A.L.Kaplan is a cartoonist and designer in the Wild West with a degree in psychology from UCSC and a focus on telling queer narratives in sci-fi/horror settings. He enjoys biking around the country and blasting doom metal to his plants and cats. Creator of the fist trans male superhero for DC-- Circuit Breaker. You can find his comics work published in Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1 (DC, 2023), R.L. Stine’s Stuff of Nightmares (BOOM!, 2022), MAW (BOOM!, 2022) and The Storyteller: Tricksters (Archaia, 2021). Currently available for comics covers and interiors: alkcomics @ gmail dot com.
"Al Kaplan, who provides our art, uses a whole other bag of tricks to supply the narrative with an unnerving aspect. Off-kilter angles are presented, the comic book equivalent of dutch angles and unnerving closeups. These are counterbalanced by interesting establishing shots from a distance — a tree, a bar, the ocean from a cave — that gives the book the pacing of an avant-garde cinematic tone-poem, establishing rich humanity and cold distance of atmosphere. This mirrors the tragic distance with which society views sex crime, a reality at once undeniably human and personal but clinically inhumane."
- AIPT on MAW #1, 2021
"A.L. Kaplan's artwork is phenomenal, with a touch of P. Craig Russell in the style, but with a unique contrast of flowing lines and abrupt angles. I love how the figures move across the page, and the illustrations of Thor trying to act like a woman are to die for. "
"There’s so much going on in Full-Spectrum Therapy, with classic science-fiction and horror tropes giving Alan’s narrative a real spark. Imagine Archie and his gang as a pack of super queer teen delinquents, mix in a little real world science theory, and have your characters take on everything all at once. Oh, and aliens! Don’t forget aliens.”