Comics creator and Archer storyboard artist
Kevin Mellon’s work includes Gearhead (Arcana Studio) and Lovestruck (Image Comics) with Dennis Hopeless, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel), and Heart (Image Comics). Currently, Kevin works as a storyboard artist for the animated FX network television series Archer.
Mellon is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts. He broke into the comics industry in 2007 with the publication of Gearhead, which was written by Kansas City’s Dennis Hopeless. Mellon and Hopeless also collaborated on Lovestruck.
In 2011, Mellon teamed with television personality Blair Butler for Heart, a four-issue limited set in the world of mixed martial arts.
Kevin Mellon Interview
MultiversityComics.com asked Kevin Mellon:
Can you look back on your life and recall the single moment or work that made you want to work in comics? Or was it more of a natural progression that led you here?
Kevin Mellon: I want to say it was a progression. I can remember reading the Transformers comics my Dad got me from the Circle K gas station near our house, they came in a 3-pack, and I want to say it had issues 1,2, and 4 of that first mini-series. I know for sure it had the black costume Spider-Man in it. To this day, that’s the only Spider-Man costume I like. Anyway, I remember reading those over and over and reading the small digest collections of GI Joe that I would get repeatedly and wanting to create stories that held me and took me to other places like these did. I wasn’t overtly cognizant of this desire, but the want for “more” and not getting it (the gas station only carried so many comics) led me to creating my own stories. I’m an only child, and grew up in suburban neighborhoods that were full of either younger people just starting out having kids, or older people whose children were out of the house. I had nothing much but my imagination and the toys I got for birthdays and X-Mas until I really figured out I could draw around the age of 8 or 9.
I was making my own comics as early as fourth grade, because I remember making my own TMNT comic out of folded and stapled letter-size paper.
I was blessed with parents who encouraged me to read from a very young age, so by fifth and sixth grade, I had read/was reading Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Peirs Anthony, the Hardy Boys (including the great case files books), and much, much more. I loved getting lost in those worlds and, especially with the Hardy Boys, imagining my own stories using those characters.
So now that I’ve typed all of that, I’m not sure if it was one moment, but a series of moments all piling on top of each other that informed my want and desire to create and tell stories.
More on Kevin Mellon:
Comic Book Database: http://www.kevinmellon.blogspot.com/