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Interview with a Comic Artist: Louis Small Jr

Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone,

Skylar here. I’m back with one last 2013 blog post, my second interview from the 2013 VA Comicon.

See you in the new year, folks!

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In Louis’ Repertoire:  

Meet comic artist Louis Small Jr

Meet comic artist Louis Small Jr

Vampirella

Good Girl Art

Codename: Knockout

A little bit about Louis

Louis Small Jr began his comic illustrating career with Vampirella for Harris Comics in 1992. Since then, he has contributed work for Valiant, DC, Marvel, Continuity, and Vertigo as a freelance artist.

THE INTERVIEW:

I’d like to start by introducing you to my readers:

How did you become a comic book artist? How long have you been doing this?

In 1992, I was in the military and deployed to Saudi Arabia. [I co-created] an underground newsletter called Kamel Krack with one other artist and two writers. [With no formal training], I learned to draw from an art book.

Four months after getting out of the military, I was hired by Harris Comics to do freelance work on Vampirella.

Vampirella

Blood always helps with beauty regiments.

I’m familiar with the Vampirella series. Could you enlighten me about other projects in your repertoire?

With Codename: Knockout, Rob Rodi described the female character and originally wanted a Danger Girl-type character. I suggested that we go another route and drew a girl of Puerto Rican descent that I knew. 

Codename Knockout

Who doesn’t love a women with curvy lines?

What is your absolute favorite comic series that you’ve worked on?

Vampirella because I read the comic as a kid. I grew up in New Jersey and remember being too young to get a copy, but I [managed anyway.]

Who is the most influential person that propelled you into this career?

Neal Adams, the founder of Continuity Comics and the man responsible for [establishing] comic artist rights. He also [revitalized] Batman’s dark, tough mode.

If you weren’t a comic book artist, what job would you have probably taken up?

I was going to own a gym or became a forest ranger.

This next question is vital—well, at least to me. Are you a Trekkie or a Jedi?

I’m somewhere in the middle. But if I have to choose…I’m a Trekkie.

Finally, what upcoming projects do you have in the works that my readers should know about?

I’m working on a children’s comic book called Cap’n Mojo with a team in Raleigh, North Carolina.

To find out more about Louis, access the following link: Comic Vine: Louis Small Jr or follow Louis on his community Facebook.

My LSJ autograph

Sweetness: My LSJ autograph

The Jade Report: #1 Continued…

20130411-081224.jpgGreetings Readers:

Skylar Jade here. I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Va Comicon this weekend and I’ve got a surprise for you. There were a LOT of comics, plenty of fans/characters walking around, and enough vendors for any fanboy’s dream-come-true.

I had the pleasure of meeting renowned comic artist Louis Small Jr. Even scooped an interview! However, that’ll come later…along with an interview with Sam Ellis (character designer of FX series Archer). But to whet your appetite, I’ve included two signed posters of Mr. Small’s work.

I’ll be back soon with those interviews!

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Small captures the female form in this artwork

Small captures the female form in this artwork

A collage of Marvel characters drawn by Small.

A collage of Marvel characters drawn by Small.

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