Interview: J.T. Krul

Published on November 12th, 2009

Hey Comic Impact-ers! Dana checking in.  Yesterday Simon and I attended the J.T. Krul signing at Galaxy of Comics and it was a blast.  We had a great turn-up of fans and J.T., charismatic as always, was the life of the party. So what were we celebrating? Not only the release of Titans #19 (which if you haven’t picked up, is some of J.T.’s best work) but we also surprised J.T. with  early birthday cupcakes.

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If you’ve ever met J.T. you know he’s very kind to his fans. He spent a lot of one-on-one time with them answering their questions about his work as well as giving his tips on working in the comic book industry. And he also took the time to talk to me about Titans #19 and the treatment he gave Roy Harper (Red Arrow), who is one of my favorite characters.

He explained that there is a lot of him personally in this issue.  The story revolves around Roy and his love for his daughter.  J.T. being a father himself really wrote the character from an honest place and I think he did a hell of a job.  Whenever I read something J.T. has written I always feel like I’ve learned something, he really makes you stop and think about life and relationships, and this issue is a great example of that.

jtanddananov11And of course curious as I am, I couldn’t resist asking J.T. about what the future holds for him. We talked briefly about the a recent interview that Dan Didio did, where he named J.T. an up-an-coming writer to watch in the DCU. In that same interview Dan said he would love to see J.T. on a monthly series very soon and J.T. gave us the impression that there might be something in the works.  Stay tuned, we’ll let you know as soon as we know anything.

Later in the day I even pulled out a paper plate that had written on it the big question on my mind and conducted the first ever Comic Impact paper plate interview.  What I really wanted to know was what his recent exposure and the potential future work at DC meant for his work at Aspen.  I also asked if he would ever leave Aspen for a bigger company.  J.T. said that he would not want to lessen his role at Aspen.

He cares a lot about those properties and he described the group at Aspen as his family.  He also added that he would love to do more for DC and he would be glad to be getting so much work that he would have to even consider the question.

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J.T. with Comic Impact friend Pranash

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J.T and Me (Dana)

We had so much fun but if you missed the signing don’t feel too bad.  If you watch the video below J.T. will tell you how you can win a signed copy of Blackest Night: Titans #3!!

Official Rules

  • 1. No photoshop other than basic color adjustment.
  • 2. All photos must be no larger than 600 pixels in width
  • 3. JPG format only
  • 4.  You must give your name with the entry
  • 5. All photos must be received by December 5th 2009

Please send all contest photos to contact@comicimpact.com. Subject title “Ring Contest.”

Dana Shukartsi
Dana@comicimpact.com