Otto M. (The Auto Mechanic)

Cartoonist with a PhD (it was an adventure). Video artist, Media Scholar, Maker of Visual Essays. Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and USC School of Cinematic Arts. Author of Teaching with the Screen from Routledge. Teacher on topics related to Art, Media, and Education. Former Professor of Visual and Media Studies at a small liberal arts college in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Otto M. was christened “The Auto Mechanic” by August Coppola (creator of the Tactile Dome in San Francisco and brother of Francis Ford) and Nick Cage (“Not the bees! Not the bees!”). This was many, many years ago – rest in peace, Professor Coppola. At first, this nickname devastated Otto, but over time he grew to accept that he was, modestly, a technician of images and texts. Now he spends his time drawing pictures and writing stories focusing on people (celebrities like Coppola and Cage), places (noir spaces of the mind), and things (objects at a crime scene). All with the superb insight of one who fixes cars for a living (or so he imagines).

“Slapdash for no cash, those are the records I like.” – Art Brut v. Satan.

Ditto for comics and art.