Creator interview #95: Charles J.

CJ_Cover_001Hey everyone,
I pray all is well. For the 95th interview we have Charles J., a writer from Petersburg Virginia.  He first began his career by taking on one of the most complicated forms of music: hip-hop.  He wrote hip-hop songs at the age of 14 but didn’t get the chance to perform any of them until later in his teens. By watching MTV one day, he first learned he had a interest in cartoons after seeing the group Gorrillaz perform. From that day on he choose to take a new route when it came to making his music videos.
It was difficult to find people to help make his cartoons, so he turned to a site named Odesk. There he hired a few cartoonists to present his ideas, but each attempt failed. He then turned his direction towards comics because he thought that would be easier to reproduce.
After receiving a few programs, his first comic video was created. That’s when it was brought to his attention that he could do comics for a living. Soon after he teamed up with Justin Moore and his cousin Patrick V. to form Area 613.  Today the team has worked on two comic series.
Now for the interview…


When did you first get into comics as a reader/fan? As a writer/artist/creator?

Comics have been part of all of our lives since we were “Knee to a Horse Fly”.  Our grandmother had old comics at her house in a footlocker. She would pull them out when it stormed or when she thought we needed to read. Those comics were like gold to us. We knew we couldn’t mess them up so we were very gentle with them. Today I own over 400 myself.

Why comics? What do you like most about this medium?

Patrick and I both have made music before. The thing is, with music you are kind of trapped into one mindset. You can make stories with music but it becomes generic if you do it all the time. So I would say comics allow us to roam freely in the creative world. And we have alot to offer.

CJ_Dayz with Karsa cover
Say a little about the project(s) you have worked on in the past (if any), and what they were about?

Well first we started off with Professor Faultly. Thanks to Justin it became a real thing. Although the first issue is still in the making, from what we have seen it will be very interesting. The book is all about a college professor that is a vigilante at night.  Like most vigilantes he has a love interest. Her name is Miss Valentine. Justin knows how to make our words a reality.  During the day Faultly is a nerd…but at night he’s the ladies man…the good verses evil thing on another level.

Also, Patrick and I have worked on a comic called Dayz with Karsa. We are currently creating the third issue. The first issue is available now but we’re trying to figure out the best promotion for it. This series is all about a teenage girl who is confused and doesn’t have many friends. She’s in love with a few guys but we all know love at that age is different. More like puppy love…

What format(s) do you prefer for telling your stories (e.g., on-going series, mini-series, one-shot, graphic novel, etc.) and why?
We normally prefer a on-going series because of the twist and turns.  Like I said before we have alot to offer. But I’m not saying that we won’t ever do a one shot….I think they are pretty cool too.
What sources of information and inspiration have helped you along the way?
Justin helps with the business and artwork side of our movement. Knowing I could get people to review our books has definitely been a plus. As far as inspiration, we tend to lean on the greats.  Companies like DC have definitely paved the way.
What is the best way for people to contact you, and to read/purchase your work?
You can get the first issue of Dayz with Karsa here, and follow our book series on Facebook and Twitter.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the interview, check out Charles’ comics, and until next time!

About R-Squared Comicz

I'm a Christian, husband, student, & comic writer. I like comics, hip-hop, basketball, & learning, and at the end of the day, I pray that my life meant something.