Billy Bolamme copyright 2016 by Michael D. Smith Billy Bolamme. Pencil on paper, 2016. 7″x 5″

Sixteen-year-old wunderkind of the Junior Dropout Basketball League, a shamanic force of destruction and murder who changes his name to Ocean Singe Horror on a well-publicized LSD trip during a basketball game.

Hiram Pebley Bolamme copyright 2017 by Michael D. Smith Hiram Pebley Bolamme, Pencil on paper, 2017. 12″ x 9″

Billy’s father, coach and owner of the Bolammes basketball team, an ineffectual, dreamy art gallery owner as well as a wealthy do-gooder who started the Junior Dropout Basketball League with his wife Madeline.

Universe Ryder copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith Guenevere “Universe” Ryder. Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas-covered board, 2019.  14″ x 11″
Art gallery receptionist, Billy’s sixteen-year-old girlfriend, and unwitting accomplice in thirty thousand murders.
 Madeline Bolamme copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith Madeline Bolamme. pencil on paper, 2019. 11″ x 8.5″

Billy’s mother and the director of the Bolamme Center for Hurt Feelings.

Dan Ryder copyright 2018 by Michael D. Smith Dan Ryder. Colored markers on photo paper, 2018. 8.5″ x 5.75″

Bolammes regular announcer, Universe’s father, and the man who must finally summon the courage to confront Billy.

Emala Ryder copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith Emala Ryder. Colored pencil on ink jet print, 2019. 11″ x 8.5″

Universe’s mother and dean of the Billy State University School of Library Science.

Mongar Frederick copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith Mongar Frederick. Multimedia on gessoed art board, 2019.  10″ x 8″

Detective with the Plattville Homicide Bureau.

Jonathan Mueller copyright 2018 by Michael D. Smith Jonathan Mueller. Pencil on paper, 2018. 12″ x 9″

Surviving witness of the Baltimore disaster who dies after giving testimony about Billy’s involvement. Jonathan is only mentioned in passing in the book, has no lines, but is nevertheless a major psychic force.

 

Billy Bolamme 2019 Black and White copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith Billy Bolamme 2019 Black and White. Digital edit, 2019

Digital edit of Billy Bolamme 2016 journal drawing. Removed basket assembly and cropped to 6 x 9 ratio for possible alternate book cover.

Billy Bolamme 2019 Colored Pencil copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith Billy Bolamme 2019 Colored Pencil. Colored pencil on paper, 2019. 11″ x 8.5″

Colored pencil on inkjet print of Billy Bolamme 2019 Black and White.

Jump Grenade Draft 2 Cover copyright 2018 by Michael D. Smith Jump Grenade Draft 2 Cover. 2700 x 1800 px, 2018.

Though this cover was hastily thrown together for a Draft 2 EPUB for proofing, the mini-sized basketball convinced me that the final cover had to have a basketball, and regulation-sized.