Joe Quinones is a relative newcomer to the industry, having first been published by DC comics for their now defunct Teen Titans GO series in 2007. He is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s Eisner Award-winning Wednesday Comics.
Here’s part of a Q-and-A with Joe, courtesy of 13th Dimension.
Dan Greenfield: What’s your Secret Origin?
Joe Quinones: Doomed planet. Desperate Scientist. Kindly Couple. No, wait, sorry; I mistook me for someone else. I hail from New York. Born in the city, raised about an hour and half north of it in historic Hyde Park. Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, don’t you know.
DG: You have a really smooth, almost animated style. Tell us about your influences and some of your own favorite artists.
JQ: Dave Stevens, Mike Allred, David Mazzucchelli, Mark Schultz, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes. These were the guys I was reading when I rediscovered comics in college. Their work was all hugely inspiring to me at the time, and continues to be to this day.
Before them, I’d owe a lot to the work of Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke, Mike Mignola and Paul Dini (yes, I know Paul is a writer and not an artist) on Batman: The Animated Series. I fell in love with the design sense and general storytelling style of that show, and still regard it as the definitive version of the character.
Today the list goes on and on, but here are a few off the top of my head: Maris Wicks, Paolo Rivera, R. Kikuo Johnson, Doc Shaner, Chris Samnee, Annie Wu, Amanda Conner, Marcos Martin, Babs Tarr, Kevin Wada, Kris Anka, Ming Doyle and on and on.
DG: Looking at your own career so far, what would you pick as your own favorite work or the work you’re the most proud of?
JQ: Don’t make me choose!! OK, fine, but I’m going to give you two. I still am really proud of my work with Kurt Busiek on our Green Lantern serial for Wednesday Comics. Though short (12 single, oversized pages), it was supremely satisfying to work at the scale that I did (18 x 24”), and I was really happy with how it printed — both in issue form and the collected hardcover.
Beyond that, I’m also very proud of my work on Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell. It was a dream come true to get to work with one of my comic idols, Paul Dini, and I really fell in love with the two leads of the book through working on it. It was a real joy creating with Paul our own amalgamated version of the DCU. I’d love to return to that universe with him sometime.
DG: Get in the Wayback Machine: What was your first comic? Do you still have it?
JQ: I can’t remember which came first, but they were both Batman comics. One, an oversized issue dealing with Man-Bat and the other being issue 408 (I believe) of Batman. The one where Jason Todd steals the tires off the Batmobile.
DG: What’s the most sentimental comics-related item that you own?
JQ: Hmm… I’d say a “supersize” Toy Biz action figure of Magneto that my late grandmother gifted me when I was a kid. He’s since lost his cape, but otherwise has remained intact with me for over 20 years now.
DG: Professionally speaking, give us three characters you’d give anything to work on. Not just a cover, but a full story or a full run.
JQ: America Chavez, Kitty Pryde, Batman.