The Board

Meet the talent behind Super Human Resources.

Justin Bleep

For years, you could find Justin behind the turntables all across the Midwest rave music scene, creating and spinning beats under the moniker “JBleep.” But at Wizard World Chicago 2003, he reawakened his longtime dormant love of comics. A light bulb went off. Justin realized then that his passion for both underground DJ culture and sequential art could be re-mixed together into a new, potent style.

Luckily, a lot of people agreed. Whew. Namely, the Hasbro toy company. Bleep produced five street-style illustrations for their “Nerf” product line. This cool project is what lit the fire under J. Bleep’s butt to pursue a career in comic book and illustration work. With so much positive feedback on Bleep’s animated, and sometimes abstract, style, he founded soon after.

Turns out, 2005 was a pretty big year for Justin. His Brick City Bunch (a comic based on the underground hip-hop and rave characters from the website Urban Sequence) reached national audiences through comic book specialty stores and Diamond Comic distributors. Later that year, Brick City Bunch also crossed over to the music industry through the music mega-store retailer, Tower Records. PEEL magazine (a sticker and street art magazine) released its fifth issue containing a Brick City Bunch feature with all new material in late November through retailers nationwide.

This year, Justin’s audience snowballs even further through a Brick City Bunch release in Lo-Fi Magazine (a comic and culture magazine). Two of the largest newsstand distributors in the world, Borders and Barnes & Noble, carried the latest issue of Lo-Fi, featuring JBleep’s art. Pretty cool, huh?

Currently, Justin Bleep enjoys a full-time career in illustrating, with a dynamic portfolio of work across a wide variety of genres. You can catch Bleep working tables at comic conventions across North America and chatting up DJ music to anyone who will listen. His latest projects include working with writer Ken Marcus on the upcoming Super Human Resources title.

Ken Marcus

Let’s be honest. “Comics professional” are not two words that would be used to describe Ken. Yes, he loves comics. He’s been reading them for over 18 years now. Whoop-de-friggin’-doo, we know. Professional? Okay, technically Ken is a professional writer in the advertising business, who has worked on such brands as Audi, Hot Jobs, The Economist, Bass Ale, National Geographic, Amtrak, The Washington Post, among others. He’s even had commercials in the Super Bowl. (That part really impresses his mom.)

But comics professional? Hmm...that’s a tough one. Ken only recently got the itch in his pants to get into writing comics. “Phht. Like that’s a competitive field,” he was heard to have said. Ah, poor, poor, naive Ken. But Ken’s read enough bad comics to appreciate when a good idea for a comic comes along. And Super Human Resources is just that idea. He counts himself lucky to have lured Justin Bleep to be his creative partner for this unbelievably fun-to-work-on project.

Jacque Nodell

If you’re not familiar with Jacque, or her fun-loving, bubbly-socialite personality, it’s probably a good bet you’re at least familiar with her name, Nodell, as in Martin Nodell. That’s her grandfather. Yup, the story of how Jacque got into comics started way back in 1940, with the creation of the original Green Lantern. After being toted to countless comic book conventions as a child, it was only natural that Jacque wanted to contribute to the art form of comics. Lettering Super Human Resources seemed like a good start! When not pouring over comic books, Jacque is working on completing her Master’s degree in History, and just recently finished an internship with the Smithsonian Institution. To follow up, she plans to apply to a Doctoral program in American cultural studies to further her research of comic book history, and to increase public and academic awareness of the unique art form.