Name: Jonathan Mullins (Jey Odin)
Major: Sequential art
Minor: Graphic design
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
District: Tell me a bit about yourself.
Jonathan Mullins: My name is Jonathan Mullins, also known as Jey Odin.
I remember thinking that drawing a comic and having it become a cartoon would be an awesome thing. Even though a cartoon is a far off dream of mine, I’m glad that I’m at least a step closer to having that dream come true.
District: Can you give us a general sense of the plot behind “Chicken Fighter”?
Mullins: “Chicken Fighter” is a punch in the face of pure awesome.
Johnny Mo, an awesome person, gets his girlfriend pregnant and although he is looking forward to raising a baby with her, he doesn’t want it to grow up in a town filled with giant, mutated, popped-collar, necktie-wearin’ evil chickens. He now has nine months to defeat them.
District: How did Antarctic Press find out about your “Chicken Fighter” comic?
Mullins: I drew 258 pages and before I started the last chapter, I was told by my friends that I should send it off to a couple of companies. Antarctic Press was one of them. After a week they got back to me and told me they loved it and wanted to see more.
District: Did their editors ask you to change anything from your original comic for the publication?
Mullins: The original title was called “Chicken Fight,” but they thought that it would be a good idea to call it “Chicken Fighter” for promotional reasons. It was a lot funnier, and seeing as though this comic is a comedy, I was totally on board.
District: What made you decide you wanted a career in comics?
Mullins: Well like I said earlier, Toonami was a giant influence during my childhood which solidified my decision, but I had been thinking about becoming a comic book artist ever since I saw Doug Funnie on Nickelodeon. I loved that cartoon and thought it was really cool that he drew his own comics.
District: What materials do you work with?
Mullins: I used a nib pen, a bucket of ink, a ruler for panels, Maxon paper and a program on my computer called Manga Studio for the speed lines, tones and letters.
District: Where can I find your “Chicken Fighter” comic to purchase?
Mullins: July 27 is its release date and it will be found on the Antarctic Press website.Contact Tom Rogers.