One Two Many by Michael Gallagher, acrylic canvas, 18×24. (House of Joy / Courtesy)
Michael Gallagher comes from a long family line of renowned cartoonists and he will be featured at the “Roam in Jerome” event at the House of Joy Gallery and Arcade on Saturday, November 6, according to a press release.
The House of Joy, Gallery and Arcade, 416 Hull Ave., Jerome, will host Gallagher’s work from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallagher, a freelance cartoonist and comic book author has lived in Jerome since 2009.
His father, John, has twice won the National Cartoonists Society’s âBest Gag Cartoonistâ award and his uncle, George Gately (Gallagher), created HEATHCLIFF, which is currently run by Michael’s cousin, Peter. Another cousin, Joseph, is also a talented designer.
It’s kind of a family business.
Gallagher has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His early influences included the 1950s editions of MAD Magazine, Laurel & Hardy films, television cartoons (Popeye, Mighty Mouse, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Looney Tunes), and DC and Marvel comics. He received a BFA from Rider College and embarked on a series of jobs in television, radio, theater and other creative media, eventually settling as a freelance cartoonist. and comic / humor author.
Gallagher wrote (and sometimes drew) hundreds of stories for children’s comics. Together with his longtime collaborator, Dave Manak, they created long runs on Alf and Sabrina (The Animated Series) and are currently working on a graphic novel. Gallagher wrote the very first issues of Sonic the Hedgehog (and many other adventures later) which went on to become the longest-running children’s comic book in history. He has created many original cartoon characters for various hospitals, business and charities.
Gallagher began painting when he and his wife, Candace, moved to Jerome in 2009. Gleaned from notebooks filled with decades of random doodles, he began putting acrylic on canvas and has maintained his icy pace ever since. He also gets great satisfaction in creating found works of art. Warmly greeted by Donna Chesler and other members of Jerome’s legendary arts community, Gallagher’s most important piece in town is the Ghost in the Lobby Lobby.
Information provided by House of Joy Gallery and Arcade.