Jason I met thru an e-mail he sent me loking for folks at Blue Moon Comics (which is listed in our Related Links Section), anyway we started talking and found out he had an uncle who was an artist back in the ol' Fandom days. This brought back an idea on doing a Hall of Fame for Fandom Artists of the Past and his uncle wil be the first inductee but more on that later. This is Jason's page, so let's hear from him!
Words from Jason
First off, I live down here on the southern eastern tip of Florida in Naples. It is starting to get hot and roasty. It seems that a good number of the other members are from more northern climes. I'm in the land of snowbirds and dotcom millionaires. I can't say that there is a thriving comic community down here. It is beautiful though.
Born on the tail end of the 60's, my development was a little late to
experience the Golden Age of Comics,the EC fifties, the Silver age of
Comics, and the Golden Age of Fandom first hand. With a little help from my
uncle, Landon Chesney, this handicap was overcome by many sunny days and
long coffee filled nights at my grandparents house. A love of comics,
comicstrips,the thirties and forties, pulps, great art and long drawn out
conversations was transfered to me and helped set my future course as an
Fast forward a few years. After a brief stint in the Army, I headed off to
college. By this time my artistic goals had shifted and I was intent on
becoming an illustrator. Dreams of NC Wyeth, Frank Frazetta, Maxfield
Parrish, and Alphonse Mucha secure in my head, I happened to meet another
comicbookophile in one of my sophmore art classes and the rest as they say
was history. I fell back into my old comic book ways and have yet to make a
full recovery. After graduating, marrying, accumlulating too much stuff and
moving around a bit, I have, atleast temporarily, found safe harbor in
Naples, Florida. Now I divide my time between my work as an artist outside
of comics and my avocation of all things comic related.
I have done a little work for indy companies in the past and am planning to
do more of the same in the future. Most recently I have sent a packet off
to Big Bang with the hopes that Gary Carlson will find something useful for
my hands to to do.
My semi-long term plans include, getting my MA in Sculpture, learning
systematic theology, finding a good place to build a studio, see my
character Paladin in print, get that screenplay in my head down on paper,
feed as many people possible in impoverished countries and figure out how I
am going to find the time to do all the aforementioned.
Greetings to all of you who can't help but love comics and here's hoping
that Fandom can have a second Golden Age.
See ya in the funny papers.