Interview With Jeff Lemire!

Jeff Lemire

Steve from DarkAvengerINC got the chance to ask writer and artist Jeff Lemire Some questions. Jeff Lemire was the writer and artist of the popular Vertigo series Sweet Tooth and is currently a part of DC’s Green Arrow series and is a part of DC’s Trinity War event. See all your questions about these series answered here! 

Steve: Hey Jeff, how are you?

Jeff: Busy. I’m
currently juggling six different projects in various stages. Drawing one and
writing five others. But, I love what I do, so I love being busy.
Steve: For upcoming comic book writers and artists, how
did you start off in comics and what advice would you give them?
Jeff: You need
to be yourself, find your own voice and trust in it. Don’t worry about what
kind of stories are popular at the moment or what you think people will like.
Just tell the stories you want to tell. If you enjoy what you’re doing, chances
are somebody else will too.
Steve: You’ve been writing a lot of DC titles. Is it a
task making sure you get them done on time or do you have a system of some
Jeff: I have a
pretty good system going at this point. I can juggle a few books at once
without any deadline worries. Luckily I’m naturally a very organized person.
Steve: You have taken over as the writer for Green
. Are you enjoying it? How is it different from other projects you’ve
worked on in the past?
Jeff: I’m
really enjoying because it is so
different from what I’ve done in the past. It’s refreshing to step into the
world of Green Arrow, because it’s a bit out of my comfort zone. At its core,
the Green Arrow story I’m telling is
a very grounded, very gritty crime noir story, which is new territory for me.
The work
I’ve done for DC in the past, like
and Justice League Dark has been primarily
supernatural horror stuff, or more traditional superhero stories like when I
worked on Superboy. So this is a lot of fun for me.
Steve: Can you give us something about what’s in store for
Green Arrow after your first story arc?
Jeff: A
reinvented version of the old Green Arrow villain, COUNT VERTIGO, will appear
in Green Arrow #22. Andrea Sorrentino
has a really great design for him. He’s been a lot of fun to write. Then there
will be another new addition to Green Arrow’s rogues gallery in Green Arrow #24
Green Arrow #22

Steve: You’re co-writing the upcoming Justice League event
Trinity War. What can you tell us about your involvement in it?
Jeff: Not too
much yet, I’m afraid. I’ve been asked to maintain secrecy about the story for
now. I’m co-writing with Geoff Johns, which has been great.
It’s a
6-part ”action mystery” epic involving all 3 Justice League titles. We
co-plotted it, Geoff is writing the Justice
chapters, I’m writing the Justice
League Dark
chapters and we are co-writing the JLA chapters.
And it’s
been amazing to have a chance to write characters like Superman and Wonder
Woman as part of the story.
Steve: Finally, you have a new book coming out from Vertigo
called Trillium. What can you tell us about it and when is it coming
Jeff: Trillium is a time-spanning science
fiction love story. There are two narratives running through it, one set in the
Amazon jungle in 1921, which follows a British explorer looking for a LOST
TEMPLE OF THE INCAS and the other story is set in deep space in 3797 and
follows a female scientist making contact with a strange alien race on a
distant planet. These two stories eventually intersect and the two characters
fall in love and as a result bring about the end of the universe.
It will
be an 8-issue series that I am writing, drawing and painting and it will start
in August.
Steve: Thanks for taking some time to answer questions for
Promo for Trillium
You can follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffLemire
Steve works on DarkAvengerINC, as well as that he works on his own blog ComicsSGW which has a back catalogue of Interviews with other people in the comic industry. You can also follow him on twitter at @ComicsSGW.

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