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Interview talk:JG Roshell

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Interview with JG

JG Roshell has agreed to an interview. I told him I'll be sending the questions to him in a few days (over email). Feel free to submit your questions below. JG is a comic book letterer (he works for Comicraft). He helped create and to design the graphic novel collection (for which he received an Eisner Award nomination). Submit away! :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 16:18, 6 June 2008 (EDT)

  • I'm going to be sending the questions in tonight or tomorrow, so make sure that if you have any questions for JG (especially about lettering the graphic novels) you post them now! :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:00, 9 June 2008 (EDT)
    • JG has done a number of other interviews, so you might want to check that most of our questions are not repeats. You can some of view JG's other interviews at this link.--MiamiVolts (talk) 16:27, 9 June 2008 (EDT)
    • Have these questions been sent in now? I'm asking cause if they have we can remove the listing from current events.--MiamiVolts (talk) 00:17, 11 June 2008 (EDT)
  • JG is really busy with deadlines this week, so he said he should get to the questions some time next week. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 14:38, 11 June 2008 (EDT)

Questions for JG

  • Hey there JG! First off, just wanted to say that I like the work you do for 9thWonders and Tim Sale's website! I like the "feel" that you give to the sites. And thanks for all ya do (the actual questions are next)! 'ROESian
    • If you were able to do anything you wanted for a career and make a decent living doing it, what sort of work would you do?
      • Would it be anything different than what you are doing now? Or, if you are doing exactly what you want to do already, what would be the best or dream project with which to be involved?
    • Are there any new promotional items you're creating for HEROES for this year's Comic-Con in July (which people like me might hafta find from places like ebay...)?
    • What's a new diversion/job/hobby that you'd like to attempt?
    • Last, what's your favorite font to use? Or, if you have more than one favorite, depending on its application, what are your favorite fonts to use, and when/why?
    • The graphic novels normally just credit the lettering as "Comicraft". Does Richard Starkings participate in lettering at Comicraft? How large is the team at Comicraft (Comicraft's website lists 6 people)? Do other letterers assist you in lettering any of the novels? You are listed as part of Comicraft's away team--does that just mean you don't work out of Comicraft's Los Angeles HQ?
    • When did you gain the nickname, Mr. Fontastic?
    • Are there any new font and bubble styles that you developed for the Heroes novels? Does the methodology you use to select font and bubble styles differ greatly for Heroes than your other work?
    • Do you have any favorite font/bubble designs from your work in Heroes and elsewhere?
    • Active Images is listed as being a library for your commercial fonts. Is it a separate company? Is it run only by Comicraft?
    • Balloon Tales, presented by both Comicraft and Active Images, has a cool tutorial on lettering. Are you and Richard Starkings big influences on each other's work? Who would be your biggest other influence in lettering?
    • What assistance do you provide, if any, in the animation of the graphic novels?
    • Does Comicraft do the lettering for the Smallville Legends graphic novels?
      • JG's response to this: "Nope." I didn't think it was necessary to include in the interview. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 21:48, 21 June 2008 (EDT)
        • Yeah, it doesn't need to go in the interview. It is interesting to know, though, so thanks for asking! BTW, thanks for including so many of my questions.--MiamiVolts (talk) 23:44, 21 June 2008 (EDT)

Heroes novel questions

    • In Moonlight Serenade, the lettering on the sign for the retirement home is partially obstructed by a bush and saxophone player. Is that supposed to be "Retirement Village" or "Retirement Villa"?
    • In Faces, Part 1, the bar has what appears to be an electric sign that is obscured by a caption Comicraft added. What did the sign read as before it was obscured?
      • That's an artist question, not a lettering question. But in any case, the neon sign simply says "Bar"--check the video. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 21:04, 9 June 2008 (EDT)
        • Ah, cool. I can't see the video on my computer cause the plug-in required doesn't work for Windows2000, but thanks for answering my question.--MiamiVolts (talk) 21:07, 9 June 2008 (EDT)
    • War Buddies, Part 7 has a slightly humorous error, which was later corrected, in one of the writings for Linda's notebook where an address scrolled off into the air. How long did you have to caption that novel?
    • In novels such as Wireless, Part 4, Hana holds paperless e-mail texts in her hand and whirlwinds of text swirl around her. Were all those text additions done by Comicraft? And if so, what kind of direction were you given?

9thWonders questions

    • If you had the freedom/authority to help the 9thWonders website "evolve" with the show, what changes would you make to the site?
      • A thread just for fun brainstorming by 9thW members about how 9thW could "evolve" is here (and the password's "shanti", minus the quotation marks) - do you think that TPTB will have plans for 9thWonders to grow or change along with the show in ways similar to those suggested in that thread?
  • Who else worked with you to create Was the site your idea? When did your participation in the site end?
  • When did the idea for originate? Was the original idea for it to be a message board?
  • Did you ever get that lunchbox you refer to in your interview with Fabrice Sapolsky? And are you still getting phone calls from when NBC put your info online?


This interview needs to be linked throughout the site (like on interviews, etc.) I'll take care of doing publicity with other blogs and websites, but can somebody please tell the good folks over at 9thwonders? Thanks! -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 22:31, 21 June 2008 (EDT)