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Behind the Panel: Joelle Jones on Lady Killer, writing for Batman and Catwoman and more

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Jun 12, 2018

Eisner-nominated comic book artist Joelle Jones is widely known for creating Lady Killer for Dark Horse Comics and being the first woman to illustrate an ongoing Batman title.

She will also be penning and illustrating DC's new Catwoman comic, set to launch on July 4 — the very same day Batman #50 (featuring the wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle) will hit comic book shelves.

Jones recently sat down with SYFY WIRE's Tara Bennett for our latest Behind the Panel interview where the artist opened up about her early comic book inspirations and what got her into drawing.

Jones revealed that she's always been doodling but recounted that when she was about eight years old, she stole some Punisher comics from her brother and his friend. "Something clicked, and I was addicted from then on," Jones told us. "I drew nothing but comics after that."

She also revealed that she got her first gig by showing a portfolio of her work to David Mack (Daredevil, Kabuki) at a local convention. Mack then took it to Dark Horse's Diana Schutz, who ended up giving Jones a job on the spot. She was then approached by future Lady Killer collaborator Jamie S. Rich to do a 200-page graphic novel titled You Have Killed Me, which Jones says was a great learning curve.

Discussion then veered into Lady Killer territory where Jones explained why she went on to create the Dark Horse title and why she chose to set the story in the 1960s. The comic follows Josie Schuller, who's basically like Mad Men's Betty Draper except she's also an efficient and merciless killer for hire.

"For me the time period was super important because I wanted it to be a black comedy and to me, nothing makes me laugh harder than contradictions. And especially, the whole book is based on a visual joke and so there would be no book without that time period," Jones said.

Check out the full interview for Jones' thoughts on reader response to Lady Killer and why she chose that as her project; working on DC's Batman and what it means to her to be the first woman to work continuously on the series; and being able to work with the character of Selina Kyle/Catwoman and the opportunity she has to showcase how interesting and complex Catwoman is and more.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.