Mon, 17 May 2010
Our conversation with comic artist Trevor Von Eeden is special to us for several reasons. One, he was one of a handful of guests Adrian wanted to invite on the show just after he joined it. Two, Adrian and I are both HUGE fans of the guy's work from the '80s and '90s. And three, having him on kind of jump-started a desire in us to chat with other seminal creators, like himself, who really came to the fore during our formative years (more on that part later).
Now, for those of you who don't know his work, Trevor's most noted contribution to the DC Universe has always been considered the co-creation of Black Lightning with writer Tony Isabella, back in 1979. What we think he should be most known for are his innovative layouts, amazing storytelling and his avant garde approach to drawing comics.
The work he did on Batman (Annual #8), Green Arrow and of course, Thriller, with co-creator Robert Loren Fleming, are inarguable examples of his maverick thinking. Trevor really was doing something new when he worked on those characters years ago.
Other than his superb art, there are a few things about Von Eeden as a person that came out in our talk with him as well. Some of it was covered in The Comics Journal interview he did from last year (#298), some wasn't. Either way, we ain't gonna spoil much of it here. Let's just say, he was very young when he got started at DC, he's an intelligent guy and highly principaled, and he's had some special relationships with other professionals in this here industry.
And last of all, we'd be bad hosts if we didn't mention The Original Johnson here. Trevor embarked on his first creator-owned project a couple years ago and we saw Part I make its debut in late 2009. The Original Johnson is his bio-comic about the life and career of famed heavy-weight boxer Jack Johnson. At the time when we first spoke to him, IDW had just released Part I and Trevor was hard at work on Part II.
The story of Jack is a fascinating one anyways, and it's made all the more so by Von Eeden's deftful retelling of it in TOJ.
Part II is out this month and we do recommend you check it out.
Our sincerest thanks to Trevor for chatting with us. Again, he's a guy who's been rockin' our worlds since we were in our teens and it's nice to see he's still at it.
**The Original Johnson was inked, in part, by our good buddy, Don Hillsman II. Go, Don!
Tue, 11 May 2010