Frank Frazetta vs. Mike Hoffman
I recently visited the Frank Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, PA. It was an incredible experience being able to look at the master’s work up close, but even more amazing to listen to the first hand experiences of Frank Jr and his memories of his father.
I was talking to Frank Jr. when the subject of Mike Hoffman came up. For those of you who don’t know, Hoffman has made his career imitating the style Frank Frazetta, everything from painting, drawing, very specific subject matters, and even his signature. Of course, no one imitating Frazetta’s style will ever be better than Frazetta himself. In fact, Frank himself has a good quote to address this:
“Why be a second-rate Frazetta when you be can be a first-rate you?” -Frank Frazetta
Frank Jr, however, let me know that Mike Hoffman had been invited to the gallery years back. Knowing that his own work would never compare to the late master, Mike Hoffman has made a crusade to undermine the work of the actual artist who’s responsible for his own success.
This BS is copied from a blog entry of his, that has since been deleted.
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY I’M BETTER THAN FRANK FRAZETTA
1. When I say I don’t use photographs, I’m not lying.
2. When I say I don’t swipe, I’m not lying.
3. I don’t go around claiming criminals like Richard Nixon were great presidents.
4. I don’t go to Rush Limbaugh for intellectual guidance.
5. I don’t publish art books that have paintings of my wife’s big naked ass in them.
6. When younger artists ask for technical advice, I don’t say “don’t try to be like me”.
7. I don’t build museums to myself in my backyard.
8. I don’t pretend to have invented Art all by myself, ignoring everything that came before.
9. I don’t pretend Hal Foster never existed.
10. Because my ambition and drive is the result of undemonstrative father doesn’t mean I became one myself.
11. When my work inspires others, I take paternal responsibility for it.
12. I don’t fault my kids for not following in my footsteps when I didn’t prepare them for it.
13. I don’t refer to myself as “The Legend”.
I know nothing about the political views of Frazetta, and of course, those points have no relevancy, but according to the personal testimony and remembrances of Frank Jr. regarding his father, none of these insults hold any water. Frank was and is a legend, that much is true, but he was a humble man, didn’t push his kids into his career choice, nor did he berate them for not choosing it, and saw his wife Ellie as his muse, who loved his paintings and loved to be painted.
This guy is a total hack and fraud, a skilled but unimaginative artist with no respect, and thus totally undeserving of any himself. I don’t want to make the world harder for artists, it’s plenty hard enough, but I want this to get reblogged so people are aware of how terrible this guy is.
Reblogging this to get this information out there, Hoffman is just plain disrespectful to say the least,
I can not “heart” any posts on Tumblr. My OS limits me to an old Firefox browser and it does not work well with Tumblr. No heart button for me.
I heart a lot but don’t want to get silly with the RTs.
A FEW COMMISSIONS
I offered commissions for the first and only time about two years ago. It was right before a move from rural Illinois to near Austin, TX, A move, in part, to get more into the art scene somewhere. One neighbor for eight square miles meant that not a lot of other folks were even around, let alone interested in art.
As a self taught dude, I felt like the move was an important one to make. I’d spent ten years teaching myself art in isolation and I wanted to be around others who made it. Things really popped off for me after. In strange and amazing ways. My schedule, however, was borked beyond repair.
I offered everyone refunds because I was only able to chip away slowly, but they all wanted to wait. They’ve been amazing! As of about a month ago, I finally got things worked out into a position where I could dedicate a lot of time to personal work. I’m excited for two BIG reasons, among many others.
One, I get to finally chew through the remaining commissions. Above is about half of what was left. It’ll be a huge weight off my chest to close these out. Everyone has had the patience of a saint and I really appreciate how awesome the community has been.
Two, I get to make personal work, not freelance work, for the first time since 2006. Now that my schedule will clear, and my life stuff has equalized, I’m going to be focusing on making works for no reason other than my own interest for the first time in almost ten years.
At the big VGJunk site today: Boxing but not really! Stereotypes up the wazoo! A small but great champ! It’s Nintendo’s 1987 NES classic Punch-Out!!, and I’ve written a ton of words about it that you can read here!
To my great shame I’ve never been able to get past Soda Popinski, despite decades of trying.