5 Question Interview #114

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Jon Laight...


What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Since True Believers 2017, I've released two new comics.  For returning readers there is the next installment of my on-going series with Brethren Born issue 3 (Art Phil Knibbs, Inks Luca Cicchitti, Colours Chris Jenkins & Ramos, letters Rob Jones).  Newton returns to face down an old enemy with a few new super powered faces in tow.  There will also be the brand new all ages/kids adventure comic Late Knights:A Sense of Steel #1 (Art Matt Strott, Letters Ken Reynolds).  A comic for all the family, it follows the Late family who at night, transform into the super cool spy family The Late Knights, protecting the world from the super villain bad guys.  I'll have the usual art prints, badges, roll the dice game as well as some colouring in sheets for the kids (and big kids!!). 

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What do you love about creating comics?

I enjoy the process, the research and just being able to get the constant crazy stuff in my head down on paper.  Writing about what you know and love is great and seeing others enjoy it after you've written or published a story is very special indeed.  Plus it means I never have to go grow up.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

The most challenging part is dealing with the time it takes to make a comic.  The writer tends to be the 'herder' of the art team in small press, so trying to sort deadlines for artists all around the world can be a real challenge.  Funding can be tough unless you're one of the big boys working for the big two but even those guys are turning to creator owned/independent publishing.  Crowdfunding seems to be the answer right now but I'm sure there'll be newer options just around the 21st century corner.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

As an exhibitor, it's the interaction with the visitors and other exhibitors.  I love to chat and talk about all things, not just comics and when I get a returning reader of anything I've done who gives a glowing review or some constructive feedback, it's always worth the trip.  As a punter, I really enjoy doing a full lap of doing a recce and then taking my time talking and spending, on some of the very cool small press creations out there.  A couple of cheeky drinks post con is always a great way to catch up up with small press and big names alike.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

As I write this, the third chapter of the Porcelain series by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose has just released.  I'm awaiting it to drop on my doormat to devour, but it is a beautiful story with some of the most detailed and delicate art you'll ever see.  Chris is working with DC right now, a very nice bloke indeed and this would be a great introduction to anyone thinking about getting into comics.  Also, I'm a huge fan of Donny Cates but most of his current work is not for the kids...titles like God Country, Babyteeth and Rednecks are awesome series.  For the kids, my girls are reading the Hilda series as well as Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron.

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You can find Jon online or stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.