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Sires Jan Black

Sires Jan Black   
Graphic Novelist, Comic Artist & Illustrator 
“…the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.”
― G.K. Chesterton, The Defendant
AKA: S. Jan Black, EvilApple, Apple, E.A., Kuro-(san/chan).
Birthday: April 5th
Favorite topics/subjects to create: Robots, sentient inorganic objects, spaaaaaaace, melting things, liquids, glass, cyborgs, humanoids, putrefaction, cynical dark humor, mental discordance, endings, monster/creatures, suits and other bulky cloth, plants from imagination, bugs.
Influential Artists: Zdzisław Beksiński, Osamu Sato, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Scott Waddell, Jamie Hewlett, Nakayama Atsushi, Kris Knight, Akane Kitsune, John Kricfalusi, Keith Haring, Richard Wright(MtG), J.C. Leyendecker, Francois Schuiten, M. C. Escher, Mike Mayhew.
Games: Eastern Mind: The Lost Soul of Tong Nou, LSD, Pocket Monster (Pokémon) Series, Portal, Minecraft, Back to Bed, Tetris, Kirby Super Stars, Machinarium, Okage Shadow King, Mother, Mother2 (Earthbound), Mother3, Kowloon’s Gate, Pandemic II, Audio Surf, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Mario 64, Picross/3D Picross, Chu-Teng, Step Mania (Keyboard), Yoshi’s Island, Box Life, Botanicula, LIMBO, Don’t Starve, Yume Nikki, Yume Nisshi, .flow, Kirby’s Dream Course.
Musics: Listens to anything and everything.
Shows: The Daily Show with John Stewart, Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Twilight Zone, Shinichi Hoshi’s Short-Short Animation Series, Ren & Stimpy Show, Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, Zeta Project, Batman Beyond, Batman the Animation Series, Invader Zim, The Wrong Mans, The IT Crowd, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Futurama, Time of Eve, Samurai Jack, South Park, Metalocalypse, Super Jail, Usavich, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Popee the Performer, The Lost Room, How I Met Your Mother, Archer, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Beast Wars, Excel Saga, Mushishi, Mononoke, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Cromartie High School, Madoka Magica, RESET, Misfits, Moone Boy, Deadbeat, SPY, Black Books, Rick and Morty, Kuchu Buranko, [C] – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control.
Movies: The World’s End (2013), Hot Fuzz (2007), John Dies at the End (2012), Unbreakable (2000), The Iron Giant, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather Trilogy (1972-1990), Goodfellas (1990), Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Angry Men (1957), Falling Down (1993), The Brave Little Toaster, I Robot, The Producers (2005), Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Babe (1995), Her (2013), Mirrormask, Paperman, Network (1976).
Comics: Cyanide and Happiness, Calvin and Hobbes, Phoenix Resurrection, Nejimaki Kagyu, Oyasumi Pun Pun, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Series (3-4th arcs especially), Mushishi, Excel Saga.
The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), Short-Short science fiction stories (Shinichi Hoshi), Darren Shan Series (Darren Shan), The Thief Lord (Cornelia Funke), Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World (Keiichi Sigsawa), Gauche the Cellist/Matasaburo of the Wind (Kenji Miyazawa), Neschan-Trilogie Series (Ralf Isau)




Beginning of everything.

Started using ink for lineart, and Prismacolor markers to color. Cut-and-pasted scrapbook paper to use as texture and patterns. Xacto knife skills excelled while drawing, not so much.

First exposure to Photoshop 6. Showed intense interest in digital art and graphic design. First experience in building a website.
Used the mouse to color-in scanned lined art, or visited oekaki boards.

Saved up and finally invested in a Intuos 2 tablet.

Gains vector art skills.

Posts webcomic, Verardi Famiglia. Begins leaning more towards graphic design. Gains web coding and FLASH animation skills while art skills plummeted. Started college at Art Academy of Design and Technology majoring in Digital Media and excelled in vector art and graphic design. Gains skill in computer hardware.

Starts considering being a freelance illustrator on the side. Went to Youmacon. Begins using Corel Painter.

Went to Ohiocon and ACen conventions. Took few small personal commissions and learns it’s not my forté. Begins using Paint Tool SAI. Exited out of Art Academy and starts attending Art Institutes of Michigan Detroit majoring Web and Interactive Media. Learns video and audio editing using Adobe Premiere. Tablet changed to Intuos3.

Really starts making artworks using 100% digital mediums. Exited out of Art Institute.

Decided to seriously persue the comic and graphic novel career. Begins life drawings, studied story writing and anatomy, color theory and basics of art.
Employed at Auto Parts Aftermarket importer office as an office assistant managing sales, bills, shipments, translating between English and Japanese, technical trobule shooter, office manager, flier design, web design, logo design, call receptionist, claims manager, and other variety of tasks. – Sept

Hidden in Ice one shot published in F*X*T Magazine Issue 02 – April
Single full-page illustration for “Tales of The North: Nordic Fairy Tale Anthology” – June
Ludicrous Sectile Dream one shot published in LOVE SWEET DREAM AND FOLLOWERS doujinshi in Japan – Dec
Won US Shounen Jump Storyboard Contest Grand Prize – Dec

Worked to establish web-reputation with Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook Page, and changed domain name “BlackStarr513” to “BlackBox513” and begins major construction on a website.

Starts publishing the LSD:DE Fan Comic Longing the Sibilant Dream online – Jan
You’re Not Alone gets featured in the Trending section of the front page of Manga Magazine – March
Commissioned to work on a pixel sprite visual to be used for Jay Hawkin‘s
professional business card. – March
Invited to work on a filler fan-art page for Era of Errors web comic. – March
Worked as a part time illustration editor for Pixio Entertainment.– April-May
Worked on AzuriteReaction’s Earthbound (Mother2) Let’s Play Video thumbnail art. – May~July
Ness fan art featured in article.– Sept

Worked on AzuriteReaction’s Bravely Default Let’s Play Video thumbnail art. – Jan
Started posting Era of Errors web comic with Dezmond Castner (AzuriteReaction) – March
Worked with a website restaurant catalog project team, managing and updating data. – June-Aug
Published 8pg one-shot I Ain’t Superstitious as a sequential artist, written by Dirk Manning in a comic anthology, Then It Was Dark through Peppermint Monster Press – Nov

Won the excellence award in the International Silent Manga Audition 2015 winter round. – March

Started updating Slice of Mind Cake – Jul