Javier Adrian Bordon works as a freelance artist for the comics and videogames industrie. He has 20 years experience, as a designer and published his first self written thriller mystery comic book “The Dogs” in 2010.
His work mainly focuses on sci-fi and fantasy. He is in the process of making a fantasy adventure comic book with dragons and warrior girls! He also works as professional animator.
In 2015 after a brief stay in Spain and France, he emigrated to Poland, where he is now living and keeping his art studio in Krakow city. He loves dogs, castles, tramways and old second world war airplanes, especially Spitfires.
Whilst working he smokes tobacco a lot and drink lots of coffee, but people still understand what he is mumbling in polish, even with his dark voice.
1. Tell us a little about yourselves and your history with writing / art – who are you and what do you do?
They call me Bordon, who am I? a guy who draw comic stuff 15 or 20 hours per day. Mostly sci fi and fantasy stuff. It is not only panels and pages but designs, machine studies and paintings. While working, I elaborate stupid comic theories in mind and in breaks write some scripts for later, read old books or watch old movies, run in the park and make some animation stuff too.
I ´m my work. I have been living in Poland for the last 2 years and very attached to the culture and art of this slavish country. about my history with writing-art on comics and animation, well, nobody start on this media from out side.
First you always see a comic artist you like and then you start to do similar stuff till you find your own way. in my case my first comics readings was from 2000AD when I was 13 and my first favourite artist was Dave Gibbons and his fabulous strong and poetic work for Rogue Trooper.
He had a movie-like concept of comic that later sends me directly to appreciate Katsuhiro Otomo when he hit the western side of world with his masterpiece Akira. So my first comics were essentially copies of the style of Gibbons in Rogue Trooper and some ABC Warriors fan-fic comic stuff. I made entire chapters my own way and then developed a fascination with robots, spaceships and scifi stuff. Later I worked for the video-games industry, but that is another story.
2. How did you approach the artwork for your story?
I start with conceptual scenes and designs of characters and elements, it take me several days,after that I start to make pages layouts in very chaotic and rough form and then I choose and adjust some stuff from that bunch of drawings and organise it into pages following the writer indications and some personal storytelling sense.
After the pencils are done and approved then I go inks on markers or quill and, later add color in digital if required. personally I prefer just B&W inked comics, but the market asks for color stuff..
3. What was the most difficult thing (if anything) working within someone else’s world?
The most difficult thing to deal with a writer’s work is “to tame your beast”. A good writer gives you some freedom. I this work Jeremy was a good guy all the time, but his ideas and sense are strong and conceptually clear across pages and scenes, so we match in good way as Koji and Mazinger, I try to believe I´m Mazinger on this deal (I also have rocket punch skills), but sometimes we exchange the pilot duties and it makes a good cooking meal better than overcontrolling stuff. In my opinion too much control makes things boring and lifeless. To allow energy and interest to flow naturally, to have some freedom for both of us is a must.
Regarding “tame your beast”, as an artist, you are dealing with wild demons asking to make Woodstock rainbow experiences in the panels, but could also be just psychedelic craziness and the task here is to tell a story focused in its spirit and senses.
The other side of beast is that you have your own storytelling sense but in this type of task is needed you keep that side just as auxiliary tribulation or special moment feature not the main thing. So, do not make your writer cry alone in sunset and do not put tacks on Koji cockpit seat or mock about his fuzzy hairdo. he is the boss at all. you are just a giant robot built in Japanium with Fire Breast and 400 meter tall. and your face is made of polygons. So shut up tin toy.
4. What are the top comic books / films you’re reading at the moment?
I do not read anything modern. I always search for older and older. is a matter of tastes, for me good stuff ended long time ago. now we are making crazy frankensteins and they can be good and tasty only if you eat and drink full time on the oldschool roots.
The anime quality and senses declined to shitty levels of total stupidity and otakus are the worst phenomenon of this decadence – the same can be said about comics. I’m tired of seeing Uncle Ben´s die every year again or moral lessons from Kryptonian guys.
For movies my favourite sci-fi movies still are Bladerunner and Alien. masterpieces. Lately I was much absorbed in old stuff like Casshern and Conan the future Boy, and perfect things as the work of David Mazuchelli for Batman Year One and so. I use to read Spirit by Eisner and watch Hal Foster drawings again and again. they have the magic not us. We have to steal the fire of ancient gods to make things bright again. maybe some light of hope is at the end of this dark not so golden age. maybe. we can work as hard as possible on that meanwhile. Time will say.
6. What inspires you generally? Who are your comic / writing / art heroes?
my heroes have not much muscles, but they prevail as wiser fresh skinny David over stupid serious bulky Goliaths.
Fresh smartness and stubborness is the ultimate strength. ask about that to Kaneda or Asuka.
My all time comic master hero is Otomo. My other heroes are Gibbons, Mazzuchelli, Eisner, Chuck Jones, Miyazaki, Samura, Okiura and recently rediscovered Go Nagai.
7. If people want to know more your own work, where should they go?
Just watch my deviantart gallery specially my comic pages are there or search for, and buy my first book “The Dogs” otherwise, ask comic people around, some know more about my work than me myself.
Posted by Jeremy Biggs on April 28, 2017