Mike Hearn

Midland, Ontario

My story so far:

Currently, out side of my day job, I am the sole creator behind www.walterthewicked.com. A webcomic that is, roughly, Pinky and the Brain meets medieval hijinx.

I grew up in the Niagara Region of southern Ontario. Oddly, I did not go to The Falls very often, but yes it is pretty. Funny, I wonder if that’s true of most who live near tourist destinations? After 5 years in Elliot Lake, I live in Midland. I have been designing products for more than 10 years now with more than the last 5 working remotely from my home. If you need an employer watching over you to remain motivated to do your job, this life is not for you. Personally, I love it!

I started drawing when I was about 12. I was inspired by a friend at that time and knew, even then, that I wanted to do this for a living. I practiced at many different forms of art from that point on. I then went to Niagara College to secure my diploma. My favourite creative outlets are drawing, writing, acting, and sculpting. Though, I do not get to do the latter two much anymore. I have never been able to paint. I just cannot get used to controlling the brush.

The vast majority of my spare time (spare time?) is spent with my amazing wife, (who I just celebrated 10 years with!) and my beautiful, hyper-intelligent daughter. Seriously, I have no idea how we will keep up with her as she gets older. Just have to keep her morals up so she does not become an evil genius. Whenever I can, I enjoy a good video game and I love movies. I also read a ton, but these days it is all digital. When I want to know something, I google it. Where would we be without google?

Some interesting historical events

• In 2010 I ran for a seat on my local town council. I did not win, but it was an interesting experience non-the-less. You can follow some of it here: www.mikephearn.com/midland

• In my OAC year of high school I wrote, directed and acted in an award winning one- act play. I may post that on the front page one day.

• I won the "art honors" award in high school.

• I organized a team and negotiated the terms between the students and administration for keeping our facilities/program functioning in my last year of college.

Well, I think I have rambled enough here, if you want to know more, please drop me a line by email or on one of “them, thar so-seal neat work thangs!”

Thanks for reading!

  • Work
    • Self Employed
  • Education
    • Graphic Design Degree