We put 5 Questions to Janine van Moosel...
Who are you and what do you do?
Janine van Moosel, freelance artist of many kinds. I have an honors in Animation, though I don't animate any longer. I illustrate children's books, adult horror comics, do sketch and concept work for tv, portrait commissions, fan art, logo design and even beer labels.
What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?
Mostly fan-art prints. I am a huge horror fan so some of my work is geared at the film geeks... I am also a batman fan, so a large percentage of my work revolves around that too.
Everything else is eclectic! I usually try to have some original one of framed sketches for events, and a stock of comics I have worked in.
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
Creative license. I pick and choose what I want to do, and I do what I love. I work with wonderful people and aim to keep a good work ethos so they keep wanting me back! There is nothing better than knowing you are blowing people's minds - when a writer see's their characters and stories visualized, when someone becomes a fan and your work inspires them... that is pretty cool :)
What was the first comic you collected?
Bunty, Beano, Dandy, Topper, Oor Wullie, The Broons. These are all comics I grew up on, especially being from Dundee! But if we are talking the one that made me want to work in comics? Clive Barker's 'the Yattering and Jack' (scripted by Steve Niles) Two of my favourite comic writers! I was never one for collecting individual issues, I prefer trades or stand alone stories.
If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?
Tough one... Honestly... I would not know where to begin. I LOVE Joseph Michael Linsner's Dawn, 'Return of the Goddess'. Beautifully drawn with so much visual metaphor. Great story and characters too. Steve Niles' 'Criminal Macabre' which eventually merges with his '30 days of night' books though... I say those two arcs that meet and continue intertwined would win out. Best take on vampires in a long time. Also love Slaine by Pat Mills for barbarian fantasy and Batman 'Arkham Asylum' for super heroes. Or 'Luther, Man of Steel' because it is from the view point of Lex Luther. :)
Be sure to check out Janine's website and stop by her table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello".