Matt Haley

Art Director and Graphic Novel Illustrator

I like comic books. There, I said it. My dad loves to tell the story of how I marched into his broadcast booth at the radio station where he was the news director, planted my little five-year-old hands on my hips and declared, “Papa, I’m going to be a comic book artist!”. Thankfully, he never discouraged me. Also thankfully, I did justify his faith by becoming a professional comic illustrator for many years for Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse and others, and, after having paid the rent by drawing “Superman”, “Iron Man”, “Wonder Woman”, “Batgirl”, and “The Defenders”, realized a lifelong dream by getting to collaborate with the creator of the “Avengers” himself, Stan Lee, for over a decade on many projects, ranging from the hit TV series “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” to movies like “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”. He always paid for lunch, too, and working with Stan gave me the idea to start creating “motion comics” for TV shows like “Gotham”, movies like “Justice League” and commercial clients like T-Mobile, IMG, Microsoft, the Third Floor, and even the Department of Defense, though I can’t really talk about that one…

All this heroic chronicling of gaily caparisoned heroes fighting the good fight led me to take the plunge into live-action directing, and the culmination of my giddy efforts led to my first television show, “Blackstar Warrior”, the first-ever blaxploitation sci-fi series, which we were fortunate to debut on BounceTV. It’s been a whirlwind experience, combining my years of comic book writing and drawing with the pressure-cooker demands of modern commercial production, and I love it. Working with lots of brilliant people all coming together to be greater than the sum of our parts kind of makes me feel like a superhero. Which is lucky, because… I like comic books.

REELS:

Motion comic for “Gotham”

T-Mobile motion comic

“Blackstar Warrior:30 commercial

And the original “Blackstar Warrior” short which started the whole thing…

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