Talking to Justin Jordan
Justin Jordan is the creator/writer of Spread (which is one of my favorites), Luther Strode and Strayer. He has also written for DC, Marvel and Valiant. I just want to thank him for taking some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us at CBSI (and thanks to Keith and John for helping out with a couple of questions).
Is there an end in sight for Spread or is the plan to continue the story indefinitely, like ‘The Walking Dead’?
No, there’s a definite end. When we get to that end is flexible, but I know where the story is going. I’m not the sort of person who can not know that, you know?
As a follow up to that question, if the plan is for the story to continue, are there plans to focus stories on characters besides No & Hope?
Yep. But again, this sort of thing is also dependent on how long the books goes on for. In a perfect world, I’d get to tell stories about the Professor, for instance, and other side characters.
Are there plans for Spread to be optioned for cable or pay TV? Is that something that you would want to happen?
Oh for sure. I mean, from a strictly mercenary point of view, a television show is an enormous amount of money. But beyond that it’d really cool to see the world on screen.
Are there plans to release any more action figure variants (Fat Jack in particular)?
In fact, there’s a Fat Jack variant of issue 13 for sale as a con exclusive at C2E2 and ECCC this year.
Outside of Spread, do you have any plans to write for either of the Big 2 again, similar to your Deathstroke run?
I’m not against it, but so far nothing has worked out. I’ve been pretty much all creator owned for the last year and change. So no plans, but I am open to it if something gets offered to me.
You gave out Burning West at NYCC last year, any plans for this story?
We’re still trying to find it a home. But John Bivens and I have a majorish announcement about something else at C2E2 so watch out for that.
Aftershock Comics has come out of the gate strong. Your new book, Strayer seems to continue this strong trend. For those who don’t know what it is about, can you tell us a little bit about the book?
Strayer is a man who fights monsters, who has been forced to help go on a quest to save the world. Basically, it’s a swords and sorcery book set in the far future, where the sorcery and the monsters and such are actually remnants of advanced technology that is no longer understood by the time the book takes place.
On a more personal level, what led you to writing comics?
I’ve pretty always liked to write, and I’ve been a comics fan all my life. But I can’t draw, and I’m old enough (and rural enough) that the internet wasn’t a common thing until I was college age, so it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I realized comics was a thing I could do. So ten odd years after I broke into that.
But what leads me to do it, I think, is the infinite canvas it offers. You can do anything in comics, and that is awesome.
Did you have a favorite comic/author that has influenced how you write?
Man, it’s hard to say. I think Warren Ellis was a definite influence, but I don’t know that you could look at what I do and see his style in there. I think how I write is probably a combination of a lot of influences, not all of them in comics. My philosophy for dialogue, for instance, is influenced pretty heavily by Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.
Fun questions: If you were stuck on an island and could only take 1 graphic novel with you, what would it be?
Watchmen, I think. It’s not that it’s my favorite comic, but it’s so dense and layered that if you didn’t have anything else to read it would make for a pretty damn good thing to have around. I’ve been reading it every so often for twenty odd years and I still get new stuff out of it.
And finally, if you went on an African safari, ran out of gas, you were chased into the jungle by a lion, had no food or water, were captured by natives and they communicated that you either shaved your beard or die, would you? 🙂
Pffft. My beard eats lions, so no problems for me.