Friday, October 26, 2007

"Five Bucks" Bill is alive and well!

Above photo (Left to right): Bill’s wife, Rhonda, and daughter, Sarah.

I got the below e-mail from Bill:


I am IMPRESSED you are doing what you set out to do- and pumped to see it Nov 15th- (my Bday).

I'll answer your questions as they come to mind:

I actually attended 2 years at SVA. Why did I leave? Well, for several reasons. I was homesick and girlfriend sick- yes I married her. I also wanted to do more academic studies as well. I've always been a real manic right brain/ left brain guy. So I came back to Oklahoma, married my high school sweetheart, went to the University of Oklahoma and became a mechanical engineer.

Now the job I do is different from most engineers. I fell in with some professors doing forensic engineering; examining accidents and failed equipment and testifying in court. So I'm an expert witness. I've been doing it for about 16 years now. I started my own consulting firm 8 years ago. The stories are almost always tragic, and I am called by client lawyers to investigate. My reward for all my work is to be locked in a room for 3-6 hours sparring with an opposing lawyer, whose livelihood at that moment amounts to attacking everything I have to say and running my credentials through the mud. You get the picture. But really I enjoy that part the most sometimes. Being my own boss of course means no structure, every day is a new adventure- the artist existence essentially.

We live in Norman, OK. We are both into cooking and dining in a big way. We pull out all the stops every Saturday night. We have eaten our way through New Orleans, San Francisco, London, Rome and Paris on various vacations.

I also love racing cars with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) whenever I have a sports car- which I do at the moment. That happens about once a month in large parking lots with cones. It's called autocross.

As for art, I belong to a local group of visual artists and create work for shows we do. It's called 5 to 9. I do oils on board, photography, and assemblages.

I am active in my local Catholic church and am a Knight of Columbus there. Sarah goes to Catholic school.

I like reading history- Churchill's six volumes about World War II, and Julia Child's memoir are recent.

I listen to a variety of stuff- country, alternative, blues, and lately Spanish guitar pieces.

As I mentioned, I've been married to the sweetheart for 18 years, my daughter is 4 and my son will be born any day now.

Now for some questions to you:

-where are you?

-what is PIC?

-what have you all been doing all these years?

I will send pics of me and some art work in the next email.


Above photo (Left to right): Pro, Al, and Bill stop by New York’s Parson’s School of Design. Why? I have no idea, either. School year 1985-86.

Now, to address some of Bill’s questions:

Bill: Where are you?

Al: I’m living about sixty miles North of Manhattan.

Above photo: A Polaroid of P.I.C. while living at Sloane House. (clockwise) Sean, Miguel, Al, Scan, and Pro. School year 1986-1987.

Bill: What is PIC?

Al: Yeah, you weren’t around by the time that we named our group. We named our band of friends "P.I.C." after Scan came home to the dorm carrying the famous P.I.C. sign. He had found the sign in the trash outside a movie theater that had finished showing the film 52 PICK UP. One day, around 1993, we decided to put their genius and artistic talent to good use and formed P.I.C. TOONS STUDIOS. We published some comics, made an animated short, and even produced a small music cd.

Bill: What have you all been doing all these years?

Al: I have been working in graphic design, animation, and comics. I am a comic book inker for DC Comics and Archie Comic Publications. Plus, I self-publish my own comics and write for BACK ISSUE magazine. I’m active in my church, Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Above photo: Al with the famous P.I.C. sign. 1998.



Blogger Scanman said...

We found Bill now let's find out what became of "Struttin' Stu"

October 27, 2007 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger AlNickerson said...

Ok... that can be your project. :) Looking for folks is hard work. I don't even recall Stu's last name.

October 27, 2007 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Scanman said...


October 27, 2007 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger $5 Bill said...

Yes...Stu reminded me of Alan Ladd (Shane). And there was that red-headed film student from phoenix Stu (and I) hung out with - what was his name?

Scanlon- you were one of the unique personalities I ever met. Do you still blurt out ANYTHING on your mind?

October 27, 2007 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger AlNickerson said...

"Serchuck"! That’s it. Yep… Stu strutted even when he danced. Poor fella. I remember when Stu (or his studio mate… can’t remember the fella’s name) decided to hang something in their studio and drove a huge nail right through the wall into me and Pro’s studio. That was messy.

The charm about Scan is that he is still unique. :)

Bill- Did you hang out with Brent Plaiger (spelling?) much at Sloane House? Scan thought that might be the case.

October 27, 2007 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Scanman said...

If you read my blog 5 Buck Bill, you might note that I'm still the weird ramblin' guy who now uses a cell phone and have access to the internets.

Nice reference to Alan Ladd. He was a short guy too. Let's see, when I first read your note I had no idea the red haired guy you were talking about, but now are you talking about James?

October 27, 2007 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Scanman said...

I played a junkie in a short film of Jame's.

October 27, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Scanman said...

A fat junkie at that.

October 27, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger $5 Bill said...

James sounds about right. I remember running around manhattan on at least one night with him, some other guys (maybe junkie Scan) and a camera- not sure what we were going to accomplish.

October 28, 2007 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger $5 Bill said...

Hey- I seem to be the only one losing my hair and procreating- is that true? Maybe there's a link there...

October 28, 2007 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger AlNickerson said...

Hair loss has seem to have gotten a grasp on Miguel and Korn. Both Sean and Korn are parents.

October 28, 2007 at 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scan here. What Al said is true. Sean has two boys and has been married for 17 years. Korn has been married ten years. He has a girl and a boy. Steve (Pro) was married twice. He has no kids. Just some dogs. He lives in WisCONsin. Sean was the guy who lived in Miguel's and my studio. We got in trouble for that. Al laughed at the potential punishment we would get.

October 28, 2007 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger AlNickerson said...

Well, I did laugh quite a bit when we took that trip to Brooklyn; and joked that you and Miguel might have to move into a dingy, rat-infested basement. Of course, I shouldn’t have made such fun at your and Miguel’s expense. However, in my defense, I honesty didn’t think you guys were going to be kicked out of the Sloane House dorm. There wasn’t a precedent, which I was aware of, for such harsh punishment on the part of the dormitory.

Now, it was sad for Sean having to move back to Hong Kong and skip a year of college. I‘m sure it wasn’t too pleasant for Sean when he had to explain the whole ordeal to his parents.

October 28, 2007 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Scanman said...

But Sean met Louise,ahem I mean Sofia or is it Sophia? when he went back so it alllll worked out.

October 28, 2007 at 8:10 PM  

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