This April is comics month in Portland and we’re proud to host a book release and art exhibit with MADMAN creator, Michael Allred. While the prolific and popular artist is currently handling artwork for the Vertigo horror soap opera, IZOMBIE, we will also celebrate the release of two awesome new MADMAN books this April First Thursday.
First up is the massive MADMAN ATOMICA HC, an oversized collection clocking in at over 1000+ pages, collecting the entirety of THE ATOMICS (my personal favorite) and his recent Image series, MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS. We’ll also have the 64 page MADMAN GIANT-SIZE SUPER GINCHY SPECIAL, fresh off the presses. This new issue features an epic new MADMAN tale by Mike Allred as well as backup stories by Matt Kindt, Emi Lenox and Tonci Zonjic.
WHO: Michael Allred
WHAT: MADMAN GIANT-SIZE SUPER GINCHY SPECIAL book release and art exhibit, (plus surprise special guests & karaoke party!)
WHEN: Thursday, April 7th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
Michael ‘Doc’ Allred grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and was surrounded with the best in pop culture and a steady diet of music, movies and comic books including the three B’s: Beatles, Bond and Batman to the point of obsession.
So it should come as no surprise that he keeps a hand in film and music (He’s the lead singer and guitarist for The Gear), but comic books have always been a seminal source of joy for Mike and that joy remains the main ingredient in most of his work.
Allred first tasted success in the comics field with his wildly popular MADMAN series, which is currently being developed for a live action film with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. His earlier work from GRAFIK MUZIK was turned into the cult hit movie G-Men from Hell directed by Christopher Coppola (featuring Robert Goulet as the Devil). Other work includes RED ROCKET 7, his history of Rock and Roll told in the context of a sci-fi adventure storyl the Madman spin-off THE ATOMICS and his magnum opus, THE GOLDEN PLATES, where he’s illustrating the entire Book of Mormon.
Mike counts the secret to his success to be his wife, and creative partner, Laura Allred, who is is considered to be one of the best colorists in the business.