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Artist Phil McNulty

1) On what project are you currently working?

The project I am currently working on is William Shatner's "Man O War." We just launched at this past San Diego Comic Con and had a previous pre-release at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con. It's a new take on comics that we call cinematic graphic novels. It's currently available on iTunes and at shatnersmanowar.com for the web comic and behind the scenes footage as well. It's some really great stuff.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

There are quite a few. Haha! I would say Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee are the two artists I admire most. True revolutionaries in the field. Their storytelling is the finest in the medium and their impacts on a wave of new artists is incredible. And what's great is that they were able to move into the executive part of comics and still able to supply writing and art their respective companies. What I wouldn't do to be a CEO and draw the occasional covers and interiors from time to time.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

It's a funny story actually. I have always wanted to be a comic book artist since I was a little kid. I went to Stockton University and majored in illustration and when I got out, I looked far and wide and actually wound up looking for posts on Craigslist. Haha! So I answered an ad for "Comic Book Artist" and they bright me in for a couple of issues and later that company ended up being absorbed by William Shatner's publishing house and my work was liked and my contract was brought along with it.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

Anything that says Marvel or DC. Haha! But really, I would love to work on the X-Men. More specifically any book that has Gambit on it. I started drawing when I was 3 and two years later X-Men the Animated Series debuted and I sat and watch it and saw Gambit and said, "That. I want to draw that character when I grow up." And really, the X-Men has always been my first love of comics. Jim Lee. Chris Claremont. Andy Kubert. Fabian Nicieza. John Byrne. Marc Silvestri. Stan Lee. Jack Kirby. Between the art and stories. I want to be a name with that elite group of X-Men lore. And for DC, Green Arrow. I love the character. And then reading Kevin Smith's Quiver. It is my favorite story in comics. He is just that character that can be put in any situation and you know Oliver Queen is going to speak his mind and then do it.

5) On what project will you be working next?

As for my next project? Well I have season two of William Shatner's Man O War that will launch at New York Comic Con as well as something that is currently in the works that I can't say too much about. But this person is an icon in the comic industry and I can't wait till we can make some official announcements.

For more on Phil McNulty and his work, please visit here, here, here, here, here, and here.

(posted July 27, 2015)