All you need to know about Justin Peterson, his Deviant art page, Biography, Interviews and graphic artworks
Justin Peterson is right now a 32 years old creator, writer, and illustrator of the graphic novel series VERY NEAR MINT. He is based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He lives in a vacation destination but spends most of his time inside working on comics. He works out of his apartment, but he has a studio set up in the second bedroom.
Artists in his field that inspires him
His biggest inspiration has always been Charles Schulz. Charles Schulz drew and worked on Peanuts for 50 years. It was his life’s work, as he died the day the last strip was printed in the papers. He did what he loved: drawing news comics every day. He’s also a huge fan of Chris Bachalo. And, of course, there are other artists he loves, Mignola, Mahfood, Immonen, Campbell, Romita JR, Ramos, and my friends Lee, Tara, Joe, and Mike. They all inspired him to try to do better! His long boxes of comics aren’t sorted out by comic series; artist sorts them out!
Comics or art projects he is working on right now
He’s gearing up to work on volume 2 of Very Near Mint. And it’s going to be almost twice as big as the first volume. Also in the works are Very Near Mint 1.5, which will be a one-shot, stand-alone story featuring some of the minor characters in the first volume. He got an invite to work on some comics for a pretty popular iPad app. He’s toying around with doing a WWII-based graphic novel and maybe some autobiographical comics.
Upcoming projects he is most excited about and why?
He is excited to get to work on Very Near Mint volume 2. He felt like he hit his stride right at the end of volume 1, so he feels like volume 2 will be much better. He’s also excited for Lee Bretschneider’s Space Girl comic. He heard the ideas he has for the series, and he thinks it has the potential to push the boundaries of what can be done with comics.
He was asked where he sees comics heading in the next five years?
And he answered as follows:
People, especially comic shop owners, are worried about digital comics. However, he thinks there’s room in the world for digital AND physical books. Unlike music or movies, comic books are still best when you can hold them. Digital comics might look nicer, but it’s not the same experience. The guys over at Four Star Studios in Chicago have an awesome app called Double Feature Comics. If I’m going to read a digital comic, I want it to be a different experience than a physical comic, and they’ve done it. In this app, you can view the pencils, the inks, the colored part, and then the art with the lettering, and you also get commentary on each page from the writer and artist and bonus materials at the end of each story, sketches roughs, whatever. This is the model on which all digital comics should be based.
The Double Feature Comics app is something I can get behind. I think it would be awesome if Marvel sold me the newest issue of Avengers and then offered a download code for bonus materials to view on my iPad or iPhone. Who wouldn’t want to look at an entire issue of pencils from John Romita Jr and read (or even hear!) commentary from Brian Bendis?I’d also like to see monthly comics get a little cheaper. It’s hard for a 13-year-old kid to plunk down $4 for 22 pages of art. I’d gladly spend $1.99 for those same 22 pages if they were printed on old-school newsprint! The prices have to come down across the board. DC has the right idea by bringing down their books to $2.99, but I think there’s room to improve.