Jamie doesn’t “just” do anything. He’s not a “just” sort of guy. You work with Jamie, and he brings you a world, an aesthetic and a finely tuned storytelling brain. You know the old argument in comics about who is the equivalent of the “director?” It’s a bad argument in a few ways, but the best answer is really “it varies.” With Jamie, it’s like working with the best cinematographer in the world, and the best leading man and woman and a whole supporting cast of brilliant character actors. He’s that best thing – an artist who understands what a story is doing as well as the writer, and that always shines through.
There’s a reason I’m mean to Jamie so often, because if I had to speak honestly, I’d have to say things like that.
In this case, Jamie is really the executive. It all builds on my scripts, but the point is that it builds on it. The script, as dense and overthought as it is, is the starting place, and we work where to do next. A character isn’t finished until Jamie draws them.
Jamie’s going to be designing all the characters, from the iconography onwards. He’s a driving part of the story experimentation that we’ve become known for (And if people think Young Avengers was fancy, there’s going to be stuff in The Wicked And The Divine which will immolate their pretty brains). He’ll be doing the covers throughout, and in the issues he’s not drawing, he’ll be doing a short extra story in each.
It’s “our” book, basically. I don’t think saying it’s written by me and drawn by Jamie a particularly useful or accurate way of considering it. It’s the hivemind thing. We’re a band. We’ve always been a band.
A new The Wicked & the Divine interview over at Newsarama. I pull this quote, as it’s me being nice about Jamie for once.
Read the rest here.
I am so lucky to be friends with Gillen and McKelvie, but I am even more grateful that I actually got to *work* with Jamie on my Fawkes comic. He’s not just an amazing artist and designer; he’s an amazing human.