Matt Campbell is an illustrator for CCP Comics. He is a must see at the expo. He has been a professional artist for about 5 years. He started off in the video game industry creating digital paintings for trading card like Legends of Norrath and Magic the Gathering. He then transitioned to the comic book industry. He currently works on 3 projects. 2 for CCP, Electron boy and Station 39. Matt let us know about the Electron Boy comics “…Electron boy and that one is actually based on a real boy. You can YouTube Electron boy and see all about this one. All the proceeds go back to his (the boys) family and the make a wish foundation.”
He then let us know about his other projects.
“We have a new one, Station 39, coming out, which is kind of a futuristic comic. Then I have a personal project I have coming out called Mythica. It takes place in World War I. We’ve got pirates and vampires and all kinds of fun stuff. It will be coming out at the end of this year. “
We then asked him if he was a fan at the Albuquerque Comic Expo which artist would he most like to see?
“There are a lot of them. Len Wein, the creator of Wolverine, Brian Pulido, Whilce Portacio is a great artist, there are just so many. Kevin Gentilcore who draws Teenage Zombies. Lots of lots of artist to talk to.”
We also asked Matt how do you feel about DC rebooting 52 of their superhero lines?
“I understand what they’re doing, I understand they are trying to revitalize it for a new audience but I think it might come back and back fire on them.” said Matt. “I think people are getting tired of things getting rehashed and continuity getting rehashed and recharged and so I think it might end up upsetting some people. Personally I understand it but I’m more leaning towards independent comics where when the comic ends it ends and we don’t keep rehashing that character.”
Finally we asked Matt, how do you feel about the movement over the last few years to digital media and how do you think this will affect comic books?
“I think it is the future of comics as an independent publisher if you are not doing that direction you’re missing out because it’s cheap and that’s what a lot of people are doing, with all the IPads that are out there. I don’t think anything could replace a comic book in your hands so I think the print media will always be there but I think people need to just need to embrace it.”
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