Palmiotti, Gray and Bernet, Part Two
Earlier, we posted what Justin Gray had to say about Jordi Bernet, a regular artist on JONAH HEX since 2006 and a new personal favorite of mine. Today, we’re back with co-writer and fellow Bernet fan, Jimmy Palmiotti.
First, I have to ask, have you ever met Jimmy Palmiotti?
Jimmy has a problem. He's very shy. He doesn't talk a whole lot.
Yeah, right. Jimmy's full of ideas and enthusiasm and passion for comics. I asked him for a sentence or two about Bernet. Here's what he wrote back...
“Getting to work with your hero is something both exciting and surreal at the same time. I have been a comic art collector for as long as I can remember and one of my favorite European artists is Jordi Bernet... so much so that I tracked down his agent and on a regular basis bought commissions and published works off him. Little did I know that years later, with the help of another brilliant artist, Mark Chiarello, that Justin and I would be writing script after script for the man himself. Add to that a trip to Barcelona, Spain where I actually got to sit down with Jordi, and this whole experience seems like I won the lottery...month after month.
“To call Jordi one of the best storytellers in the business is an understatement. Jordi learned his craft the hard way...working in comics his whole life and like another hero of mine, Joe Kubert, the experience is there for everyone to enjoy in each and every panel. Jordi's graceful brush line contains a magical confidence only a real artist can have...and this seemingly simplistic style is a deceiving thing on so many levels. Any artist will tell you that only a true artist can express emotion and strength in so few lines ...only a rue storyteller can create body language that tells a story...and only a true natural performer can pull together a story and a situation where no words are needed.
“Yeah, we consider ourselves the luckiest writers in the business...with the support of D.C. Comics behind us we have had 5 years of amazing artists working with us...a who's who of the tops in the field and to add to this, we have had the pleasure of working with a true legend and for this we will be eternally grateful. As well, we look forward to the next five years, and with any luck, another 20 or 30 issues of Jonah with the legendary Jordi Bernet.”
Ah, that Palmiotti. If only he had the gift of the gab.
Let's join him and Justin is tipping our hats to the artistry of Jordi Bernet...