Πέμπτη, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Jessica Martin Definetely Has "IT"!

Let me ask you something. Name me 5 people in the comics industry, that are talented actors, singers, scriptwriters and have written/drawn their own book. Search no more dear reader, because I have the answer right here: Jessica Martin is her name and she has the whole package! To be honest, she has 3 or 4 packages all in one...
She acts, sings, and writes and she can do all that simultaneously! She started her professional career at sixteen and she keeps going! Recently, she finished her first comic, "IT GIRL", her vision about the life of the 1920's Hollywood silent movie star Clara Bow. I read it and I loved it!
I had the chance to ask her a thing or two about her out-of-this-world talents, and she was kind enough to answer!
Lights, Camera, Action!

Comics in Greece:

I have to admit that the book has captured the movie atmosphere of that era… How did you do it? Unveil your secrets!

Jessica Martin:
You say I have successfully captured the movie atmosphere of that era and that is perhaps because I have a lifelong passion and fascination with old black and white movies. I have a very distinct memory as a child of five, watching a documentary on television about screen legend Greta Garbo. I was captivated by her looks, her clothes and I picked up a biro and started drawing her on a sketch pad. My mother noted that from then on all I ever wanted to watch were old movies and she bought me a big book called " A Pictorial History of the Talkies" by Daniel Blum which is still my most treasured book. I spent hours copying film stars although when I reached the end of my teens and got into acting the obsession with drawing faded out...till now.
I approached the look of "It Girl" after much trial and error. Yes it is my first published comic book but I have been practicing hard for the last couple of years. I have no formal art school training but I have made it my business to investigate my new craft by buying art books, watching tutorials and there is strong influence from the comic artists of the golden age like Noel Sickles and Alex Toth. I am also very fond of Milo Manara and MW Kaluta. I also attend as many comic conventions as I can and have been fortunate to meet and talk to top professionals. In summer 2013 I was very lucky to meet and be befriended by Mark Buckingham who is the chief artist on Vertigo's 'Fables". He has acted as a mentor to me and it is thanks to him that I have accomplished a much more polished inking style on my comic than I started with.
Comics in Greece:  
If that brilliant storytelling and beautiful art were achieved at your first attempt as a comic writer/artist, I’m afraid to see the result of your 10th comic project… Please tell us about your future plans in the comic business!
Jessica Martin:  
Future plans in the comic business? Well it is probably no surprise that my area of interest subject matter wise will continue to be films and the glamour era. My next work is a full length graphic novel "Elsie Harris Picture Palace" which is fiction rather than biography. It is a rags to riches romance about a young girl from London in the 1930's who becomes a storyboard artist in the film industry. I'm doing a lot of in depth research into the craft of film making at that time and I want to make a beautiful story rooted in a historical reality.
Comics in Greece:  
Why didn’t you try to be a comic writer/artist earlier?
Jessica Martin:  
I didn't become a comic writer/artist earlier because, to be honest, it never occurred to me that there might be a path for me to unite storytelling skills with art. It was only because I was working with an actor who loves comics that the idea sprung to mind. I showed him some of my art work ( I took up sketching as a hobby again three years ago) and he said "You should create a graphic novel". And that is how my quest for comic creation began.
Comics in Greece:
If Clara Bow was alive, which director would you choose to make a movie for her, and who would be her male partner on screen?

Jessica Martin:

If Clara Bow was alive I would have Ron Howard direct her..he knows how to please the crowd and make good artistic choices and possibly set up a love triangle with Joaquin Phoenix and Ryan Gosling co-starring.
Comics in Greece:
There’s the belief that people tend to idolize the past. Do you think that you suffer from the same “illness”?

Jessica Martin:

I think nowadays people look at the past with the knowledge of hindsight. When I watch a tv series like "Boardwalk Empire" we see a lot of flawed characters in beautiful costumes doing damnable deeds. But there is a sense in our dystopian age that yesterday had a flavour, a look, a camaraderie and we're all a bit lost now. I don't idolize the past but I do love the time of Art Deco when someone with very little money could walk into a beautiful cinema and experience luxury and escape from the squalor of everyday life.
Comics in Greece:
I took a look at your resume and I was stunned by the variety of your talents. Cabaret projects, theatre actress, singer and the list goes on… Is there anything that you‘re not good at? (Kidding) Tell us what you have in store regarding your acting/singing/writing talents! 

Jessica Martin:

In terms of other projects for the future, I am creating a one woman show called "Love Letter to Hollywood" which will premiere next September. I hope to bring to life some of the Hollywood icons with songs , impersonations and , of course, my art.
All my best to comic readers in Greece (one of my favourite places in the world). One day I will do a comic about Maria Callas... another of my heroines!
You can find "IT GIRL" here https://www.officialjessicamartin.com/shop/ 
Do yourself a favour and add it to your collection! A piece of art like no other...
 






 
 
 




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