The One Percent Man

I always pick up JP Coovert‘s latest mini comics, and not just because he’s a CCS grad (class of 2008!) I admire JP’s dedication to the craft, and I know he will be drawing comics when he is an old, old man.

At MoCCA I stopped by One Percent Press and purchased Simple Routines #10 and #11. For those of you anticipating a CCS thesis review, or who are curious about the process, JP shares his experience in SR #10.

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JP had little reason to be nervous, the work he produced during his senior year showed a great deal of growth. I was especially impresses by JP’s Press Start.

JP arrived at CCS a competent cartoonist and self-publisher. However, his work bore a strong resemblance to John Porcellino’s (a resemblance that I found, at times, uncomfortably strong). In Press Start, JP broke from his standard cartooning approach and really stretched his drawing muscles. In doing so, he developed a voice that was uniquely his own.

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Visual style served a distinct purpose in this book: it distinguished the real world (drawn and composed in JP’s Simple Routines style) with the fantasy world he encounters when he (literally) gets sucked into his video game.
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JP used Press Start as a platform to explore popular video game concepts on paper. He experimented with the comics page, leading the readers eye in unusual way. He does this with a sense of playfulness and energy.
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JP hasn’t been idle since he graduated. In addition to his mini comics, JP illustrated the novel The Last Invisible Boy, by Evan Kuhlman. Check out this video trailer!

– Robyn Chapman

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