Friday, May 29, 2015

A Random Episode...

Jack had moved into the neighborhood a few years back and got along relatively well with his next-door neighbor Fred initially, but after a few months found himself becoming more and more irritated by little things, his mannerisms, their gardening methods, the timbre and volume of his voice, playing their radio outside, all these things and more got stored away in a little mental folder Jack was amassing.

That library was growing constantly and became a pretty huge collection right before "The Episode". Fred had borrowed some tools a few weeks prior, and Jack asked to have them back. The innocuous way Fred answered wouldn't have caused a second thought for most people, but whereas Jack's extensive Library of History was concerned is was rude, obnoxious, and mainly--it was arrogant. It may be often said that it takes one to recognize one, but Jack's library didn't contain that info yet.

 A reasonable facsimile of the hammer.

So Jack went to his garage, picked up a hammer, and entered Fred's back yard via the alleyway gate. The shouting argument that ensued wound up with Jack smacking Fred twice in the head with the hammer. His wife ran outside in shock as Fred's two kids stared in amazement from a window. Fred died of those head injuries a few hours later in the hospital. The local media had a field day.

At a point before sentencing, Jack was interviewed by a court Psychologist. He'd expressed shock, wonderment and guilt regarding his actions against Fred, but admitted that immediately after the murder he'd felt "just fine, very calm". It was only later, several days later, that the true impact of his deed settled in.

The witnesses' window.

Fred's surviving wife and children were devastated, to say the least. Jack was given 50 years, essentially a life sentence. No one could really understand why the killing had happened, but the official diagnosis of the Psychiatrist was that Jack was "Third-Degree Bi-Polar". To some, that's an adequate explanation.

Jack discovered that the prison was full of others just like himself, people with the very same diagnosis. Some called it 3D-BPD.


In another timeline, a scientist developed a technique by which a triangulation of laser beams was used to stimulate inactive portions of the brain, thereby creating a more balanced mood and moderate behavior.  In this reality, however, people with such disorders as BPD may simply wind up incarcerated--period.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mike Hoffman Video Blog "Vlog" Debut...

I've mainly stopped writing text entries for this Blog and switched to the no-typing version, like the "Vlog" episode #3 below. So now you can quickly & easily find out what I'm up to in "real time" over on my Youtube channel. But of course you can still comment here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Abstract Demo by Mike Hoffman 2 Handed Sharpie Intuitive Graffiti

I do a fair bit of abstract drawing & painting these days, some with both hands simultaneously (like this demo) and others with only the left. Or, novel approaches like changing the hand grip to something awkward and unusual--a stabbing fist, for example.

It's surprising how this kick-starting of unused portions of your brain affects your "regular drawing" when you go back to the patterns you know well.  I mean, after a while, like many decades, your drawing ideas, conceptually, just flow out on automatic, without thinking.  That's good for some tasks, but it's not everything.

Some call drawing like this "Meditative", and considering how it reeducates your brain wiring that's quite appropriate.

Here's another demo, accelerated, showing how the drawing approach has changed from using the left hand and R/L techniques for a while.

And you don't really have to be an artist to try this sorta stuff, I encourage everyone to grab a couple of Sharpies (I use the giant chisel points) and give it a try. And please send your results to me and we'll share 'em!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Good Vibrations...

The other day I had a visit from a trans-dimensional being, you know, the kind from a higher vibratory plane? That sorta stuff happens all the time around here.  Don't think what you see is all that exists, it ain't.  But don't just take my word for it either, or else you'd technically be hallucinating.

A recent artwork inspired by a download from 5D.

Anyway, there we were chatting in the kitchen, and our cat walked by.  This visitor took one look and said "You'd better get that cat looked at, it's got a growth in its abdomen".  I wasn't surprised as "Tiggy" has been having trouble leaping around lately. Later, the vet verified it-- a tumor.

I had to pull the car over to receive this one.

If you think of Sound as a vibration, which it is, then imagine Sound increased in vibration a few million times, beyond the level of hearing, microwaves and all else, and you get LIGHT. Light is currently an absolute for our Science, the "speed limit" of the Universe, etc. etc.

But if you take Light and increase its vibration to a similar degree, then what do you get, kids?  You get CONSCIOUSNESS.

And now today--it's back again as a reminder.

This is why your consciousness inhabits multiple planes, timelines, past/future scenarios, etc., and why it seems intangible and is currently unmeasurable.

But don't take my word for it, that would be wrong.

Friday, July 18, 2014

I Miss Octavia...

I received the following communication in September 2011, concerning my first novel The Gemini Ring.

 There are hints in the book that the reality we are presented with may be other than normal, but we are experiencing it through Peters' point of view, and Peters is a rationalist. Is he experiencing premonition and transformation from life to afterlife? Is Octavia some mad Frankensteinian genius, a devotee of the transformative power of creation, ensnaring men in her seductive web? Is she some darkly angelic force of nature who ushers the doomed to their next incarnation? Does being one preclude being the other? In this story, I think, by being the former, she also acts in the role of the latter. Is she truly timeless? When she says that she has known Peters' father and grandfather, does she mean his direct progenitors, or is she referring to his "father" as all men who have come before? By how many names has she been known, and by how many men? I do not obsess over answers, I revel in the Mystery - it is a philosophy I have come to embrace over time. I got to the final page of THE GEMINI RING after a second reading and found my self halted in my tracks, once again. What I take from it is a sense of transformative freedom, all ego destroyed, and existence simplified. Anyhow, as I see it, by the end, Peters has traveled beyond the point of return, but he finds that he cannot continue on in the direction he has been going, so he relies upon Octavia and friends to choose what is best for him. And what is best for Peters, the most compassionate decision, is to release him from it all. He will never be one of them, and he cannot go back to who he once was. At least that is how I feel about it. The ending is beautiful, and that is not changed by whatever horrors may have led up to it, or whatever tragedies may lay behind it . If anything, that is what makes the final passage so powerful for me.
Once again, I enjoyed the book immensely as a fun, weird read, and I have never read anything quite like it. So, thanks again for writing it. I look forward reading THE ICE CAVES.

You can grab this very book right now on Amazon, in fact both novels are collected into one volume called Octavia: The Dream Chronicles.

NOTE:  When you order your copy from Amazon, please email me with your order info, as apparently their system is not reporting all sales, or royalties, to we authors.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Mags in the Pipeline...

I'm developing several new publications at the moment, the above tryout cover is a sort of parasitic twin on Bloke's Terrible TOMB of Terror  called Mad Monster Cartoons.  Will it be an economic failure?  I sure hope so, that way I'll know I did good.

Super Clowns #1 an example of a fine artistic achievement & terrible seller.
Also planned is a sort of psychological/New Age Horror mag called Epitaph.  It's a place for stories too bizarre for TOMB, with subjects like Ghosts, Channeling, PSI, "The Shift" and so on.  If you don't know what The Shift is, I encourage you to look into it.  We is all shifting, boss.

 A unique home for The New Weird.

AND, Hoffman's hired a few folks to help out around the studio, so production will probably be increasing.  So what took me so long?  Too many hats!

Does the above magazine concept have a future?  Tell me about it HERE.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Progress Report" New Blog...

I've done what I threatened to do, and that is start another Blog devoted strictly to showing my more offbeat  artwork.  It's live now with its first posting at  I encourage you all to join up there publicly so I'll have an idea how much time & energy to devote to it.

In fact there's so much unseen artwork I intend to display there that I had to start way back at the beginning of 2013.

In the meantime, here's two seriously new projects due out soon...

 "Madame Tarantula Futurewest" collects all Madame Tarantula Comics to date plus some new material.

"Deep Space" is not only a gallery of recent ink drawings, but also offers technical instruction and custom perspective grids for artists.