You can hear Mike Luoma on the Point, where he’s the music director and a midday DJ. You can buy his self-published science-fiction trilogy, subscribe to his podcasts and pick up his latest graphic novel from California’s Earthbound Comics. (Called Good Samaritan: Unto Dust, it’s about a Roman Catholic priest wielding superpowers he believes are divine.)
And yet, this year Seven Days readers chose to recognize Luoma for ... his hair. Admittedly, it’s an impressive mane. When he was younger, Luoma says, “I had to keep my hair short, and because of its curliness, it never behaved ... it kinda looked like a white man’s Afro.” Later, when his radio career allowed him to let his hair grow, “I thought, Maybe this is the way it’s supposed to be,” he says.
SEVEN DAYS: If your hair were a comic-book character, who would it be?
MIKE LUOMA: It has different personalities on different days, depending on the weather and other conditions. I thought of Spawn, because it just sort of does its own thing, and it’s crazy the way his cloak is crazy. And then I thought of Spiderman, ’cause the same artist [Todd McFarlane] drew Spiderman for a while, and ... his webs were doing the same thing [as the crazy cloak]. The other comic-book guy I’ve imitated in poses is [famously shaggy Watchmen creator] Alan Moore.