Allred in Black & White


My contributor copy of Michael Allred: Conversations, edited by Christopher Irving for University Press of Mississippi, arrived yesterday. The longest of its 13 interviews — some Q&A, some article-style — is the wide-ranging talk that Stefan Blitz and I had with Mike for Comicology in 2000. It's a smart little hardcover that is sure to be a fascinating read.

High-contrast photo of Mike Allred in black outline and fuzzy coat with his face and background in red

Allred made some noise with Grafik Musik before really turning heads on his creator-owned pop sci-fi existential superhero adventure Madman. Even a cursory list of his credits wouldn’t be complete without mentioning his Marvel work on X-Force, FF, and most recently Silver Surfer or the Vertigo series IZombie, created by Allred with Chris Roberson and now a hit CW show whose cool opening credits feature his art.

The Atomics blasting and running towards their foe, including a member swinging from the elastic arms of another. The Atomics blasting and running towards their foe, including a member swinging from the elastic arms of another.

The art done for the cover of that Comicology issue by Mike and his nearly lifelong partner Laura Allred — of Madman supporting/spinoff characters the Atomics in a scene homaging the cover of the first issue of X-Men from 1963 — is, by the way, now available as a shirt or print on TeePublic.


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