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Comichaus Meets: Jonathan Hedrick

Today we meet creator & writer, Jonathan Hedrick.

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Please introduce yourself and your team (if you have one).

My name is Jonathan Hedrick. I'm the writer/creator of "Freakshow Princess" and "Capable." I'm a Florida native and I've been writing all my life. I started writing comics for about 2 years now but I've always been a fan of the medium.

The art team for "Freakshow Princess" is:
Ben Worrell - Pencils/Inks
Sunil Ghagre - Colorist
CJ Jeffrey - Letterer

The art team for "Capable" is:
Gino Kasmyanto - Pencils/Inks
Periya Pillai - Colorist
Steve Ekstrom - Letterer/Editor

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

My comic book writing really kicked into high gear after I attended a live YouTube interview with writer Doug Wagner (The Ride). I was able to ask him what his advice is for someone who wants to break into comics as a writer. His answer was "just make a comic." He went on to say how all the things you need to produce your own book are available now thanks to the Internet. I hired an artist for "Freakshow Princess" about 3 days after that.

Chuck Dixon is also another creator that has inspired me. When I first started seriously reading and collecting comics, he was involved in many of the Batman titles and the Knightfall saga was going on. Other creators that I lookup to are Mark Millar and Robert Kirkman who both have a very versatile writing style.

As for titles that have inspired me, of course the classics like Watchmen, V For Vendetta, Sandman, and so many more. It could take all day to name them all!

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

I'll definitely pull from my life experiences but I don't try to write ME into any of my characters. For example, in "Freakshow Princess" I put a little of myself in both Jessica and Chris. Jessica represents the selfish side of being in a relationship and Chris is the "do anything for them" side. I've been on both sides of that coin. A bigger challenge was in "Capable" because the main character, Derik, is a person with a disability. It was important for me to not assume how someone in that world has been treated by others. However, he's a high school kid and I was a high school kid so I'm familiar with those experiences, the good and the bad.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Most of my ideas get fleshed out when I'm at the gym. When I have my headphones on and I'm in a zone is where most of my creativity juices begin to stir. I start seeing the panels layout like a movie trailer which helps me write each scene. I find it useful to think of each page in a cinematic form.

With "Freakshow Princess" I was reading and watching a lot of zombie stuff. "Night of the Living Dead" is one of my all time favorite movies. I like the suspense of danger outside of a house slowly building. For "Capable," it was Geoff Johns' run on "Teen Titans" and "Flash." Although I wasn't trying to emulate any of those works, I do have to say they have been influential.

What struggles have you faced with the creation of, and producing, the final release?

The biggest struggle for me is financing each issue. As an independent writer, the responsibility of funding the project falls on myself. It costs a lot to commission each portion of the book and my regular 9-5 job has to fund it. Sure, there's crowdfunding options but they aren't always reliable and they aren't a guarantee. Plus you need a lot of the project completed for anyone to take you seriously on those platforms.

Another struggle is the time it takes to produce each issue. People want to know when the next one comes out and some will get discouraged from picking up a new title if the second issue doesn't follow up soon.

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

I tell fans that I meet at signings to expect a fast paced story. My books are not dialogue heavy which makes them page-turners with big action sequences. I like the art to tell the story more than the words. These aren't novels, they're comic books.

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

I have a new title coming out in 2020 called "The Recount" and I'm very exciting about it. I keep using the elevator pitch for it as "House of Cards" meets "The Purge." The story is about an underground group of assassins that want to take out a corrupt politician and everyone who has supported him. The art team is amazing! Pencils and inks are by Gabriel Elias Ibarra Nunez who worked on a book called "Graveland" for Scout Comics. Sunil Ghagre is the colorist who I worked with on "Freakshow Princess."

I hope to have issue 2 of "Capable" out within the first half of 2020. There's a lot more story to tell with that title!

I've also been invited to write in two separate anthologies and there might be a companion piece for "Freakshow Princess" by the end of 2020.


You can read Jonathan's titles over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.

G-Man

Capable 2019 Vol.1 #1
Freakshow Princess 2019

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