Interview with Yale Stewart

Interview with Yale Stewart

 

Interview by: Leen Isabel

Geek Girl Leen Isabel recently had the chance to talk to Yale Stewart about his popular darling webcomic JL8.

Interview with Yale Stewart

Hi Yale! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me for GeekxGirls.com. We are all fans of your darling webcomic!

LEEN: Tell me a little bit about yourself!

YALE: Well, my name is Yale Stewart. I'm 24 years old. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, where I currently live. I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Animation, where I graduated in 2010. Since then, I've been making comics. Most notably, JL8.

LEEN: I love that in your comic, our beloved superheroes are growing up and learning about life. What were you like as a kid? Were you into comics and drawing back then?

YALE: I'm not sure what I was like as a kid, but I was definitely into comics, starting around first grade. So it goes pretty far back. Comics and cartoons and movies. Those were all really important to me growing up.

Interview with Yale Stewart

LEEN: Are you a full-time illustrator? What other projects can we find you involved in?

YALE: I am a full time illustrator, actually. I'm currently providing a back-up comic in Image's "The Legend of Luther Strode," which debuts 12/5, so keep an eye out for that. I also have a creator-owned comic titled "Gifted" that I've been working on every so often. Beyond that, it's mainly a lot of commission work.

LEEN: So, letís talk about JL8. What inspired you reinvent these characters as children?

YALE: It just seemed funny.

LEEN: Do you have kids of your own or children in your life that you use as reference?

YALE: I do not have any kids of my own, or know any kids for that matter. I guess I myself just never really grew up, so I think I can relate to kids fairly easily. I don't know. Haha.

LEEN: Of all these awesome characters you portray, is there a particular one youíre especially a fan of? I absolutely love mini-Bruce. :) Heís just so mean and pouty.

YALE: Honestly, I really enjoy the girl characters. Both Diana and Karen. I don't know if it's because I don't have as much experience with female characters or what, but I have a lot of fun coming up with stories for them. That, and they're fun to draw. Particularly Diana.

LEEN: And donít think we didnít notice Neil Gaiman as the bookshop owner! Did you speak with Neil personally to portray him or did you just go ahead and do it? I think you captured his personality perfectly. His books are incredible.

YALE: I just went ahead and did it. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

LEEN: Did Mr. Gaiman see the comics? What was his reaction?

YALE: He did, actually. He seemed to enjoy them, which was obviously quite flattering.

Interview with Yale Stewart

LEEN: I just about squealed when you featured Sandman (Daniel) and Destiny. I know I would love to see more of the Endless! Will we see cameos from other iconic characters or celebrities in the future?

YALE: Oh, there will definitely be both characters and celebrities. Who, I can't say. But they'll be there.

LEEN: I understand you had to change the name of the web comic recently. Was this for legal reasons? Has DC comics taken notice to your webcomic?

YALE: It was for legal reasons, but not in relation to DC. As far as DC noticing me, I know that there are creators and a few editors over there that have seen my work. Beyond that...

LEEN: Will you be at any future conventions?

YALE: Absolutely. Which ones? I'm not sure. I'll almost definitely be heading back to HeroesCon, Baltimore, and NYCC next year (2013). Hopefully I can get a few more in, since three is pretty slim for a con schedule.

LEEN: For the readers who have yet to read JL8, where can they find you?

On Facebook - Tumblr - deviantArt

Thank you for again, Yale! Keep up the great work and we canít wait to see more!

-Geek Girl Leen Isabel

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December 04 2012



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