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Meet Mike Suchcicki

Mike Suchcicki (soo-chick-ee), known as Sooch to his closest friends as well as to anyone who cannot pronounce Suchcicki, is a Pensacola, Florida-based writer, editor (words and video), digital designer and producer and all-around multimedia handyman.

He has more than 30 years experience in both print and digital publication. (Truth told, those 30-plus years are pretty much evenly split between print work in the first half of his career and digital in the second.)

He probably can help you with your project.

Print

Digital

On the print side, Mike has been a copyeditor, feature writer, columnist, page designer, TV and entertainment editor, cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator, game-and-puzzle designer and the publisher of his own children's magzine (for which he produced the bulk of the content).

On the digital side, Mike has designed and built websites from scratch, developed news sites (in the early days of news on the Internet), created original multimedia content, shot and edited video, created and produced podcasts (audio and video) and created digital graphics.

How Mike can help you

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Want a website? Mike can help you build and launch one, quickly and easily and within your budget. Already have a website? Mike can help you work out any kinks or quirks you've encountered and get your site up and running.

Does your ebook project need a cover? Does your business need a logo? Have you considered a caricature as a unique gift for that special someone? How about a personalized coloring/activity sheet for your child's next party?

writing/editing

MEDIA

Does your website or magazine need content from an experienced writer? Are you putting together a marketing campaign and need sparkling copy for your promotional materials? Have you written a book and need an editor?

Perhaps you've shot vacation video but aren't quite sure how to put it together. Or perhaps your club or organization simply needs help brainstorming the perfect multimedia project. Mike has plenty of ideas to lend.

Skill sets

Mike has proficiency in these applications and utilities.

Bio

More than you ever thought you'd want to know about the guy behind this site.

Born: September 3, 1956 in Toms River, N.J., at Lakehurst Naval Hospital. (Yes, the Lakehurst where the Hindenburg ... well, you know.)

Education: Has an Associate of Arts degree from Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State College). Attended University of West Florida for a time, but left that institution to become a bounty hunter, side-by-side with his devoted German shepherd Sarge. (No he didn't, but the real reason he left school -- for a job -- wasn't as exciting.)

Professional life: Spent more than 30 years at the Pensacola, Fla., News Journal, a Gannett newspaper. For the first 17 years he rose through the ranks from a copy clerk to copyeditor, page designer, feature writer, TV and entertainment columnist and writer and assistant features editor. He left the News Journal for three years to pursue life as a freelance cartoonist and graphic designer. During that time he taught himself HTML and website construction. He was hired back at the News Journal, but this time on the digital side, where he spent the remainder of his career. Mike built the News Journal's first true news site, PensacolaNewsJournal.com (now pnj.com), and helped lead the newspaper into the digital age.

Other pursuits: Mike's comic strip, "Dad's-Eye View," ran for more than two years in the News Journal, as did his single-panel cartoon, "Mr. Klass," based on his late father, who taught high school after a long career as a Naval aviator. Mike launched and published the children's magazine "Tooned Up," featuring his cartoons, games and puzzles. He designed the safety superhero character Street Smart for the national ThinkFirst head-and-spinal-cord-injury-prevention foundation. His logo for the annual Mardi Gras "Mall Ball," a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart, was recently retired after years of use.

But his labor of love and proudest creation (besides his two children) is the game Ghoulash: The Last Game on Earth, which he publishes with his son Joe. The game, a two-player RPG played entirely on paper, has been translated into six languages by players around the world and was recently spun off into a card game version.

Where to find him: Retired from the News Journal, Mike lives in Pensacola, Fla., with his wife Lani. Their two kids, son Joe and daughter Kate, also live in Pensacola.

Samples

Graphic design, desktop publishing, cartooning, writing, videos.

Testimonials

Former clients have much to say about Mike Sooch.

Get in touch

Let Mike know who you are and give him an idea of your project needs in the form below.

Mike Suchcicki

Multimedia Handyman
mike@mikesooch.com

(soo-chick-ee)