Big Mike has toiled as an animator, children’s book illustrator, “miscellaneous” illustrator, designer, art director, amateur beardsman, and comic book artist and writer. He’s to blame for the webcomic anthology False Positive and has threatened for many years to update his web-portfolio.
He currently resides in San Diego, California where he hosts an invitation-only, mini-Comic-Con at his home year round.
The following is an interview conducted between Outland Collective (OC) and the featured artist in December 2012.
OC. Did you attend college? If so, where did you go?
MW. I got my BA from Art Center in Pasadena, California.
OC. Where or what do you draw inspiration from?
MW. I draw inspiration from everything, but I’m most often moved by the work of other artists. Even when creating a single image, I self-actualize as a storyteller first and foremost. So, in addition to finding inspiration in the imagery of great traditional artists, I’m also stirred by works created by Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, Mike Mignola, Stanley Kubrick or the like.
OC. What projects are you working on currently? Where can we find it?
MW. Among other things, I’m having a load of fun producing False Positive, a horror, sci-fi, and fantasy short story, webcomic anthology. It’s available at falsepositivecomic.com.
OC. Is there a particular piece of artwork you are especially proud of?
MW. I think of all of my work as if they were my children: They never quite live up to my expectations.