Even when he was a young boy, Jonboy Meyers knew he wanted to draw comics and had a talent for it. The son of a Military Policeman, he grew up in Colorado Springs reading war comics and drawing constantly. Eventually, he discovered Captain America and superheroes and thought his destiny was sealed.

But as is the case with many artists (and superheroes), a great many obstacles and a long journey lay between him and his dreams: disapproving teachers, a detour through college as a science major, and years of work for the Colorado Springs Utilities.

But after years of flirting with art schools and working on the periphery of the comic book industry, Meyers got a huge break after submitting his portfolio to Marvel Comics: they asked him if he wanted to draw a new line of Spiderman.

Now in his mid-30s, Meyers is something of a late-bloomer by comic book industry standards. He sat down with us last week to show us his portfolio (see the brief audio-slide show above) and talk about his journey, the process of putting together a comic book, how he stuck with it and the recent death of his wife (audio below).

Whether you’re a comics fan or just want to hear a great story about the difficulties and payoffs of following your dreams, it’s a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the mind of an accomplished and hard-working comics artist right here in our own back yard.

(right-click on the blue link to download or click the green play button to stream)
Jonboy Meyers Interview

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

For more about Jonboy Meyers and his art, you can go to his websites:
www.fromthecan.blogspot.com
www.scribble.ws

 

5 Responses to True Believer: Spiderman Artist Jonboy Meyers

  1. [...] more here:  The Big Something» True Believer: Spiderman Artist Jonboy Meyers AKPC_IDS += "4291,";Popularity: unranked [?] > Spiderman News — admin @ 6:59 [...]

  2. Mike Procell says:

    She Hulk.. mmmmmmmmm….. me like..

  3. tOkKa says:

    –>> His interpretations are very slick.

    Dang, even ol’ STAN LEE looks pretty dynamic !!

    I’m particularly stoked to see some old school former-indy classics such as the WELD CATS. 90s gold.

    That interview is pretty inspired to.

    Wow .. ( and dang he knows Sean Galloway too !! wow wow wow !! )

    Very good listen.

    Think you kids should give it a shot !! !!

    ~ t

  4. tOkKa says:

    W I L D C. A. T. S. i mean .. **

    –>> zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

News

Susannah George
April 20, 2014 | NPR · The Easter holiday finds Christians in the Middle East concerned over what the future may hold. As the violence in Syria deepens, many Armenians remember a history of genocidal tragedies.
 

Google Maps
April 20, 2014 | NPR · The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it’s hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it’s across the street from Walt Disney World.
 

Getty Images
April 20, 2014 | NPR · Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter’s story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.
 

Arts & Life

The Kobal Collection
April 20, 2014 | NPR · Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.
 

April 20, 2014 | NPR · In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.
 

April 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who’ve escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.
 

Music

April 19, 2014 | NPR · Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full “jazz orchestra” of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
 

Various for NPR
April 19, 2014 | NPR · The songs, videos and musical moments that stopped the All Songs host in his tracks. This week: A cat video, a live double rainbow and all the soles you can shake a camera at.
 

NPR
April 19, 2014 | NPR · A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab