Sailing The Mythical Seas Of Art
Artist Mike Malbrough, artist, just spoke to us about his work on Kent Menace and a career in art and about the new zero issue of KM, out from American Mythology Productions this May…
TRIPWIRE: How did you get your start in illustration?
MIKE MALBROUGH: Like every artist I have been drawing since as far back as I can remember. Out of high school I started working at a local puppet theatre. To actually get a job, while I was still young enough to believe I could conquer the world, gave me the confidence to believe I could draw for a living early on. After that it was all about chasing the next gig. Staying humble and passionate about making pictures for a living.
TW: You also used to teach illustration. What skills did you pick up from teaching that are still useful in your other work currently?
MM: Teaching is the best way to learn. It helps you reinforce the basics in yourself so that you can pass it on. I still teach as much as I possibly can!
TW: You have also been a graphic designer. How did you find that and again do you still dabble in graphic design at all?
MM: I only do design work for my own personal projects, but working in that field helps balance the artistic ego. When you are putting work out there with your name on it, it’s important that you have a fire for it and believe in it. Having the ability to set ego aside and take critique, collaborate and share a vision is extremely important in most traditionally published work, especially the collaboration between creator and audience!
TW: When did you first connect with Scott Braden?
MM: Wayyy back in our younger days. We worked on a Battlestar Galactica one-shot for Realm Press and somewhere in there I got my hands on Scott’s Kent Menace character.
TW: What is the genesis of Kent Menace?
MM: Scott’s brain and heart mostly. I recall reading an idea for the character in a script, and was inspired enough to sketch it up. To my humble surprise Scott really liked my take and has shared his beloved creation with me!
TW: Can you describe Kent Menace in one sentence?
MM: A Mysterious Mariner that battles the Pirate King and Beastly Things.
TW: A zero issue was self-published by yourself and Scott and now it is being republished with some extra material by American Mythology. Talk us through how that has happened and how different it is going to be to that small run original one off comic?
MM: Well, Scott and I wanted to make a preview of our Kent Menace strip, so we self-published the 16-page comic that has a print run of a mere 200 copies. (Can you say “Collector’s Item?!”) We were then found by AMP, which agreed to publish the expanded 32-page Director’s Cut as well as our upcoming Kent Menace: Treasure and Treacle multimedia release in early 2022. The Director’s Cut has three all-new stories – one sequential by Scott and me, and two prose stories by writers Marty Grosser and Meggan Groves Robinson. Look for these prose stories to be illustrated by superstars Mark Wheatley, Dillon Samuelson, and Grosser himself — with help by inker-extraordinaire Juan Castro and color artist John Charles. Plus, new Kent Menace gallery art by comic book veteran Alan Weiss, Eraklis Petmezas, and Jeff Dillon, among others.
TW: What are the future plans for Kent Menace for yourself and Scott?
MM: Scott and I plan to make more comics. As far as our supernatural sailor goes, the End Times bring about final combat and the promise of a new world. With that, Kent must decide whether he has what it takes to put an end to an evil so great that even the Devil himself has joined the fight against it. Does our weird hero have the courage to make the greatest sacrifice of all?
TW: What do you hope the publication of the director’s cut of the zero issue will do for Kent Menace and yourself and Scott Braden?
MM: Like any creators we want to get our stories out there and build an audience that shares our love for this kind of tale. Comics have always been my first love and to be able to launch a pet project like this is so fun!
TW: What else are you currently working on as an artist?
MM: I am the author and illustrator of several children’s books including MARIGOLD BAKES A CAKE (Philomel) and MARIGOLD FINDS THE MAGIC WORDS (Philomel) along with some other children’s literature projects. The third book that I wrote and illustrated with Philomel, LOVE IS HERE, comes out next winter and celebrates the connectivity between us all.
I am also about to launch a webcomic that I am excited about. Folks can find out more at www.mikemalbrough.com and @studiomalbrough on all of the social media platforms.
Kent Menace Zero is available to order now published by American Mythology Productions through Diamond Comic Distributors item code MAR211049 retailing at $3.99
Sailing The Mythical Seas Of Art Artist Mike Malbrough, artist, just spoke to us about his work on Kent Menace and a career in art and about the new zero issue of KM, out from American Mythology Productions this May… TRIPWIRE: How did you get your start in illustration? MIKE MALBROUGH: Like every artist I
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