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'Madman' comic book artist reflects on 20 years, LDS faith

Mike Allred draws an illustration.
Mike Allred draws an illustration.

Our take: This is an interesting Q & A with a comic book artist named Mike Allred, his two decades of creating the comic book "Madman" and his faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gavin Lees (Bleeding Cool News): You’ve been quite open about your Mormon faith — you’ve even drawn an adaptation of The Book of Mormon. Had you always been part of the faith, or did you arrive at it later as part of that existential search for meaning that you mentioned?

Mike Allred: ... My parents got divorced, which is extremely rare in the Mormon Church. I think there’s like a 5 percent divorce rate for couples that have been married in the Mormon Temple ... So, for my parents to get divorced, there was almost a shame to it. My older brother and younger brother went with my mom, who went back to where she grew up, back in the Rocky Mountains by Salt Lake City. I stayed in Oregon with my dad, who was a psychologist ...

At that point — I hate to admit it — it was really fun, just me and Dad. In a lot of ways, though, I kind of raised myself, and we had stopped going to church at this point, around when I was 11. A lot had been instilled in me, even though I didn’t practice the faith. Then, several years ago, my aunt gave me the journal of my great-great-grandfather who knew Joseph Smith — the prophet of the Mormon faith — and from New York, he went with Joseph Smith everywhere he went. Smith gave him a sword that’s in our family, and I didn’t know any of this stuff! My aunt is really into genealogy and ancestry, so reading this journal to find out that my great-great-grandfather Reddick Allred went across the plains with Brigham Young, all the way to Salt Lake City where they — this is amazing to me — they were persecuted — there were families burned out of their homes.

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