We put 5 Questions to Level-8 Comics' Jon Laight...
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I am Jon Laight and I'm the writer and creator of a brand new self-published comic that has been funded through Kickstarter. The artist is a hugely talented guy called Phil Knibbs who will hopefully be able to join in the fun next year at True Believers. Brethren Born is a comic I have been working on for almost 2 years and immensely proud of. I am also the owner of a small press publishing company called Level 8 Comics (www.level8comics.com) which is the the driving force behind the comic and also a place for other indie comic creators to find advice or links to other creators. The rest of the time I am a Firefighter in the Midlands!!
What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?
The main work I will be selling and promoting is Brethren Born #1. This is our first comic and follows the journey of a man with an oath of vengeance against the man who killed his "family" when he was just a child. It spans over 3 timelines so is a little origin story, part sci-fi, part superhero all thrown in to get the juices flowing. There's a few themes in there but I won't spoil too many things for the potential reviewers out there but I love a good cliche so I have tried to flip some of the ideas and expectations are for most indie comics. We will also be hopefully promoting one or two other projects as well as some other items such as art prints, top of the range giclee limited edition prints, bookmarks and t-shirts for all those fantastic comic fans. Hopefully with Phil in attendance we can offer a few sketches and art print signing as well as any advice on successful crowdfunding options.
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
Writing comics has been a fairly new venture for me. I am a full time firefighter working as an instructor in the Training Department. Writing in my spare time is sometimes difficult as I also have a family but when I am in full flow and the ideas are popping and fizzing out of wherever they come from, it is a great feeling. Being able to bring people into worlds I've created or get to know and love characters I've developed is really a massive buzz.
What was the first comic you collected?
The first series I really got into collecting was Uncanny X-men back in the 90's. It was around the time Bishop was introduced to the team and I remember getting involved in the story and wanting to know more. I started collecting back issues and I'll never forget the heart racing moment I managed to dig out Uncanny X-Men 266 (first appearance of Gambit - Pencilled by #TBCF2016 Guest Mike Collins) out of a comic store box that was marked up as a normal priced issue. Awesome.
If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?
Right now would be Providence by Alan Moore and We Stand on Guard by Brian K Vaughan. I love both these writers and most people know about the genius of Moore but this new story is him back to his absolute best. Vaughan is a great writer with some really contemporary ideas that draw you in and make you want more. Another series I absolutely love is Saga by Vaughan as well. The artwork is awesome but the writing and story are some of the most original to be released for quite a while.
Be sure to check out the Level-8 Comics website and stop by their table at #TBCF2016 and say "hello".