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To Better Know a Renegade: Jeff Martin

Sean Tonelli - Monday, October 16, 2017

Jeffrey Scott Martin was born in Windsor, Canada on October 2nd 1969. Growing up, he lived a simple, quiet life. How could anyone ever know that he would take the Canadian late nineties rock world by storm? With his band The Tea Party, Jeff Martin not only broke Canadian sales records but-- what?... what do you mean the other Jeff Martin? The amazing comic writer slash artist? OOOOOHHH that Jeff Martin. Moving on. I guess it’s time for...

To Better Know a Renegade!  Featuring Jeff Martin, Edmonton based writer, artist, cartoonist, game maker, and probably not a robot (not confirmed). Creator of Where Is Zog?, Redcoats-ish, Hockeypocalypse, and of course, the HEAT comic and card game. Jeff is currently running a kickstarter campaign for his Where Is Zog? book all by himself. He’s one artist that truly wears big-boy-pants.

Sean: How did you get started as an artist?

Jeff: I've drawn since I was a little kid (my friends and I used to make comics based on video games and cartoons and trade them), but I started to be more serious about it when I started doing a strip for the U of A Gateway newspaper. From there I became more motivated to improve my art and start turning art into a living.

Sean: Who or what gives you the most inspirado?

Jeff: The two books that got me back into reading comics were Hellboy and The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank. They opened my eyes to the variety available in comics that gets obscured by the over saturation of superhero books. Style-wise, I'm a big fan of Warner Brothers cartoons, so I'm really drawn to clean, bold linework and exaggerated anatomy and design.

Sean: What are some secrets to your creative process?

Jeff: Learning to draw when you aren't feeling motivated is huge. I block out time daily that is only for drawing, even if it's only an hour.

Sean: Any upcoming projects that you would like to tell readers about?

Jeff: Obviously the Where Is Zog? Kickstarter campaign is at the forefront right now. It's my first full colour book, and some of my favourite design work I've done thus far in comics. People should throw money at that at http://bit.ly/WhereIsZog

Sean: What are some of your favourite tools for being so creatively awesome?

Jeff: I started inking with a Pentel Pocket Brush while I was working on Zog, and I love it. My control isn't good enough to use it for everything, but I do as much as I can with it.

Sean: Advice for up and comers/bitter rivals?

Jeff: Draw. Every. Day. Or write. Or whatever it is you want to do in comics. Every day. You can't control how much natural talent you have, but you can control how hard you work.

Jeff Martin’s Redcoats-ish is available through our website. His Kickstarter for Where is Zog? is currently live, so why not click HERE and check it out?


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Sean Tonelli - Saturday, July 22, 2017

Canada 150 & Even More Bears

Sean Tonelli - Friday, June 23, 2017

Calgary Expo 2017: Our Home Away

Sean Tonelli - Monday, April 03, 2017
The snow has started melting, the birds are singing and the days are growing longer. This can only mean one thing... It's time for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. You can find us at our usual hang out, Renegade double end cap (booths 1222-1322). This year we will have our dear friends present including Edmonton based Redcoats-ish creator Jeff Martin, The Loxleys and Confederation co-author Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, our publisher and Loxleys and Confederation co-author Alexander Finbow. Also joining us is Shame and Underworld author Lovern Kindzierski. Nyco Rudolph will be stopping by on his break from Artist Alley. 

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Bears, Proofs and Such- SPRING 2017

Sean Tonelli - Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wow! Put your head down for a minute and before you know it your clocks have sprung forward an hour and winter is over. For the most part anyway. Our secret mountain lair remains buried in snow, perfect camouflage. 

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