Thursday, October 20, 2011

Interview with Jim Rugg

1. So what is it like working on a graphic novel with another author? 
Working with Cecil was great. Our editor, Shelly Bond, set a positive, inclusive tone for us as a team. We would have regular conference calls to talk about the script and to look at the work I was drawing. And the result was a very high-energy, rewarding experience. It probably helped that Cecil wrote a great script. 

2. Do you have an artist that greatly inspires you? 
Not really. I mean, there isn’t just one. I’m inspired by a lot of artists and sometimes it depends on my mood or what I’m working on, in terms of whose work inspires me. Some of my favorite cartoonists include Dan Clowes, Frank Miller, Robert Crumb. I also enjoy a lot of filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, and Tarantino. 

3. Do you have a favorite panel from either of the JANE books? 
Not really. I like certain sequences, like when Main Jane moves to the suburbs in the first book, I liked how those pages turned out. I liked some of the dance sequence in the second book… 

4. Do you have any books you're working on right now? 
Right now I am working on art for a solo show in LA next year, which will likely yield a book or zine or something. I’m going to be doing a fill-in issue on a DC book shortly, and have started blogging about some of my favorite fill-in issues of old comic books to motivate myself. And I’ve been doing a lot of short strips for anthologies like MOME and Smoke Signal and Pood. 

5. Is there a book you've read recently that you can't recommend enough? 
 Jaime Hernandez’s latest, the Love Bunglers, from Love and Rockets, volume 4, was one of the greatest comics I’ve ever read. I’m trying to remember what I’ve read recently, Outliers was a fun read. I’ve been looking at old Image books for a project I’m working on, and Jae Lee’s story from Youngblood: Strikefile 1-3 has surprised me. Tom Neely’s the Wolf is amazing. I read Felipe Smith’s Peepo Choo, a three volume manga from Vertical and absolutely loved it. 

6. Anything else you'd like to share? 
The PLAIN Janes volume 1 returns to shelves this November. Volume 1 had sold out, and DC decided to reprint it. So that’s good. If anyone’s interested in the PLAIN Janes, it should be easy to track a copy down through their local comics shop, bookstore, or online. And anyone interested in keeping up with me can sign up for my newsletter, or follow me on Twitter, @jimrugg

Don't forget you can win a copy of The PLAIN Janes here and see my review here!

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