Mar 4, 2014

ALLRED 2014 APPEARANCES (SO FAR)!

We'll be limiting our travel this year due to all the nifty stuff we're trying to get done.  But here's what we have planned so far.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

SEATTLE: EMERALD CITY COMICON  28-20 MARCH

NEW YORK CITY: SPECIAL EDITION: NYC 14-14 JUNE

ATLANTA: DRAGON CON 29-31 AUGUST

And just for fun, and because this blog exists mainly so I can post art,
here's a cover redo I did for FANTASTIC FOUR no.28 :

Nov 12, 2013

SABERTOOTH MADMAN!

SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN by the incredibly talented Damon
Gentry and Aaron Conley is finally out tomorrow!  This book will
BLOW YOU AWAY!  I did this lil' pin-up for my pals (Did an Eerie
story with Damon and It Girl covers with Aaron) from a place of great
respect and affection.  This book gets my highest praise!  Go grab it!

Oct 31, 2013

SANDMAN 25th ANNIVERSARY ART EXHIBIT!

http://www.floatingworldcomics.com/main/2013/10/19/the-sandman-25th-anniversary-art-exhibit-a-benefit-for-doernbecher-childrens-hospital/
Here is the piece I did for the SANDMAN 25th ANNIVERSAY ART EXHIBIT 
starting November 7th at FLOATING WORLD in downtown Portland, Oregon.  
This original artwork, and others could be yours with 100% of the proceeds going to 
Doernbecher Children's Hospital.  An exciting event and worthy cause at a great venue!
Please visit the link above to learn more.

Oct 28, 2013

FF NO.16 COVER ART!

Here's the last (and my personal favorite) cover to FF.  So bittersweet to
see this come to an end.  I had so much fun working with my great
friend Matt Fraction, finally doing something long-term together
(though not long enough).  And I'm fighting back tears of joy fulfilling
the childhood dreams of working on a Marvel title with my big brother
Lee.  Huge hugs for pal Joe Quinones and his amazing issues as well!
And the great Tom Brevoort, and right-hand man, the awesome Jacob
Thomas for herding us cats! I'm currently wrapping up the art on no.15
and eager to jump on to the GRAND FINALE Lee has scripted with
his genius brain that still amazes me to this day (Mark Waid is the only
other person I've ever met that seems to have "The Complete 
Encyclopedia of Comic Books"stored in their skull).  When concluded,
if you don't agree that Matt and Lee have crafted a timeless masterpiece
(that I'm doing all I can to illustrate worthily) then yer KWAY-ZEE!!!

Hey!  Who is that Silver dude in the upper right hand corner?!

Oct 18, 2013

THE GEAR & THE DANDY WARHOLS!

On October 27th THE GEAR (my band where everyone has the
same last name.  No, not The Ramones) will be part of an acoustic
set of DANDY WARHOL covers at the famous Hollywood
Theater in Portland, Oregon. All this in celebration of our pal's THE 
DANDY WARHOLS 13 SONGS IN 13 PLACES video Premiere!
Other performers include members from 1776, HIGHWAY, THE 
UPSIDE DOWN, BUZZYSHYFACE, THE SHIVAS, THE GENIUS
POSITION, DAVE'S KILLER BREAD, & a contest winner who 
will get to perform a DANDY WARHOLS tune!  A rare Q & A with 
the band!  Gonna be a blast!  Come to Portland where bliss is guaranteed!  

Oct 12, 2013

SILVER SURFER!

The hardest thing about working on something you love so much is 
having to keep it a secret.  But it's not just an incredible relief when a 
project is finally announced, it's a powerful thrill!   So, today the 
SILVER SURFER series I'm doing with the equally jazzed Dan Slott 
was officially announced today at NYCC with great enthusiasm and 
the response has been wonderful.  This project means too much to me 
to even attempt explaining here without writing an entire chapter to my
life story (which would be of questionable interest).  Suffice to say 
I'M OVER THE MOON!  This is gonna be OUT OF THIS WORLD! 

Oct 6, 2013

RAD!

Ya just gotstah love this teaser! There have been some crazy guesses as to
what exactly this is.  And some have been right on.  All will be revealed
October 12th in NYC.  Then I should be able to post some art soon after.


Sep 29, 2013

FF NO.15 COVER ART!

Now this qualifies as one of my favorite covers.  I always selfishly set
out to entertain myself hoping that others will enjoy what I'm doing too.
 Then I get a big kick when Laura digs what I've drawn and has fun
coloring it.  Then, of course, it's encouraging when my collaborators
(writers, editors, letterers, publishers, etc) get excited.  And hope against
hope, fingers tightly crossed, folks are willing to part with their hard-
earned cash when it hits the shelves in the ol' local comic shop.  Awards
and other modes of praise are nice too.  But ultimately, it all starts with
an act of pure selfishness as I play in imaginary worlds hunched over
my humble drafting board in my super neat-o studio/play room.  And
for whatever reasons, this cover is among my top five faves for the series.
But the next one (no.16), our last, is my very very favorite.  I could not
be happier with how we are wrapping up our epic tale.  As soon as
Marvel releases the final cover I'll post it here.  But for now I'll give you
a hint:  It might be a little familiar for those familiar with my very first
piece of FF art.  It makes for a nice bookend.
BTW, compare this version to the final printed version when it comes 
out.  "NO-PRIZE" opportunities abound!



FF NO.14 COVERS!

Okay, this takes some 'splainin'.  I needed to get a cover in and did
the "Doom-centric" cover first (below).  I was happy with it, but as
Lee and I nailed down the specifics to the plot I just felt more and
more that the cover didn't serve the spirit of this particular issue.  PLUS
I had an image in my mind that I was compelled to illustrate.  PLUS
I was looking for any opportunity to get Medusa's main squeeze on a
cover.  Black Bolt has always been one of my most favorite characters.
I didn't finish my preferred version in time for solicitations, but here it is now.


FF NO.13 COVER ART!

Just wait'll ya see where the gang is here!  If you can guess what material 
they are traveling through, you might just could win a big fat "NO-PRIZE"!

FF NO.12 COVER ART!

The just released issue which marks my big brother's (Lee Allred)
Marvel scripting debut.  A childhood dream come true for the both of us!

FF NO.11 COVER ART!

Keen eyes may see subtle differences between this and the final printed version.

Sep 14, 2013

FF NO.10 COVER ANIMATED!

I hope this works...

FF NO.9 COVER ART!

This is my big brother's fave FF cover (Lee Allred is scripting the final 
leg through the climax of our run).  Matt Fraction was inspired to get 
welovefine.com to make a t-shirt out of Tong.  The shirt says "It's ya girl 
TONG!"Just waiting on approval from Marvel and you can get one too!

FF NO.8 COVER ART!

If you've ever seen an AL JAFFEE MAD Magazine fold-in, you might 
imagine how my brain popped when Tom Brevoort challenged me to do 
a fold-in for for FF. Our house had been broken into (one of the main 
reasons there's been such a big gap in blog entries here) and I had to do 
something super cool...but fast.  Deadlines didn't stop while we regrouped 
re-building our studio.  I'd like to try this again with something a bit more 
complicated and ornate.  But still, I was happy with this baby just the same.



FF NO.7 COVER ART!

This was a big love letter to Big John Buscema's cover for FANTASTIC
FOUR no. 109.  Matt Fraction wanted to see what we'd do with a 
"Jack Kirby style" outer space collage, and this was the result.

FF NO.6 COVER!

Very happy with the reaction this cover received. In fact, Marvel made
do-it-yourself masks available from the "Thing Face".  Big fun!

FF NO.5 COVER!

I gotta thing for black backgrounds.  But I got an even bigger thing
for Medusa, my first comic book crush.  So it should come as no
 surprise that this is one of my very favorite covers.  It's also around
this time that I started crushin' on She-Hulk.  I hope Medusa understands.

FF NO.4 COVER!

It's kinda hard to tell, but this idea was originally inspired by the cover 
to Fantastic Four no.82.  The original art consisted of three overlays.
Got a lot of love for this one from "SHULK" fans.  "The Jen!"

FF NO.3 COVER PROCESS!

I was happily surprised that my hand-lettering to the cover to FF no. 2
survived all the way to publication. What didn't survive was a darker
noisier attempt which just "didn't feel right, and was replaced with
the sky-blue version.  Also a homage to the great Carmine Infantino,
which I neglected to share on the cover.  Here's to you Carmine!