Jeremy Haun’s been burning up the indie comic scene for some time with recent works like Red Mother and his comiXology Originals series 40 Seconds. Speaking of 40 Seconds, the second chapter is out next week drawn by Christopher Mitten. Check out a preview of 40 Seconds #2 to get a taste.
Haun has a lot to say about comics in general–I recommend listening to our AIPT Comics podcast interview with him–and today we have an exclusive look at his top pop culture influences and inspirations.
Jeremy Haun’s Top Pop Culture Influences and Inspirations
80’S SCI-FI/FANTASY COMICS— I was pretty obsessed with comics like WARLORD, ARAK, ARION, and AMETHYST. They all (especially WARLORD) felt inspired by Burroughs and I loved that. There’s something truly wonderful about the strange worlds of those stories.
ALIEN— There’s no way around it. ALIEN shaped a lot of who I am as a storyteller. We search for life out in the universe. We explore, hoping to find new and wondrous worlds. Sometimes though…there’s something dark out there. And it has teeth.
MOEBIUS— It’s impossible not to think of Moebius’ work when telling a science fiction/fantasy story. The Incal and THE Airtight Garage are just gorgeous. I was looking through The World of Edena the other day absolutely marveling at the creative magic that came out of that man’s head.
MIKE MIGNOLA— I know this one might seem a bit out of left field. Mignola is mostly known for his brilliant work on Hellboy. Throughout his career, he’s done these amazing other projects that dipped a toe into sci-fi. The first one was COSMIC ODYSSEY for DC. Other bits like Ironwolf, Rusty Razorclam, and Fafhard and the Gray Mouser (which was definitely fantasy, but…still). There was also something magical about his design work and influence over the Disney animated film ATLANTIS. Like I said, a bit strange, but all of those visuals played around in the back of my head when I was building this story.
VIDEO GAME ART BOOKS— I mean– the video games too. But there’s something truly inspirational about video game “art of” books. There’s something amazing about the level of creativity and detail that goes into games. I’m constantly looking through my Final Fantasy, Destiny, Fallout, Dead Space, and Titanfall books.
Like what you hear? You can preorder Jeremy Haun’s 40 Seconds #2 today.