CBH Interview Series 7: Benton Jew Artist Alley Interview SDCC 2019 with Alex Grand

CBH Interview Series 7: Benton Jew Artist Alley Interview SDCC 2019 with Alex Grand



Oh while we're here at San Diego comic-con 2019 I'm Alex grant of comic historians speaking with comic book artist Benton Joo Benton how are you doing how are you good to be here Benton tell us about your childhood influences of comic books before you got into the business well I guess when I was growing up I I would spend a lot of time my grandmother's house and I look at all my uncle's comments and those comics went back to the 40s as a kid growing up in the 70s I you know it was great to see influences flowing back to you outs to soro or you know joke Hubert's army war things like that or or you or at that time the more modern stuff like you know Dave Cockrum doing we do disappears or something like that or whatever Neal Adams was doing was a big fan of and so I had a broad breadth of comics from from going way back and also being asian-american I did I would look at the Chinese comics as well and things like that and then I learned a lot about European comics and and mid-ground comics as that would be called for all the Warrens and stuff like that so a pretty broad breadth growing up yeah cuz so it sounds like you liked pretty much any country any genre as long as the comic art was good yeah basically art was the thing I I start drawing at a very young age and you know my mom learned guy to draw she's an art student so she gave us all her art books when she you know decided to give up art and become a teacher so you know we grew up on Andrew Loomis and and books like that to learn how to draw from but then other stuff a book but the stuff that we like to do is draw comics and separate movies my main stock and trade is doing storyboards or films so movies and comics were sort of the things that sort of fed my knowledge of storytelling and comics so that's interesting so storyboarding and comics that's a visual storytelling basically and so when did you figure out you had a knack for that pretty early on I guess by the time I was in first grade I was already you know is it hey draw straws driving sexes wonder sir gee there's your nickel okay so like a Tijuana Bible or something that's how we learned how to do that's how you kids learn how to draw I guess starting from that but sweet adolescence so now what got you into the comic business how'd you get in actually I always wanted to be a comic book artist but also you know counts move the movies were on the side and that then you know because I just wanted to draw comics but then by the time art school came around I was able to get a job working in and they're like magic doing storyboards probably because my portfolio had some comic book style style stuff in it and one of the people who recommended me is a big fan of old-style comics in my artwork tends to be kind of in an old old style like I showed it to the storyboard artists for Indiana Jones if he was a big fan of stand Drake and and then it starts and you're still kind of looks like that and so you remembered me and then years lady said well I have this job that you know he had this job that ILM wanted him to do but he couldn't do it so he he said yeah you guys got some guy who trusted old style comics and that's how I got into working at ILM so then now tell us some of the projects you've done for various comic companies like Marvel and some of the independence I did some stuff I did you know some stuff for comics works I did some stuff for a monster verse you know kind of worn type stories and I did the very first full story with the new she-hulk unit in in Hulk family number one and then I also did a short comic or short backup story called Wolverine agent of Atlas it was back up in the agents of Atlas the recent that you know passed you know they came out in 2008 I think so that just a few scattered appearances and stuff you know all around so so what projects are you working on now I'm working on you know mostly storyboarding movies you know I work so that that's your bread and butter basically butter yeah I work the next thing that I think will that's big that will be coming out will be the new Mulan movie I worked on the Mulan movie and things like that so yeah well I end up working on a lot of superhero movies yeah I've worked on Wonder Woman and Logan and venom and stuff like that so we'll see there's some other stuff that might be coming up so I'm keeping my fingers crossed well that sounds great well Benton thank you so much for the interview today and we wish you a great con you too thanks a lot you

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