Creator Interview with Jeremy Haun of The Beauty
Interview by Paul Fiander
The trailer to the left will introduce you to one of the most original and thought provoking released comics in recent years. The Beauty is the Brain Child of creators Jeremy Haun
& Jason A. Hurley.
Below we have a interview with Haun the writer/artist on the series. Where he answers questions on the art for the series and his intentions on making us have an emotional response to the images we see on the page.
You can see our review of the first trade of The Beauty here
1) How easy is it to mix writing and drawing on a project like the beauty?
HAUN: It’s kind of perfect. Freeing. Over the years, I’ve predominantly worked as an artist. During that time, I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with some of the best writers in the business. While I love drawing comics, I’ve always seen myself as a storyteller. I’ve written a few things for other artists-- Narcoleptic Sunday, which was an OGN for Oni, Chaos Agent and several short stories for the Bad Karma OGN, and the Batwoman Secret Origin. I’ve always wanted to write and draw my own stuff. When we started work on The Beauty, it allowed me to have the best of both worlds.
2) There is a quite a bit of combustion in the story and the after effects can be quite haunting, was this intentional or something that came about through the creative process?
HAUN: It was intentional. We wanted this extreme thing to happen-- a real horrifying price to come with the superficial perfection of The Beauty. It was a fun little mash up of “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” and “Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse.”.
3) Your art is very true to life, where does your character inspiration come from?
HAUN: I use a lot of reference from the world around me. It’s nice and helpful for capturing little details. Of course, that only goes so far. It’s not like you can really reference a corpse that has internally combusted, leaving a hardened, nearly statue like husk behind. ...and if you could, I sure as hell wouldn’t want to look at it.
4) How long did it take you to learn how to the striated Muscle patterns we see or was this something you had in your locker?
HAUN: I studied musculature in college. I wanted to do a bit of a take on that. Of course, like I said, the reference only goes so far. At a point, I look at what I need to for reference, then get bored and just draw. I always try to find that balance between what’s accurate and what is interesting to look at.