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    I worked with Jacen on a couple of books, DARK BLUE and SCARS, before he got so popular that I was not good enough for him any more and he would only deal with people like Alan Moore and Garth Ennis. Despite this heartbreaking insult, I hereby open up a one-week residency for the artist whose next project, I believe, is a new serial from Avatar Press called CROSSED.

    Jacen will be around all week to answer questions, bullshit, and probably rant a bit. Say hello to Jacen Burrows now.

    -- W
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Dear Mr Burrows,

    I deeply loved your work both on Dark Blue and Simon Specter (not having read anything illustrated by your good self, I can't comment on your other stuff).

    Also, I'd love to know: when did you decide you wanted to be a comics artist?

    Love,

    Ted
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Hi Jacen! So tell us about Crossed? Who's writing it, what's the style?
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Hello to Jacen Burrows. Now I need to spend the rest of the week figuring out a cool question to ask you.
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    Let's not forget BAD WORLD, where you made the poor guy draw lizard sodomy! Yes, Jacen's next book is a 10 issue horror series with Garth Ennis titled CROSSED. We'll stick some graphics up from that in a moment.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008 edited
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    303 was quite nice, too. Loaned that one to a lot of my friends.
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      CommentAuthorbrianwood
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    303 was a work of genius all around.

    bri
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    Thirded on 303 being masteful.

    I just saw the promo pieces for "Crossed"


    More on CBR

    That is wonderfully evil. Did you work with Garth on coming up with designs for those pieces?

    The Axe...the axe is fucking awesome.
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    Dear Mr. Burrows,

    SCARS is one of my all-time favorite Warren Ellis stories. I attribute its success in part to your willingness to artisitically walk down the dark emotional roads Ellis laid out for you.

    Out of curiosity, do you watch Italian giallo films (e.g. Dario Argento, Mario Bava) or the likes of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST for light entertainment?

    Miranda's Eyes
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    Examples of Jacen's work:

    written by Warren Ellis: Simon Spector (Apparat), Bad World, Scars, Dark Blue
    written by Garth Ennis: 303, Chronicles of Wormwood, Crossed
    written by Alan Moore: The Courtyard
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      CommentAuthorPyD
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Hello sir,
    very few things have amused me as much as that penis nose - my thanks for that.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Ah, sweet attention. I'll be here all week, folks. Ask your most personal, professional, creative, weird, or perverted and you'll get an answer. And probably a couple of mental scars. Thanks all around to our gracious hosts and to you people for giving a damn. Now on with some juicy bits...

    when did you decide you wanted to be a comics artist?

    I didn't make that choice. It's all I've ever done, really. I was singled out in kindergarten for doing weird, intricate finger paintings and it stuck. I don't think they were particularly good but I enjoyed it and the attention it brought so I just never stopped. It's probably a good thing I was rubbish at dodge ball, eh? I think I was 13 or so when I decided it would be comics after meeting Eastman and Laird at a small Connecticut minicon. At the time they were broke, living in a closet sized apartment but full of sparkly, anyone-can-do-it energy. A few years later they were multimillionaires which filled me with the false hope that one could get stinking rich drawing just about anything.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    So tell us about Crossed? Who's writing it, what's the style?

    The best bit of information is in the CBR interview linked above in Orwell's post. The short answer is that this is Garth Ennis' first major foray into straight horror with an apocalyptic survival story. He brings his usual brilliantly strong character writing and focuses on a group of people running for their life from people unable to resist doing their most horrible, devious, evil things to anyone they can get their hands on. These aren't zombies, they aren't irrational with rage, they know how to hunt for you, how to search out hiding spots and bypass any barrier and all they want to do is torture and rape you death in the most creative and awful ways possible. It is not played for laughs this time although I believe the black humor of it may come through at times.

    When Garth calls it the most fucked up things he's ever written, he isn't exaggerating....and I get to draw it!
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008 edited
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    Did you work with Garth on coming up with designs for those pieces?

    The promo pieces were my idea but we talked through them with Garth before anything was started. I wanted some way of getting people thinking and promoting the book without going with the traditional route of just throwing images of the "monsters" all over the place. I figured if I took places we're all familiar with and drew them in a haunted, isolated, devastated way it would capture the feeling of the series while still allowing for some mystery. The initial plan was to try to release them around the web without much information so people could generate their own theories like a viral thing but we ran out of time. I still can't believe it's June!
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Out of curiosity, do you watch Italian giallo films (e.g. Dario Argento, Mario Bava) or the likes of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST for light entertainment?

    Hi Miranda. As a matter of fact, yes! My horror collection is ridiculous and awesome. I still prefer the "shock" stuff of the 70's over the modern stuff for the most part. There is something about the film grain, the lighting and the hair/clothing of the era that takes me back to my childhood and early teens. Right when the video store boom happened I lived near this little hole in the wall video store that had a whole section of "cult" films with "adults only" labels but the owner liked me and let me rent anything. I was 11 or 12 when I worked my way through the Cannibal movies, Texas Chainsaw, Last house on the Left, the Argento catalog, Cronenberg and most of the classic splatter stuff.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    re:Fucknose from Chronicles of Wormwood

    I never expected to have to draw that much penis in a single series. Or ever, really. I have Garth to thank for that. The funniest thing about that was the brief conversation we had about just what kind of penis it should be.

    "No, if we go with porno cock it will end up looking like an elephant trunk"
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Some more Crossed art for you...

    Crossed cover
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008 edited
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    I'm curious - what's been your favorite work of your own so far, professionally?
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    can you give us any insight into your process? i have really enjoyed your work and i have read most of the work apart from the stuff with moore.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    What's something you'd like to draw that Warren/Garth/Alan haven't written for you yet?