Jack Commer, Supreme Commander, in 2076 copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Jack Commer, Supreme Commander, in 2076. Pencil on paper, 2014, 12″ x 9″

Jack Commer at 73, after rejuvenation, exercise regimen, and meditation.
Jack Commer, the Official 2036 Portrait copyright 2015 by Michael D. Smith Jack Commer, the Official 2036 Portrait. Oil on deep cradle claybord, 2015. 36” x 24”

From The SolGrid Rebellion:

Suzette still marveled that someone had commissioned dark, brooding oil paintings of the crew as well as Amav, twelve-year-old Bobby Athens, and the three Martians on the ill-fated mission. She winced at the thought of JJC slashing the huge canvases with his blaster, but she was sure he was about to open fire.
Commander, later Admiral, Joe Commer, USSF copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Commander, later Admiral, Joe Commer, USSF. Pencil on mat board, 2014. 11” x 8.5”

Second oldest of the Commer brothers; copilot and Deputy Supreme Commander, United System Space Force.
Amav Frankston-Commer copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Amav Frankston-Commer. Ink on paper, 1987; digital scan and edit, 2013. 5.5” x 3.5”

Planetary engineer and daughter of Stewart Neal Frankston, the planetologist who came up with a plan for restoring Earth after its destruction in 2033. Amav was brainwashed into becoming Martian Emperor Sam Hergs’ consort, but Jack Commer rescued her before the marriage could be consummated. Amav is now Jack’s wife and is featured in Book 1, The Martian Marauders; Book 2, Jack Commer, Supreme Commander; Book 4, Collapse and Delusion; and Book 5, The Wounded Frontier. She takes a break in Book 3, Nonprofit Chronowar.
Ranna Kikken copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Ranna Kikken. Ink and watercolor on paper, 2003; digital crop, 2013. Ca. 7” x 5”

Zeroing in on the Ranna figure from the Initial Nonprofit Ladies Movie Poster Vision.
Jackie Vespertine copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Jackie Vespertine. Pencil on paper, 2013. 11” x 8.5”

I finally drew this image–which came out looking better than the original photograph–copying from a fashion magazine ad I’d been saving from late 2000-early 2001. Huey Vespertine’s wife and Ranna Kikken’s errant younger sister finally becomes a mature but unhappy lady after a decade of depravity. But somehow she finally becomes Professor of Exobiology at the University of Mars. From Nonprofit Chronowar:

Short fluffy dark hair, inch-wide crimson hemisphere earrings, chiseled heart-shaped face, intoxicating turquoise eyes, black choker collar, and deep red lipstick completed the Zone 14 USSF Detention Facility airman-seducing package.
Urside Charmouth (Semi-Charismatic View) copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Urside Charmouth (Semi-Charismatic View). Pencil on paper, 2014. 5.5” x 4.25”

Feckless young Urside Charmouth, horrified by the revelations from the future and fearing that he’s harmed the timeline with his own drug-like time travel experiments, drags his unsuspecting girlfriend Mandy on an irresponsible time travel romp to 2033, where he finds proof of the coming destruction of Earth.
Phil Sperry copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Phil Sperry. Pen and colored pencil on paper, 2013. 13” x 9.5”

Typhoon II Physician/Engineer, in love with Jack’s wife Amav, and later treasurer for the 2036 Greeney Gooney mayoralty campaign. Brainwashed twice by the Alpha Centaurians, consumed by the guilt of betraying friends and the USSF, he seeks refuge on an Alpha Centaurian agricultural world eleven light years from Earth.
Hedrona Bhlon copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Hedrona Bhlon. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1991. 12” x 8”

Ambitious manager of the Cat Farm, Director of the Artemis Museum, and later Alpha Centauri’s Foremost Gladiator of the Sled. This is a scan of a close-up print photo of one figure from Trust Your Angels, November 1991. I’d been looking for a suitable pose for Hedrona for quite a while, then finally chanced on this film photograph magnetized to one of my file cabinets, and knew instantly that I’d found the Foremost Gladiator and Phil Sperry’s muse.
Airman, Later Colonel, Laurie Lachrer, USSF copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Airman, Later Colonel, Laurie Lachrer, USSF. Pencil, ink, watercolor and colored pencil on paper, 2013. 10” x 8”

Ground crewman at the USSF Spaceport at Marsport, 2034, later Typhoon III, Typhoon V, and Typhoon VI Physician/Engineer.
Suzette Borman copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Suzette Borman. Pencil on paper, 2014. 12” x 9”

Lee Borman’s flirtatious wife and co-owner of the Pavlovian Response nightclub in Marsport in 2075. An image of her at nineteen, in 2052–or as the rejuvenated woman of 2076.
Churchill copyright 2016 by Michael D. Smith Churchill. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 2016. 6” x 4”

Russian Blue cat at the Cat Farm, reincarnation of an ancient Martian volcano.
Z'B copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smithl Z’B. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 2014. 9.5” x 6”

Martian infant in 2075 and later Martian Emperor.
Edward, Robotic Dog, 2076 copyright 2015 by Michael D. Smith Edward, Robotic Dog, 2076. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 2015. 7” x 5”

Jack and Amav’s security dog and butler. All four of Edward’s paws can extend into full human hand functions, the dog can stand erect on its hind feet, and can fling two thousand Ninja throwing stars nailing an outline of the Mona Lisa on a wall–in fifteen seconds.
Laurie Lachrer #283 copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Laurie Lachrer #283, Serial Number 589-356914-391HQS. Pencil on paper, 2014. 10” x 8”

A Heroes and Villains of the Thirties robot version of Laurie Lachrer. The 283rd of 1,013 total Laurie Lachrer units, creation date July 5, 2043. Mothballed for decades but revived July 9, 2075. “Believe me, it’s a relief to be able to think again after all these Entity Cycles!”
Major Richard Ballard copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Major Richard Ballard. Pencil on mat board, 2014. 5.75” x 5”

Typhoon III Turret Officer, 2075, Typhoon VI Navigation Officer, 2076
K’ufunb in Garr/thahg copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith K’ufunb in Garr/thahg. Ink, colored pencil and watercolor on paper, 2014. 8” x 10”

Jonathan James Commer’s Fkuuh scrubwoman who walks for fifty billion years in Garr/thahg, the Alpha Centaurian afterlife.
Jonathan James Commer copyright 2012 by Michael D. Smith Jonathan James Commer. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 2012. 9” x 6”

Jack and Amav’s son who wrote the bestselling Alpha Centaurian novel, A Fragmented Encyclopedia of Recent Self.
Major Carla Posttner copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Major Carla Posttner. Ink on paper with extensive digital edits, 2014.  5.5” x 4.25”

Head of USSF Detention Services in 2076 and holding a lifelong grudge against Jack Commer. Daughter of Carl Posttner, brainwashed Celestion worshiper who was shattered during a failed Alpha Centaurian attempt to take over the USSF in 2036.
Commander Patrick James copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Commander Patrick James. Pencil on paper, 2014. 5.5” x 4.25”

Typhoon II, IV, and V Communications and Sensors Officer, brilliant hacker and founder of SolGrid, Inc.
Dar, Emperor of the Martians copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Dar, Emperor of the Martians. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 2013.  10” x 8”

Martian general and Emperor of the Martians, 2034-2075.
M’rrpla at the Controls copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith M’rrpla at the Controls. Acrylic, ink, and oil pastel on wood, 2014. 8” x 7.25”

Stowaway aboard the Typhoon I; his later robot version becomes a pilot for Senior Scientist Kner.
Sanders Hirte copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Sanders Hirte. Pencil on paper, 2014. 8” x 6”

Bouncer at Lee and Suzette Borman’s nightclub, the Pavlovian Response.
Clopt, Captain of the Imperial Guard copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Clopt, Captain of the Imperial Guard. Ink, colored pencil, watercolor and gouache on claybord, 2014. 10” x 8”

The Alpha Centauri Emperor’s Head of Security, Captain of the Imperial Guard, and leader of the Heuristic Time Transition team for the invasion of Sol; of the dreaded Zarj species.
Mandy Frederick, a.k.a. Fra’lith, Empress of the Martians copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Mandy Frederick, a.k.a. Fra’lith, Empress of the Martians. Pencil on paper, 2014. 5.5” x 4.25”

Secretary to a plastic surgeon and reincarnation of an ancient Martian empress. From The Wounded Frontier:

Now Empress Mandy stood up from her Supercommittee seat as if to challenge anyone to question her right to name her husband Council President. She wore a tight emerald Empress robe and Laurie was startled to note, as Mandy stood in the backlight of powerful yellow globes, that the robe was fully transparent, outlining her slender nude torso and her long naked muscular legs. Laurie heard a gasp from Senator Borman down the line … the humans shrank back. Even the Martians radiated unease at her disdain to control her own outradiance. Untoward feelings and images exploded in everyone’s lap whether they wanted them or not.
General John J. Douglas copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith General John J. Douglas. Ink and watercolor on aquabord, 2014. 10” x 8”

The Alien Hunter from the Alpha Centauri war; murdered by Martian terrorists, June 2034; later reincarnated as a robot.
Commander Draka Sortie copyright 2014 by Michael D. Smith Commander Draka Sortie. Pencil on paper, 2014. 4.25” x 5.5”

Typhoon IV and V Physician/Engineer, later President of the United System Council.
Kner, Senior Martian Scientist copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Kner, Senior Martian Scientist. Ink and watercolor on aquabord, 2013. 10” x 8”

Senior Martian scientist, robotics expert and co-developer of the Amplified Thought Xon bomb.
Commander Will Connors, USSF copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Commander Will Connors, USSF. Oil pastel, ink, watercolor and colored pencil on canvas wrapped around board, 2013. 12” x 9.5”

Typhoon II, IV, and V Navigation Officer who was marooned alone on an asteroid for a month during the Alpha Centauri war.
John Root, a 2043 Robotic Recreation of Lieutenant John Commer copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith John Root, a 2043 Robotic Recreation of Lieutenant John Commer. Pencil on paper, 2013. 5.5” x 4.5”

As the title suggests, this is a 2043 robotic recreation of Lieutenant John Commer. Of course in real life John Root appears to be an identical copy of Lieutenant John Commer; this image shows John Root’s robotic psyche.
Samuel Jay Hergs copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Samuel Jay Hergs. Ink and oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 2013. 14” x 11”

Traitor to the human race and usurper of the Martian Emperorship, 2033-2034.
Lee Borman copyright 2013 by Michael D. Smith Lee Borman. Ink and color pencil on paper, 2013. 9.5” x 8”

Weapons Officer aboard the Typhoons II, IV and V, fighter ace in Alpha Centauri, later Mayor of Marsport, Senator, and Head of the USSF Oversight Committee.
Best of Luck, Greeney Gooney copyright 2012 by Michael D. Smith Best of Luck, Greeney Gooney. Ink on paper, scanned and colorized, 2012. 11” x 8.5”

An autographed picture of Martian Star General Greeney Gooney (real name G’rea’nyaigu’nye, so naturally humans have mispronounced it), as the fourth novel, Collapse and Delusion, was in gestation. Note how GG was cleverly inserted into the third Jack Commer novel, Nonprofit Chronowar, as running for mayor of Marsport, thus introducing him as a major figure for the fourth novel. During the Martian War he’d run the terrorist unit that killed General Douglas in The Martian Marauders.
Joe Commer at the Committee to End Suffering on Planet Earth copyright 2012 by Michael D. Smith Joe Commer at the Committee to End Suffering on Planet Earth. Pen on card, scanned, edited, and colorized, 2012. 5” x 3”

This image is cropped from the original Nonprofit Ladies Tarot Card. I also had to edit the abbreviation of the name of the conference (CTESOPE) from CTEBSOPE, as the original name was somewhat vulgar for this novel and didn’t really convey much more than a halfhearted yuck.

 All words and images copyright by Michael D. Smith