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Illustrator Mychal Allen

What project are you currently working on?

Right now I'm working with Steve Saunders on a couple hush-hush projects. Still building material for the upcoming Kickstarter project we have for Cthulhu the Conqueror™ and an exciting adventure comic set in post-medieval Europe. as well as a couple of self produced titles like "The Distiller™" and my upcoming horror story "Murder University™" which is just waiting in the wings.

Who in your field do you admire most and why?

I think, like most people, I have a variety of people I look up to. Alex Ross for his realism and ability to convert that style to the comic world. Frank Frazetta for his tonal control. Serge Birault for his clean digital painting technique and his female forms but if I had to pick one artist who continually amazes me it would have to be Jim Lee. Two reasons: I grew up reading him: “Punisher,” “X-Men” and Image Comics (“Wildcats” was my favorite) and because we share a birthday (along with Alex Haley, writer of “Roots”).

How did you get into the comic book field?

Well I've been a fan since I was 10 years old. My first comic book was a Green Lantern in third grade that was promptly taken by my teacher and never returned (stops to bite a burrito). I spent my teenage years drawing comics of my friends and family but it wasn't until I graduated from the Art institute of Pittsburgh and moved out west to Victoria, BC that I really started to get involved with doing comic art. My first official job came from a friend (Jeff Wasson) and it was doing 15 pages of lifework for “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” I was really excited to get paid to draw it even though I didn't get a credit for my work. After that I met Steve and we started working together and he's helped me to get more work on the professional level.

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

There are a lot of great titles that I'd love to try. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" would be fun to do. I love what [Mateus] Santolouco has been doing there. "Saga" would be fun. I'd also like to do some more mainstream work like "Superior Spider-Man" or "Justice League." I guess my biggest dream would to do one of my own titles for a major publisher. Not that I'd turn down another title but given the chance I'd want to flex my muscle on something I already read!

What project will you be working on next?

“Cthulhu The Conqueror™” which is turning out to be my favorite story and is being built with the help of writer Steve Saunders depicting the rise of the old one himself. It’s in the works now and should be on its way to Kickstarter by December! Then its on to "Murder University" to do some "whodunit" slasher mystery!

For more about Mychal Allen and his work, please visit:

www.mykeallen.com

www.mykeallen.tumblr.com

http://mykeallen.deviantart.com/

http://www.facebook.com/MykeAllenGraphicallyIll