Jacques, what is This Bites all about and why they should someone read it?
If a story about a vegan, hipster dude, being bitten by a vampire; trekking with his ex vampire hunting grandma; to destroy the vampire who bit him; does not pique anyone’s interest, I don’t know what will.
Marc, what influenced the lettering style you delivered for this comic?
Well, not only do I letter comics, I make them too and the style, font and approach comes from there. I found a font that I felt was really suited to my drawing style, that had a looser hand-lettered look at times. I then spend time changing the case of certain letters etc etc to make it more unique from panel to panel.
Jacques, what inspired/influenced you to make this comic?
It was during the twilight movie days. I was getting tired of vampires. Which led me to imagine hipster vampires at an organic shop…That somehow morphed into the story we created. It was an amalgamation of random thoughts and trying to be fun and unique.
Marc, how long have you been a letterer and what drew you to the profession?
Like I say, I letter all my own comics too as I’m a cartoonist, lettering for good folks like Jacques came after I started self-publishing and I really enjoy it. So if anymore lettering jobs come along, I’ll happily jump on those!
Jacques, when collaborating with artist David Degrand and letterer Marc Jackson, what challenges did the team as a whole face while creating this comic?
There were no challenges whatsoever. It was weird because having a letterer in the UK and having a professional artist who’s working on SpongeBob, should have made things difficult. But my team was professional and rose to the occasion by create something better than I could have ever imagined.
Marc, what element of your work gives you the most overall satisfaction?
Seeing a page of a comic come together knowing that I’ve learnt from the last job I did and made it better.
Jacques, will there be more of This Bites in the future?
Fans of the story will be treated to a full one shot book that will explain everything. I’m nearly done with the script and will be getting it edited in the next few months.
Marc, do you have any other future projects on your creative plate?
Yes indeed! I have a 21 page comic featuring my character Duckless (a comic drawing duck) called ‘Here come the Bazooka mutants!’ which starts in Volume 21 of Aces Weekly www.acesweekly.co.uk an online anthology comic from V for Vendetta’s David Lloyd. Plus a brand new space comic called Goons of the Galaxy which again features in Aces, this time in Volume 23 starting in July. I also do a regular comic for my local paper and a super-hero strip called KA-PUNCH for the UK’s Comic Heroes magazine!
Jacques and Marc, where can fans of This Bites find you on the internet?
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