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The artwork Mike did for me is awesome. Everyone that sees my new logo loves it!!! Mike took my ideas and made them better. Thank you!!!
— Jon Stayton, magician and balloon artist
Mike is incredibly talented and has an uncanny ability to turn ideas into high-impact visual statements. His service is excellent - he delivers on time and flexibly accommodates customer needs.
— Steve Pierce, cartooning client
You won't find too many people who -- like Mike Suchcicki -- will work diligently, who aim to please, and who will bend over backward not only to facilitate but also to improve upon your thoughts and ideas without leaving a single footprint on the final result.
— Kent Cockson, author of "Foley at 100"
Mike's creativity and talent know no bounds. I had him design custom instructional sheets using characters that he originated for the project. He consistently has provided top-notch work on time and at or under budget.
— Jody Braxton, freelance client
Photo manipulation, original content creation including illustration and digital graphics.
Website design and creation, customization of predesigned templates, site maintenance.
"Under the hood" website construction and maintenance (the code stuff).
Video conception, production and editing.
Original content creation including illustration and digital graphics.
Page design and layout, copyediting, desktop publishing.
"Foley at 100" by Kent Cockson. Mike did the layout for this history book.
Mike's logo for Cooperative Ink, a creative co-op of which he is a member.
Logo for magician and balloon artist Jon Stayton.
Editorial cartoon by Mike commissioned by a political website commenting on a Michigan school system.
Poster by Mike featuring Street Smart, the character he created for the Think First injury-prevention foundation.
The pen-and-paper version of GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth, produced by Mike with his son Joe.
Mike did the graphics and layout for the card game version of GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth.
Mike drew the cover for "The Fanatic's Guide to SEC Football" by Frank Wenzel and Rita Cantrell.
Mike's caricature of David Tennant and the TARDIS during Tennant's run as The Doctor on "Doctor Who."
Mike's take on the comic book hero Doctor Strange, an illustration for a pop culture website.
Tooned Up was a children's magazine Mike wrote, illustrated and published in the late-'90s.
In the mid-'90s Mike created and produced the Sense of Humor doll, so everyone could prove they had a Sense of Humor.
would like to have a word.
did I say GRAPHIC DESIGN already?
SORRY ABOUT THAT.
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HOW ABOUT CREATIVITY?
YEAH, LET'S GO WITH CREATIVITY
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.
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
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?
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.
Mike has proficiency in these applications and utilities.
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.
Graphic design, desktop publishing, cartooning, writing, videos.
Former clients have much to say about Mike Sooch.
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