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Interview with Matt Frank!

August 18, 2017

 

Matt Frank is a long time artist for IDW on nearly every Godzilla comic series they have produced including the most popular of them all Rulers of Earth! Matt is a regular guest at G-Fest in Chicago and has recently joined Big Dog Ink with their Kaiju Epic! Kickstarter where Matt helped design a couple of the monsters and produced a cover for the series as well!

 

1: Who are you and what do you do?

 

My name is Matt Frank, and I'm a comic book artist and illustrator, mostly known for doing work for IDW's Godzilla comics, as well as Transformers, Mars Attacks, and occasionally Transformers!

 

2: How did you get into what you do in the comic book field?

 

I managed get my foot in the door with IDW early on when they were doing a Beast Wars Sourcebook, and that combined with my history of doing tons of Godzilla fan art allowed me to endear myself as a go-to artist for the Godzilla comics.

 

3: What was the first comic book you ever bought? What attracted you to it?

 

I think my first comic was actually a Cowboys of Moo Mesa comic that my grandmother purchased for me, and she specifically bought it because she knew I liked the show, but mostly because there was a giant, shrieking Tyrannosaurus Rex on the cover! Beyond that, my collection consisted mostly of the Dark Horse Godzilla comics or Devil Dinosaur.

 

4: What do you do to get into your creative zone?

 

My personal inspirations like other comics and cartoons and monster movies do a lot to stoke the fires of my creativity. Like reading the comics of artists whose work I like, such as Jeff Zornow and Mark Schultz, get me really geared up!

 

5: Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?

Oh absolutely, I think nearly every artist experiences doubt because we all judge ourselves so harshly and hold ourselves to the high standards of the artists that we admire. I personally work through my doubt through both positive feedback and my own desire to constantly work and constantly improve!

 

6: What is your favorite creation?

 

Thus far my favorite work has been Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1 for IDW. I, along with the colorists, worked to make the entire issue resemble classic ukiyo-e wood block prints. It was very gratifying creatively.

 

7: Have you ever been faced with negative feedback? How was this reflected in your work, if at all?

 

Surprisingly I don't get a whole lot of negative feedback regarding my work. The majority of my fans have been very supportive, which I consider to be unfathomably lucky in this line of work. Most of my negative feedback is directed towards my taste in movies or my political views!

 

8: Who is your greatest influence?

 

That's a tough one. We artists tend to have ever-fluctuating "Top 10's," but my biggest influences are Shinji Nishikawa, Ricardo Delgado, and Arthur Adams.

 

9: In thinking about the things that you have created, is there something that you hated but the public may have loved?

 

That's another really tough one, because personally I like everything I've made. But there are works that I wish I could go back in time and do differently. I'll always be proud of the work I did on my fan-project "Godzilla Neo," but I can definitely see my shortcomings in those pieces given that they were from 10 years ago.

 

10: If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

 

Kiwi Strawberry Snapple and Haribo Happy-Cola gummies. Or maybe that's just what I'm eating right now.

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