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For this week's 7 Questions, I talked with Juan Jose Ryp, the talented artist working on Skybound's new series, CLONE, with writer David Schulner. Check out what Juan has to say below about art, music, and this mindbending new book, in stores November 14th!
1.) For those that don’t know, how did you get your start in comics?
God, I hate that question, I'm too old for… well, this is my bio in a few lines. A zillion years ago or so, I began to publish professionally in Spain, working in several magazines with so many genres: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, erotic. Some of these works and characters have seen the light in the States years later, like Nancy In Hell. By sheer chance, I started to work at Avatar Press exclusively, and I continued to work there eight or nine years more, doing works like Robocop, Black Summer, No Hero… I spent two years more at Marvel Comics, drawing Wolverine, Moon Knight, Punisher…and, well, now I'm here, at Skybound drawing CLONE, along with some Batman stuff for DC Comics. There is more to tell, sure, but… who would want to hear all that?
What's up, Skybounders!
For my first go at 7 Questions, I got Clone writer David Schulner to spill his guts.
For those not in the know, Clone is a sci-fi story about Dr. Luke Taylor, whose perfect life is interupted when he finds an identical version of himself, bleeding out on his kitchen floor. And this guy's not the only clone in this world… and they’re all after Luke's pregnant wife and their unborn child!
Where did this story come from? Let's hear David tell it...
1.) Your grandfather, Jack Kamen, was an illustrator for EC Comics. Were you allowed to read his comics as a kid?
Jack didn’t become my grandfather until I was 18, when my dad remarried. He was in his late sixties then, maybe early seventies, but still acted like a kid. Even before he came into my life, I remember the art he did for the Creepshow movie so vividly. That little boy deliriously devouring a slasher comic book while a horrible ghoul looked over his shoulder. He made the boy more terrifying than the ghoul, which was a stroke of genius. Anyway, my dad loved Jack’s art even more than my new step-mother. He had the entire house filled to the brim with his art. People being decapitated with chain saws. Mad scientists creating voluptuous (complete understatement) women from discarded bodyparts. Now when I bring my kids over to visit there is a lot of explaining to do.