Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Visiting Mike Bloomfield, four minutes away from my office...

Today, July 1, 2014, for the first time, I visited the grave of blues-rock guitar prodigy MIKE BLOOMFIELD, Bob Dylan's sideman on "Highway 61 Revisited" and at Newport Folk Festival when Dylan famously (infamously to some) went electric. Bloomfield died in 1981 at age 37.

As it turns out, Mike Bloomfield has been a four-minute drive away from my office this whole time. A funny coincidence. I had no idea when I got the idea to start this project.

Mike Bloomfield is interred inside a mausoleum roughly somewhere between the tombs of Jack Benny and Aaron Spelling...

....with Al Jolson's mammoth gravesite just outside the mausoleum....

There are business cards and notes to Mike, held up by guitar picks, at Mike's tomb. A small but loyal fandom has made the pilgrimage to visit his site.

The saddest part -- the receptionist, very nice, had no clue who he was.

Then it got worse.

It took her a minute to find Bloomfield's tomb in the database because they had misspelled his name in the computer as Bloomfeld.

I politely pressed that they need to correct this error ASAP. She was nice enough to take care of it on the spot. Incredulously to me, for whatever time the cemetery has had this computer system (maybe 30 years?), Mike Bloomfield's name has remained misspelled in their database....

....until today.

The day had begun with some classic L.A. June gloom, but by the time I visited Bloomfield's tomb around 2 p.m., the clouds had dissolved and some nice sunshine illuminated Mike's plaque.

And I left the cemetery feeling good, no, great, that Marcus and I are paying homage to Mike Bloomfield's life in our autobiographical comic book, RADIO SILENCE. Beyond spreading our proceeds to various drug rehab charities, we hope to spread more awareness of Bloomfield, his talents, his place in music history and his legacy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Coming in 2016! By Michael Aushenker. A special not-for-profit biographical comic with all proceeds going to drug rehabs for low-income citizens.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


RADIO SILENCE: THE DEATH & LIFE OF MIKE BLOOMFIELD is an original biographical not-for-profit comic book on the late blues-rock guitar pioneer created by underground cartoonist Michael Aushenker.

The one-shot, nonprofit comic book, to be released Fall 2016, is homage to and an unauthorized biographical account of the Chicago guitarist best known for his work with the Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag and Super Sessions who played with Bob Dylan the night he went electric in Newport and who was found dead in 1981 at the age of 37.

The nonprofit spirit in which Aushenker is currently creating this comic will forward all proceeds to to-be-determined drug rehabs assisting lower-income addicts in Marin County and San Francisco, where Bloomfield lived and died.

For updates on RADIO SILENCE, please join this blog and spread the word among fans of Mike Bloomfield and biographical comics.

For more information on Michael Aushenker's work, visit CartoonFlophouse.com and follow Michael's cartoonist's blog CartoonFlophouse.blogspot.com