Friday, August 31, 2018

Thought On Comicsgate. Time To Speak Up.

A couple of days ago I tweeted about Comicsgate. This seems to have made a lot of people angry. Well, that’s too bad, but I fully stand by what I said. For too long, too many creators and members of the comics industry, who are not straight white men, have been harassed, abused and attacked online, when all they want to do is tell stories and make comics. This is not right. 

If you don’t like the stories these creators are telling, then don’t buy them. That is your right. What is not your right is to attack them and try to silence their voices.

I had hoped more creators who, like me, have had the privilege to create comics free of this sort of abuse and scrutiny, because we are white, and we are men, would have joined me in denouncing Comicsgate. I know many of you feel the way I do. I noticed that many popular and significant creators “liked” my tweet. And that’s great, but it’s not enough. If we can’t use our voices to stand up for the next generation of comics creators, editors and the next wave of voices that will keep our medium alive and vital, then what’s the point of having them?

The time is now to stand up for female comic book creators. The time is now to stand up for trans comic book creators. The time is now to stand up for creators of color and of all sexual orientations, races and religions.  If we don’t do that, we don’t deserve to keep making comics ourselves. 

So, don’t just like tweets. Say something. Let marginalized creators and voices know that we are with them. Comics are for everybody. Let the world know that.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018



1:30—2:30: PANEL: Monsters in our Midst: Room 8
This panel will include Rafael Albuquerque, Emil Ferris, Alex Grecian, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, and William Stout. Panel will be moderated by Andrew Farago.


10am: SIGNING at Image Comics booth

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m: PANEL: We Believe in HorrorRoom:23 ABC

2:00 pm-2:50pm: SIGNING: Dark Horse Comics Booth #2615


3-4pm: SPOTLIGHT PANEL w/  guests Will Dennis and Dustin Nguyen.  Rm 25ABC

4:00—5:00:PANEL: Drawing Distinctive Characters Room 23ABC
This panel will include Manuele Fior, Andy Fish, Jeff Lemire, Liniers, and Jen Wang. Panel will be moderated by Vince Hernandez


1 pm-2pm: SIGNING at IDW/Top Shelf

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

GIDEON FALLS New Series Coming March 2018 Order NOW!

My brand new series from Image Comics, GIDEON FALLS with artist Andrea Sorrentino will be out MARCH 7, but you can pre-order it now at your local comic book shop! Simply bring the above info.  Any pre-orders really help so thanks for the support. You can read more about the series here and there is a sneak peak at the artwork below!

Thursday, December 7, 2017


As 2017 winds down I'm looking ahead to an exciting 2018 with lots of new projects on the horizon...

While ROYAL CITY and DESCENDER will continue I also have a new series, GIDEON FALLS, coming in MARCH with artist ANDREA SORRENTINO and DAVE STEWART. Andrea and I worked together on Green Arrow and Old Man Logan for Marvel and DC, bit this is our first creator owned book. Its a supernatural horror series, a rural mystery. More details to come soon.
The world of BLACK HAMMER will also grow in 2018 with the launch of the just announced mini-series, DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS with artist Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart. The main Black Hammer story also continues in April with Dean Ormston when we relaunch the core series as BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM (details on that below).
And I'll be doing a new book for DC COMICS in February, THE TERRIFICS with artists Iva Reis and  Doc Shaner. The series combines a bunch of my favourite DC characters, METAMORPHO, PLASTIC MAN, MR. TERRIFIC and PHANTOM GIRL in a fun book full of adventure and heart.
And, in addition I will be doing another new series for DC called THE INFERIOR FIVE with one of my heroes KEITH GIFFEN! Keith will be drawing the book and I'll be scripting it, and also drawing 5-page backups featuring THE PEACEMAKER. The book will be set in the DC Universe of 1988!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For Gord.

I met Gord Downie about four years ago. He and his brother, Mike treated me to coffee near my studio in Leslieville and they told me about Chanie Wenjack.

I had never heard of Chanie Wenjack. Chances are neither had you. I was immediately moved by Gord's warmth, passion and humour. We started working together immediately.

He would visit every couple weeks and I would show him my drawings. We would laugh and talk and somewhere in there, there was even a 400km snowmobile ride in arctic temperatures, a hockey game in a hotel room in Timmins, and because of him I finally got to fulfill my teenaged dream of joining a rock band, even though I can't play any instruments.

He had a way about him that made it feel like we'd known each other for years. I miss him now and I will always miss him.

We became friends. More than friends...we created something together. And art never dies.

I love you, Gord. You changed my life and made me a better man and a better artist. I will see you again...

xo J