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13 Faces of Jason: Shawn Moll

13 comic book artists. One scary dude in a hockey mask...

By Rob M. Worley     February 01, 2009

Greetings, Maniacs!

Are you fired up for the 'Friday the 13th' movie yet? If not, Comics2Film @ Mania is here to get you started.

Today we kick off our new feature: 13 FACES OF JASON -- 13 comic book artists, one scary dude in a hockey mask. Original art inspired by 'Friday the 13th' running every day from now until the day Jason slashes the big screen once more.

What better way to start the mayhem than with a new piece of art from Shawn Moll, whose work has been seen in 'Secret Invasion', 'Amazing Spider-Man Family', 'She-Hulk' and, of course, 'Friday the 13th: Pamela's Tale'.

But first we have 13 questions for Shawn:

1.   What is your favorite Friday the 13th / Jason movie and why?

Probably have to go with the first one, because it was, well... it speaks for itself.  The second and third ones rate right up there, since the iconic Jason is developed.

2.    What is your favorite horror movie?

The answer to this varies from day-to-day with me, but most recently, the one I want to watch and re-watch, is Rob Zombie's "re-invention" of 'Halloween'.  Obviously, the original is a classic that didn't need re-making, but I loved what Zombie did with the material.  That guy keeps getting better and better.  Dude just knows horror and suspense.  He really put Michael over-the-top as an iconic movie monster.

Just went through a "Top Ten" with some buddies, not long ago, and a bunch of guys put 'Alien' at #1.  I said that I'd have to go with that, too, but I always think of it being classified as "sci fi".

3.    What is your favorite moment in all of the Friday the 13th film, comics, TV, etc stories?

I think the one that's stuck with me for over 25 years is Jason jumping through the window near the end of Part 2.  That, and the girl putting on Pamela's moldy old sweater!

4.   Arrow through the throat or machete in the head?

I'll go with "machete in the head".

5.    Jason vs WHO? And why?

JASON vs. THE MASK, so when he puts on the Mask, all hell breaks loose.  In the end, Walter shows up and after an insane fight, Walter tries to put the Mask on again and it still doesn't fit.

6.    Tell us about your unluckiest moment.

Probably every time I've left the bar right before the fun starts.

7.    Tell us about your most horrific camping experience.

13 Faces of Jason: Shawn Moll
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There was a place in the woods behind my grandparents, where my family had buried their dead animals, over the years.  Somewhere along the line, it was dubbed "Boot Hill".  There was an old beer truck cooler there, outfitted with bunks and converted into a "shack", where my dad and uncle and their cousins had partied and camped in their youth.

We were little kids and two of my buddies, Brett and Tommy, and I had finally worked up the nerve to spend the night in the shack.  As evening approached, we gathered up our comics, some chips and pop, and hopped on our bikes and started down the side of the blacktop.  On the way, we saw a couple of older kids, hanging out, being general delinquents.  As we're trying to get by these thugs without being stomped, Tommy, lags back and starts chatting them up.  We wondered about that, but shrugged it off as just Tommy's usual modus operandi.  Brett and I headed to the shack.  Tommy followed after.

The trees leaned in toward us, as we left the gravel road, following a path through the woods leading to Boot Hill.  The rusty red beer cooler sat back across a clearing, against more dark trees.  Over the tall grass, we could see the larger-than-life logo.  It was cracked and faded, a creepy Canadian Mountie with arms akimbo, leering at us from the side, near the door.  I used to wonder who would drink beer with that guy on the side of the can.

The hinges scream as we open the door and  peer in.  Skeletal bunks hang from the walls.  The place reeks of Raid spray.  We settle in and fill up on a bunch of sugary soda and salty chips.  Tommy proceeds to tell some stupid ghost story, and paranoia kicks in.  At this point, it's pitch black outside, and we're trying to be brave, but actually, it's just too dark and spooky to go home now.  Tommy starts this crap about being scared and that he hears something.  We sit silently, sweating.  Holding our breath.  Straining our ears.  Brett continually says there's nothing out there.  I agree.  Eternity seems to pass.  Then, I hear something scrape the side of the shack.  Cracking branches and YEAAAAAHHHH!  The window flings open and Joe and Brian, the two older kids from town, stick their heads in, cackling like maniacs.  We scream like a family of chimpanzees.  They drop a couple disparaging remarks and toddle off into the dark, leaving us with our sweat and fear.  Tommy finally cracks and admits that he put those guys up to it, figuring to scare the bejeebies out of us.  Unfortunately, his plan backfired and now he's too scared to stay.  He freaks and leaves, never looking back.

Brett and I talked big about staying without Tom.  This lasted for about 20 minutes, until Brett's eyes start to gog and he says, "I've got a bad feeling about this."  Of course, after that, there was no hope.  The terror closed in on us.  We knew our bikes were right outside, in the dark.  If we could make it to our bikes, it was about 50 yards across Boot Hill to the dark dirt road.  From there, it was about 200 yards of blackness and gravel to my great-grandmother's house, back near the highway.

We exploded from the shack door, leaving the comics and grub, falling over ourselves to get to our bikes and pedal for dear life.  I could feel that giant Mountie grinning fiendishly at our backs, all the way, until we dumped our bikes in my Gram's driveway, and crashed into her brightly-lit living room, breathless, sweaty, and pale.

Years later, in high school we still talked about spending the night in that shack, and before we got our chance, my grandfather accidentally set fire to the grass on Boot Hill and the shack burned.  He bulldozed the charred metal husk that was left, but I'll bet that damn Mountie is still grinning.

8.    If you ever decided to become an iconic horror figure, what would you wear on your face and what would your weapon of choice be?

A grinning Canadian Mountie mask.  My weapon would be fear.

9.    On which special day would you do your killing?

Some Canadian holiday.

10.    But, sadly, you're not an iconic horror figure, just a comic book artist. Tell us about some of your recently-published works...

She-Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man Family.

11.    What's next? Tell us about your upcoming work...

Got a couple things coming out in the near future from WildStorm and a couple more things in Amazing Spider-Man Family and a creator-owned book with Keith Champagne.

12.    What's your dream project?

Hoofah.  That's a tough one.  So many.  Something with Warren Ellis.  Authority.  Fantastic Four.  Captain America.  Batman.  Spider-Man.  Hulk.  Power Girl or Wonder Woman would be fun.  Something with Rob Zombie would be cool.   There are tons of writers I dig.  Got a few of my own plots and scripts kicking around, that I'd like to get back to.

I can't really nail it down to one thing, I guess.  It's just kind of a blast getting to do this kind of stuff for a living.

13.    Where can fans find your stuff on the web

For purchase, obviously Amazon.com

Then, there's my blog:  http://smackenziemoll.blogspot.com/

I haven't been able to post much, lately, since most of the stuff I've been working on is still in the can, but I throw pencils and sketches up there, once the stuff hits the stands.

 


 

'Friday the 13th' opens today...Friday the 13th. Visit FridayThe13thMovie.com for more fun with Jason!

 

13 Faces...

Day 1: Shawn Moll

Day 2: Andy Kuhn

Day 3: Adam Archer

Day 4: Mark Rudolph

Day 5: James Daly

Day 6: David Dumeer

Day 7: Jason T. Kruse

Day 8: Joel Gomez

Day 9: Nat Jones

Day 10: Kevin Mellon

Day 11: Kelsey Shannon

Day 12: Rafael Albuquerque

Day 13: Francesco Francavilla

Day 13 Part 2: Nathan Fox

Day 13 - 3D: Guy Davis

 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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darkheart00 2/1/2009 1:16:10 PM

"I loved what Zombie did with the material.  That guy keeps getting better and better.  Dude just knows horror and suspense".

At this point I could not finish this article as this guy apparently has no idea what he is talking about.

I'm sure he's a good superhero penciller but that drawing of Jason is pretty flat. Who's next.

mckracken 2/1/2009 2:25:49 PM

regarding Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween, there are two opposing camps here, one loves it while the other hates it, and in doing so, hates the people that love Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween.

Folks this is a really stupid argument, whether you love it or hate it, in the end its all a matter of opinion and nothing more, and you certainly shouldnt be hating on the people that love Rob Zombie's halloween.

however, I too had to stop after that comment, sure Rob Zombie's remake is the stuff of controversy but favorite horror film of all time? Never would it creep anywhere near my top 25 or 50 and possibly be excluded from my 100 list. No, never. but then again, I'm fairly certain NONE of the Friday the 13th flicks would make it into my top 10 either.

It leaves me wondering if this guy has EVER seen Exorcist, American Werewolf in London or Peter Jackson's Dead/Alive or Evil Dead (or even its sequel) there are soooo many other better, classic horror flicks to pick from, that his pick of Rob zombie's Halloween left me feeling like it was a desperate plea to work for Rob Zombie on a future project as opposed to his favorite horror flick.

And, while his artwork is good, i certainly cant fault him for his expertise in drawing a burly mountain man with a hockey mask and chain slung around his neck... that is most definitly NOT the Jason from the Friday the 13th films that i've seen, and I wondered exactly how many Friday the 13th films he'd watched before settling on that body, and that outfit. I'm guessing none.

Slap the traditional hockey mask on any bald headed stuntman and you'll get a Jason knock-off but if you're going for realism and the "look" made famous in the 3rd Friday the 13th movie, this just aint even close to being in the ballpark.
 

SaintDemon 2/1/2009 5:42:21 PM

I loved the Friday the 13th series of comics I hope they start it up again soon.

mckracken 2/2/2009 12:28:58 AM

also Shawn, Jason's mask straps covers his ears, not sits on top of it. Good job... i'd say B- for effort and an F for any actual research to the character Jason Vorrehees.

i do see you're talented... but completely wrong for this project. 

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