Artist in the Water Tower

A while back I posted a photo of this water tower, taken from another street. I later discovered that we can see it from the playground of the school where I teach. I see it every day I work.

Today I was told that a well-known comic book artist lives there.Point Arena is his home town.

Steve Oliff broke into the industry by attending conferences. His first Marvel Comics job was Moon Knight. His company, Olyoptics, was one of the first to use computers for color separation. When he was chosen to be colorist for the Japanese manga Akira, he convinced Marvel to us computer. In addition to coloring thousands of comic pages for many companies, Oliff wrote the Armature comic books. From 2003 to the present, Armature has been a weekly comic strip in Oliff’s local newspaper (our local one), the Independent Coast Observer. Oliff won the “Best Colorist” Eisner Award in 1992 (for Akira),1993 and 1994 and the Harvey Award in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995.

In 2005, Oliff collaborated with Cheri Carlstedt on a history of his hometown, Point Arena, California. The Early Days of Point Arena: A Pictorial History of the City and Township was published by Olyoptics. He also edits the Mendocino County Historical Society newsletter.

It seems to be out of print but maybe I can find it locally.

Who knew!

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