By Ron Hill and Gary Dumm
BB BluesBird was hatched by Ron Hill, who provides the art, and Gary Dumm, who writes the stories. Laura Dumm provides graphic assistance and design.
"Born in Cleveland and trained at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, for 30 years I have provided illustrations, cartoons and caricatures for Dungeons and Dragons, Cleveland Indians and dozens of advertising agencies, magazines and web sites. Since 1999 I have been creating editorial cartoons for The Solon Times and The Chagrin Valley Times on a weekly basis, and I illustrate The Armchair Theologian series for Westminster John Knox Press. As an busy party caricaurist, I have drawn at least 100,000 two-minute marker portraits. I also teach Interactive Media at Alliance High School."
"I'm a life-long Cleveland resident and artist who worked with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor since Pekar began self-publishing that comic 35 years ago. I've shown my artwork in exhibitions nationally from Cleveland to San Francisco and internationally from Canada to Germany. My cartoons have been shown in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, the VillageVoice and France's le Monde and in Cleveland Scene, Free Times and Plain Dealer. Currently I write and draw pieces for Music Makers Rag (biographies of blues musicians helped by that organization out of North Carolina) and am juggling several graphic novel projects. My talented wife, Laura, adds color to my work as required, allowing me to do that much more in black and white."
"I've been in Cleveland all my life and I am a big fan of the city. I worked for a design studio and a few magazines before starting my own graphic arts business (1986). After 20 some years of fun and challenging work I made the decision to close up shop and spend my time doing what I have always loved to do, painting. I call my style "Patternism," which is breaking down a realistic subject into colorful shapes and patterns. I paint pop/op art patterns inside abstract shapes to define the portrait of a person or animal in such a meticulous fashion that some think it is collage, instead of painted, BUT they are indeed acrylic paintings."
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