Friday, 9 December 2011

Featured Artist: Roy Allan Martinez

Roy Allan Martinez

Roy comes from a long and illustrious tradition of Filipino comic book illustrators that include Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Chang, Tony DeZuniga, Rafael Kayanan, the Luna Brothers, Lan Medina, Alex Nino, Whilce Portacio, Nestor Redondo, Gerry Talaoc, Romeo Tanghal and Leinil Francis Yu.

He studied at the Roman Catholic University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, where my collaborator on Spawn, Philip Tan, also studied. His career in comics started with a home-grown horror comic called "Nightmare" (issue 288). Then, like Tan, Martinez was spotted by Whilce Portacio, who hired him to illustrate Wetworks for Wildstorm comics. He is known in the USA for his work on Aria, Global Frequency,The Wicked, Hazard, Grifter, Loner, Wonder Woman, X-Factor, Smallville, The Immortal, Namor, Front Line, Marvel Presents and Iron Fist...

The Immortal Iron Fist #8

I first worked with Roy on Son of M, a 6-issue mini-series for Marvel that came out of the House of M event. He drew the Inhumans with a dignified nobility I hadn't seen before. It was exactly the feel I was looking for. These were a people who knew they were superior to humans by nature.

Son of M #2

In 2009 I was approached by my old buddy Dave Elliott to write FVZA for Radical Publishing and I put Roy's name forward. The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency was right up Roy's street. I didn't know it at the time, but Roy has a thing about Zombies and the book brought out the best (and worst) in him, as you can see...

FVZA #1 - Art by Martinez, digital colours by Kinsun Loh and Jerry Choo

His vampires were pretty damned good too.

FVZA #2 - Art by Martinez, digital colours by Kinsun Loh and Jerry Choo

Here are some unpublished illustrations. Click on the pix for bigger versions...

When Roy isn't drawing comics he plays drums. Inspired by Death and Grindcore, he formed bands called Dietimy, Sabog Sintido and Giling Anne, all now defunct. But you can check out a Sabog Sintido gig right here (Roy's gonna love me for this):

Grindcore's loss is our gain Roy!

Shaken, but not stirred...

A rarely-seen photographic portrait of cult artist Shaky Kane, circa 1962.

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to- Oh, it is a gun.