Local Comic Artist Draws The Longmont Kid


Matt Strackbein likes putting people (and creatures) in a box. Well, sketching, inking, and coloring them also, but he does put them in a box, and then another box and then over again until dialogue and action tell a story. Comics, he makes comics. Boinggg! Whaam! Pow!

Strackbein’s a mild-mannered, freelance art director by day, superhero comic artist by night. Actually, he does both by day; I don’t know what he does at night. (I genuinely hope he’s a superhero by night, although that has yet to be confirmed.) But, I can promise you two things: One, he’ll always look this good, and two he’ll never give up on you. Longmont, you are Longmont.

Strackbein got his start in comics as an obsessed Hellboy fan from back in the day. He became so obsessed he would write letters to Dark Horse Comics ranting about this and that, and that and this, and these and those things that happened in the Hellboy comic. His obsession turned into four two-page contributions to Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. Oh, that is not all folks, he’s also the fourth host on the Hellboy Book Club Podcast.

Strackbein was an art director for and contributed to a series about the history of Colorado called Colorful History and most recently Connection Through Comics, a comic anthology adapting real-life accounts of refugees who’ve settled in Colorado. He also did a four-page story for another comic anthology from Image Comics called Where We Live that was nominated for a Will Eisner Award.

Lately, Strackbein started making a series of one-page comic book stories about Longmont using a character he calls, The Longmont Kid. The comic spotlights the city and businesses around town, giving him an outlet to show his appreciation for the place he’s called home since 2003. He enjoys working on The Longmont Kid in his spare time, but the ultimate goal is to get a sponsor to eventually print a book.

He found this old Longmont jacket, in a Boulder thrift store of all places, and gave The Longmont Kid the name inspired by the movie, The Cincinnati Kid. You throw in a bunch of Longmont jokes with local places like the Sugar Mill or Sunset Golf Course and voilà, you have The Longmont Kid.

In this video above, you’ll see Matt giving us a comic drawing demonstration featuring a never before seen comic of The Longmont Kid. Below is the same finished comic of The Longmont Kid in Stout Mouth featuring Longs Peak Pub by Matt Strackbein.

The Longmont Kid by Matt Strackbein

How much do you value the Longmont Observer?

As Longmont’s only nonprofit newsroom, our only vested interest is to supply you with quality, nonpartisan, community-driven, Longmont-focused journalism. But, we need your help. We depend on our members to help us report Longmont news and to keep our journalism available and accessible by all. If you value what we do at the Longmont Observer, please show us with your support. 

Yes, I'll Donate Today

Previous articleLongmont Police Report – August 13, 2019
Next articleLocal mosquito spraying alert for Thursday, Aug. 15
Adam received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from the University of Colorado Denver. He’s written for such publications as the Westword, his own weight loss blog, Big Pig’s Feet, and the former CU Denver student-ran weekly, The Advocate. Adam moved to Longmont in 1994 as a bumbling daydreaming teenager and has now made it to adulthood in the upright position. He rendezvoused abroad in Denver for several years only to return to good ol’ Longtown to make waves as a volunteer writer for the Longmont Observer. He’s also a filthy penny-rich fiction writer, general information hound, barely related to Ed McMahon, and loves to name drop.

Leave a Reply