Questions About this FAQ
Who do I blame?
Where can I find the latest version of this FAQ?
Where can I find a list of everything that they've done?
Where can I find original art?
What's with all of the references to British bands?
- Mott from Hoople
(first appearance Madman Comics #1) a British band active from 1969-1979. Get more info on the band at http://www.hunter-mott.com.
- Mickey Tork (Bloke's real name - first appearance X-Force #117) is a combination of the names of two members of the Monkees. The Monkees was the made-for-TV American reaction to the popularity of The Beatles. Get more info on the band at http://www.monkees.net.
- Frank Einstein's real name is a reference to two British bands. See this FAQ.
What is The Gear?
Is it true that Mike made movies?
- Astroesque (1996). Mike wrote and directed. It features appearances by many members of the Allred clan.
- Eyes to Heaven (1998). Produced by and starring mike. The soundtrack is by the gear.
- G-Men from Hell (2000). Based on his story that was started in Grafik Muzik, and later retold and finished in Madman Comics #16-#20. The DVD release of G-Men also has Astroesque on it. Not only that, but there's a commentary track by Mike and Laura. What a deal!
- There's a Madman movie in the works. Robert Rodriguez will direct it, and has promised that it's on the way.
Are there any really cool interviews with Mike out there?
What kinds of art supplies does Mike use?
- On inking word balloons and straight lines:
I'll rule strait lines and draw balloons with a pencil then ink them freehand with a brush. Otherwise using pigma MICRON markers. They have flexibility, no mess, and permanent ink.
Note that Nate Piekos in the above quotation is the creator of BLAMBOT!, which has comics fonts and word baloons.
Now, of course we're using ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR for lettering where Nate Piekos has worked overtime to give the computer lettering a hand lettered/brushine on the balloons look. Something to look into at some point.
- On his inking brush and ink:
I was turned onto Windsor and Newton series 7 brushes ten years ago by Charles Burns. He uses a #3, as does Mark Schultz--I found myself most comfortable with a #1.
I still try different cheaper brands quite often--have yet to find anything I like more.
Also, Higgins Black Magic seems to be back to its classic formula. I was having to mix it with the too thick Speedball Superblack ink.
- On pencils:
Now for pencils--ANYTHING, I repeat--ANYTHING you like to draw with. Art pencils, a standard no.2, blue line-- anything you like. it DOESN"T matter. Ink is going over it anyway, and since I ink my own stuff, I use a Pentel clicker pencil. It draws lightly making erasing easy later and I never have to sharpen it. It doesn't make for beautiful pencils, but again, it's the inks that count and that's where the reward is. That's where the lines pop so make it count. So...
Much of this information, along with more detail about anatomy and drawing can be found here.
How does Laura do those spiffy colors?
Who is Madman?
What was Madman's first appearance?
What comics has Madman appeared in?
- Madman 1-3 (published by Tundra publishing). black, white and blue. 1992
- Madman Adventures 1-3 (published by Tundra Publishing). full color 1992-1993
- Madman Comics 1-20 (published by Dark Horse Comics). full color. 1994-present
- Superman/Madman 1-3 (published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics). 1997
- Nexus Meets Madman one-shot (published by Dark Horse Comics). 1996
- Madman/The Jam 1-2 with Bernie Mireault (published by Dark Horse Comics). 1998
- Madman Picture Exhibition 1-4 (published by AAA Pop Comics). A collection of Madman pinups by various famous artists. 2002
Are there any reprints?
- Madman 1-3 (Tundra series). Reprinted as "The Oddity Odyssey" by Kitchen Sink Press and later reprinted by Oni Press.
- Madman Adventures 1-3 (Tundra Series). Reprinted as "Madman Adventures" by Kitchen Sink Press and later reprinted by Oni Press. The Oni printing also includes a color version of Frank Einstein's first appearance in Creatures of the Id.
- Madman: Two Trilogies. This special hardcover collects The Oddity Odyssey and Madman Adventures, together with lots of extras.
- Madman Comics 1-5 (Dark Horse). Reprinted as "Yearbook 95" by Dark Horse. Though it is (as of March 2003) out of print, Mike has reported giving DarkHorse a new cover image to use when they reprint it. Expect the new printing to come later this year. Includes an introduction by Teller of Penn and Teller.
- Madman Comics 6-10 (Dark Horse). Reprinted as "The Complete Madman Comics Vol 2" by Dark Horse. Includes an introduction by Kevin Smith.
- Madman Comics 11-15 (Dark Horse). Reprinted as "Madman Comics 3: The Exit of Dr. Boiffard". Dan adds: "Judd Winick ( Real World San Francisco, Barry Ween/Pedro and Me author and illustrator) wrote the intro for this volume."
- Madman Comics 16-20 (Dark Horse). Reprinted as "Madman Comics: Heaven and Hell". Includes an introduction by Steven T. Seagel.
- Madman/Superman 1-3 (DC and Dark Horse). Reprinted as "Superman / Madman Hullabaloo!" by Dark Horse.
- Nexus Meets Madman one-shot & Madman/The Jam 1-2 (Dark Horse). Reprinted as "Madman Boogaloo! Starring Nexus and Jam" by Dark Horse.
- Madman Picture Exhibition 1-4 is being reprinted as a hard cover by Oni Press.
What order should I read the comics in?
WHERE DO THE OTHER CROSSOVERS FIT IN?
- The Oddity Odyssey
- Madman Adventures
- Yearbook 95
- Madman Vol 2
- Madman Vol 3
- Madman Vol 4
Where does The Atomics fit into the Madman continuity?
What's the story of Madman's real name?
Will there be any more of Madman?
Red Rocket 7
Dan supplied much of this information. Thanks!
Who is Red Rocket 7?
What was Red Rocket 7's first appearance?
What comics has Red Rocket 7 appeared in?
Are there any reprints?
Will there be any more of Red Rocket 7?
Who are The Atomics?
What was The Atomics first appearance?
What comics have The Atomics appeared in?
- It Girl (written by Mike Allred, art by Chynna Clugston-Major, and colors by Han Allred)
- Spaceman (written by Mike Allred, painted backgrounds (and all supporting characters) by Lawrence Marvit, Spaceman drawn by Mike Allred, and colors by Laura Allred)
- Mr. Gum (written by Mike Allred, art by J. Bone, colors by Han Allred)
Are there any reprints?
In addition, the entire series was reprinted as one Super-Deluxe Limited Edition Hardcover. Only 500 were produced.
- Atomics 1-4 was reprinted as "Jigsaw!"
- Atomics 5-8 was reprinted as "Lessons in Light, Lava, and Lasers!"
- Atomics 6-12 was reprinted as "Worlds Within"
- Atomics 13-15 was reprinted as "Running with the Dragon"
Will there be any more of The Atomics?
Who is X-Force/X-Statix
When did the new team take over?
What comics have the new X-Force appeared in?
Are there any reprints?
- X-Force Vol. I: New Beginnings (reprints X-Force 116-120) ISBN: 0-7851-0819-X
- X-Force Vol. II: Final Chapter TPB (reprints X-Force 121-129) ISBN: 0-7851-1088-7
- X-Force: Famous, Mutant & Mortal HC (special hardcover that reprints X-Force 116-129) ISBN: 0-7851-1023-2
- X-Statix Vol 1: Good Omens (reprints X-Statix 1-5) ISBN: 0-7851-1059-3
- X-Statix Vol 2: Good Guys & Bad Guys (reprints X-Statix 6-10, Wolverine/Doop 1-2, and the Mike Allred/Nick Derington X-Statix story from X-Men Unlimited #41). ISBN: 0785111395
What's Doop Saying
When and why did X-Force its name?