Get Graphic: Making A 'MeSs' with Artist Dylan Speeg
Aug 09, 2021
Art by Dylan Speeg
Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen
This week's Get Graphic focuses on Cincinnati painter, illustrator, and musician Dylan Speeg. Dylan is the artist behind MeSsed, a truly unique story that falls somewhere between supernatural horror and speculative fiction. Taking place in and around the ten thousand miles of pipeline underneath a city, the comic book focuses on the wastewater workers of the Metropolitan Sewer District (or the "M.S.D."). Waste workers like Lilliput, our tour guide to a "weird, wet and wild world."
In the following spotlight, Dylan Speeg tells us how he ended up on this project with writer Jay B. Kalagayan, Dylan's creative inspirations, and he shows us a small glimpse of his creative process.
"I am Dylan Speeg from Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati and have worked as a portrait painter and illustrator ever since. " - Dylan Speeg
"My major influences are lurid pulp novel covers and Robert Williams, R. Crumb and other comic book artists." - Dylan Speeg
"My father was an artist and illustrator so I kind of fell into it. From a young age, I loved drawing." - Dylan Speeg
"I like to use Cincinnati and the people I know as subject matter. I am also a musician in the band Heavy Hinges." - Dylan Speeg
"I am a slow reader and have slight dyslexia so comics appealed to me because I could just look at the pictures." - Dylan Speeg
"I knew Jay B. Kalagayan, [the author of Messed], from a previous job where we were both working in the public relations departments. So we would see one another at events around town. I ran into him a few years later at the Art Museum and he told me he was looking for an illustrator for a script." - Dylan Speeg
"[When Jay approached me], I had just finished doing a lot of concept art for a female superhero series so I was ready to give it a try. The rest is history."
Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the producer and co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His comics work includes MF DOOM: All Caps, Public Enemy's Apocalpyse '91, Fight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Awards-nominated Magic Bullet.