10 Questions for Michael T. Gilbert

10 Questions for Michael T Gilbert
Michael T. Gilbert is an American comic book artist and writer who has worked for both mainstream and underground comic book companies. He worked on such titles as American Splendor and Star Reach, an adaption of Elric. Mr. Gilbert may be more famous for working on Mr. Monster, but has also worked on Dr. Strange, and Legends of the Dark Knight.
10 Questions for Michael T Gilbert

What was the first thing you remember reading?

I’m guessing one of those Dick and Jane children’s books, which I was having trouble with when I was a kid in the late 50s. To encourage me, my Grandma gave me a copy of a Jimmy Olsen comic. I resisted at first, but after I read it I was hooked on comics and never looked back.

Jimmy Olsen Comics

How did you get started in Comics?

I’d tried to sell some stories to Creepy and Eerie around 1971, while still in college. I didn’t quite make it, but I eventually published my own comic, New Paltz Comix (a 1973 underground comic named after the college I was attending).

New Paltz Comix

What was the difference between working for independent comic companies and mainstream companies?

Generally, more freedom at the independents, more money at mainstream comics.

Mr Monster

What artist/writer inspires you the most?

Will Eisner. His Spirit stories set the bar high. He had the best writing art and lettering in the business, and he owned his own character. And the Spirit himself was always warm and approachable as a character.

The Spirit

What comic book title/graphic novel are you proudest of?

Mr. Monster: Origins, from 1996, collecting the eight-issue Dark Horse series. At 200 pages, it was my most ambitious comic book project and I thought it came out very well.

Mr Monster Origins

Do you think your environment, where you live, has an effect on the type of art you create?

Only to the extent of the weather. The worse it is, the longer I stay at my drawing board.

Elric

Is it easier for you to create if given an assignment or does it get in the way of your creativity?

I can work either way, but prefer to create my own ideas.

Batman Legends

Where do you think the comic book business will be in ten years?

Mostly digital, but still some in-print comic books and graphic novels. There may be some comic book shops, but it’s possible that the majority of “real” books will be print-on-demand.

American Splendor

What was the oddest thing you’ve ever been asked to do in your writing career? A specific assignment from a comic book company, screenplay for a producer, books for a publisher?

Some website hired me to come up with interactive comic book panels, in which I would create comic book scenes that users could insert their photographs into the scene.

Superman

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working on new Mr. Monster stories, as well as a couple of reprint projects for Fantagraphics and Dark Horse.

Air Boy and Mr Monster

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