FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… JASON BROWNE
Up this time is the creator of the superb superhero comic The Wren… Jason Browne. (I totally see the Mike Wieringo influence).
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
Wow, em, for Buttonpress it was Wren #1 in 2007 but I had done work for differernt companies in Ireland and the UK back in the 90’s. I had pursued other interests over some years and then stumbled upon Tellos with art by Mike Wieringo one day and the lightbulb exploded in my brain. Getting back to drawing was hard at first, like trying to learn another language. In the past my art I had done was very quick and simple but now I wanted to actually draw a comic book and so that was the first run on the ever growing ladder.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
Draw your ass off. Life drawing a must, no avoiding this if you ever want to grow your talent.. Research, research, research, did I mention research?
What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?
Oh my Gaawd, Ok since I draw and write, it’s a crazy process of contestant plotting, design, layouts and background digging. A story idea needs to be investigated as much as I can, as it helps add to the body of the work. Plots sometimes like with the War of Fál (now kicking off in Artos #2!!) I pass to another writer and get then to add the meat to my fruit and veg.
The great/fun thing about writing is like with Jack, the Wren, this character I have fully fleshed out and so it helps when trying to write his reaction and actions in situations. He now tells me.
Layouts, smaller versions of panels on each page I work out before hand as it speeds the process up so much. Pencils, inks and then I color via Photoshop each page.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Huge list of awesome people but if I had to wangle it down, hmmm, firstly Stephen Thompson who is a fantastic Irish artist and lucky to say a friend who has helped me with the drawing process so much, cannot thank him enough for his patients, heh.
Lisa Jackson who helped guide me through the dark forest that is Photoshop. This lady’s artwork in itself is gorgeous but her she also has a black belt in colouring.
Mike Wieringo is my favourite artist ever I think, his style is exactly how I see comic books in my head if that makes sense, stunning work. Sadly he passed away too soon.
Duncan Rouleau, Todd nauck, Ed Mc Guinness, Carlo Barberi, Stuart Immonen (WOW!), Didier Crisse, David Etien, Jane Chapman, Olivier Dunrea, Sara Pichelli and of course Humberto Ramos! List could go on so I will stop now.
Cartoons wise, Ben 10, Secret Saturdays, Full Metal Alchemist, Monster Allergy, Scooby Doo, Disney!, Robotech,Teen Titans Go!, Naruto and Young Justice. Movies and games wise, list is way too long, my brain is a sponge.
What are you working on right now?
Issue 11 of Wren, which is part two in the War of Fál crossover storyline between the Wren and Artos. Also future plots and a couple of new projects. I love creating comic books and so work is probably the wrong word. More what am I playing at right now.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
Wren Issue 10 and Artos issue 2 are now available. As are volumes one and two of the Wren trades.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Oh Maaaan! This question is so unfair! Hmmmm ok comic book wise, any issue of Finn and Fish, just drop dead gorgeous. But! Graphic wise, The Earthbound God, great body of work and glorious adventure.
Jason Browne on Twitter https://twitter.com/Jason1Kent