My Comic Life

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 14th, 2006


My sinister dark side (above) is given some cartoon life, circa 2000, by an unknown artist on Fox TV’s “Freaky Links” production team (who had just become famous for their Blair Witch Horror).

It is weird to see yourself through others’ eyes and realize the vision can be so similar, or not, among different artists. I’ve been on television, my photograph is not rare, and yet, here’s how artists, years apart, “see me.”

Coleman Wadworth

In 2004, racing through the pages of Swamp Thing #7 and #8, I was depicted as “Coleman Wadsworth,” cryptozoologist (above and directly below, running for my life from the Swamp Thing).

Swamp Thing Thumbnail

The story is by Will Pfeifer and art by Richard Corben. My end is death in #8 at the hands of a villian, but I was told by the comic book people that characters do come back to life, so not to worry.

Loren Coleman Crypto-Man

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Above, created by artist Tom Holtkamp, circa 1999, is an unpublished full panel (only revealed if you click on it). The comic itself is still in development and pre-production hell. This is an early version of what I think of as “Trenchcoat Loren.”

Loren Coleman Crypto-Man

Above, the new old Loren has been created by artist Peter Loh, 2006, for the Crypto-Man comic series. Scott Marlowe is Crypto-Man; my character is an investigative guest.

Updated Image for 2007 from Peter Loh.

Loren Coleman

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

15 Responses to “My Comic Life”

  1. Raptorial responds:

    These are just too priceless. Evidently artists are fond of drawing the purely awesome subjects like you.

  2. BigJake responds:

    When go, Loren, you will have left a body of fine work that should transcend any comic interpretation of your looks. After all, if your life becomes a movie, maybe Tom Cruise Jr. will get the role!

  3. LaFlamme responds:

    That’s EXACTLY how I remember Loren from that blazing hot day in the woods of Turner, Maine. Great illustrations. I think they captured your true soul.

  4. Dan responds:

    You really do look fun to draw for some reason though.

  5. totnesmartin responds:

    That hat really does it. You must get one!

  6. DWA responds:

    Just admit it, Loren. You love this. It’s OK. Acknowledgement is the first step on the road to seeing sasquatch.

  7. Loren Coleman responds:

    Never denied I didn’t appreciate the public persona, as long as I don’t lose track that that’s not entirely all of me.


  8. lastensugle responds:

    This is true fame, you know, being a comic book character. Who could ever ask for more?!

  9. cosmic monster responds:

    These pictures destroy the Loren Coleman myth. Do you realize how many people think you’re a middle-aged mom doing this in her spare time?

    This myth is only popular among the newbs, btw. >_>

  10. Benjamin Radford responds:

    You go, Loren! But you haven’t really made it until you are in Mad magazine! Keep up the good work and maybe one day…

  11. caddo21 responds:

    You’d better come up with a signature look that you’ll be happy with. A hat gives an Indiana Jones look but that’s been done. If you had a trademark gimmick, it would draw public attention on you. How about starting a poll amongst us what your trademark should be and posting pictures of the top five suggestions for a final vote.

  12. LiberalDem responds:

    The hat in the last drawing is *straight* out of Indiana Jones. I recently picked one up myself, to wear with my WWII bomber jacket. You look good in that hat, Loren – consider picking one up off of eBay.

  13. scmarlowe responds:

    Peter and I had real trepidations about how to portray Loren. Since we never envisioned him as a villain, we wanted something that conveyed his “natural persona”.

    We settled on a role that was a bit X-Files — Cigarette Smoking Man. But, given that the strip is for kiddies, as well as the young at heart, we didn’t want to associate Loren with tobacco products. So Loren became an informant (taking his Cryptomundo connection as a base) who works both sides of the aisle. He’s an operative for the government and the society of cryptids — but the government doesn’t know about his cryptid affiliations.

    Peter and I envision Loren in a recurring role and have no plans to “kill Loren off” as in other of his comic incarnations — until Loren says he wants out of the strip.

    Actually, Indy wasn’t the inspiration for the hat — that’s from Bogart as is the Trench Coat.

  14. Mnynames responds:

    Personally, I like the topmost one best. Captures your eyes well. As for the hat and trenchcoat, well, it was bound to happen. Everyone knows investigators always wear hats and trenchcoats (I know I do).

  15. borntofightdinosaurs responds:

    the entire reason i got into cryptozoology was to own a fedora and trenchcoat.

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