STUDIO BUMS® official web comic page.
STUDIO BUMS®- A slang term for someone who thrives on creating and being involved in all areas of the music industry, including culture, art, technology, and the politics thereof.
The idea to create the STUDIO BUMS® web comic came about when Swell (co-founder) and Def Jef (producer/artist/legend) bounced around a comic strip idea about three friends who called themselves STUDIO BUMS®. The comic strip was intended for Beat Talk’s (One Stop Beats) website, circa 2001. It wasn’t until 2012 that the web comic idea was moved off the back burner into production. It was time to bring the STUDIO BUMS® characters Mega, Ko Star, and Jeopardy from concept to reality.
The “Bums” are native New Yorkers with interesting backstories. Exploring a mix of provocative and stereotypical content and smashing some traditions make for great entertainment. Check out the FAQ page of the STUDIO BUMS® upcoming website www.studiohideout.com.
Original Comic Art
Brian Allen from FlyLand Designs was the first artist to illustrate the STUDIO BUMS® web comic. It has always been imperative that the Bums look unique, edgy, and appealing to our audience. Swell and Artemis (co-founder) were very hands-on during the design process with Brian Allen.
STUDIO BUMS® Phase One
Phase one of the full-color comic strip highlighted the characters’ individuality and style. Distinct colors and accessories were chosen to help identify the Bums, regardless of which artists will be involved in future projects.
Mega wears a logo “M” on a polo shirt, topped off with a blue paperboy cap, and a pair of DQM Nikes.
Ko Star wears a yellow, white, and black biker jacket with the word “VINTAGE” stitched on the front, along with designer shades.
Jeopardy wears designer frames, along with a green shirt, bowtie, and suspenders.
STUDIO BUMS® Phase Two
In Phase Two, STUDIO BUMS® commissioned Michael Metcalf from Custom Fan Art to reimagine the characters from his artistic point of view. The creators/founders updated Mega’s look with a revised "M" logo polo shirt and a vintage cassette tape wrist watch. The Megaphone added a nice visual to Mega’s shot-calling personality.
Then, we felt that the characters looked too realistic, so they got tweaked to show less detail, with the final version exhibited a more cartoonish style.
STUDIO BUMS® Phase Three
In Phase Three, the comic strip underwent yet another transformation to more of a Manhwa style. Elle Driver from KILL BILL was featured in the KILL TRAP comic strip, as having hired the Bums to produce something FRESH and NEW for her solo project. She is seen in the studio, holding Mega at gunpoint, daring him to play another Trap Beat. The takeaway from the strip is that you don't choke when you have to perform under pressure.