Best known for his work on
comic colorist Jeff Balke took time out of his busy schedule to answer a
few questions for us. Other notable books he has worked on include: Charmed, Zombies vs
PA: So I'll start at the beginning - what led you to become
a comic colorist?
Well, years ago when Myspace only had 99 million people [laughs], I
started putting up some of my black & white art. Then people wanted
me to show some colored stuff which I didn’t have at the time. But then I
put some colors to my own work and people loved that much more than my
regular artwork and I've been doing it ever since. Thats also where I
got my first coloring gig.
PA: And what gig was that?
JB: A comic called
Foxwood Falcons with After Hours Press which was released back in 2007. I
worked on the Wizard World Exclusive cover and the all the interiors. I
was pretty stoked.
I bet - that's a pretty big first job. How do you usually prepare for
gigs like that?
[laughs] Honestly, I just do it!
PA: Well, that's certainly one way!
JB: I get my music
ready, have an almost unlimited supply of coffee and just go to town.
PA: Who's your
favorite character to color while listening to music and downing
incredible amounts of coffee?
JB: My favorite character? As of recently, I
love coloring Thor and, of course...Green Lantern
PA: Hal Jordan is
definitely the man. Have you ever dabbled in writing comics?
JB: No, no. [laughs] No, but I
thought about it.
PA: Stick to what you know, right?
JB: Exactly. I just
love coloring - Okay, I just sounded like a little kid there.
PA: This is comics,
the majority of us sound like kids. What methods of coloring do you work
JB: For working
on the comics I’m all digital. I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 for everything.
I have CS5, but for some reason I'm afraid to use it! [laughs] I think
it’s because I've got an okay handle on CS3, but so many people said
that CS5 is amazing! So I'm going to start dabbling in it soon.
PA: So if it ain't
broke you can wait on fixing it.
JB: Right [laughs] but it would be nice to
"update" some techniques.
PA: What current or future projects of yours
will we be seeing?
JB: We just released Grimm Fairy Tales presents: Tales from
#1. It came out last week and other issues are coming out soon from
that series. I also have a few covers coming out from Zombies vs
and issue #3 actually hit stands June 1st. The cover I worked on is with Mike Debalfo,
where the cheerleader is sitting on a bench in a locker room with a
bunch of zombie heads around her - HOT cover. I've got a trade of Zombies vs
coming out this summer as well as a few other projects. Thankfully, I’m
Apparently you are, and with some good titles. So what would Jeff
Balke's super power be?
JB: Let me think here. How about drinking
coffee and never getting tired?
PA: That's definitely a practical super
power. Maybe you have the beginnings of a new comic?
JB: Published by
Starbucks maybe? Also, killing people with kindness and being real.
PA: Well, it was
definitely kind of you to take time out of your busy day. Finally, any advice for
artists trying to make it in comics?
JB: Don't give up. If this is something
you really want to do, then keep at it. No matter how many doubts you
have in your head, don't give up or get too frustrated.
***If you like Jeff
Balke’s work and want to know more about the colorist, you can check out
his web site at www.jbalkesart.com. You can also follow him on Twitter
@Jbalke08 as well as “like” his Facebook fan page at JBalkesCOLORS. And don't forget to pick up Zombies vs Cheerleaders #3, hitting shelves today!***