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George Jeanty inspired by John Byrne, Alan Davis, George Perez, Michael Golden and Marv Wolfman

posted Jul 23, 2013, 5:39 PM by Vu Nguyen

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013 (Jul 12-15, 2013)
San Diego, California
George Jeanty at San Diego Comic-Con 2013
July 23, 2013  By: Amy Galante

“Man, this story makes me sound better than it should,” replied ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ comic book artist Georges Jeanty when asked how he landed his current gig. “When Joss Whedon approached Dark Horse about continuing this whole ‘Buffy’ universe, Scott Allie, the editor, asked, ‘What have you got in mind? What do you want to do?’ Joss said, ‘This is what I want to do and this is the artist I really like, let’s see if we can’t get him.’ The rest, as they say, is history. Who could say no to a command performance?”

How did Jeanty get involved with comics? “The art was always there. As a kid, ‘Star Wars’ came out and changed my life forever. I don’t say that I chose to draw, I say that it chose me.”

Some of the artists who had the greatest impact on him include John Byrne at Marvel, Alan Davis, George Perez, Michael Golden and Marv Wolfman, who he cited as “pillars of their particular field,” adding, “I wouldn’t say they influenced me. They changed my life. I know it sounds so young adult to hear, but they really did. I never looked at comics the same way for one, and I finally saw it as more than just a kiddie book. I put comics against any art form of written entertainment that would affect you.