“BOOT THE FOOT” #39: BRAD MCGINTY VS. “MUCKMAN & JOE EYEBALL”!
SKUMMBEAST: How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?
MCGINTY: I don’t know how I would describe my art style. I’d like to think that my worked looked like Jack Davis Inking Dave cooper, but I would never put myself in the same class as those greats. As far as influence goes, those early Mirage TMNT comics were the biggest influence on me. They were black and white, they had lots of different artists with different styles working on each issue. Sometimes they were funny, sometimes they were serious. I loved that stuff. I still do actually! It holds up much better than most of that image stuff I got into later on.
SKUMMBEAST: Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.
MCGINTY: Man, I’m a big TMNT fan. As a kid I was never into the cartoon as much as I was into the Comics and toys. The Archie TMNT comics were some of the first comics I ever owned. I bought them at a gas station near my house (along with ALF and Count Duckula). The comics were way stranger than the cartoons. Lots of random adventuresand a variety of cool art styles. It wasn’t long after I maxed out my gas station comic selection that I hit up my local comic shop and found the Mirage TMNT series. I was Absolutely obsessed with the early Mirage TMNT comics. They got me hooked on those 80’s BnW “underground” comics that I still love today.
As far as Mcukman goes, I think he is one of the greatest action figures ever made. When I saw him as a kid I was just blown away by the level of detail that he had. The figure still holds up too! he is the only figure I have next to my desk. The only thing I wanted to do in my drawing was make sure I included EVERY detail from the figure. From the frog on his leg, to the weird teddy bear in his guts, I tried to get it all in there!
SKUMMBEAST: Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?
MCGINTY: I was definitely A Michelangelo fan as a kid, but I wish I were Donatello these days.
Thanks, Brad! You can follow more of BRAD MCGINTY’S work at:
BRAD MCGINTY’S “PAPER PUSHER” OFFICIAL WEBSITE
BRAD MCGINTY’S AMAZING STORE HOLE!
BRAD MCGINTY’S “BATTLE ZOO” COMIC AT WIDE AWAKE PRESS
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “KING LIONHEART” by Matt Kaufenberg!