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HOTWIRE #2

 

(This is the cover to HOTWIRE #2, Glenn Head's anthology of alternative comics, published by Fantagraphics Books in early 2008.)

 

RESEARCH ELEMENTS: WLA LIBERATOR SCHEMA

 

Below are a few things that proved instrumental in engineering WLA Liberator piece. Firstly, blue prints of the Harley-Davidson flathead and knucklehead engines, circa 1942

Some of the books:

...and models...

 

BELIEVER MAGAZINE SCHEMA: PROGRESS

 

Here is the completed comic episode for the Believer schema depicting the discovery of the Stroker engine as experienced by C.B.Clausen and Gil Armas, circa late 1940's. This comprises approximately one-third of the entire Believer piece, but took an incredible amount of research to make accurate. Special thanks to Bill Rodencal, conservator at the Harley-Davidson Museum, and especially Jim Wagner at Doc's Harley-Davidson in St Louis for helping me understand a passage from Bill Hayes' "The Original Wild Ones: Tales of The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club", in which an interview will Gil Armas describes the process of "inventing" the Stroker engine.

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL CLASS

 

Although this is a Wash U course, it will be available to non-Wash U students, as well. All pertinent information is noted in the poster.

 

"SMOKE SIGNAL" FRONT & BACK COVERS: TEMPTATIONS DIORAMA

 

Here are the completed covers for the upcoming issue of the comics anthology, SMOKE SIGNAL. It displays some of the various pieces of the ongoing TEMPTATIONS diorama I've been working on for about the past year. The intention behind the design was to give the impression of the box of a model, circa 1960's/70's. front cover

back cover

 

BELIEVER MAGAZINE: A ROUGH HISTORY OF HOW THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MILITARY-ISSUED WLA "LIBERATOR" CHANGED AMERICAN CULTURE

 

Below are a few of the rough sketches I've recently completed regarding the "invention" of the stroker engine, as discovered by Gil Armas and C.B. Clausen, both members of the BOOZEFIGHTERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB. This comic depiction of the story is taken from Gil's own account, as transcribed by Bill Hayes and Jim Quattlebaum in their book, "The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club". I've been in touch with Mr. Quattlebaum, who is the official historian for the Boozefighters; Jim Fricke, curator at the Harley-Davidson museum; and Bill Rodencal, mechanic extrordinaire at the Harley-Davidson museum. All of them have been extremely helpful in my pursuit of both historical and mechanical accuracy. But it was probably Jim Wagner at Doc's Harley-Davidson in St. Louis who has been the most helpful in terms of translating Gil's text into a visual mechanical breakdown of how the stroker engine was "invented". I keep using quotation marks around "invent" because it is disputed that Gil and C.B. actually discovered the first strokerengine. Their are stories of others who developed it similarly, either simultaneously, or even (as one account suggests) as early as the late 1930's. There is no question, however, that Gil and C.B. developed their engine without any prior knowledge of prototypes. Nevertheless, it's been quite an adventure tracking this material down, has brought me into contact with several interesting people, and has ultimately led me to the purchase of my first Harley-Davidson: A 2005 Sportster 883.

Don't be fooled: These "refined" preliminary concept sketches for the stroker engine portion of the overall schema took a hell of a lot of work to get accurate.

Ultimately, the entire schema will be included in FOLKTALES.