Bullets And Bracelets By Matthew Clark

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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio says
On First Thursday, May 4th, Sequential Art Gallery + Studio continues to exhibit the work of Matthew Clark, in a show collecting some of his notable firsts titled “Bullets and Bracelets”. The exhibition begins with an artist’s reception from 6pm-10pm on opening night, and will be available for viewing throughout May.

This time around, Clark is exhibiting his first paid comics job, which led to his first job at DC and Wonder Woman; he is also exhibiting his first Punisher story for Marvel. “Alex Boothane and the Cosmic Cruiser”, an 8-page sci-fi series about the adventures of Boothane, an extreme golfer and the Universe’s greatest hero, appeared in “Threshold” from Avatar Press. This provided Clark with his first paid job as an artist in the comics industry, and caught the attention of an editor at DC Comics. Clark was hired to work on Wonder Woman Secret Files #2, which was followed by half of Wonder Woman #142, and then an offer as regular penciller for Wonder Woman as of issue #150. Clark remained on the book through issue #159; he didn’t work on “Wonder Woman” again until last year’s “Wonder Woman Rebirth Special”, relaunching the character out of the New 52 continuity.

During Greg Rucka’s run on “The Punisher” for Marvel, Clark was asked to work on a concept issue with a dual narrative. Artist Matthew Southworth drew pages featuring Frank Castle (the Punisher), while Clark illustrated the storyline following Rachel Cole-Alves, a Marine Sergeant tracking the same criminal syndicate. The issue culminates in a literal standoff between the two characters meeting for the first time. This is the first full story since “Alex Boothane” that Clark both pencilled and inked. He also modified his art style to both compliment Southworth’s pages and the style of the subsequent artist on the book, Michael Lark.

A Portland-based Oregon native, Matthew Clark has worked in the comic book industry as an artist since the late 90’s. He’s had the pleasure of creating art for many of his favorite series, everything from the most well-known DC characters in comic book history, to innovative new takes on characters with Marvel, to his own original concepts. He still reads comics, loves what he does, and works very hard.

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe, and aided by Andrew Paris.
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