After crash-landing on Planet X, Spaceman Champion surveys this new, forbidden territory.
In November of 1975, in the small town of Roseburg, a child was born. The Fates, deciding life might play out too easy for a child with a more modest name like – oh, I don’t know – Mike Chapman, moved his parents to name him Micah Champion.
Micah played and laughed and grew. He eventually graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree he has yet to find a good use for. However, the exorbitant bill he racked up from his studies did allow him make a complete ignoramus of himself with several (okay, like two) women until meeting one young woman whose pity overwhelmed her good sense and she married him.
The inspired moment of Micah’s conversion to artistic life happened one day when he sat doodling and talking with his three-year-old daughter at the kitchen table. His little girl looked up asked where mommy went? He explained to the petite, chubby-cheeked girl with the chocolate chip eyes that mommy went to work. Why, she asked? Well, to help people and earn a living and so on. His daughter chocolate-chip eyes widened in exaltation as she proclaimed, “I want to do this for a living!” She began scribbling with renewed intensity on her paper.
The dinging you’re hearing right now was ringing in the head of Micah. Also, a light turned on, but you couldn’t see it because it was concealed by Micah’s thick skull. Oh, and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy started playing on a loop until the chocolate chip-eyed girl needed to nap, so he shut off the light and scratched the vinyl pulling the needle off his mental record.
Micah went on to graduate in 2009 with a post-baccalaureate degree in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon because, hey, what’s more money. He has worked for a number on local companies in Eugene and for many private commissioners the world over. Micah battled cancer in 2014-2015 (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) to reemerge with new sense of purpose.
He’s stilled married to that wonderful young woman he spent thousands of dollars to meet at college and they have one beautiful, imaginative daughter and one charming, enigmatic son. There’s a dog in there too. And a fish. But I’m not sure the fish is still alive.
Micah is currently working with writer Chad Huskins developing, writing, and illustrating their comic “The Brood.”