Jay Cornwell is a graduate in Graphic Design from State College of Florida. He started his art career designing children’s books including two books for the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. Jay began his comics career penciling and inking for Riot Press on “Strangest War Stories Never Told” title in 2012. When he is not working on comics, Jay fills his time designing tattoos, t-shirts, and album covers.
“Strangest War Stories Never Told” (Riot Press) #1
“The Undesirables Anthology” (Anomalous Comics) Volume #1
“Haiyan Benefit Book” (WonderFunders) #1
“Strangest War Stories Never Told” (Riot Press) #2
“Anomalous Comics Presents- Send in the Clowns” (Anomalous Comics) Volume #1
We caught up with our Anomalous Art Director and this is what he had for us:
Anomalous Comics: Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do?
Jay Cornwell: My name is Jay Cornwell and I’m a graphic designer who lives in Venice, Florida.
AC: What Projects have you done or been a part of?
Jay: The beginning of my career, I designed and wrote children’s books. “A Bolt in the Sky” was my favorite of them because it was for a famous museum, and it gave me the opportunity to oversee most of the aspects of the publishing process. I started comics by a friend who knew a friend that published comics. I met the publisher and the rest fell into place, “Strange War Stories Never Told” by Riot Press was my first comics work and I haven’t looked back since. I also do work for bands designing t-shirts and album covers to break up the consistency of drawing comics.
AC: Was there a major event that led to your decision to draw comics?
Jay: Not really. As far back as I remember, storytelling through the visual medium was and still fascinates me. If I had to pinpoint, though, it was the old 70s Hulk comics that did it for me as a kid. Hulk was my gateway to appreciating monsters and various otherworldly creatures.
AC: Who are your influences?
Jay: When I was younger, Michael Golden and Art Adams were my heroes. Today, Tony Harris and J.H. Williams are just incredible artists. Looking at their work really inspires me and pushes me to do better.
AC: What would you be doing now if you weren’t making comics?
Jay: Doing something else that’s artistic, more than likely in the culinary field.
AC: What advice can you give to aspiring creators?
Jay: My advice goes to everybody. Don’t stop what you’re doing if you’re passionate about it and it makes you happy. It’s not about making money, being famous, or what others think, this is you and there’s no reason to stop being yourself. (To those that are deceased and are reading this, you are excused.)
AC: What is your favorite quote?
Jay: “Don’t let anyone tell you NO”. That was written by Brad Meltzer on my “Identity Crisis” book when he autographed it years ago. I always think about it.
AC: What is your favorite comic series or OGN? What are you reading now?
Jay: There’re a lot of favorites. The ones I go back to are Tomb of Dracula, Starman, Identity Crisis, and any of Jack Kirby‘s titles in the seventies. Currently, the only regular book I pick up is All-New X-Men by Bendis and Immonen. The rest I just cherry pick to whatever captures my interest.
AC: What are your dream projects? Just in case someone who can make that happen is reading this.
Jay: Crazy as it sounds, I would love to draw an old west adventure like Jonah Hex. I also would love to draw a story from America’s prohibition era, that decade had a look that was unique and it spawned some of the coolest gangsters in America’s history.
AC: What are you most looking forward to this year?
Jay: I just recently became art director for Anomalous, which I’m very excited about and can’t wait to get busy with that. I’m also starting to attend conventions as an artist, which was something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile.
AC: Where can we find you?
Jay: I’m on Facebook and on the Anomalous website. My Instagram, name is JAYBCORNWELL. I’m also on deviantart under starman853. If anyone has any questions on art or just want to shout out at me, just message me on FB
AC: Anything else you lime to add?
Jay: It’s been a wonderful experience to be a part of the Anomalous family. Everyone involved here is very talented and it’s been a pleasure to know and to call them friends.