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Illustrator Matthew Allison

1) What project are you currently working on?

"Calamity of Challenge" is a comic that I've been producing in fits and starts for the last three years and it continues to be my primary artistic outlet. While much of it has been posted on my blogs - loafdish.blogspot.com
and
calamityofchallenge.blogspot.com
- I have a nice chunk of work outside of that which will be printed and available for sale soon. I had hoped to have a new comic ready this past summer but had to put that on hold after getting the opportunity to do an 8-page story for Dark Horse's "Creepy."

2) Who in your field do you admire most and why?

I've had the good fortune to get to know Michael and Laura Allred recently and the two of them have been a great source of inspiration. Mike's love and enthusiasm for this art form are boundless and his encouragement has helped me tremendously. The man lives and breathes comics and he was kind enough to publish my art in his Madman 20th Anniversary Monster and share a booth with us at the 2012 Denver Comic Con.

Also, my friends Aaron Conley and Damon Gentry have an original graphic novel coming out from Dark Horse in November and it's gonna knock people's socks off. Both socks. Right off. The work these guys are doing is fantastic - they've definitely got a hit with this book, which is called "Sabertooth Swordsman." It was released in digital issues earlier in the year and I did the cover for issue #2. 

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

Comics have been a fixture in my life for as long as I can remember. My dad had a box in the garage filled with “Car-Toons,” “Creepy,” and "Mad" magazines, and my mom always bought me comic books from the grocery store. I never got too caught up in the stories until later so it was the artwork that flipped my switch as an ankle-biter.

I always drew - usually characters from movies - but I remember in junior high going into Mile High Comics and seeing “The Dark Knight Returns” issue 2 on the shelf and that was it - I had to draw comics.

I had a lot of personal issues to deal with in my 20s and early 30s so it's been a long road to get where I am now - I just turned 40 and have only felt comfortable getting my work out there within I'd say the last three or four years. From submitting art to various websites I've met many other creators and fans and gotten great responses so all of my free time is now spent at the drawing table.

4) Which title would you most like to work on and why?

“Demon Hunter,” the old Atlas comic that lasted for only an issue. I love the design and concept - a dude who pulls random weapons out of his cape and battles monsters - and feel like I could have a lot of fun with it. I know Rich Buckler altered that character for use at Marvel so chances are slim anyone could get the rights to it but you never know.

5) What project will you be working on next?

The Calamity of Challenge story I have right now should be ready for print by the end of the year if all goes well, then I may be doing some work with Damon and Aaron's Sabertooth Swordsman character.

For more on Allison's work, click here