Mike Allred

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Mike Allred
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Allred at Special Edition NYC
Born Michael Dalton Allred
Roseburg, Oregon
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Pseudonym(s) Doc
Notable works
Madman
X-Statix
iZOMBIE
http://www.aaapop.com

Michael Dalton Allred is an American comic book artist and writer most famous for his independent comics creation, Madman. His style is often compared to pop art, as well as commercial and comic art of the 1950s and 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Allred was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his parents' divorce, he was raised with his father in Oregon, while his brothers and mother moved to Utah. He considers himself to be a "Mormon", though a liberal-minded one, and has stated that he still identifies with the beliefs, and considers The Book of Mormon to be a phenomenal and fascinating account.[1]

Career[edit]

Allred sketching at Lucca 2010

Mike Allred began his career as a radio host on KYES AM 950 (KY95) in Roseburg, Oregon. He later became a television reporter in Europe, and started drawing comics in 1989 with the 104-page graphic novel Dead Air (Slave Labor Graphics). The story loosely followed his stint in radio as a sidebar to the true focus of the novel, the effects of post-nuclear war over a small Oregon town. He followed this up with his similarly titled works Graphique Musique (1990) and Grafik Muzik (Caliber Comics 1990-1991), in which he set out the style that he was to become known for with his most famous character, Madman.[2]

Madman first appeared as Frank Einstein in Creatures of the Id and Grafik Muzik published in 1990, but it wasn't until March 1992 that the first Madman miniseries debuted from Tundra Publishing in March 1992.[3] The series gained further recognition with its move to Dark Horse Comics in April 1994,[4] where it was relaunched as Madman Comics and went on to be nominated for several Harvey Awards.[5] Madman Comics ran for 20 issues and ended in 2000. From 2007–2009, Image Comics published Madman: Atomic Comics for 17 issues.[3]

Allred drew part of the 1993 "Worlds' End" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.[6][7]

Allred appeared as himself in the 1997 feature film Chasing Amy as part of the opening scene at a comic book convention, signing copies of his comic Madman. He also provides the artwork for the fictional comic book Bluntman and Chronic.[3]

Allred himself gained further mainstream attention with the science-fiction/rock-and-roll comic Red Rocket 7[4] (Dark Horse, 1997) and his art for writer Peter Milligan's series X-Force, which he began drawing in July 2001,[8] and subsequently became X-Statix.[9] In 2000, AAA Pop published Allred's The Atomics, featuring a group of beatniks with superpowers.[3] Issue #116 of X-Force, the first collaboration between Allred and Milligan, was the first Marvel comic book to not have the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval since 1971.[3]

In 2004 and 2005, Allred wrote and drew The Golden Plates, an adaptation of The Book of Mormon. Allred is a Latter-Day Saint, and did much of the work on this project in collaboration with his wife Laura Allred.[10]

Allred collaborated again with Neil Gaiman in 2009 on the Metamorpho feature in Wednesday Comics.[11][12] The Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special! was published in April 2011.[13] Allred and writer Matt Fraction collaborated on a Fantastic Four spinoff series, FF, in 2013.[14][15] The following year, Allred and writer Dan Slott launched a new Silver Surfer series at Marvel.[16] His comic book series iZOMBIE, which ran from 2010 to 2012, was adapted into a 2015 television series of the same name.[17]

Allred's retro-styled artwork is a frequent nominee for comics awards such as the Harveys, the Eisners, and the Eagles. He received a 2011 AML Award in the category of "Special Award in Graphical Narrative" for a lifetime of comic art.[18] His wife, Laura, frequently works as his colorist.[19][20]

Bibliography[edit]

Cover to the Madman Adventures collected edition

Covers only[edit]

Other work[edit]

As artist[edit]

  • Mallrats (1995) (Opening sequence)
  • Chasing Amy (1997) (Bluntman and Chronic artwork)
  • The Faculty (1998) (Logo for The Hornets football team)
  • Ingredients the Band - Bears Driving Trains (2006) (album cover)
  • Skyscape - Zetacarnosa (2009) (album cover)
  • iZombie (TV series) (2014) (Title sequence intro)

As writer[edit]

  • Astroesque (1996)
  • G-Men from Hell (2000)

As musician[edit]

  • The Gear - Son of Red Rocket Seven (1998)
  • The Gear - Left Of Center Of The Universe (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2011/10/11/book_of_mormon_by_michael_allred_the_golden_plates.html
  2. ^ "Mike Allred". Lambiek Comiclopedia. August 29, 2008. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Blair, Josh (2014). "Allred, Mike". In Booker, M. Keith. Comics Through Time. 4. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood. pp. 1334–1336. ISBN 9780313397509. 
  4. ^ a b Michael Allred at the Grand Comics Database and Mike Allred at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ "1997 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". www.hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. New York, New York: DC Comics. pp. 181–183. ISBN 978-1563894657. 
  7. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 306. ISBN 978-0756641238. X-Force, an X-Men spinoff, received a makeover in July [2001] thanks to writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred. A mixture of dark comedy and underground heroics, X-Force received critical acclaim, but a mixed reaction from fans. 
  9. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 313: "The further adventures of Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's version of X-Force now received a name - X-Statix."
  10. ^ Weigel, David (October 11, 2011). "The Book of Mormon, Superhero-style". Slate. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 338. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The [series] contained fifteen continuous stories, including...'Metamorpho' scripted by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Michael Allred. 
  12. ^ Minnick, Remy (January 30, 2009). "Gaiman & Allred on Metamorpho". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  13. ^ Campbell, Josie (March 14, 2011). "Allred's Giant-Size Madman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ Beard, Jim (August 13, 2012). "Marvel NOW! Q&A: Fantastic Four". Marvel Comics. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ Richards, Dave (November 27, 2012). "Fraction Celebrates Marvel's First Families in Fantastic Four & FF". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (October 13, 2013). "NYCC 2013: Dan Slott Crams 'Kirby Cool' Concepts Into New Silver Surfer Series". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "iZombie". Bloody Disgusting. May 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ Young, Margaret Blair (May 7, 2012). "Elder Groberg Encourages Writers at AML Conference". Meridian Magazine. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ Odegard, Kyle (November 27, 2004). "The Passion of the Artist". Corvallis Gazette-Times. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  20. ^ Laura Allred at the Grand Comics Database

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