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Lonnie Lowe Jr.
As it relates to your earliest memory as an artist, did Art choose you or did you choose Art? The Art of writing that is, explain. I think it was a mutual choosing. Where I’m from, my only access to comic books was an old, raggedy carousel in the back of the 7/11 across from my apartments. The restocking was inconsistent as well as the issues. I was lucky to get 2 concurrent issues. What I would do is, write down and imagine what I thought happened, in the issues I missed.
Who or What were your earliest inspirations and present influences that that inspire your art/comics/writing? Milestone Comics!!! I can’t scream it enough. Those folks are damn near, solely responsible, for me even thinking this was possible. You’ve got to understand. There were no heroes who grew up in my conditions and looked like the folks I grew up around until they (Milestone) showed up. Sure, we had a few black heroes but I didn’t know them. I knew Static, shit..I lived two buildings over from The Blood Syndicate. I could relate to those characters! With Icon, I didn’t need Superman and with Hardware, I didn’t need Batman or Iron Man. I still read Batman though, he’s awesome. I also loved Shadow Hawk (prior to me even knowing he was black), Mr. T’s short lived book, X-men (back then), Justice League and some Spiderman from time to time. The new(er) guys I look at and follow are Geoffrey Thorne, Brandon Easton, Ray A. Height, Joe Robinson Currie to name a few. There’s a bunch of new talent though, well new to me anyways.
How important is it to study your art and how do you approach keeping your skills sharp? I think it is just as important, as anything you want to be successful in. I write comics so I read comics. I study comics. I listen to comic related podcasts. I go to conventions and sit in workshops for hours. I email and instant message anyone who’ll answer me. I’m apart of indie groups and websites that I feel can help me progress as a writer and expand my network and brand as a whole.
What are some books that are on your personal shelf? Maaan.. A ton, I can’t think right now because I can’t see them but a few off hand. Death in the Family (newest fav ). I have the entire run of Blood Syndicate. I have Icon in graphic novel form. The Killing Joke, The Victories…
Are there any titles that you are currently reading? Midnight Tiger, Prodigal, Blaze Brothers, Route 3, Cronus when I can. E.P.I.C, Quantum and Woody, Justice League, Batgirl (My favorite), Batwing, Nightwing, Teen Titans, Ultimate Spiderman (Miles Morales) and Batman. Now that Lobdells back on Red Hood, I’ll be back. There some transformers but they get a little too political for me. I miss Danger Club and My second favorite title Ever Dynamo 5.
Give us a description of your Creative Lab or Studio where you work and how is the environment a co-creator or partner in ultimately what you create? I live in my head. As a writer, brain space, an idea and motivation is all I’ve ever needed. I have a PC and an 8ft banner of E.P.I.C and that’s all that’s around me. Oh yeah, a bunch of invoices and shirts so just Dark City specific paraphernalia.
If Art can save the world, then that makes the Artist a Superhero; and every Hero needs theme music. Name the song or songs that you listen to for inspiration as you create?I don’t like to be distracted so whatever it is I’m listening to its really low. Almost like elevator music. There’s enough chaos going on inside of my head to keep me amped up.
What techniques & tools do you employ to bring ideas to life? Pen, pad, phone, tablet, PC a nearby napkin. Anything I can get plot going on.
How would you describe your writing style or artistic technique? I just freestyle it. I have a loose plot or an idea of where I think I wanna go and then I just go. Eventually, I get where I’m going so I just sit back and enjoy the ride.
In terms of personal projects, what is the Flagship creative project for your company and how did you come up with the idea for the concept? My Flagship character is E.P.I.C. I came up with it in ’08 maybe earlier.
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