For every new comic that we produce, I will be sharing parts of our creative process along the way so that you can see what goes in to creating an independent comic.
Tonight I sat down with the creators of WE Comics’ next all-ages book, “Jimmy Brass, Second Grade Detective” to discuss their creative process. Here’s what Jake Dickerman and Jason Pruett had to say.
WE: Jake, how did you come up with the idea for Jimmy Brass?
JD: I was trying to think of a cartoon, because I don’t normally work with animation a lot. I like Sherlock Holmes, and it seemed like a good character for a kids show. Then Jason Enright from WE Comics came to me and wanted me make a comic book, and I had a terrible idea for a war comic, but instead pitched Jimmy and everyone really liked it.
WE: Jason, What were your first impressions when reading the script for Jimmy Brass?
JP: It was great! It funny, clever, and interesting. I thought it had a lot of potential for being something that was interesting. It looked like an animated kids cartoon. Two years ago, I met a guy in Animation who wanted me to pitch him stuff, and I didn’t really have a ton of pitches. I wish I had Jimmy then, this is really good.
WE: Jake, why do you think it’s important to create new all-ages material and have it represented in comic shops?
JD: I started reading comics when I was 3 and that’s where my love of comics came from. If we don’t have comics for kids to read, then they won’t love comics when they grow up, and comics will die a horrible death.
WE: Jason, what influences have you looked to for inspiration while working on Jimmy Brass?
JP: I have looked at Calvin & Hobbes. I’ve looked at a lot of old school film noir, black & white films. Skottie Young’s work too. And there’s a bit of Peanuts in Opal’s design.
WE: Jake and Jason, what characters or scenes are you most excited to see?
JD: I’m really excited about Opal.
JP: Opal is my favorite.
JD: Opal is just fun.
JP: The opening teaser. That has my interest right now.
JP: I really like Jimmy’s network, with the janitor.
JD: That’s very like Holmes.
JP: It makes Jimmy seem very powerful.
JD: You have to think he helped get them more money at some point. Jimmy is asssisting in Union negotiations. I am really excited to see the silent scenes. Partially because I won’t have to letter them, but also to see how Jason interprets them. I want to see the investigation scenes.
WE: Thanks Guys, do you have any final thoughts you’d like to share about your new comic?
JD: People should buy it.
JP: It’s going to be awesome!
So that was just a little insight into our next book “Jimmy Brass, Second Grade Detective” which we hope to have out for you by the end of summer. You can follow Jason Pruett the artist for Jimmy Brass on twitter @jasonpruett_art and check out his website http://www.jasonpruett.com/ Jake Dickerman despises social media and doesn’t seem to have a website, but if you look hard enough, I am sure you can find embarrassing stuff from his past online somewhere. Stay tuned for more info from Jimmy Brass and all of our new comics.