Manuel A. Carmona- Ok, first of all thank you for taking the time to do this. Now, explain to me when did you came up with the character of Jet Boy?
Corey "Rocbottom" Davis- Jet Boy actually came up in about 2003. It started as me doing cartoon version sketches of my son who was about 7 at the time. I took a look at a few images and said... hmmm I may be on to something here. Everything else just kind of fell in place and by 2004 I had enough of a concept to do a 10 page story for a Team Calibur Studios' anthology. Team Calibur Studios was started by a close friend of mine.
MC- Oh cool! And how was the reception to your 10 pg story?
CD- Reception went really well. The anthology was done in a very limited print run so there weren't a whole lot of buzz at the time. They were done for the 2004 Megacon to show off, after that I didn't really do too much with the character; not for a while at least.
MC- I hear ya. So, when did you showcased the character after that anthology?
CD- Well it wasn't until about 2007. I had a buddy of mine on Myspace, Michael Sofoluke, animator for the Gorillaz take a look at the one image I had in my gallery and said... THIS SHOULD BE A CARTOON! So we played around with some stuff. It wasn't until I did Megacon again that year that it really got noticed. I was there promoting a different project and a guy came up and looked through my portfolio. He said he had just started his own production company after working with ESPN, I believe it was, and was interested in putting Jet Boy on TV after seeing that same image, the one of Jet Boy throwing up the peace sign. He asked me about it, I gave him the johnny-on-the-spot pitch, and we got the ball rolling with him, my agent at the time, and Mike from the Gorillaz team. But in the end, nothing really came of it, I guess due to timing and all. So the project went back into limbo, but it was more developed than ever before.
That guy was Mustafa Saied, by the way, big Jet Boy supporter.
MC- Ok. Now, fast forward to a few days ago; you relaunched Jet Boy. Talk to us about that.
CD- This version of Jet Boy that just dropped has gone through MAJOR changes. Lol, the actual story has changed 7 times between 2008 and now!!! I'm so glad that I went with this version because it makes a lot more sense. Originally it was titled JET BOY: ALL JETS GO! to coincide with a possible animation deal that we ALMOST had with B.E.T. so everything comic-wise was revolving around that. What came out yesterday was the product of that deal falling through, kind of like a director's cut of a movie.
MC- Everything happens for a reason. Can you tell us the basic concept of what Jet Boy is about, or at least this latest incarnation of the character?
CD- Sure, basically the story has always revolved around a 10 year old kid named Paul Perkins who had been chosen to become an agent for a government agency known as Section 17. This agency acts as somewhat of a police force for technology and alien activity. They house a the most deadly device in the universe known as the T-One-9 unit and with Perkins on board as Jet Boy, part of his duties is to protect it along with the help of the other agents. He's had the gig for about 6 months when we start the story. Around that time, a new threat emerges in the form of a mysterious group that go by the name, K.R.O.N.O.S. They make it very clear that they want the unit, and they decide to challenge Section 17. Then Jet Boy steps in, and the fight begins...
MC- Coolness! And how can people get this book?
CD- You can get it online at http://www.rocbottomstudios.com and as of next week, you can also get it on fiteklubcomics.com which is the imprint's site that goes live next week. After which you can get a physical copy at Punk Monkey Comics and a few select stores as part of a huge viral campaign that will start at jimjblog.com starting July 1st.
MC- Cool! Well, thanks for taking the time to do this, I know you're a super busy guy. Take care my brother!
CD- Alright, bro. Thanks a lot for this.