I am an enormous fan of his work, and am absolutely delighted to welcome his as my first recipient of this blog's Five Questions.
1. Why comics? What drew you to the medium and not fine art, film or something else?"I grew up liking comics more than anything, both my parents and my older brother read them. Comics were the most exciting thing I had around me as a kid and as I got older I got more and more into the possibilities comics allow and how untapped the medium is. Also just how much fun it is to work in.
It's really exciting, especially when I'm doing everything myself, there's so many options on what to focus on, it can be lettering one day and then architecture or dialog the next and then how those things work together to tell a story."
2. Were I to guess your influences I'd start naming quite a few French writer/artists, but who would you name?
Enki Bilal, Milo Manara, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (His Cinder and Ashe), Paul Pope's work in the 90's, Munoz and Sampayo and Akira Toriyama's early Dragon ball and Dr Slump."
3. Your relaunch of Rob Liefeld's Prophet was one of the most unexpected and startling shifts in style and tone I've ever seen. How on Earth did this project come about?
The level of freedom I've had to play around on the book has been insane. Stephenson and Liefeld have been nothing but supportive and I'm thrilled to be working with the other guys on the book, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, Farel Dalrymple, and Joseph Bergin and Ed Brisson, and I get to get whoever I can talk into it for back up comics each issue."
4. Of course on Multiple Warheads you're both writer and artist. How does the process differ from when you're only scripting the book?
5. If I was to ask you a question that enabled you to plug your current work, what work would you plug?
You can follow Brandon at his own blog here. Prophet and Multiple Warheads are published by Image Comics, and you can check their website out here. The next issue of Multiple Warheads is due out on 19 December. If you're interested in checking out some of his work, I recommend you have a look at Prophet or King City. Ask for it at your local comics shop or decent independent bookstore. Brandon's art book Walrus is due in 2013 from PictureBox Inc. There's some more information about that book here.
Thank you to Brandon Graham for agreeing to play Five Questions.