Titan Comics has announced the “Family Guy” clan will return to comics in a new series. One of the artists announced for the series, S.L. Gallant, who has drawn “Torchwood” and “G.I. Joe,” was previously an Oklahoma resident.
The series is based on the “Family Guy” TV series created by Seth MacFarlane. Titan Comics and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products says that Peter; his wife, Lois; kids Meg, Chris and Stewie; along with family dog and martini aficionado, Brian, will headline their own series, to be released on July 27. Anthony Williams will also be an artist of the series. T
Titan says the series also will feature other characters from its television counterpart, including Glen Quagmire, Cleveland Brown and Joe Swanson.
I talked to Gallant in 2008 about his Oklahoma past.
“Both wives (Current and EX) are natives of OK and graduates of the OU Vis Com program (which according to the professor I am officially banned from any more wives thru that program),” he said. “I also lived in OKC for several years and worked for Jordan Associates in Edmond, which is where I met my current wife. Silly girl.”
With the more realistic style he’s typically employed on G.I. Joe , Gallant might not be the first name you’d think of for “Family Guy,” though he revealed a long list of influences in an e-mail.
“If we’re only speaking of comic illustrators, then anyone known for their drafting skills,” he said. “Some specific names would be Adam Hughes, Jackson Guice, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Neal Adams, Alex Raymond, Gene Colan, Hal Foster, Milo Manara, Vittorio Giordanio, Park Jong Ki, Bryan Hitch, Alan Davis, Steve Rude, and the list never ends. Of course being a student of art history we’d also end up with a mile long list of fine artists and illustrators but there’s a character limit to this email and we’d violate that with a list for sure. I think Steve Rude once said I’ll steal from anyone who can teach me something.”
Gallant continues his association with “G.I. Joe.” Issue No. 165 of “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” written by Larry Hama, is set for release on April 20. Gallant said he had an appreciation for Hama’s original run on GI Joe from the 1980s.
“I was more a fan of the comic and the cartoon, more so than the toys,” he said. “It came in at the end of my childhood, so I was more of a Star Wars kid; the empty box Christmas and all that. I loved the Snake Eyes origin story line because I was really into ninjas, so that pulled me in, but not the toys.”
He says his favorite thing about being a comics artist is “getting to draw all day, every day, and not be homeless because of it. So far anyway.”
- Matt Price