I’ve been tracking/a fan of Justin Jordan’s work since way back in the Zuda days, maybe around 2008, where he was a three-time entrant. I recall it was his comic Rumors of War that caught my attention.
Cut to a few years later (2011) and I started hearing the buzz about a book called THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE– Which I picked it up based off the recommendation of the guys at Meltdown Comics. The elevator pitch was: Kid buys strength training manual from the back of an old comic book and it actually works.
It’s a strong hook, one of Justin’s..ahem, talents. I read the book and dug it so much that I actually stopped reading it until I had all six issues. Some titles are just better when you can read them all at once. It wasn’t until then that I realized: “Hey, this is the same guy that was on Zuda!” I’m always proud of my Zuda cohorts when they “go big.”
As it turns out, Justin spent the time between Zuda and Strode doing a lot of hard work attempting to break into comics– including writing for Comic Book Resources* and pitching a lot of comics. In fact, you can check out one of his “failed” pitches here:
…and watch a fantastic interview with Jonah Weiland at CBR talking about breaking in here.
* -actually, this is a cheat in my writeup, since he’d been doing articles since 2005…
Since THE STRANGE TALENT, Justin has been consistently working on both creator owned material and books for Valiant and DC. Given the amount of work Jordan has put in to break into comics, I’d be hard pressed to name a writer more deserving of success than him.
Our friends at Comics Experience reached out to Justin, who was happy to swing over his scripts for the first issues of both STRANGE TALENT and LEGEND OF–
Justin had an interesting comment along with the two scripts:
“I’m attaching the first scripts for each of the Luther minis. I figure those two will show what happens when you work with the same people for a bunch of issues. The scripts get leaner.”
Jordan has a very no-frills approach to his scripts. Particularly in the case of the LEGEND script, where his panel descriptions are brief, but still convey the relevant information to a reader/artist. I can assume this is a “trust factor” between Justin and artist, Tradd Moore, from their experience working together on TALENT.
In terms of script formatting, I can’t be certain, but looks like Justin is using Final Draft and then exporting to Word. If you’re thumbing through the script, check out Page 2 of TALENT to see how Jordan handles 2-page spreads…
Finally, you can follow Justin Jordan on Twitter @Justin_Jordan
Or via his blog here.
You can pick up both issues of Luther Strode to compare the scripts to the final issues at Comixology as well!
Ok, that’s a wrap for today. Some really cool stuff coming up on the Archive very soon, stay tuned!!