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Interview with Jimmy Palmiotti

April 4, 2008

tn.jpgtn1.jpgJimmy Palmiotti

He has extensive inking and writing credits and has often inked the work of his friend and collaborator Joe Quesada, notably on Ash(which they co-created, along with Painkiller Jane) and Daredevil(esp. the ‘Guardian Devil’ arc penned by Kevin Smith). He also worked for Dark Horse Comics, as the inker during the Doug Mahnke run on X. He inked Paul Gulacy on Shang-Shi Master of Kung Fu and Steve Dillon on  Punisher. He’s also inked over brad walker’s pencil’s on the DC Comics mini secret six. His most recent inking credit was on DC’s ,Manhunter , Countdown to Final Crisis, teen titans and The War That Time Forgot.As a writer Palmiotti is known for Deadpool , Punisher, Daughters of the Dragonand  Heroes for Hire for Marvel Comics, Hawkman, Superboyand The Monolith for DC Comics, as well as 21 Down, The Resistance  for their Wildstorm imprint (often in tandem with fellow writer Justin Gray). Palmiotti also co-scripted, with Garth Ennis, the Ghost Rider and punisher video games that tie in with the movies. He has also recently penned Supergirl #12, the Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters miniseries and an arc for Superman Confidential arc. Currently, Palmiotti, along with Gray, are writing the monthly, Jonah Hexand a second Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fightersmini for DC. Palmiotti and Gray are also part of the writing team for DC’s countdown series. Jimmy is also working on the fantastic Dock Whalloper at virgin comics with Ed Burns and has two animated projects with writing partner Justin Gray coming out soon.,  The Speed RacerDVD from Lionsgate and Deadspace, an animated feature written for Starz and E.A. GamesHe has, as well, sold and put into development at one time or another:  Gatecrasher, Tempest, Beautiful killer , The Pro And recently co-wrote with Justin Gray The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning for Fox Atomic Comics.His work on the Painkiller Jane series for the Sci-Fi Channel starring Kristanna Loken has lasted one season which he held the titles writer consultant and creator as well as scripted the 13thepisode called “The League’ which was about comic book fans gone bad. In the past he has written and storyboarded films for Nike. They featured LeBron James and Vince Carter. Jimmy Palmiotti has been called a Renaissance man of comics, for his great productivity and versatility. He has been active in comics since the EARLY 90’S, co-creating many great titles such as ‘Ash’, ‘Painkiller Jane’, ‘Kid Death and Fluffy’, ‘Gatecrasher’, ’21 Down’, ‘Spygirls’ ‘Beautiful Killer’ ‘New West and ‘The Resistance’. Together with Justin V. Gray and Amanda Conner he founded Paperfilms.  

Jimmy let me start with saying thank you for popping by.

Butcher:What got you started in the industry?

JP:A love for the things that I enjoyed. Comics, movies and games have been a huge part of my life way before I made my first dime. I started drawing as soon as I popped out of my mom and was creating my own horrible little comic books when I was but 10 years old and haven’t stopped . I love everything about creating and living in a separate universe and one of my favorite things as a child and still as an adult is listening to people tell stories. At the end of the day its all about getting the story across to the next guy and comics certainly is a fantastic medium for just that.  

Butcher: What was the first comic you read?

JP:I really try to think hard to what that was and my brain goes right to superman or to Archie comics. There were so many around the house because I had two older brothers that had them, so I think I was fed a steady diet of superheroes and horror comics daily, with the break of Archie and Ritchie rich here and there. All of them have made an impression on me, especially when I was in high school…things like master of kung fu, swamp thing and killraven changed the way I thought about comics. Funny thing I notice now is they are all genre titles and not classic superheroes. Explains a lot. What was the very first comic you worked on?It was while I was in high school and it was INVADERS #41. I helped ink the backgrounds for chic stone. Someone at the high school came by looking for an artists assistant for an artist he knew and I was recommended by my teacher, Mr. Jefferson. It was a short lived job because chic didn’t like what I did…he told me I ink like I’m trying to create a photo and fired me right away…but he used the work I did.  

BUTCHER:Who are some of your hero’s and who’s the most fun to work with. 

JP:My heroes are, starting at home, my mom and dad, Amanda conner, Justin Gray…then frank frazetta, paul gulacy, darwyn cooke, joe kubert, elmore Leonard,  will Eisner, milo manara, Phil Noto, moeibus, Kevin nowlan, james jean, and so on…the list goes on and on. They are my heroes because they do their own thing and make this business so much richer. Each one has has a specific effect on a part of my life and what I do and how I am able to stay successful in this business. I’m not kidding, this list can go on for pages.  

BUTCHER:What do you think the main difference is between American Comic book fans and British Fans? 

JP:Hmmmm, at times better manners all around and they can hold their drink! I think the fans have so many things in common and if the land mass was connected, it would even be a smaller difference. Now that I am thinking about it, the British fans have a healthier attitude towards embracing genres like war comics, westerns and science fiction. I must have a bit of a brit in me. Comes from hanging out with Garth Ennis too much. Honestly, I have only met the brit fans at shows in the states…I really haven’t been invited to many cons over there…just mostly Spain and Italy.   

BUTCHER: Us Brits really took to secret six, and also Catman, did you like the character.?I found him really intriguing that a villain had such a strong moral compass and that team wouldn’t have been out of place walking on the side of angels? 

JP: Well, the better written the villain is the better the book and showdowns will be, don’t you agree/ they are both interesting studies in people who “ think” they are doing the right thing and by whatever way society is judging things this week, they are looked upon as bad guys. On of my favorite “bad guys” to write is jonah hex. In his brain he is doing a service, but to the rest of the world he is a feared killer. Perceptions. Very important stuff.  

BUTCHER: What do you do for fun?

JP:I hang out with Amanda conner, go out and travel, get drunk, tell tons of stories, break up a fight and fool around. I also have my work, which I find great fun.  

BUTCHER:What have you got coming out in the coming year? 

JP:A lot more Jonah hex books featuring jordi bernet, darwyn cooke, jh Williams, Michael beck and so on. Working on a war that time forgot series with Bruce Jones writing…got a big superman/Supergirl mini series with Phil noto attached,the terra series with Amanda Conner coming as well and a few more books to be announced. On the tv and film side…too many to mention and they wont let me talk about them yet as well.   

BUTCHER:Any tips for budding artists or writers who want to break into the industry apart from don’t starve.? 

JP:Yeah…get published or publish yourself…stop looking at porn and make the internet work for ou…network yourself and talent and have manners with people you meet. Be good to all people.  

BUTCHER:When will us Brits get to see you over here?

JP: Working on that…seriously. Was there for 2 weeks a few years ago…but hid out in pubs with my comic friends and complained about the food mostly.   

BUTCHER:Is there anything you’d like to do in the industry, life? 

JP:Yes, write and direct a film with a character I created, travel more and only do creator owned characters for the rest of my life. Real simple , please make that happen for me…ok?  

BUTCHER:Is there anything you wish you hadn’t done, is there anything you wish the industry hadn’t done?

JP:Weekly comics, alternate covers, more than one title for characters…you know…4 batman books, 9 x-men titles, and so on. It kills the industry and leaves no room for Indy guys to get your money. I wish I hadn’t gotten into advertising for 9 years and I wish I met Amanda Conner when I was 7.  

From Stu.Art from MWM what’s your favourite cheese and beer. 

JP:Cheese, I like cheddar…and beer…man, you brits are gonna think im nuts…but I like  crap beers…nothing too heavy. All my British friends laugh at me…but I was brought up stealing beer from stores and the cheapest beers were always the ones closest to the door. You get the picture. Oh…and I don’t like Heineken at all.

I have to thank Jimmy for doing this in his Dinner Time. This is one genuine nice guy and I will be more than glad to buy him a ale or six