The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #8: BRETT JONES

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #8: BRETT JONES

CP-RAD-1-1And now, as our Q&A spotlights of PNP creators begins to wind down, let’s take a peek at American writer Brett Jones, who co-created Radiation Day.

[BTW, if you missed #1 with PNP’s Galo Gutierrez you can check that out here, the one with Matt Kyme here, #3 with Graeme Jackson hereAndrez Bergen was #4 here, Ben Gilboa @ #5, Chris Yarbrough, and #7 with Bryan Timmins.]


Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Brett Jones — the writer and co-creator of the PNP published series Radiation Day. I currently reside in the Kansas City area.

Who are your favorite three comic book artists, and why? Which titles of theirs are the best, so far as you’re concerned?

It’s quite difficult to narrow it down to just three, but three of my favorites would have to be Menton Matthews, Greg Ruth and Greg Capullo.

Menton has become a recent favorite over the last few years with the beautifully gothic style and creepy vibes that his work embodies. Greg Ruth has been a long time favorite of mine with his incredible ability to capture an unrivaled realism with just a pencil and paper; his book Freaks of the Heartland is a must read, as well as his newest book Indeh. Last, but not least, the illustrious Greg Capullo. Greg’s art is the entire reason I am even working in comics. His work on Spawn in the ’90s was where I first fell in love with the medium. His style has continued to grow in a mind-blowing way, with everything from his creator owned series The Creech, to his current work on Batman, he will always be in my top three.

What style/genre of comics do you prefer to read? 

I absolutely love horror, hands down. When I was younger I discovered the McFarlane toys series Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls, and I thought they were grotesquely fascinating. From there I branched out and read a few of Clive Barker‘s books on the Cenobites and other creepy anthologies he created. Through my research into his work, I found H.P. Lovecraft, and after reading about the Cthulhu mythos, I was hooked on horror for the rest of my days. When I was a teenager my brother bought me the first 50 issues of Spawn and after devouring those I would read anything horror or creepy-related, and that lead me to the great horror writers and artists in the comic world.

Brett JonesWho’s your favorite three comic book writers, and why? Which titles of theirs are the best, so far as you’re concerned?

My top three in no particular order are Steve Niles, Scott Snyder, and Joe Hill.

Steve Niles’ credits are limitless, with everything from one of the most definitive works in the horror comics world 30 Days of Night to his beautiful and creepy prose and short stories in the Kickstarter-funded book LUST with Ben Templesmith and Menton Matthews. Scott Snyder is of course most famously known for his work on Batman, but it was his book Severed that caught my attention. A series about an aging vampire and a young boy, filled with murder and deception set on the open road in 1916. Joe Hill possesses an amazing ability to craft as genuinely tense and fantastical world like that in his series Locke & Key, absolutely amazing book that everyone should read, which comes as no surprise considering his father is the great Stephen King, however he if fully capable of standing on his own despite the family name.

Who’s your favorite non-comic book writer, and why? Which book of his/hers is the best, so far as you’re concerned?

My favorite non-comic writer would definitely have to be H.P. Lovecraft. That man’s work was awe-inspiring in the way he was able to firmly grasp the horror/terror narrative and make you feel scared as you read his stories. I would like to say Call of Cthulhu was my favorite, but he has far too many that I enjoy.

“I have looked upon all the universe has to hold of horror, and even the skies of spring and flowers of summer must ever afterward be poison to me.”
― H.P. Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu