Friday, July 29, 2011


I'm not quitting.

I am, however, taking a much needed break from CoC updates as I work on other projects. The Cowtown ComixFest is coming up in a few months and I plan to have a 12-page mini-comic ready for that along with T-shirts which I've been hemming and hawing about for months now. I have the blank shirts. I have the screen printer. I just don't have a design I'm 100% happy with.

For the next 4-6 weeks there will not be new pages added to the latest Calamity of Challenge tale - in fact, this current so-called "story" will likely be scrapped in favor of something juicier, bigger and radder. Work will still be done and preview images, sketches and general hoo-hah will be posted regularly, but the new page every Sunday will not be happening for at least the next month and a half.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Yoda and George Lucas...

Thursday, July 21, 2011


We still have copies of the comic book adaptation of the web comic CALAMITY OF CHALLENGE and they are FOR SALE!!! PRINTED ON PAPER!!!! WITH STAPLES!!!!!!!!! FOLDED!!!!!!!!!

Here's what it's all about (photo courtesy of Kevin O'Mara)

Send an email to for payment details.


Friday, July 8, 2011


Here's an interview with me conducted by Gary Groth that was originally slated to appear in an upcoming issue of The Comics Journal. However, it was replaced with a 12-page review of Dan Clowes' Wilson at the last moment. Enjoy!

Groth: So tell me about your childhood. What were some of the first comics you read?

Allison: Oh, man. So many great ones. I think the first comic I bought was SUPERMAN #1, or #3. My memory is a little fuzzy (laughs). We had a comic book shop that was part of a flea market that was in an old movie theater and I recall seeing that Kirby cover and literally being like “Wha-huh!?!” I had to have it. Now, this was in the early 80’s so comics weren’t thought of as collectible so I was able to buy that issue for very cheap. I think I paid around $2,000-$5,000 for it, still in the original mylar bag. It’s the issue where Superman dies. Talk about heavy stuff for a 9 year-old. (Groth chortles, clears throat)

Groth: (still clearing throat)

Allison: You okay?

Groth: …yeah…hold on…


Groth: Okay. Sorry about that. I didn’t catch that last part. You were saying…

Allison: I said that reading Superman #1 (or #3) was a heavy for me. It was like…

Groth: No, I mean before that. I asked you about your childhood. What comics you read. I missed what your answer was.

Allison: Oh…I read a lot of comics.

Groth: Wow. Nice. Um…did you have a favorite artist?

Allison: Man, did I. I don’t recall his name and I’ve never seen his work since but it was the guy that drew Daredevil for all those years…

Groth: Right. I know who you mean. Who else?

Allison: So many…so many (pauses)…Al Milgrom.

Groth: (interrupting) Did you ever read the issue of Superman where he died?

Allison: Al Milgrom?

Groth: No, Superman.

Allison: Oh. Yes.

Groth: What happened in it? I never read it.

Allison: Um, it’s literally been years since I looked through that. I think he gets shot or something.

Groth: Really? I thought he hated guns.

Allison: I know. Ironic, right?

Groth: Right! (laughs) Okay. Who are your biggest influences, besides Al Milgrom?

Allison: Good question. As a teenager I would have said Jim Shooter. Everything he touched turned to gold…MUCH LIKE MY CHARACTER, MIDAS GRUB ! (Many laughs)…Oh, too funny. Anyway, when Shooter brought back Magneto: Robot Fighter it was a revelation for me because I had always heard about that character but could never find the original comics. I’ve always felt that robot-fighting would make a good story and/or comic book so to see that actually happen was like “Whoa. Hold on a minute. Where are we going here?” because this is literally the future we’re talking about. You’re telling me that in the next century we’ll have to contend with robots? I literally had a tough time sleeping after reading the solicits for that book and to this day I still refuse to read that comic. So, bravo, Jim shooter. Kudos. I’d like to literally offer him kudos.

Groth: I’ll tell him. We have an interview scheduled next month at Splendor-Con. Let’s see…um…who would you like to see play Cobraxe in a Calamity of Challenge movie?

Allison: Tough one. No wonder you have such a reputation for being a hard-hitting comics journalist! (soft, thoughtful laughter)

Groth: Thank you. You don’t stick around in this business throwing softballs.

Allison: I have to say that after seeing him play Deadpool in that X-Men movie my first choice would be Ryan Reynolds. Talk about acting and swordplay. I would literally have to imagine that he could handle axes fairly well as well. If not him then I’d go with Tobey MaGuire or the guy that played Wolverine. Or Brandon Roth. I’ll always have a soft spot for Superman.

Groth: Great choices. That’s like my dream list for a Daredevil-meets-Ghost Rider movie as well. I also…

Allison: (interrupting) Christpher Bale. I mean, come on. Darkest Night? Are you kidding me? Him, or the guy that played Darth Vader.

Groth: Hayden Christianson…

Allison: No, the orginal one. James Earl Jones.

Groth: Right. I think you nailed it.

Allison: Thank you.

Groth: (checking notes) So….those were all the questions I had. I appreciate it.

Allison: You’re welcome, Gary (offers hand for shaking)

Groth: (takes hand. Shakes it)