While I was still attending California State University at Fullerton, I drew the first Radical Rick. I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone, draw up this wild character to get a job at a cool magazine and turn it in to my professor to fulfil an illustration class assignment.
Did you pass your assignment?
Did Radical Rick pass the grade?
The art professors didn’t exactly understand comic art, BMX, or humor for that matter. But they appreciated me going beyond the class room and making a go of it. Rick may not have been a very attentive student because of his hyper awareness to extreme opportunities, but I certainly learned how to pass the class, in flying colors.