I hate calling anyone a “rising star” because it sounds so incredibly corny, but due to a complete lack of imagination on my part and since I think that the phrase describes Justin Bleep’s work in Super Human Resources perfectly, we’ll run with it. Beyond being a hilarious comic book, “Super Human Resources” breaks some new ground in the art department as well. Justin Bleep’s illustrations are to say the least, a hell of a lot of fun. He plays with, and designs characitures of our most beloved classic comics characters and gives them an energy and style that is his own. Justin Bleep took some time out of his hectic schedule recently to answer our 5 questions, and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you Justin.
SHR Official Site: www.superhumanresourcescomic.com
Tell us about your comic. What’s it about? Why is it cool?
SHR (Super Human Resources) is about having fun with the medium. Its something you can pick up, read, and laugh—and at the same time really get into the characters and their situations. It’s dispensable entertainment with some indispensible qualities.
Who are your biggest influences?
I think people see a lot of non-comic influences in my work, and though my style is of the Skottie Young-Humberto Ramos-Francisco Herrera era, it is a direct result of my blending of contemporary DJ music culture with the comic’s medium.
On a more personal note: how did you end up where you are today? What lead you to comics?
About 5 years ago I came back to the comic book industry, bringing with me the culture that had previously enveloped me—the American rave and DJ culture. I immediately started a project merging the two industries. The result was my self-published title, Brick City Bunch. Music was a very inspiring medium, but ultimately I missed holding my work in my hands—there is something to it. That feeling is why I came back to a printed medium.
What advice would you give to someone trying to break into comics?
Do something different with the comic book format. And have your own style. Err, maybe that’s what I would like to see people do—I’ve seen too much of the same thing already.
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
Forbidden Planet, from 1956. It’s the epitome of science fiction.