Buffy the Vampire Slayer artist Georges Jeanty stops by InvestComics’ 10 For The Pros.
10 For The Pros
Georges Jeanty – Artist/Writer
After majoring in the Fine Arts , at Miami-dade University, he considered a career in acting, but decided to use his artistic talent to pursue a career as a commercial artist.
His first break in comics was Paradigm #1 (1994) published by Caliber Comics. Soon after, he worked on some of the bad girl books at London Night Studios. Laying his artistic hands on various London Night characters such as Poizon, Stryke and Razor.
His earlier Marvel work also included a Gambit mini-series (also an X-man) and Deadpool- the “merc with a mouth” After receiving rave reviews for his stint on Deadpool, Georges continued his mutant-mania with Weapon X and another Gambit project-this time as an ongoing monthly comic series.
Georges now works FULL time on Dark Horses Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
1. What are you working on (creatively) right now?
(GJ) I am working on Buffy at the moment (no surprise there!) She will be all I do for the remainder of the year.
2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?
(GJ) When I was a kid I just idolized the Thing form the Fantastic Four. I mean I was a freak for him. I thought he was the coolest because he was so strong! I always wondered what it would be like to be strong like that. I mean he could pick up buildings! Sure Hulk and Thor were stronger (you can tell I was a Marvel zombie), but they just didn’t look as cool as the Thing. Mind you this was from a kid’s point of view, so I never really understood the tortured monster/man ideals, he was cool. He didn’t have to be real. Then I read Paul Chadwick’s Concrete years later and realized what a trauma it would have been to be the Thing, but in a weird way he made it look even cooler!
3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?
(GJ) Just that I get up in the mornings and come to work and sit in front of the table and draw! Not watch movies, not play video games, not talk to people for hours on line, just draw. So far it’s worked out pretty well.
4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?
(GJ) I love working with Joss Whedon. He’s really giving and has allowed me to contribute to the Buffy universe in ways that I would have never thought possible. Forever on I will have had a hand in creating some of the Buffy canon!
5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?
(GJ)For the most part yes. And that’s not just with the Superhero movies. I’ve really liked all the comics that have been adapted into movies, books like Road To Perdition and the Surrogate come to mind as good adaptations.
6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?
(GJ) I would love to see Paul’s Concrete on the big screen. I know there was a script floating around for a few years now, so who knows? I worked on the Gambit book for a while and I always thought he would make a great movie and I think Wolverine proved just that. I would love to see a Prince Namor film. I love the sea and would love to see what Hollywood would do to it.
7. Which part of your job do you find most stressful?
(GJ) Working when you don’t want to. Drawing is a largely creative thing and it comes from having talent, but it is the worst feeling in the world when you have to force that talent when you don’t feel it because of a deadline, that can get stressful!
8. What advice could you give for a creator trying to break into the industry?
(GJ) Start when you’re young enough to not worry about struggling. This is a field (when you break in) by the young. All the old dogs who are still in the biz have been around for a while. It’s very rare you’ll see an older person breaking into the biz, but if you’re good you’re good no matter what age, so be honest with yourself, about your work before you go and put so much effort into breaking in.
9. “My best Investment in life was…….”
(GJ) Was that I never had a safety net. Not the most secure thing, but I never had a choice. It was either succeed or die.
10. Have anything you’d like to plug?
(GJ) I have a web site that will keep you updated on all things Georges www.kabalounge.com Oh, and keep reading Buffy!
Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?
(GJ) How much time you got? I have so many. I’ll keep it to comic for simplicity. In no particular order. John Bryne, Frank Miller, Walt Simonson, Michael Golden, Milo Manara, Mobius, Steranko, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Adam Hughes, Alan Davis, P Craig Russell and so on….
Digital or Paper?
(GJ) I still draw on paper, thank god!