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Matt Haley 22 March 2008

Matt Haley

Filmmaker, illustrator, Guinness drinker, the devil

Matt Haley is well known in the world of comic books for his years of creating comic book art for both Marvel and DC, but he has recently attracted a whole new audience, thanks to the comic-style art panels he created for both seasons of the Sci-Fi Channel’s tv series, “Stan Lee’s Who Wants to be a Superhero?” and for his work on the Superman Returns movie adaptation and the accompanying promotional poster that appeared in USA Today.  He contributed art and designs to LucasArts’ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith XBOX game, designed the title sequence for DIC’s new animated series Sushi Pack, and created the characters for the new XBOX 360 game “Liberty Rocket”. Die-hard comic fans will also recognize Haley’s design in the Elseworld’s Batgirl and Supergirl action figures from DC Direct available in specialty stores nationwide.

What are you up to?

Right now, directing my first film project. It’s a blast to finally get to create images on film, and it gets me out of the studio so I can work with creative people again!

What are you into?

I am absolutely crazed for Japanese kid’s shows, you know, the old Power Rangers garbage, but untranslated, and from the ’70s and ’80s. I have no idea what’s going on in them, but they’re kinetic energy is hard to stop watching. I’m also really into film, hence my current endeavour, I could talk film for days, and usually do. I still love comics, but it’s hard to find the time to create them these days, there’s so much other stuff I feel like doing.

What do you like most about Portland?

I used to want to leave Portland when I first moved here 15 years ago, but the longer I live here, the more I grow to love it, Portland gives me the things I like about cities like San Francisco without a lot of the attendant problems. I still say this town could use more Irish pubs and retro arcades, but at least we have one of each.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Honestly, the freedom, I’ll freely admit I am very spoiled by my profession, not having to punch a clock makes up for a lot of the headaches of being an independent contractor. Plus, I wouldn’t last five minutes in a real job, I swear I’d say something icky and get fired within the first two days.

What is your single most favorite place to sneak away and spend an hour in?

GROUND KONTROL, no question, the ’80s retro arcade downtown. Yes, I’m a child of the ’80s, yes I love arcade games, yes, I suck at most of them, but I’ll never grow up enough to abandon playing TEMPEST or ROBOTRON 2084. Fortunately, now I can do it and drink beer at the same time.

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