I have made a few contributions to a multi-media magazine. In their last issue (2004) they interviewed me and I did a recipe for the cannibal cookbook they were putting together please find both below:
01 Jon - how many people did you kill while in the army?
None, luckily I was solidly in-between the Bush and W’s administrations. I
spent most of my army time drinking my face off for cheap, in countries where
people spoke funny languages… and you didn’t have to be overly impressive
for the hot chicks to want to give it up to you… luckily. I guess it was kinda
like a totalitarian heaven, with guns, and easy women.
02 Did you collect souvenirs like ears or vaginas and make a necklace out of them?
No. I never really wore much jewelry.
03 Did anything you see in the army help create Jonny Axx and The Heart Of Abracax?
There was no wartime trauma, or anything like that. I think you learn a lot
about the human animal watching desperate young men, that have nothing to live
for, wrapped up in drug and alcohol binges. This is the stage that was set when
I realized that I hated myself. And I think a lot of people hate themselves…
they just don’t know it. Self-loathing is a big theme in my work.
04 Your central figure, Jonny Axx, has an incredible will to live - hell when someone flicks my nose I burst into tears and wish I was dead...
has a toughness, he doesn’t necessarily want to live, as much as he doesn’t
want to loose, or get proven wrong. He knows that he will be worse off if he
gives up, because he will have to live with himself if he does the wrong thing.
05 Your graphic novel blurs the line between reality and fantasy. What are we supposed to make of Jonny Axx's predicament?
When most people look at it I think they see an old tired story of angels
fighting demons, and where is man’s place in the whole wacky universe kinda
thing. But to me it is actually more of a man loosing everything around him due
to his own actions. All set against these metaphors of this demonic and angelic
battle. To me it is more like “Fight Club” than “The Prophecy”. But
people get dismissive with things they do not understand.
06 Your female forms remind me of the artwork of Aeon Flux...
Well, Peter Chung is a great student of the Art Nuevo style. Which is where I
like to draw inspiration, although I think mood is a much bigger factor in my
work, and the mood I tend to push is not Art Nuevo, I think the style still
shows through A little.
07 When will we see the second book of Jonny Axx?
am in the middle of rewrites right now. I am opening the story up, so it will
still surround Axx’s personal and psychological plight, but you will also get
huge chunks of the story that was not included in the first book. Where the
first book was kinda designed to leave you like ”huh?”, this one is designed
to leave you going “ohhh!”. On top of some new characters, there will also
be some new angels, and the “Order of the Shinning Hexagon” will come into
the center stage for a little bit.
08 What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on a few different things. Besides the rewrites and
character design for Book 2, I am working on The Nonstandard Assembly. I guess
it is not horror, or snuff films, but more of like an open love letter to the
comics, genre TV shows, and movies I grew up watching. I also wrote A project
called “Hazard” it is a supernatural western. And I am outlining TNA 2.
The Infamous Recipe:
screaming and moaning has finally stopped. The kitchen is a mess; certainly
there are signs of both struggle and foul play. Your once beautiful and vibrant
mother is now laying face down on the dirty kitchen floor in an ever-growing
pool of her own blood. Of all the horrifying and terrible thoughts still running
frantically through your liquor soaked, drunken mind, one stands alone as
completely calm and lucid… you wonder out loud what she tastes like. The huge
butcher knife slips out your hand and clangs to the floor, as you choose an
instrument more agile and precise, the filleting knife…
Blackened Mother Fillets by
Jon Towers (www.jonnyaxx.com)