Please welcome John Paul Leon to LIVE FROM THE DMZ.
Best known for his critically acclaimed work that envisioned and redefined the entire Marvel Universe in the maxi-series EARTH X, JOHN PAUL LEON’s bold and dramatic work has influenced many of today’s young talents.
Born in New York City in 1972, he first began working professionally at the age of 16, with a series of black and white illustrations for TSR’s DRAGON and DUNGEON magazines. In college, while studying under such legends as WILL EISNER, WALTER SIMONSON, and JACK POTTER, JP began his comic book career with a mini-series for Dark Horse Comics, ROBOCOP: PRIME SUSPECT, and followed with the DC/Milestone ongoing series, STATIC, which would eventually develop into the popular animated TV show, STATIC SHOCK!
An alumnus of New York’s SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, JP received his bachelors in fine arts in 1994 and began working on some of the most popular characters in pop culture, including SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and the X-MEN. Some of his other notable works include the critically acclaimed series THE WINTER MEN, and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN.
JP has contributed artwork for the SUPERMAN RETURNS, BATMAN BEGINS, GREEN LANTERN and DARK KNIGHT style guides, as well as a pair of SUPERMAN children’s books for Meredith Books. He is currently working on a BATMAN mini-series.
JP lives in Miami, Florida.
JP, how did you become involved with DMZ? Did you know Brian Wood prior to becoming the cover artist?