Jon Lennon

Noise - Visual and Audio

Have you ever paused, taken stock of the various aspects of your life, and realized to your horror that you have sooo much shit going down? Like you're blind to it when you're in the thick of it, but when you come up to breathe, something something "forest for the trees" and all that. 

I think that made sense, even though it kinda fell apart at the end there. Whatever. Here's what's up: 

(FUCKING) FORTY

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Ed Siemienkowicz was a guy who, despite being a fellow Chicago comic creator AND being friends with just about everyone I know, I never actually had the honor of meeting in person. Before his passing in 2017, he had completed the script for his 240+ page graphic novel Fucking Forty, which chronicled his battle with cancer. So his friends and loved ones got together and launched the Fucking Forty project, in which a bunch of artist volunteered to take sections of the script and finish the art. I volunteered and finished my assigned pages a few weeks ago, and more and more artists are wrapping up their pages every day. 

I'm not sure where the book goes from there. I believe there's going to be a Kickstarter campaign to get it printed and distributed. I'll post more info as I receive it. 

PRODUCT OF SOCIETY

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When I first met Jon Michael Lennon and Leo Perez, the greatest motherfuckers I've ever met, they had already released a couple issues of PRODUCT OF SOCIETY, an anthology series of the most insane shit I've ever read. When I saw this book, I immediately thought "I wanna be on this". Then Jon said he was retiring the series and I fell into a black pit of despair. So we worked on other things. I did all my shit and we eventually teamed up to make Scratches. Then Jon and Leo announced that P.O.S was coming back, so of course I jumped on that shit. And that's what I'm working on now. 

Jon sent me the greatest script ever and I'm currently about halfway through the art. I want to say more, but that's all I can say for now. There'll be more announcements soon. 

MY STUFF

I've been working on a bunch of books written by other people - a first for me. But I do have my own shit still in the works. The script for Nowhere #7 and the next N'Albany story are both complete and ready to draw. So as soon as I knock out my P.O.S. pages, this will be next on my list. 

MY (PUBLISHED) STUFF

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Caliber has officially released the trade paperback of IT LOOKS BACK and it's in Diamond/Previews now! CHECK THIS SHIT OUT! 

I'm still having a hard time processing that this is actually happening. If you want to see this book in your local comic book shop, hit them up and give them this code: MAR181373 . They can use that to order IT LOOKS BACK from Previews. 

This is all new to me, and I have no idea what I'm doing, so help me out and spread the word. 

WITHOUT LIGHT

In non-comic news, I've been getting back into music for a bit now, and one of the bands I'm in - a doom metal outfit called Without Light - has officially graduated out of the "fucking around in a basement" stage and started doing shows: 

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Much like with comics, I have no idea what I'm doing, but the process is fun. We have some rough demos up on Bandcamp if you wanna check them out. 

I think that's everything in the works right now, but there's a good chance that there's something I'm forgetting. There always is. 

-JSB

L15

C2E2 is only 2 weeks away. You should be there. I hear it's gonna be a good time. I'm personally looking forward to staring lovingly at Angel for 3 days straight. The poor bastard's seated directly across from me.

 And it's not just Me and Angel - just about everyone's gonna be there. Jon and Leo, The Sun Bros., Ali, Nakama Toys, I'm even shipping in a batch of feral Iowans - Kyle, Donovan, and Lee - to join in the veritable blood-orgy. So where are we all at? Here's a handy guide:

I will be at table L15. It's the booth where all the screaming and rats will be coming from.
Angel is pretty much directly across from me at table K16, or just follow my unblinking gaze.
Ali and Sun Bros. are only a few tables across from each other, at tables K4 and K1 respectively.
Jon, Leo, and the Iowa Crew are right next to each other, so I fully expect their area to be a smouldering crater by the end of the weekend. Jon and Leo are at D14 and Kyle, Don, and Lee will be at D15. While you're there, Leo's debuting a new book at C2E2: The Legend of El Toro Dorado. I've been excited for this book ever since he told me about it. It features art by him, Jon, and Angel.
Nakama Toys isn't on the map below, but they're in booth 283. Bry, Nicole, and Devo will be running the booth. When you swing by there, tell Nicole that Jamie needs a smoke break. Here's a map:


If you weren't at DanCon, this will be your first chance to pick up the first two issues of my newest book Nowhere, so be sure to scoop those up. I'm also working on a few other goodies that I hope to have ready in time for the show, but that's for another post.

See you in two weeks!
-jsb


Rowsdower saves us and saves all the world.

I've been watching a lot of MST3K during my nightly drawing sessions recently. Hence the poorly-shoehorned-in reference in the title. Moving on. Here's a random WIP from Nowhere #2:


Compared to the first issue, this one has been plagued by distractions all around - from school to other projects - but it's done now. Mostly. I mean, Nicole has to proofread it and check for any typos I've most definitely made, but the art and whatnot is done. So that's progress. My goal is to have Nowhere #1 and #2 ready in time for DanCon, which is coming up in March. This will essentially be Nowhere's official debut as - even though #1 has been done for a while now - odd scheduling has kept it from being available at the most recent shows I've done. Of course if you want to check out Nowhere #1 RIGHT NOW and don't want to wait for my next show, you're in luck because:

Nowhere #1 is now available on Comixology.


I submitted this book back in August, but it's just now becoming available today. (The process is pretty slow.) If you prefer your comics digital, click here and pick it up. If you like it, help an indie comic guy out and give it a good rating and (most importantly) tell your friends. I think this is the first time one of my books has released on digital before it showed up physically at a show. I personally don't have a preference in the physical/digital thing. Just thought it was an interesting factoid.

So yeah, that's some stuff. Two books are done, one now available on Comixology. The first show of 2015 only two months away. That's a lot of news, right? There couldn't possibly be any mor....

Holy shit there's more news. I'm working on an anthology.

Three new books. Good thing I don't sleep. I've hinted at this before, but since others have announced it, I think it's now safe to make my announcement. I've been working with Leo Perez, Jon Michael Lennon, and Angel Onofre on a collection of short horror comics called Scratches: A Horror Anthology.

Back in August, during the ill-fated Wizard World Chicago show, Leo approached me with the idea of contributing to a horror anthology he was thinking of putting together. I said yes because 1: I already had an idea for short story kicking around in my head, and 2: It's Leo. I'd curb-stomp an orphan if Leo needed me to. I told him to hit me up again when this idea started to become a thing and I'd draw up my pages and send them his way. He called me up a few weeks later and asked me to contribute my story AND write the other stories that him, Angel, and Jon would draw. I didn't exactly have a backlog of short stories cooked up and ready to go in my head, but I said yes anyway because I'm in deep, romantic love with Leo.

I then spent the next few weeks of studio time laying on my futon therapy-style grabbing ideas, developing them, and scrapping them until I had four scripts that I was proud of. It was honestly a pretty grueling but fun exercise, like a writer's marathon/boot camp/...thing. I'd love to do it again at some point. It's also been interesting because although comics are traditionally a collaborative writer/artist thing, this is the first time I've ever worked with other people on a comic.


I've seen some of their working pages and it's awesomely surreal to see a page I've scripted and laid out illustrated by another artist. Like "This is my brain as seen through the Jon Lennon filter". I suppose this is common for other comic creators, but this is a first for me, so I'm gonna enjoy it.

So, yeah. Scratches: A Horror Anthology. Four short horror stories written by me and illustrated by three of the coolest indie comics guys I know. And me. We don't have a cover or an official release date yet, but I'll post that info as soon as I get it.

That it? Yeah, I think that's it. I think.

-jsb