Thematically, Allred's work deals heavily with the afterlife as his creations struggle with the grander questions--whether his modern Frankenstein hero Madman, cosmic rock 'n' roller Red Rocket 7, the undead heroine of iZombie (cocreated with writer Chris Roberson), or the cast of superhero team book The Atomics. Allred also enjoys a position in the creator-driven generation that informs the current batch of independent cartoonists and has experienced his own brush with a major Hollywood studio's aborted film adaptation of Madman. Allred's other brushes with Hollywood include an independent adaptation of his comic book The G-Men from Hell, an appearance as himself in Kevin Smith's romantic comedy Chasing Amy (where he provided illustrations for a fictitious comic book), the television adaptation of iZombie, and an ongoing relationship with director Robert Rodriguez on a future Madman film.
Michael Allred: Conversations features several interviews with the cartoonist from the early days of Madman's success through to his current mainstream work for Marvel Comics. To read them is to not only witness the ever-changing state of the comic book industry, but also to document Allred's growth as a creative genius.
Christopher Irving, Richmond, Virginia, is a comic book and popular culture historian. His most recent work includes Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (with photographer Seth Kushner), the Graphic NYC web project (www.nycgraphic novelists.com), and the upcoming French edition book Comics NYC.
About the Author
Christopher Irving, Richmond, Virginia, teaches comic book history and media in the Communication Arts Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. His most recent work includes Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (with photographer Seth Kushner), the Graphic NYC web project (www.nycgraphicnovelists.com), and New York Comics: Une visite guidée de la capitale des comics.