Biographical Stories
Stories culled from my own true life adventures.

  • Rick Hines - An Artist's Autobiography (2000, updated 2010)
    My illustrated autobiography, skewed towards my artistic influences.

  • Rick's Marvelous Moving Adventure (1993)
    The story of how I moved from the sticks into inner Atlanta. Originally written as a letter to some pen pals.

  • The Acid Trip (1980)
    One of the most bizarre nights I've ever had was documented in my painting Critical Mass. This is the story, as told in a letter to a friend, behind the painting.
    This story contains graphic drug references and is not for the easily offended.

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Space Illustrator
My first job out of college was working in a drafting room at ITT. An illustrator named Kevin Knoch was opining one day about there not being enough excitement in his work. One of the other drafters suggested he become a "space illustrator." We all laughed at that, but I saw possibilities. I drew the first strip, and it was so popular that I authored three sequels before leaving the drafting room. Although I don't personally appear (serving more as narrator), most of the characters in the strips are based on fellow workers and friends.

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Editorial Cartoons
With my interests in art and writing, it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at writing newspaper editorial cartoons. Through my high school journalism class, I began getting cartoons published in the paper during my junior year. My senior year, I agreed to be the co-editor of the paper with my friend Tom Heineman. This provided the forum to indulge in editorial cartoons for a full year, as well as write half of the accompanying editorials.

During this time, you can see my mature cartooning style develop. I also incorporated biographical elements into some works. A regular character, Jerry Turkey (a turkey wearing a baseball cap) was a subversive stab at my math teacher (who spent way too much class time discussing his sideline as the baseball coach). I also make a series of cameos, Hitchcock-style.

At Purdue University, I submitted one cartoon to the school paper. However, by this time, I was heavily into oil painting and exploring the Bohemian lifestyle college afforded. I never really did this type of thing again. But the style I developed shows itself almost every time I draw a quick sketch (or an engineering diagram), and most of the illustrated writings on this page had their stylistic origins here. My self-portrait cartoon continues to be seen on cards, letters, and other places where I want to leave a personal presence.

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Xena: Warrior Princess
As a fan of the television show Xena: Warrior Princess, I've found myself writing a few things for fellow internet fans relating to the show.

  • 2001 Pasadena Convention (2001)
    As part of my Multimedia project "2001: Rick's Space Odyssey," I have four journal entries describing my adventures at the amazing Xena Convention in Pasadena, California.

  • "Did I Say That?": Xena Quotes (1999-2001)
    Many of my on-line Xena friends conclude their messages with inspirational quotes from the show. I liked the idea and began to sign off my own messages with my own fictional quotes from the show, usually designed to comment humorously on the preceeding message. Here, I've compiled some of my favorite "quotes" and grouped them roughly by subject matter.

  • Xena's Night Before Solstice (1999)
    A spoof of "The Night Before Christmas" with characters from the show. This piece was picked up for web publication in the December 2000 issue of Whoosh! magazine. To see their layout, including a bit about me, click here. For more about Whoosh!, visit my Links page.

  • Atlanta Xena Con (or, How I Came To Have Xena In My Living Room) (1999)
    Long before I trekked all the way to Pasadena, California for the big 2001 Xena Convention, I attended a day at a convention held in Atlanta. Much smaller in scope, it makes for an interesting contrast with the Pasadena Con.

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