One of my favorite artists in the whole world is Mike Allred and I know I'm not alone. So I jumped at a the chance to pick his brain. His work has been published across the board by Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Darkhorse, Image, etc. He's worked with such writers as Neil Gaiman, Bill Willingham and Peter Milligan. He even had a movie appearance in Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy and responsible for the Bluntman and Chronic artwork in the film. Right now you can check out his latest project, the Silver Surfer. I decided to focus on Allred's career as a whole rather than focus on the latest project despite how much I love it. Here's what Mike Allred had to say:
TFQ: Your work has been described as "Kirby Kool". How does this make you feel?
TFQ: What kind of comics were you into as a kid? Why did they appeal to you?
Mike: I pretty much loved everything when I was a kid. If it was comic book, I dug it. I became more discerning as I got older. I was probably 17 before I started realizing that I had favorite artists like Kirby, Ditko, Barry Windsor-Smith, Romita, Bruno Premiani, Kubert, Toth, Buscema, Moebius, etc. And it was probably their unique qualities that drew me to them.
TFQ: Do you plan to finish the Golden Plates project? Any plans to revive this perhaps through Kickstarter?
TFQ: What happened with Legend? Can you describe the situation from your point of view?
TFQ: Something I ask everyone~ what is your favorite project to date?Mike: It's almost always the one I'm currently working on. So right now I'd have to say Silver Surfer. And, of course, MADMAN, since it's the most personal and consistently gratifying mainstay in my career.