THROW BACK THREAD:: The 7 Deadly Question are in Awe of Transformers Artist Andrew Griffith .

image2Name:
Andrew Griffith
Nom De Plume:
I sometimes use Glovestudios, which was the name of a company I started years ago for design services and such.
Creative Postion:
Comic artist, currently best known for working on Transformers for IDW Publishing.
FAVORITE COMIC BOOK:
Growing up:
image8I’d have to choose between X-Men and Spider-Man. Those were always my big two.
and now:
I think the comic I look most forward to reading each month is probably Black Widow by Waid and Samnee.
The 1 Superpower you want:
Not having to sleep. There’s just never enough time in the day for what I want to do. Flying could be cool but I’d always worry the power could give out if I didn’t completely understand how it worked. What happens if you’re at 30,000 feet and suddenly a sneeze short-circuits your limbic system or some such?
image9Location:
An undisclosed and often shifting location.
Website(s):
Glovestudios on Tumblr, Twitter, blogspot and Storenvy
Your Credits:
Transformers: Defiance (Revenge of the Fallen prequel), Transformers: Foundation (Dark of the Moon prequel), Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers (Inker), Transformers: Robots in Disguise (series artist), TMNT, Back to the Future, Jem, G.I.Joe (cover artist), Star Wars, Vampirella, Witchblade (card sets and sketch cards), Transformers G1 DVD sets (cover artist)


image1The7Deadly Questions

are huge Fans of Transformer and Star Wars and can’t wait to hear the answers that Andrew Griffith is about to give them. Now for the first time ever Thank someone for doing their interview. So From The 7, “Thank you Andrew Griffith for sparing the time and please never stop creating”.  

image3What are you most proud of being a creative part of?
It would be one of two things: The single image I’m most proud of is the Matrix of Leadership DVD set that collected all of the original G1 Transformers episodes. Both because of how the image turned out and also because getting to work on the packaging for image5one of my favorite childhood cartoons is just an amazing opportunity.   

The second thing would be getting to work on Robots in Disguise for so many years with John Barber. We recently wrapped up 55 issues of a regular ongoing comic. So proud of what we’ve created together and of having had a chance to put a significant mark on one of my favorite franchises.


image6As a young Andrew Griffith what where your dream projects to work on when you grew up?
Funny enough, pretty much what I work on now. Aside from what I’ve already worked on (Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Star Wars) the dream projects I’ve yet to work on are Marvel and DC properties. I’ve received good feedback from different people at both companies but nothing has lined up yet. But I’m holding out hope that something could still happen there. Ultimately right now I think I’d like to work on a Star Wars comic for Marvel, but right now they’re using their top talent for the few books they have going.

image4What has been your favorite project to work on and why? Overall it would probably be Robots in Disguise. Not only because I’ve gotten to work on the comic itself, but I’ve also had the chance to create designs for characters like Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave and Bumblebee for official Transformers fiction. If 8 year old me had know that would happen I think my brain would have exploded with excitement.
I feel extraordinarily lucky to have a serious like it more or less call my own in terms of the art. There have been some excellent feeling artists and frequent collaborators on the art, but generally I feel a sense of ownership on the book that gives me a great deal of pride.
image12Who is your favorite Transformer and why them??
I think it’s always been Thundercracker. Even in the 80s he seemed to have more gray area to his character than a lot of the other one-dimensional characters on the show and in the comics. He was a bad guy, yet he had his doubts about the Decepticon cause and just seemed a little more nuanced than someone like Starscream. And now I love what John has done with him following up on stories by Shane McCarthy and Mike Costa. He’s just such an endlessly charming character, what with his pet dog and crappy screenplay writing. It means a lot that so many readers and fans respond so well to him and his dog.

image7How have you or would you deal with another artist selling your art as there own?
Well, I’ve recently had someone, or multiple people, selling some of my Star Wars art on eBay and Etsy and other sites. That created a tricky situation because I didn’t technically own the art of the characters, but I did create the art. So I followed the required legal channels that each website posted. After a little back-and-forth, they agreed to remove the listings from the site.
There have been a few other times were individuals have tried to sell my transformers art, and another thing that artists like myself can do is publicize that fact among the fan community and encourage people not to buy art from people who steal art for their own profit.

image1If you could out right own any Character every created and than make your own stories for them, who would that character be ?
Wow. I’m not sure I ever even contemplated what to do with such Godlike power. If I could do that, why not go big? I would have to say someone like Spider-man or Batman. They both have such a strong set-up as far as their characters, and a healthy set of rogues and supporting characters to play with. It feels like it would take a while for those wells to run dry.

image2What is a mistake you made in your early years that our reader can learn form ?
I think my biggest mistake was giving up on the dream too early. I had made some missions to Marvel and tried breaking in at small local conventions in high school, but quickly give up. After working professionally in design jobs I wasn’t crazy about, I started drawing again. Once I did it wasn’t very long before I got work, which I feel very fortunate about, but I can’t help but wonder what I may have been able to accomplish that I stuck with being an artist for all those years in between. I’d probably be a lot better now.

image10image11The 7 Deadly Question want to know where the can meet you next in person and whats  next for Andrew Griffith:

I’m currently working for IDW, and if things pan out I have projects lined up at least until the end of the year. I just don’t know if I can talk about them publicly yet. I also have my own creator owned ideas as well as some creator owned ideas I’ve discussed collaborating on with other creators.

Next up, I have New Jersey collectors con in August and Baltimore Comic Con in September. There are a few other shows later in the year that are possibilities. I’ll be sure to announce anything that becomes definite on my Twitter account, which is glovestudios.

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