Of all the musicians who have crossed over into comics, Life of Agony bass player Alan Robert, who also fronts Spoiler NYC, has the most credentials. Robert, who will both write and draw the Wire Hangers miniseries from IDW, studied cartooning with Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor) at the New York School of Visual Arts. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has provided illustrations and designs for ad campaigns and merchandise for a number of rock acts including 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd, and Shinedown.
Given the success of My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy, which is published by Dark Horse, it appears that comics created by musicians who have a real feel for the comic book medium really can draw in new fans. IDW is hoping that Alan Robert can fashion something similar with Wire Hangers.