Jordamus Prime- How did you go about getting into working in the industry?
J.G. Jones- I was working at a small newspaper in Brooklyn, and a reporter friend of mine, Jonathan Larsen, introduced me to a wider range of titles and graphic novels. When I found Mike Mignola’s stuff, I was hooked. Jonathan and I worked up a little story based on an idea I had, and I drew the first issue and took it to a comic convention in Manhattan. The first guy I showed it to offered me a job. That was Jim Shooter, and because I’d been out of the loop for so long, I had no idea who Jim was. I quit my newspaper job and Jim proceeded to teach me the ropes.
Jordamus Prime– How long have you been into drawing and artwork? Has it always been a passion of yours?
Jordamus Prime– Who would you say are your biggest inspirations?
J.G. Jones– That’s an impossible question, because there are so many names to drop, and I always forget someone. I love the old Baroque painters, though, and definitely love the classic illustrators from the from Howard Pyle and NC Wyeth, through Leyendecker, and Noel Sickles. Frazetta and the Hildebrant Brothers were huge during my formative years.
J.G. Jones– It’s kind of hard to pick one favorite. It’s like asking which is your favorite child. I’ve been lucky to work with a number of really talented writers, though, on such things as Black Widow, Marvel Boy, Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, Wanted, and Final Crisis.
Jordamus Prime- How was working with Mark Millar on ‘WANTED‘? Do you think we can expect to see the two of you working together again in the future?
J.G. Jones– The only writer I have ever worked with twice is Grant Morrison. I’m afraid that Mark has left me in the dust, now that he’s gone Hollywood. I doubt he’d have any interest in working with me again.
Jordamus Prime– One fan requested I ask if there was any word on what’s going on with Marvel Boy 2?
Excellent interview, Jordan. I am a big J.G. fan. Nice guy to boot! That is cool that he never misses an issue of BPRD and Hellboy.
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