|Jeremy Love creator of Bayou at WonderCon|
Photo by Michael Pleasent
Jeremy Love. Sounds like the name of a late night DJ taking song dedications. Jeremy is no DJ, in fact he is down with DC, as in DC Comics. Superman’s publisher carries Jerry’s comic series Bayou. I read a sample of it online and it is really good. I mean really, really good. Jeremy tells me how a little luck and a lot of hustle made his self-publishing dreams come true.
How did you get into comics?
I’ve been drawing all my life, making little comics when I was in elementary school and selling them so it just became natural. Once I found out I could make a living do it, it made me happier. So I kept practicing and kept my skills up.
How did you figure out you could make living doing it? there are artists out there trying to do the same thing but haven't made it.
It’s all about the initiative, the drive you put into it. I self-published my first book and that got me the notice I needed to start this professionally.
When you self-published, how many copies did you sell?
I only sold 600 or 700 copies but it got into the right people’s hands.
Bayou is about a black girl named Lee and her white friend Lilly. There’s some kind of Loch Ness Monster type character who lives in the swamp water. But he’s good?
Bayou is a benevolent, good swamp dweller. He helps Lee as they look for her friend Lilly who’s lost in this fantasy world that is set in 1933 Mississippi. It’s kind of like Alice and Wonderland with a voodoo and African-American folklore flavor to it.
|Photo Credit: Michael Pleasent|
What is Gettosake?Me and my brothers have an art studio and that’s our studio name.
Where did the name come from?
I had a friend when I was in high school who did graffiti and that was his graffiti name. When he retired I asked if I could use it because I liked it so much.
When I see Gettosake I’m thinking the hood and booze. What does the name mean to you?
It has a number of different meanings. People bring their own meaning to it.
What's next for you?
Bayou volume 3 comes out next year.