Job: Lettering, Coloring, Production
Zach Matheny - Letter, Colorer and Designer
Zach Matheny is one of the essential components in comics production, excelling in every aspect of the job. With his expert designs, masterful coloring and eye-popping lettering he is able to give a book the important touches it needs in order to make it look not only professional, but amazing.
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
Philidelphia, PA- All over the East Coast. PA, NJ, VA, CT, all of those several times.
Schooling? Art training?
University of Oregon, Environmental Science.
How long have you been working professionally in comics?
What things -- both in art and otherwise -- have you worked on besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part-time?
Comics is a full-time gig for me.
Talk about how you broke into thebusiness --was it easy? Hard? Ups? Downs? Any interesting anecdotes? When you held your first published work in your hands, how did you feel?
My first real comic job was working at Top Cow Comics as an intern. I later went back and worked there in the production department.
How did your parents take to the idea of working in comics?
They were very supportive.
How would you describe your workspace? Is it part of your home, or do you go "to the studio"?
I work from home. Most of the time on my couch!
What job are you the proudest of? What's your most embarrassing?
I would say all my work with Marvel/Del Rey Dark Horse, Image, Dynamite/Dynamic Forces is what I am most proud of.
Talk about your family: Parents, siblings, home situation. Are you married? Have kids? Names? Anecdotes about married life, how it relates to your busy schedule, etc. If you have kids do they understand your job? What do they say about it? Do they read comics?
I have been married for 3 years. No kids yet.
What projects do you hope to work on in the future?
Iwant to color and letter for Marvel and DC.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Coloring full time.
What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react?
I live in San Diego. That should explain everything. :D! My job remains a mystery to most people. I just say I do comics. I usually get a, "That's cool"!
What's 1 thing you'll always find in your refrigerator?
What's your favorite food?
Anything that is good for you. I also have a weakness for deserts.
What are your favorite interests --Movies? Music? TV? Any hobbies?Sports?
I like to watch anime.
Running, swimming, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, tai chi, tennis, yoga.
Have you ever thought of writing yourown stories?
I have. It is a book called Remenants that I am trying to get published.
Ever been in a gang?
What's an average day in your life like? Walk us through a typical day.
Wake up at 7:30. Do some work and eat. Do more work. Take an afternoon break. More work. Go for a run. Depending on how busy I am, maybe go surfing or do something else that is fun. Continue working. Eat dinner. Watch tv or do more work depending on how busy I am. Read. Sleep.
Do you have any great, unsold projects in your files that nobody's gotten to see published?
My book Remenants.
If you weren't a comic-book artist today, what would you be?
I don't even want to imagine that.
Have you taught comic-book art or had any assistants? If so, talk about that.
The single thing you'd most like to be remembered for in your life is...?
Being a great colorist.
Any closing words for your fans?
I don't think I have any fans.
List of credits:
Wolverine Manga - Marvel/ Del Rey
"Comics is a full-time gig for me."
"My first real comic job was working at Top Cow Comics as an intern. I later went back and worked there in the production department."
"My job remains a mystery to most people. I just say I do comics. I usually get a, 'That's cool'"!