If you Google the term “morning glories,” you not only get photos of pretty blue/purple flowers but you also see one of the hottest new comic books on the market, published by Image Comics. Debuted in August 2010, the 100-issue series found commercial success from the beginning, which sparked talks about television and film adaptations. Here is my review of the comic, which gives a quick synopsis of the storyline.
I interviewed the artist behind those teen rebels, Joe Eisma, at Baltimore Comic Con. Here was our conversation:
BRF: How did you get into comics?
JE: I loved to read them growing up.
BRF: Why did you decide to draw comic books?
JE: When I was done with a school assignment, I always drew on the back of the page. It was just something I did, I guess as a way to pass the time.
BRF: How did you break into the business?
JE: I paid my dues and worked for a small press for a while. I did post a lot of my work online, constantly drawing and putting it up. That is where Nick (Nick Spencer, writer and creator) found my work when he offered me the post.
BRF: How did you get a chance to work on “Morning Glories”?
JE: Well, Nick found my work and contacted me. He said it was like “Lost” but with a twist, and I am a big “Lost” fan. When I read his idea, it was something I haven’t seen in the comic book market yet. It was something different.
BRF: What are you up to next?
JE: I am definitely sticking to “Morning Glories.” It is a really big story, with 100 issues in total. I want to see it through.
Thanks, Joe, for the interview!