During the stormy last gasp of Winter in late March, I met, and interviewed, fantastic comic book artist Jeffrey Moy.  A versatile illustrator, perhaps best known for his popular work on DC's Legionnaires title, Mr. Moy was also a gracious interviewee, in spite of my complete lack of reporting skills.  Now, keep in mind that this is the first "real" interview that I've done since high school journalism class, so, I must admit, that I made MANY rookie mistakes, the worst of which is probably my absent-mindedly calling him "Jeff" several times (UGH...sorry).  As you read the [annotated] transcript below, I hope you will "see" Mr. Moy's easy smile and low-key charm shining through.  It is a feeling that permeates his work, as well.  So, without any further ado, here is the WOMP Gab Session with Jeffrey Moy -
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WOMP -This is an interview with Jeffrey Moy, and we're at the Beaver Dam comic book convention, on the nineteenth of March, 2005.  Uh...thanks, Jeff [oops!  there's the first one] for doing this.  I appreciate it. 

JM - No problem.

WOMP - [crazy, awkward laugh] It's like it's "radio!"  I'm going to edit all of this...I'm going to write it down.  Um...

JM - [inaudible]...a transcript?

WOMP - Yeah...exactly.  And then, also, I will send one to you, too.  (To) make sure that, you know...[I then made "OK" gestures, to which Mr. Moy nodded in acknowledgement].  A lot of people will want to know what...how did you get your start?  When you were a kid, what was the first thing that you remember drawing, that sort of thing?
JM - Oh, god.  I remember actually reading a lot of comic books, and, uh...probably drawing in the comic books.  So, [laughs] so that was a "no-no," now-a-days.

WOMP - They were your comic books, though, right?

JM - Uh, they were my Uncle's and my Dad's [we both chuckle]...but, uh, you know, at that time, people didn't really think comics were valuable anyways. 

WOMP - That's...ooh...well, now you'd be in trouble, but, um....so what comics were you most influenced by?  What ones did you read?

JM - Well, a lot of Fantastic Four, a lot of Adventure Comics, Action Comics, um...some X-Men, a lot of Spider-Man, uh...just a lot of Marvel and DC.

WOMP - Any "oddball" stuff?

JM - There was some, um...I really liked reading, actually, like the Lois Lanes and Jimmy Olsens.

WOMP - [nodding furiously] Those are cool, those are cool!  Uh...

JM - Also some Magnus, Robot Fighter, and there was this one, cool comic called, uh....I can't remember what it was called.  Something like Spy Man, or something along those lines.  But he had like a glass hand that had...a bunch of gadgets in it.

WOMP - [mentally sifting through the bazillions of comics that I've read...and apparently forgotten]  Yeah...I remember that [really straining to remember now, so that I might look cool and comics savvy].  It was like, uh....oh, someone will remember out there.  I will ask someone, then I'll put it in the interview like "I knew what that was."  [Demon With A Glass Hand - Science Fiction Graphic Novel, 1987, DC Comics.  Art and adaptation by Marshall Rogers, from Harlan Ellison's teleplay for the original Outer Limits television series]  Um, so, when did you first decide "Hey, I can do this...and make money off of it?"

JM - Um...that I could do it...and make money?

WOMP - Mm-hm.  Well, when...when did you realize "Oh, they make money doing this?"

JM - When I was in high school, when you start to think about a career and stuff like that, I think that I kept thinking "Well, what would be fun?"  You know, first of all, what would be cool, and, at that time, I was probably drawing a lot in my sketch books...or, not my sketch books; my notebooks.  You know, when I was supposed to be taking notes.  And, so, I think I started leaning toward it at that point, just to see where it might go. 

WOMP - Was that received well by those around you, or...?

JM - I think, ah, I think some teachers were supportive.  I think some teachers were kind of like "What are you doing?"  You know? 

WOMP - Exactly.  Exactly.  Well, what...what was your first professional work?

JM - My first professional work was for Comico Comics, on Splatter...I think #4.  I believe that's it.

WOMP - Very Cool.  And, if you had any advice for a young cartoonist starting out, what would that be?

JM - I'd say, uh...draw!  Draw a lot.  And keep drawing.  Draw different things, you know.  Just don't draw people; draw rooms, environments that they go into....because it's all important.  

WOMP - That's wonderful!  I think that'll do me, Jeff [ugh...I did it again].  I appreciate it so much.

JM - No problem.  Thank you.

WOMP - Thank you!

That's it!  If you want to learn more about Jeffrey Moy, check out his web-site by clicking HERE

Look for a new WOMP Gab Session interview soon.  See ya!