Born in Acapulco, Gro., México
Birthday: August 1st.
Hobbies: Reading comics, watching animes, animation, movies, DRAWING, playing video games (I feel it’s more like addiction), and going to raves and parties.
Sports: MMA, volleyball, basketball, soccer, american football (Go BRONCOS)
Anomalous Comics: What’s your background?
Juan Hernandez: Well, I’m a graphic designer. I used to work in publicity on storyboarding, creative storming and cooperative design, then my mom got sick and I move back from Cuernavaca to Acapulco to take care of her in 2003. After that, I got to work in a jewelry store.
AC: Why become a comic artist and why a penciller?
JH: I have to be honest; I start to study graphic design ’cause of comics. I was looking to get strong bases of art composition, perspective, drawing and design techniques, etc. I always wanted to be the one drawing and creating. Why a penciller? Well, I already say it, I dream to be the one drawing and I have these wicked imagination and an anomalous mind.
AC: What do you enjoy the most about being a comic artist?
JH: It is hard to tell, cause I just became a comic artist, a real one, I mean. There are so many things– probably is the layout raw design, concept art characters and backgrounds, and I love to have creative freedom ‘ cause I adore to play with camera angles. That’s my greatest pleasure.
AC: How is to be an artist in México?
JH: So freaking hard. As personal experience in the capital and some in the big city has shown me, maybe you have some chances in design, but in my home town, it’s null. Only if you have money and connections can you be in the spot light. Talent and culture support is virtual, for comic art in México, the comic industry is almost none, no good to make a living…
AC: Was it hard to become a comic Artist?
JH: Hard? It was Mission Impossible and I’m no Ethan Hunt. It was really hard after being without practice for almost 10 years. I lost so much of my anatomy and figure drawing, my composition perspective and sequential art was awful. Add to that, drawing materials here are quite expensive and the average day salary is around $6.50 usd. I have to draw almost 10 hrs a day to improve and recover 80% of how I used to draw and I’m still working on it. I had even done some private commissions and I was pretty unhappy with my performance
AC: When did you discover your love for comics?
JH: Since I was like 6 years old, my Mom and my aunt, bought me comics as they wanted me to learn English. They get me American edition comics and it worked. I learned to read in English first then Spanish, lol. Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, they began my deviation into becoming an anomaly…
AC: What projects do you have going now and what’s in your future?
JH: Umm, I have been developing a project named NO HELL a year ago with a friend, the writer Jony Wong, a great guy. Thanks to him and NO HELL art I get the chance to be part of Anomalous, in a short story featured in Send in the Clowns called Price of Fame, and I have my self-created project YAKUZA RIOT, a full action story of greed and deception between family members to take global control of Japanese Mafia, along with my Anomalous friend, Chris Johnson, on scripts. Also, I’m about to start to work on Elvis the Zombie! With luck, I’ll be the series artist for a while. For the future? I hope to see any of my personal projects published, and a lot of work and earnings, lol, I wish to bring to reality two or three more projects. In special, The Blood Knights is a vampire, werewolf, demon and human war which has a lot of possibilities and time lines. I just have to be sure to create an accurate script.
AC: Who is or have been your influences, and what are your favorite comics?
JH: It’s a long list, but for building my style, I have to say (I try to change a bit from story to story, but you will always find that is me) these gentlemen: PAT LEE, JOE MADUREIRA, JEFF SCOTT CAMPBELL, HUMBERTO RAMOS, MASAMUNE SHIROW, JIM LEE, SIMONE BIANCHI, FRANCIS LEINIL YU, TODD MCFARLANE. And for overall, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Chris Hart, Chriss Warner, Scott Allie, between so much artists and favorite comics. War Lands, Mishima, Ghost in the Shell, Danger Girl, Phantom, Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Infinity, Hulk, Thor, Batman, Aquaman, Crimson, Battle Chasers, Spawn…I’ll never end.
AC: What would you be doing if not making comics?
JH: That’s an easy one; looking for work harder than now. And giving FULL CONTACT classes or a kind of Vigilante…
AC: Okay, Juan, tell us if you could compare yourself with a comic character, who you’d be?
JH: Peter Parker and Grunge from Gen13. Peter ’cause I lost my Mom when I was 16 and my aunt took care of me and I call her Mom. She deserves it. Grunge ’cause in high school I used to have his style and personality and fall in love with a bimbo like Caitlyn Fairchild and get dumped… Still do, lol.
AC: Lastly, give a last message for all the readers and future fans!
JH: Fans?! I doubt it. They are fellows, freaks like you and me and everybody in Anomalous Comics. We’re all unique, gifted, and we’re just giving them a place where they belong. With us. You’re not alone now; follow us. We got so many wickedfreakyliscous Anomalies waiting for you.
I would like to thank all people in Anomalous for believing in me. And a special thank you to my man, Chris Johnson, for your support and patience, Fletcher Horton great artist, Jay Cornwell our art director good friend and advisor and my bro. Jony Wong, Xing Xin always there for me guiding me. As for everybody else, those who tricked me, that help me, the ones that didn’t answer me, even the ones that rejected me, you know who you guys are. Thanks for reading and God bless us all… So long.