Jason Pearson, Iconic Cartoonist and Maker of Body Bags, Passes Away at 52

Family of famous comic book artist Jason Pearson, book author body bags franchise, revealing that the famous comic book author died of natural causes on December 19 of last year.

Pearson broke into mainstream comedy in the 1990s and quickly became a notable thanks to his dynamic artwork that was constantly bursting with energy. After working on projects for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics, Pearson launched an issue body bags Series for Dark Horse’s Blanc Noir, an imprint started by longtime Pearson art studio Gaijin Studios, which was formed in Atlanta and has counted among its members over its 19 years of existence Dave Johnson, Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, Collie Hamner, Tony Harris, Laura Martin and Joe Phillips, Carl Storey, Doug Wagner, and Tony Chastain.

The Pearson family posted the announcement on Pearson’s Facebook page:

It was working on Pearson’s first regular assignment in comic books Legion of Superheroes In the final year of Keith Giffen’s epic series, alongside screenwriters Tom and Mary Bierbaum, and inker Al Gordon. The interesting thing about this early work, however, is that Geffen famously used a nine-panel grid in Legion of Super-Heroes, and so, in retrospect, it’s surprising to see an artist like Pearson, whose work seemed built for splash pages, work in a grid of Nine panels in each issue. It worked, but I imagine Pearson’s splash-page abilities played at least a small part in Giffen’s final version of his run (featuring the destruction of Earth) depicted in pages of comic script…


The run ended in late 1992, which was a great time for the comic book industry, especially for young talent like Pearson, who was only 22 years old at the time. There was DC, of ​​course, but there was also the Marvel connection, and where Pearson directed well Uncanny X-Men Annual In 1993, the new character The X-Cutioner was introduced with writer Scott Lobdell. He was able to completely get rid of this (most of it occurred in mental illusions created by the dying mastermind), and it was clear that he could have easily become an ordinary artist in X-Men The title in an era when X-Men books were selling like crazy…

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However, for a young artist with Pearson’s skills, Image Comics, the independent comic book company, was a very attractive place to turn, and Pearson and his colleagues at Gaijin Studios pitched the image on an anthology series called Not negotiable, composed of original concepts by various Gaijin creators. However, the project never came together, but Pearson did a few tasks here and there for the various studios that made up the picture, such as installing in super high #6 for Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios…

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He then wrote and drew the Savage Dragon series, Dragon: blood and gutsBy Eric Larson…

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This led to his first creator-owned series written and drawn. Originally intended to be part of Project Ground Zero, Pearson was launched instead body bags For the Dark Horse Blanc Noir comic series, based on the titles by the creators of Gaijin Studios (only body bags and Joe Phillips heretic I already watched Dark Horse posted. Other titles that were planned for the line but were never included maximum speed Written by Brian Stilfreeze and Carl Storey, brave By Cole Hamner, W no one by Adam Hughes).

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The series stars the father-daughter bounty hunter team (or “Body Baggers”). He was notable for his full embrace of the kinetic energy of Pearson’s work, as well as his fascination with superlative design in all sorts of fields, including sex and gore (Pearson also worked for Penthouse Comics in the mid-nineties).

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Pearson illustrated a number of acclaimed stories for a few different companies, including one in the Eisner Award winning Grendel: black, white and red The series, as well as the Batman: Black and White story in Batman: Gotham Knights #22 (written by Michael Golden, a major influence on Pearson’s work) …

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Pearson also became one of the most popular Marvel and DC cover artists in the late 1990s/early 2000s, with a long run Robinwrappers

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A short but fascinating series of The Amazing Spider-Man Covers circa 2002…

In 2008, he started a series of icons dead list covers, as “Merc with a Mouth” was a perfect character for Pearson’s idiosyncratic approach…

In 2010, he even charted dead list Miniseries with writer Duane Swierczynski…


Around that time, Gaijin Studios folded as a group. Pearson then joined another Atlanta studio, Studio Revolver, a studio founded by Tom Pfister and Dexter Vines that at one point included artists such as Rod Penn, Mark Brooks, John Tyler Christopher, Stephanie Gladden, George Jeanty, Brian Rieber and more.

In 2012, Pearson decided to drop out of the “Big Two” and focus on commissions and other assignments. In that time period, he also started posting online about his struggles with his mental health. He eventually did more work for both Marvel and DC, but also did covers for several independent projects and attempted reboots. body bags While frequently discussing his health issues online. In the past year, he has sparked some aggressive social media posts, including spam comments regarding Afua Richardson and Devin Grayson.

Beautifully written by one of his former Gaijin Studios colleagues, Cully Hamner on social media On the complexities of Pearson as a person and an artist in the wake of the tragic news:

As of now, the news has come out regarding the death of Jason Pearson, my former teacher at Gaejin University. To say that he was a unique talent is, at best, an understatement. He always stood out that way, from the first time we met in the early 90’s, to our 7 years as studies, until now. He was great *in every way*. He could paint like anyone’s work in a style unique to him. He was an excellent storyteller, painter, illustrator, colorist…you name it. Whatever angle you could view the comic from, it was awesome. Our relationship…was complicated. I don’t want to go into it too much, but I also don’t want to cover it up. It’s no secret that he’s been estranged for quite some time. I never understood that, just as I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the thaw of the past few years. Both were, frankly, on his terms, and I eventually accepted the peace he was offering. Angry as he could make me, I never wanted to be anything but his friend. And early on we were good friends, especially when all of us at Gaijin Studios spent nearly every waking hour in each other’s company—we were all together. Jay wasn’t just the guy with two desks from me. He was a movie buddy, a drinking buddy, a dinner buddy. He’d come over to my place when I had free HBO (which the cable company gave me by mistake, shhh) and we’d drink beer, eat wings, watch boxing, and shoot. This is what I prefer to dwell on. So this hits hard, regardless of the ups and downs of our mutual respect in the last ten years or so. When you’re part of a close group — squad, squad, squad, what have you — it has focused you on who you are. You always tend to identify with those you spent those important hours with. And as life happens as you walk away and wander and come back again, sometimes bumping into each other…the deeper bond of that experience, I realize now, always remains. The night I found out that Gai had passed, I took the time to talk to nearly all of the Gai natives and find myself very grateful for that. It made me realize that we are still Gaijin Studios underneath it all and always will be, Jason included. Wherever you are now Jay, I hope the situation is calm, funny, full of music and art. I hope there are no spiders. comfort.

The Pearson family’s tribute to him ended with the following:

While his creative abilities were unquestioned, those abilities were only limited by his personal pursuit of perfection. To his fans, he achieves that perfection time and time again, though he’s rarely satisfied.

Jason survived his loving mother, family and friends who all miss him terribly, and would give anything to hear his laugh again.

As Jason once wrote when another notable innovator passed away:

“DIP (draw in peace). At least in heaven, there are no erasers or deadlines.”

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