In this week’s “in-house” interview leading up to the release of the Other Worlds anthology, we speak with artist, Russell Brown.
AWBW: Hi Russ, why don’t we start off by having you tell us a bit about yourself.
Russ: I’m a part-time freelance artist working in Emmett, Idaho. I’d been living and working in the Seattle area for ten or eleven years, and had relocated recently to be closer to my two daughters, who live just outside of Boise.
AWBW: And how about your art training? Did you always want to get into comics, or did you start out in another field?
I’d graduated from the Animation Art & Design program from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2003 and had been doing quite a lot of animation pre-production designs and storyboards.
I’d never regularly drawn comics art, but had been watching the emergence of guys like Jim Lee, Mark Silvestri and Jae Lee through the early Image Comics days. Honestly, I’d never really considering doing comics regularly until I was approached by Justin Zimmerman with the possibility of working on The Killing Jar.
In the first of a series of “in-house” interviews leading up to the release of the Other Worlds anthology, A Wave Blue World chats with Justin Zimmerman, creator and writer of the title.
Justin is a nationally recognized writer, filmmaker and professor. He has taught in multiple colleges and programs and his production company, Bricker-Down Productions®, has been the recipient of many grants, film festival honors and awards.
AWBW: Your background is mostly in filmmaking, an area in which you’re still very much involved. Tell us a little bit about how you first started to transition into comics and why?
JZ: My MFA is in Film, and I’ve been heavily invested in filmmaking for as long as I can remember, it’s true. But even that’s been incredibly diverse. From socially-oriented docs to narrative indies, from corporate work like teaching at four colleges and shooting for fortune 500 companies like Getty Images and Cisco Systems to writing a feature-length Stephen King adaptation, I’ve always tried to stay as malleable as possible with my creativity. Basically, I get bored easily…and I love to work. And I’ve always been fascinated by the scope, scale and autonomy of independent comics. So I decided to make some. Fortunately for me, I landed in the independent comic capital of the country, purely by luck, and was able to jump in with both feet. You can see a lot of this stuff on my website, www.brickerdown.com
Other Worlds, the sci-fi/horror/experimental anthology from the mind of award-winning filmmaker and comic writer Justin Zimmerman,Other Worlds features the art of some of comicdom’s most unique up-and-coming talents, like Mike Lawrence, Grace Allison, Tym Godek, Russ Brown and many more. Enter the world of the unknown, with eleven stories filled with giant robot librarians, sentient bugs and even a young girl with a rocket backpack. Other Worlds - which GiantFireBreathingRobot.com calls “Ingenious” – will captivate your imagination and rekindle your sense of wonder.
Poison the Cure, the comic series Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Diaz, calls “cruel,” “hilarious,” “stunning,” and “beautiful” is now being released digitally by A Wave Blue World. Issue #1 is now free on the ComiXology platform and here on the AWBW site, with subsequent issues releasing monthly on ComiXology beginning with the issue #2 on May 8. The video trailer for the series can be seen on the AWBW site as well.
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