Questions with... Illustrator Matthew
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
- 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
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
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
“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.