Posted Apr 24, 2011 in Arts, Cool Shit | 0 Comments

The Comics Pimp: J. Bone Interview Part II

Last month, I presented the first part of the interview with talented pencil and ink comic book artist, J. Bone. After working in animation and creating his own stories, J. Bone worked at several companies, including Marvel Comics. Arguably he is best known, and has been most prolific, for his work at DC Comics, drawing Batman: Brave and the Bold, and producing many covers for Super Friends.

What is your favourite part of the creative process?

As much as I love drawing, my favourite part is probably the inking. That’s when the loose pencil art becomes the finished piece to me. I love using a nice brush dipped in ink to create all the different line-weights and really have some fun with the ink.

Which superhero do you enjoy drawing the most, and why?

It’s a toss-up, really. I love drawing Spider-Man because he’s, quite simply, my favourite comic book superhero! I just love everything about his costume. You can really go nuts with his poses. As a character I related to him completely when I was a teen. Total nerd wish fulfillment with Spidey. BUT when I’m sitting down to doodle characters I almost always draw Wonder Woman! I would love to draw a monthly Wonder Woman book! A huge part of my enjoyment drawing Wonder Woman is her costume – Eagle crest, Double “W” breastplate, skirt, shorts, big bracelets, little bracelets…there’s just so much to play around with when drawing her. Plus she’s a woman and I love drawing women.

What is the work you are most proud of?

That’s a very good question. I think the absolute answer is SOLAR STELLA. I wrote and drew that story myself just for fun. It was my first printed comic book work. It got me an Eisner Nomination (Talent Deserving Wider Recognition). It encompasses all of the stuff I like about comic books – big monsters, pin-up girls, puzzles and games in the middle section, paper dolls and dumb jokes.

Recently, news broke that one of J. Bone’s wishes has come true. DC Comics will produce a series of retroactive books featuring their main characters, and J. Bone will draw a Wonder Woman book.   Congratulations, Mr. Bone! I’m looking forward to seeing your take on Wonder Woman.

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