enough money.”

When asked how someone who wanted to pursue illustration creation and comic drawing he said, “It is a matter of skill and practice.”

Zimmerman’s next big project will be the Comixcon April 14 at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Flint from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call 810-239-7469.

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