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Creator John McClellan

1) On what project are you currently working?

I've currently completed and launched an 84-page full-color action adventure graphic novel called "Jonathan Fox in the Monster of Egypt."
It's the story of a international jewel and art thief hired by Richard Farnsworth, director of the SIS (Special Intelligence Services). His department specializes in retrieving information from suspected criminals or terrorists.
He feels the need to recruit someone outside the agency that's a bit unorthodox. He began hearing rumors about a international jewel thief code named "The Fox" given to him by all intelligence and law enforcement agencies because of his ability to elude capture. Farnsworth soon acquires a meeting with the man he believe to be "The Fox" but, to his surprise, Jonathan is the son of his one-time best friend George Roberts, a CIA operative who was killed in a car wreck years ago. Jonathan agrees to work with Richard provided he never reveal his true identity.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

I admire a lot of the current comic illustrators such as Alex Ross for his approach to realistic detail, which is what I try to produce in my work. I love Paul Gulacy's work. Not only is he a great illustrator, but his page layout and design is probably the best I've ever seen.
But the artist who's work I admire the most is Al Williamson. His black and white photo realism illustrations of Secret Agent X-9 and Flash Gordon is absolutely amazing. He's probably the one artist who's style I try to emulate the most.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I first started out in advertising illustrating and designing ad layouts, POP material and storyboards, so it was a natural progression
moving to comics. But what fueled that progression, was the lack of positive African American images throughout the entire media of movies, TV, and comics.
I felt the best way to solve that frustration, was to create my own stories through comics. At first it wasn't about selling my
books, it was just simply about having an alternate form of entertainment whenever I saw something that didn't satisfy me.
But I soon felt it was a large population out there that was suffering from that same frustration and so I decided to launch the book.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I personally like stories that are grounded in reality. If it's DC, I would like to work on Batman, because he's just a regular person with no super powers and his adventures are simply detective stories dressed in a mask and cape.
If it's Marvel, I would do the Punisher, because of the pure brutality of the character and storyline.
Apart from those two, I would love to do a James Bond book, provided I'm working with a writer who's story is closer to the books than the comical movies.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I'm now working on the next Jonathan Fox book. It's called "The Eye of Angola." Still working out the details. I'm only interested in doing the Jonathan Fox stories. I guess you can say I'm following the Ian Fleming formula. From my understanding his main concern and commitment was to the Bond novels and that's how I feel about Jonathan Fox.
That kind of commitment worked well for him and I'm hoping it will do the same for me.

You can purchase the graphic novel here or visit the IndyPlanet website here.

(posted September 12, 2016)