About

JHall Comics is a one man webcomic monster, bred out of fear and self loathing as well as a love for boobies. Each webcomic on the homepage is a unique and individual collection of strips, ranging from Pokemon to angry girlfriends, and intended to be stand alone comics in no relation to each other. This site was formerly hosted and partially developed by Patrick Jacobs; now hosted by dreamhost designed by Thomas Van Dongen, and maintained by Parish Regn-Stillwaggon. All comic content is written and drawn by Justin Hall.

FAQ

Q: 
WHERE'S THE NEW COMICS??!

A: 
D: Ok, so, I started drawing comics for Dorkly in January 2015 full time, so that is where most of my work is ending up. I also commute out of state every day so my free time is limited and I don't always get around to updating the site. You can check my Dorkly comics here http://www.dorkly.com/user/71812

Q: 
How do you pronounce "Jhall?"

A: 
Jay Hall. No my name is not Jay.

Q: 
Why do 90% of your comics look like they were drawn by different people?

A: 
I like experimenting with different styles, so I can't commit. Drawing is fun for me and it would be less fun if everything looked the same.

~xGodwinx

Q: 
Why all the pokemans?

A: 
Pokemon was one of the only games I played as a kid for more than a few hours (still is). I played Red, Blue, and Yellow like a Mo'Fo', watched the show, talked shop with my biffles at school, it was dope. For a while though the Pokemans disappeared from my life, until I learned about emulators and ROMs. You know the first thing I did was download me some Red and Blue. But then I was like, hey wait wasn't there an update to these games? Leaf Green? Fire Red? Oh HELL yes. It was like my childhood in HD. I spent waaaay too much time playing the fuck out of those shits. How did we get here? Well, I got some snazzy new inking pens around this time and said to myself "I need an excuse to use these things." So, obviously, Pokemans. I decided to embark on drawing the original 151 in order. At first I quickly sketched some guide blobs in pencil and inked in the Pokemon with little regard to quality. I uploaded these pictures to my Facebook when I had gotten done with the first few dozen and my friends really responded to them. So from there I started to upload to DeviantArt and I found success there as well. As I made my way through the first generation of Pokemon I started to put a bit more effort into my art and they got progressively more detailed and robust. What began as quick, black and white doodles exploded into a success that I owe everything to.

Jon Scarpati

Q: 
Who / what were your biggest and most notable influences as an artist ?

A: 
I love fantasy art, cartoons, comics, and animation. If you can make a still image look animated then I think you've won as an artist. I love it when an artist has a unique style that is emotive, that looks alive, and is something a drunk baby couldn't do. I hate the trend of cartoons these days (get_off_my_lawn.exe) that look like they are 2D paper dolls being being clicked and dragged by a group of unpaid interns. Just look at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and any show for kids for examples. Ok that's the shit I don't like, now here's the shit I like. I love how much kinetic energy is in Frank Frazetta paintings and illustrations. He said he likes to capture the moment right before the action, so you see an axe being brought down right at the height of its arc. It made his work explode with energy. I love American comic books, the ones Rob Liefeld didn't draw, and all their detail. I love certain bits and pieces of the new wave of talent you see online nowadays, it's got this quirky blend of anime and American cartoons. Artists on Tumblr and Deviantart and scattered all over the web make it seem so effortless, it's like an extension of their existence - almost like the artist really inhabits their work completely.

Texalm1

Q: 
What equipment/programs do you use?

A: 
I almost exclusively draw all work with my Wacom Bamboo tablet into Paint Tool Sai on my crappy Toshiba Satellite (which is on its last leg and will be replaced). Before I got the tablet I drew on printer paper with pencil, inked, and scanned into Paintshop Pro to color and edit. I know Paintshop Pro is kind of the "finger paint" of the industry, but it's what I'm used to and don't feel like learning Photoshop. I really only use it for the fill bucket and text anyway.

CyberWolf245

Q: 
Jokes about art degrees aside, how do you make money to live, selling art or otherwise?

A: 
A little bit from column A, a little bit from column B. I learned how to draw caricatures in 2006 and I've been doing them ever since. ORDER ONE AT http://jhallcaricatures.com When I'm not doing that, I substitute teach. The website has not made any kind of respectable money so far but I'm hoping to change that so I can have the ability to concentrate more on it and get that much closer to my dream of rolling up on my ex-girlfriends in a tux and doing donuts outside their houses.

Xaidurk

Q: 
What first inspired you to draw? What first inspired you to draw lovely, derpy faces?

A: 
Well, I had an inclination for drawing at an early age so I grew up with it. Drawing comics just fit me; I was (am) dorky and introverted and needed an escape. 5th grade, at the back of my English class, is when I started to show people my comics. I would draw things about the class and the other students, little Far Side-esque quips, stupid little kid stuff, and to my surprise people actually enjoyed it. In 7th grade that was all I did, just draw comics about super powered weirdos throwing Dragon Ball Z blasts at enemies with bizarre humor tucked in. In High School it slowly moved away from a Dragon Ball Z comic and back towards our everyday life in school. I would fill up notebook after notebook and show my friends at lunch, who would get up to date and then request MOAR. This gave me the confidence to continue making dumb little comics and then I finally found a place online to share them. I had a non-pokemon account on Deviantart (actually, a few) for a while and I had some fans but it wasn't until I started JHallPokemon that people took notice. Just as I had hoped, JHallPokemon was a stepping stone to getting my other work an audience. As for the style, it has been constantly changing. As I said, at first it was an anime-esque but sloppy cartoon, started to morph into minimalism, and since I started JHallPokemon I think I really found my stride. My favorite thing to do is draw expressions, which both came from and helped in my caricature career, and I've been actively trying to better express emotion in the style of Ren and Stimpy. My friend Kristin (www.neooxx.deviantart.com), who I met in college, has a wonderfully exaggerated and hyper-emotive style that I take notes on. I'm also inspired by http://www.rarecandytreatment.com/, http://nedroid.com/, and http://gumbogamer.tumblr.com/ to name a few.

Olle Johansson

Q: 
If you're cool about personal info: What's your name? What area do you live in? Could you name 5 things which describes you well? - What is the purpose of this site of yours? Anything you want to accomplish? - What's your best asset? What's your biggest weakness? - A wizard blocks your path and challenges you to a game of wit. What's your next move?

A: 
Justin Hall. I live in New Jersey AMERICUHHHH. I am sardonic, asymmetrical, flatulentical, itchy, and verbose. The purpose of this site is to share my comics and make bank, and if one of those happens then it will be a success. Best asset - central nervous system. Biggest Weakness - never having an answer for this question in interviews.Wizards are weak to physical attacks, so obviously a cock punch (to the penis).

Q: 
Is it JHallComics, Jhallcomics, JHall Comics, etc?

A: 
It's whatever looks best in the context it appears. For typing it out I like JhallComics, but sometimes when I'm writing with my tablet it looks better with a capital H. This is why you'll see me write it out in a few different ways. I don't know, I don't care.

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