Interview with Tony Moore

Tony Moore has worked as co-creator and artist for the comic series “The Walking Dead”. Tony only worked on the series until issue #6, but he continued to contribute as cover artist through issue #24, and also illustrated the covers for the first four collected volumes of the series. Movie Mikes had a chance to ask Tony a few questions about his work and got to talk comics.

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Mike Gencarelli: How did you end up working with Robert Kirkman?
Tony Moore: Robert and i had known each other since we were 12. we sat next to each other in 7th grade history class. After high school, we started working on our first book, Battle Pope, which we published independently under our own label, Funk-O-Tron. We worked together for several years on other projects, and then the idea for The Walking Dead cropped up.

MG: Are you excited you see one of your comics “The Walking Dead” be transformed into a TV series?
TM: Who wouldn’t be? It’s an amazing experience!

MG: Do you feel the TV show stays true to your comic?
TM: Amazingly true. Even the new parts made just for the show manage to stay true to the spirit of the book. I’m especially taken aback by how true they’ve stayed to the visual aspects of the books. my designs and general aesthetic are all over this thing, and it’s really insane to see my work brought to life like this.

MG: What is your favorite comic of all time? Favorite comic book movie?
TM: My favorite comic of all time might be Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s Hard Boiled. I have Willeford Home Appliances logo tattooed on my forearm. I also love the old EC Comics stuff, especially their horror stuff. On that front, HBO’s Tales from the Crypt series is probably my favorite comics adaptation. I’m also pretty damned partial to Zwigoff and Clowes’ film version of Ghost World.

MG: How long is your process on average for each comic you work on?
TM: About 6 weeks, usually. That’s if i pencil and ink it myself.

MG: What are you currently working on now?
TM: I’m working on the final issue of Fear Agent, which is a sci-fi space western adventure book that I co-created with Rick Remender. It’s published by Dark Horse Comics. Rick and I are also working on a new project at Marvel, which I can’t announce just yet. Suffice it to say, it’s a wild new take on an old 90’s fan-favorite who has been in the chiller for a while. I think people are going to dig what we’re doing with it.

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