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Jarrett Williams
OccupationComic Book Artist
Years active2003 - present
Websitehttp://superproko.com/

Jarrett Brandon Williams (born September 8, 1984) is an American comic book creator.

Williams currently writes and illustrates the Super Pro K.O.! graphic novel series through comic publisher, Oni Press.

Early life and school

Williams was raised in New Orleans, LA. His first exposure to comics came from the Time Picayune newspaper comic strip section. As a child, Williams was fairly introverted and loved drawing, reading, legoes, and playing video games. Williams frequented the Crescent City Comic Shop in New Orleans where he was first exposed to comics. [1]

Williams attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts where he graduated in the school's Visual Arts Program. In 2002, he enrolled into the Savannah College of Art and Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sequential Art in 2006 and his Master of Fine Arts in Sequential Art in 2010.

Career

Williams worked primarily on his first web-comic, Lunar Boy Land, while in college from 2003 to 2007. He updated the comic every Monday and Wednesday. He eventually collected Lunar Boy into two graphic novel collections [2]

Super Pro K.O.!

In 2008, Williams stopped working on Lunar Boy, in order to develop a pro-wrestling comic called Super Pro K.O.!. A pro-wrestling fan from young, the comic was a way to challenge if he could draw anything besides Lunar Boy and all-ages types of stories. He wanted to develop a comic devoted to pro-wrestling that also drew upon his own experiences in the comic industry. S.P.K.O. was originally planned to be a web-comic but Williams began to stretch out the concept even further into a graphic novel series. Williams began bringing mini-comics of Super Pro K.O.! to comic conventions on the east and west coasts throughout 2008 and 2009 which eventually got into the hands of Oni Press editors.[3]

Style and influences

Williams' style is a hybrid of classic American-based comic storytelling and manga which influenced him during his teenage years.

Williams was hugely influenced by comics books such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Williams also sites numerous newspaper comic strips such as Curtis, Peanuts, and Calvin and Hobbes as influences. Manga such as Ranma ½, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball also influenced him. Williams also draws inspiration from numerous video games.[3]

Bibliography

Graphic novels
Anthologies
Self Published

References

  1. ^ "Oni Delivers a Knock-Out With SUPER PRO K.O". Newsarama.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  2. ^ "LUNAR BOY VOL. 2 BY JARRETT WILLIAMS". Seqa Lab. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  3. ^ a b "Weighing in at 256 pages: Jarrett Williams talks Super Pro K.O. | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment". Robot6.comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  4. ^ Oni Press (2010-07-21). "Super Pro K.O.!". Oni Press. Archived from the original on 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  5. ^ Oni Press (2011-11-02). "Chaos in the Cage". Oni Press. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  6. ^ Oni Press (2011-03-09). "Yo Gabba Gabba Comic Book Time". Oni Press. Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  7. ^ The Lunar Boy: Book One (2006-07-26). "The Lunar Boy: Book One: Jarrett Williams: 9781847289438: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  8. ^ The Lunar Boy Book 2 (2008-02-21). "The Lunar Boy Book 2: Jarrett Williams: 9780615177861: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25.