Jay Stephens: From Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays to his latest “Cute Horror” comic Dwellings

Today I welcome cartoonist Jay Stephens inside The Hyper Room.

In the 1990s Jay started doing black and white comics like SIN, JETCAT, LAND OF NOD and ATOMIC CITY TALES in Canada before taking some of his ideas into animation.

He can call cartoonists like The Tick’s Ben England, THB’s Paul Pope and Scud the Disposable Assassin’s Rob Schwab contemporaries of the indie comics scene of the mid-90’s.

His mix of Groovy and Ghoulie artwork and storytelling attracted the world of cartoons and before long he brought the Mummies and Frankenstein inspired Tutenstein to life in 2003. The series ran for 3 seasons and won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Animated Programming, 

In 2008, he brought out a new show called The Secret Saturdays, the story of a family of cryptozoologists that work to keep the truth about cryptids from getting out, to protect both the human race and the creatures themselves to Cartoon Network. 

An inspiring chat with a guy who accidentally got into comics, accidentally got into animation and then had a mental breakdown and spent months recovering before getting back into comics and back at the drawing board with his new series DWELLINGS which is in its final days on Kickstarter having beat its crowdfunding goal in 3 hours. 

I think Jay is one of the most talented cartoonists of our generation – we talk about Herculoids, horror comics, and the advice that legendary artist Darwyn Cooke gave him that for better or worse he didn’t take –  I am excited to have you join me and Jay Stephens inside The Hyper Room.

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