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Image Comics October 2009 Solicitations

HAUNT #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art GREG CAPULLO, RYAN OTTLEY & TODD McFARLANE
covers TODD MCFARLANE, RYAN OTTLEY (1:10) & GREG CAPULLO (1:25)
(INCENTIVE COVERS: CAPULLO B/W COVER (1:50), McFARLANE B/W COVER (1:100))
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

McFARLANE & KIRKMAN’S HAUNT HAS ARRIVED!
Daniel Kilgore is dragged into his estranged brother Kurt’s secret life of murder and espionage… by his ghost. With no training whatsoever, guided by the spirit of his secret-agent brother, Daniel must now solve his brother’s murder and save the world – or die trying! It all starts here, people: Witness the birth of HAUNT!

HAUNT #1 CBLDF VARIANT
B/W cover RYAN OTTLEY
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$3.99

INVINCIBLE PRESENTS: ATOM EVE & REX SPLODE #1 (of 3)
story BENITO CERENO
art NATE BELLEGARDE & BILL CRABTREE
cover NATE BELLEGARDE & FCO PLASCENCIA
edited by ROBERT KIRKMAN
OCTOBER 21
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

Picking up right where the first ATOM EVE miniseries left off! See the secret origin of Rex Splode! See what shaped him into the man who tragically sacrificed himself in the Invincible War. Witness his first meeting with Atom Eve and learn their stunning secret!

COWBOY NINJA VIKING #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story AJ LIEBERMAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

It started with Dr. Sebastian Ghislain: rogue psychotherapist/covert op/DJ. Tasked with creating a counter-intelligence unit, he turned to those long thought useless to society…patients with Multiple Personality Disorder. These agents became known simply as Triplets. Misguided? Yeah. Impractical? Sure. But did it work? Absolutely not. Now someone has located each Triplet and created a band of ridiculously disturbed, but highly effective assassins. Our only hope? A Triplet known as Cowboy Ninja Viking!

FRANK FRAZETTA’S DARK KINGDOM, PART 2 (of 4)
story MARK KIDWELL
art TIM VIGIL
covers TIM VIGIL & NAT JONES
OCTOBER 14
32 PAGES / FC
$3.99

Re-enter the shadows of the Dark Kingdom with the first of three action packed issues chronicling the further adventures of Red Morden! Follwing the events of the original DARK KINGDOM one-shot, Morden battles monsters, cruel seas and dark sorcery in his quest to restore life to his murdered wife. Scripted by MARK KIDWELL in the style true of the classic pulps of the ‘30s and ‘40s, parts 2 and 3 are presented in full prose format, illustrated by dark fantasy master TIM VIGIL. Then, turn the clocks forward again as part 4 returns to full, panel-to-panel graphic storytelling for an epic climax that pits Dark Kingdom’s Red Reaver against the most powerful creature in the Frazettaverse: Death Dealer!

HECTOR PLASM: TOTENTATZ (ONE-SHOT) (RES)
story BENITO CERENO
art & cover NATE BELLEGARDE
OCTOBER 14
48 PAGES / FC
$5.99

The creative team behind INVINCIBLE PRESENTS: ATOM EVE return to their original creation, a modern-day member of an ancient cult whose duties dictate that he roam the earth to protect the living from the dead…and occasionally to protect the dead from the living. It’s the follow-up to the book WIZARD MAGAZINE called one of the top 200 comics released during its publication history.

LIBERTY COMICS #2
story NEIL GAIMAN, GAIL SIMONE, JASON AARON, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, KATHRYN IMMONEN, BRIAN WOOD, JAMIE S. RICH, RAY FAWKES, BEN McCOOL, PAUL GRIST & CHYNNA CLUGSTON
art JIM LEE, DAVE GIBBONS, PAUL POPE, MIKE ALLRED, STUART IMMONEN, BEN TEMPLESMITH, CAMERON STEWART, JÖELLE JONES, JIM RUGG, MORITAT, BRIAN WOOD, PAUL GRIST & CHYNNA CLUGSTON
cover JOHN ROMITA, JR.
variant cover TIM SALE (50/50 SPLIT)
OCTOBER 14
48 PAGES / FC
$4.99

CBLDF Defenders of Liberty NEIL GAIMAN & JIM LEE lead off an all-star ensemble of industry greats in an all-new second volume of LIBERTY COMICS! Passionate comic book storytelling, all in service to an important cause, the incredible contributions list includes a Painkiller Jane story by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JIM RUGG; a new Mr. Gum adventure from MIKE ALLRED and JAMIE S. RICH; The Apocalipstix by RAY FAWKES and CAMERON STEWART; a return to Channel Zero by BRIAN WOOD; a preview of Choker by BEN McCOOL and BEN TEMPLESMITH; and a special Martha Washington piece by DAVE GIBBONS, alongside exclusive material by PAUL POPE; GAIL SIMONE and JÖELLE JONES; KATHRYN & STUART IMMONEN; CHYNNA CLUGSTON; PAUL GRIST; and JASON AARON & MORITAT.

Alternate covers feature a new Kick-Ass illustration by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and a special noir image from TIM SALE.

All proceeds from LIBERTY COMICS will benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

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THE PERHAPANAUTS HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR #1 (ONE-SHOT)
stories TODD DEZAGO
art CRAIG ROUSSEAU, RICH WOODALL & FRED HEMBECK
covers CRAIG ROUSSEAU, MATT POTT, FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA & MIKE PLOOG!
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES FC
$3.50

“HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!”
Four fantastic Halloween covers–all in one book! Three terrifying Halloween tales to thrill, chill, and amuse! A great one-shot jumping-on point for new Readers to get everyone in the spooky Halloween spirit!

I SELL THE DEAD (ONE-SHOT)
story GLENN McQUAID
art & cover BRAHM REVEL
OCTOBER 7
48 PAGES / FC
$4.99

When 19th Century justice catches up with the infamous grave robbers Grimes and Blake, the condemned Blake reveals to the peculiar clergyman, Father Duffy, who you can never… ever… trust a corpse. From GLENN McQUAID’s award winning motion picture starring DOMINIC MONAGHAN, LARRY FASSENDEN and RON PERLMAN.

THE TIMELESS ADVENTURES OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR (ONE-SHOT)
story PAUL GRIST
art & cover PAUL GRIST
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

The Eternal Warrior. He’s the Cosmic Champion, a wanderer through time, forever caught in the battle between order and chaos

There’s a woman called Bernadette who wants to be the Empress of the Universe, and she’s just found the one thing that could help her achieve that. The only man who can stop her is the Eternal Warrior. And he’s just arrived 10 minutes too late!

ONE MODEL NATION OGN
story COURTNEY TAYLOR
art & cover JIM RUGG
edited by JOE KEATINGE & MIKE ALLRED
OCTOBER 28
144 PAGES / FC
$17.99

In Germany 1977, music is violence.

As the country is still shattered from the devastation of war, the youth fight back against a repressed nation with their only figurehead of this violent, well dressed revolution to be a band later forever lost in time, Das Model.

Dandy Warhols frontman COURTNEY TAYLOR and Street Angel illustrator JIM RUGG bring you the complete story of Das Model, revealing just how they kick started the revolution that revitalized a country and mysteriously disappeared without a trace only months later.

I BEG YOUR PARDON HC
story JUSTIN & BETHANY SHADY
art & cover MARLA CAMPBELL
OCTOBER 21
32 PAGES / FC
$12.99

“THE TALE OF A JERKY TURKEY”
“At McInnis Farms in Culpepper Heights, a turkey named Sage just loved to pick fights.” So begins the tale of Sage, a turkey whose sole purpose it is to make life hard for every other turkey on the farm. That is until the day he comes beak-to-beak with his own mortality. With a near-ax experience looming, Sage learns a life lesson about what it takes to become a changed turkey.

THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, VOL. 3 TP
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art JASON HOWARD & FCO PLASCENCIA
cover JASON HOWARD
OCTOBER 728
168 PAGES / FC
$16.99

Locked down! Gary Hampton, the Astounding Wolf-Man has been tried and convicted of murder! Now, locked away in Stronghold Prison he comes face to face with the very enemies he put away. Also in this volume, the villainy of The Face!

Collects THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #13-18

LIBERTY MEADOWS, VOL. 1: EDEN TP (NEW PRINTING)
story FRANK CHO
art & cover FRANK CHO
OCTOBER 7
224 PAGES / FC
$29.99

BACK IN PRINT!
Collecting the first nine issues of the award winning and totally uncensored LIBERTY MEADOWS. Also featuring cover galleries and sketch galleries of unpublished LIBERTY MEADOWS art.

Collects LIBERTY MEADOWS #1-9

LIBERTY MEADOWS SUNDAY STRIPS, VOL. 2 HC
story FRANK CHO
art & cover FRANK CHO
OCTOBER 28
224 PAGES / FC
$29.99

This volume collects the final two years of FRANK CHO’s award winninginternationally acclaimed syndicated Sunday strips, LIBERTY MEADOWS. All the strips are digitally recolored and UNCENSORED. It showcases FRANK CHO’s bawdy sense of humor and mastery of the female form including a behind-the-scenes look into CHO’s creative process in developing his highly acclaimed series.

NIGHTMARE WORLD: 13 TALES OF TERROR, VOL. 1 TP
story DIRK MANNING
art VARIOUS
cover KRISTEN PERRY
OCTOBER 14
128 PAGES / FC
$15.99

“THIRTEEN TALES OF TERROR”
Psychological horror in the vein of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt! In this first “definitive” collection of stories from the acclaimed online comic series, we delve into a world of ghostly lovers, demonic abductors, vengeful victims and sexy Cthulhu priestesses as these loosely connected stories weave an epic tale of a world not unlike our own where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Nightmare World!

SOUL KISS HC
story STEVEN T. SEAGLE
art & cover MARCO CINELLO
OCTOBER 7
152 PAGES / FC
$29.99

You have ten days to provide Satan ten souls to save the love of your life…who do you pick? That’s the dilemma facing Hollywood production assistant Lillian Bloom in the definitive hardcover edition of SOUL KISS. The verdicts are in: “Wicked Fun” – The Oregonian; “Just keeps getting better and weirder” – The Onion AV Club. Loaded with extras.

You have ten days to provide Satan ten souls to save the love of your life…who do you pick? That’s the dilemma facing Hollywood production assistant Lillian Bloom in the definitive edition of SOUL KISS. This hardcover collection is loaded with extras.

Collects SOUL KISS #1-5

THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1 TP (NEW PRINTING)
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CHARLIE ADLARD & TONY MOORE
cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
OCTOBER 7
1088 PAGES / BW
$59.99

IN PRINT AGAIN BY POPULAR DEMAND!
The first eight volumes of this fan-favorite series collected into one massive paperback collection. Get it while supplies last.

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #1-48.

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AGE OF BRONZE #29
story ERIC SHANOWER
art & cover ERIC SHANOWER
OCTOBER
24 PAGES / BW
$3.50

“BETRAYAL” Part Ten
Special Music Issue. Achilles headlines with a song about cosmic sex as Cressida has her heart ripped out. The gods don’t seem to pay much attention to King Priam of Troy, but he drones on and on anyway. And when the songs are over, the battles and intrigue keep going.

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BOMB QUEEN VI #2 (of 4)story
JIMMIE ROBINSON
art & cover JIMMIE ROBINSON
OCTOBER 28
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

“OH, BOMB AH!” Part Two
President Obama moves forward to shut down Bomb Queen’s city of crime, but the Queen’s villainous response would make Monica Lewinsky blush. Don’t miss the scandal of the century when Bomb Queen takes on the White House. Can Obama handle Bomb Queen’s “improper relations?”

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CHEW #5
story JOHN LAYMAN
art & cover ROB GUILLORY
OCTOBER 21
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

“TASTER’S CHOICE,” Conclusion
FDA Agent Tony Chu just landed the biggest bust of his career, but while the bullets were flying and the bodies were falling, Tony’s partner Mason Savoy took a slug. Now, Tony’s on his own, and he just ate something that’s revealed the identity of a dangerous enemy– the absolute last person Tony should be facing without backup.

The stunningly violent conclusion to first story arc of the surprise hit of the season– and just maybe the very best comic you will read all month about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals & clairvoyants!

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ELEPHANTMEN #22
story RICHARD STARKINGS
art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & MORITAT
cover BOO COOK
variant cover LADRÖNN
OCTOBER 21
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

“DANGEROUS LIAISONS,” Part Seven
A grave is desecrated.

FALL OUT TOYWORKS #2 (of 5)
created by PETE WENTZ & DARREN ROMANELLI
story BRETT LEWIS
art & cover SAMI BASRI, SUNNY GHO & IMAGINARY FRIENDS STUDIOS
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$3.99

“TIFFANY BLUES,” Part 2: “MY EVENING OUT WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND”
Jasper, the brilliant young toymaker, has lost his greatest creation, his greatest passion, Tiffany, to the Baron. Jasper’ concern is that while Tiffany’s physical construction is complete, she needs to learn and that is ONLY done through experience.

So when the Baron decides to give Tiffany a crash course in life, is it any surprise what happens when you give a child the keys to the car?

G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS #3 (of 5)
story CHRIS GIARRUSSO
art & cover CHRIS GIARRUSSO
OCTOBER 14
32 PAGES, FC
$2.99

It’s brother vs. brother! With the magic of G-Man’s cape growing dangerously unstable, things only get worse when G-Man and his brother Great Man disagree on how to handle it. It’s more action-packed laugh-out-loud kid super hero fun from Mini-Marvels creator CHRIS GIARRUSSO!

INVINCIBLE #67
written ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CORY WALKER & FCO PLASCENCIA
OCTOBER 21
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

“PREPARATIONS FOR WAR,” Conclusion
Artist CORY WALKER returns to the series he co-created! After escaping from a Viltrumite Prison, Nolan Grayson and Allen the Alien must use what they’ve learned to gather the powers of the universe and unite them against the Viltumites. It all starts here, folks! The Viltrumite War looms large on the horizon!

PLUS: IMAGE UNITED STARTS HERE, IN A SPECIAL
FOUR-PART PRELUDE STORY BY ROBERT KIRKMAN
& WHILCE PORTACIO!

JERSEY GODS #8
story GLEN BRUNSWICK
art DAN McDAID
cover MIKE ALLRED
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Hecticus has taken Helius prisoner: name, rank and serial number just ain’t gonna cut it. Hecticus is looking to extract his pound of flesh. An emergency beacon sends Barock back to Neboron. Zoe tags along and is thrilled to finally see the sights of Neboron – that is until she gets a little too close to the local wildlife…and then meets Barock’s mother.

KING CITY #3
story BRANDON GRAHAM
art & cover BRANDON GRAHAM
OCTOBER 14
32 PAGES, FC
$2.99

The deal is going down! The night begins with Joe and his cat Earthling meeting a mysterious buyer at a secret spy bar full of dangerous women and beautiful goons…and ends with an autopsy weirder than anything cooked up in Area 51. Meanwhile, Max falls further down the addiction rabbit hole by taking more of the drug that literally transforms your body into a narcotic. On the other side of the city time is running out for the mysterious alien girl Pete has been charged to deliver, and he must decide if he can deliver “the package” without losing his soul.

From critically acclaimed comics vet BRANDON GRAHAM comes the next chapter of the most original comic of the year!

TYRESE GIBSON’S MAYHEM #3 (of 3)
story TYRESE GIBSON, MIKE LE & WILLIAM WILSON
art & cover TONE RODRIGUEZ
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

Broken and beaten, Mayhem is back to take out Big X and the Four Corners once and for all. An assault by righteousness on evil, from ground floor to penthouse, which will run Mayhem through the ringer, putting all his skill to the ultimate test! And it is capped off when Mayhem comes face to face with his nemesis, his bane, his father, Big.

THE MICE TEMPLAR: DESTINY #4
story BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
art VICTOR SANTOS & VERONICA GANDINI
cover MICHAEL AVON OEMING
alternate cover VICTOR SANTOS & VERONICA GANDINI
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

“A MEASURE OF JUSTICE”
Leito’s dungeon uprising comes to a surprising conclusion…and someone must pay the consequences. While Karic and Cassius come face-to-face with the fearsome “Guardians of the Dusk & Dawn” and the truth behind the Templar’s fall is finally revealed.

PROOF #25
story ALEXANDER GRECIAN
art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
OCTOBER 28
48 PAGES / FC
$4.99

“AFTERMATH”
It’s a year in the future and The Lodge has burned to the ground. Who’s left alive after The Cryptid War? And what prowls the grounds of the habitat? Plus, the original Proof story in color for the first time ever, a huge pinup gallery, and plenty of extras.

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SAVAGE DRAGON #153
story ERIK LARSEN
art & cover ERIK LARSEN
OCTOBER 7
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

“FAMILY REUNION”
Savage Dragon is reunited with his son Malcolm but the reunion is anything but happy. What’s a son to do when his father has merged with a ruthless, unyielding killer? Meanwhile Dart continues to manipulate the Original Daredevil and the mysterious new Overlord is making a few changes to the Vicious Circle in his quest for power!

PLUS: IMAGE UNITED STARTS HERE, IN A SPECIAL
FOUR-PART PRELUDE STORY BY ROBERT KIRKMAN
& WHILCE PORTACIO!

SKY PIRATES OF NEO TERRA #2 (of 5)
story JOSH WAGNER
art & cover CAMILLA D’ERRICO
OCTOBER 28
32 PAGES / FC
$2.99

After his unexpected attack on the Grassland’s village, Wurl reveals that the Light Crystal may hold the key to rescuing Ricket’s father. Stubborn as ever, Billy heads off to find the crystal on his own. Based on the Nintendo DS game, “Sky Pirates of Neo Terra.”

SPAWN #197
story TODD McFARLANE
art & cover WHILCE PORTACIO
OCTOBER 28
32 PAGES / FC
$2.95

As Heaven becomes fully engaged in the prospects of controlling Earth’s new Spawn, the Redeemer returns to do their bidding. The costume begins to take on a personality of it’s own, and somebody lurking in the shadows begins planting the seeds to the much awaited SPAWN #200.

PLUS: IMAGE UNITED STARTS HERE, IN A SPECIAL
FOUR-PART PRELUDE STORY BY ROBERT KIRKMAN
& WHILCE PORTACIO!

UNDERGROUND #2 (of 5)
story JEFF PARKER
art & cover STEVE LIEBER
OCTOBER 21
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

Wes finds Seth inside Stillwater Cave when Harden and his men return, and the rangers find themselves outnumbered- with nowhere to go but deeper in. There’s still time to deal with this reasonably, if someone doesn’t do something stupid…

VIKING #4
story IVAN BRANDON
art & cover NIC KLEIN
OCTOBER 21
24 PAGES / FC
$2.99

“THE HEIST,” Part Two
A simple theft is executed flawlessly, but Finn and Egil realize too late that what looked like the crime of the century is instead a hell they probably won’t survive. From the writer of THE CROSS BRONX comes a crime book for the 9th Century.

THE WALKING DEAD #66
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
OCTOBER 14
32 PAGES / BW
$2.99

THE HUNT CONCLUDES!
Nothing will ever be the same.

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Exclusive Interview With Action Figure Sculptor Jean St. Jean

If you dig action figures, chances are you own something that was created by Jean St. Jean Studios. The sculpting house, founded by St. Jean himself, has grown since its creation in 2005 and now boasts clients such as NECA, Diamond Select and DC Direct. Jean began his career making dolls and preschool toys for Appollo-Juno, Inc but soon moved to McFarlane Toys, where he eventually rose through the ranks to become Sculpting Supervisor. A few years later, Jean ventured out on his own and eventually founded Jean St. Jean Studios, which has become one of the most popular and highly-regarded sculpting houses in the industry.

Jean was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career, what influences him and what may lie on the horizon for Jean St. Jean Studios.

PCZ: You’ve been in the sculpting industry for a number of years. After all the work you have done, what stands out as your favorite, or the project that you are most proud of?

Jean: There are two actually; The Tomb of Dracula Marvel Milestones for Diamond Select Toys and the 18” Pumpkinhead for SOTA. The Dracula in particular was something I had wanted for someone to make, let alone get the chance to design and sculpt it myself. The Marvel Dracula had been ignored for years and I’m very glad it was me that got to do the first statue. I put a lot of time into rereading the whole series and studying Gene Colan’s art, especially the face and body language.

Production issues aside, I love the Pumpkinhead; partly because I never thought any company would be nuts enough to do an 18″ action figure. Also because typically, I’m not the guy folks come to with monster jobs. Generally, I’ve been typecast as a realism and portrait sculptor, so when something like Pumpkinhead or the Day of the Dead figures for Amok Time come up, it’s a nice change.

PCZ: In the Diamond Select Stargate series, you were able to incorporate ‘build-a-figures’ such as the Stargate and MALP. How does your approach to sculpting these large-scale devices/accessories differ from a standard action figure? Do you prefer working on action figures or accessories?

Jean: The ‘build-an-accessory’ idea was Diamond’s and I think it is awesome. From a fan standpoint it allows us to make oversize accessories that are iconic elements of the shows. It also adds a buying incentive for collector’s to pick up the whole set. Having said that, they have to be sized and decorated within certain cost parameters to make them a reasonable addition to each of the blisters. These things are very expensive to produce so in order to get them out to fans, compromises have to be made.

There are plenty of examples of companies promising the moon on some insanely expensive product and then having it slip below the radar because of unrealistic costing for production. Within my team of artists I have guys that specialize in fabrication (or, a more mechanical form of sculpting) for vehicles, weapons and architectural elements. I’ve begun doing more of it myself, for instance the (DC Direct) World of Warcraft Gnome Mechanostryder as well as the weapons for my Warcraft figures. Figural and accessory sculpting each have elements which I enjoy doing, again because I prefer to have variety in my workload.

PCZ: Has there been an instance where the final packaged product has drastically differed from your original sculpt? What is your reaction to this and how much control do you have over the finished product?

Jean: Rarely does a final PVC toy look like a hand painted prototype. In fact, never does the final product nail the prototype. Concessions have to be made for cost and for practicality of reproduction. Because I understand this, I generally expect to be underwhelmed, though I’m mostly pleasantly surprised. That’s not negativity, it’s just practicality. However, McFarlane has made some amazing innovations in the production process that have completely changed the look of the average action figure. They have forced everyone else to pick up their game. The average collector is much more discriminating and savvy of the production process.

PCZ: Not many fans know that you are also an accomplished musician with a degree in classical piano. To what extent does music influence your sculpting work (or vice versa)?

Jean: Over the last ten years I’ve traded one obsession for another. Where I used to practice (music) 16 hours a day, now I work those hours making toys and statues. I’ve gotten to sculpt a few of the musicians I listened to like the Kiss Alive Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper and the ‘Roid Rage’ Ozzy Osbourne for McFarlane. I also worked on the (Iron Maiden) Phantom of the Opera Eddie and Freddie Mercury in the yellow jacket. Both of these were for NECA.

PCZ: Can you tell us a little about what some of your upcoming projects are? Anything new with Diamond Select or are you working with other companies?

Jean: As far as I know (Diamond Select) is still rolling ahead with Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica. On other fronts I’m working on Mezco’s Cinema of Fear (wave three was my first line), DC Direct AmiComi (Poison Ivy was the first) and Day of the Dead and other cool properties coming up for Amok Time.

PCZ: Have you ever worked on a project that required you to work with source material that you were unfamiliar with? Have any of your projects made turned you into a fan of a show/book/movie that you were previously unexposed to?

Jean: Actually, Stargate was a property I had only passing knowledge of before the Diamond gig came up. I started cramming to become immersed in the show, and thank God I ending up really liking it. I’m more of a horror guy than a sci-fi enthusiast but (Stargate) is a fun show with really well written characters and great casts. Plus… there are some cool aliens!

PCZ: You have mentioned in previous interviews that you got started in this business as a toy collector. What new toys keep you hunting shelves to add new items to your collection?

Jean: Indeed. An addiction worse than crack, I’d wager. Super Powers started it for me in my ‘20’s and I just can’t get clean! Right now I collect mostly anime figures and PVC statues. Just this weekend I picked up two of the Hasbro Iron Man movie figures and two of the Gentle Giant Hellboy figures.

PCZ: Have you ever worked on a line that didn’t make it though final approval with the licensor (for whatever reason)? Anything that you wish you had a second chance with?

Jean: The only thing that comes to mind is Samara from The Ring for NECA, but that had nothing to do with the sculpt; it was an issue of international versus domestic licensing rights. I’d love to attack that and other Japanese horror properties at some point.

PCZ: What’s on your short-list of musicians that you would want to turn into an action figure?

Jean: I think a Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust Bowie would be cool. Also, guitarists like Ritchie Blackmore and Michael Schenker or a line of metal screamers like Rob Halford, Tate Dickinson… and especially Ronnie James Dio.

PCZ: What are your long term goals in the sculpting industry? You are already the owner of your own company… where do you see yourself a few years down the road?

Jean: More of the same but with more capacity and efficiency. I’m constantly trying to improve on my own abilities. Maybe, eventually doing some of my own manufacturing.

PCZ: We here at PCZ are big fans of your work on NECA’s Highlander box set. What future do you see in kilted action figures? Do you think that it’s high time that Scotsmen were given their due in the toy industry?

Jean: I think the irrepressible engineer Scotty from Star Trek and Connor MacLeod are forced to carry the banner of the Scots alone. However, the kilted action figure allows for more range of motion for the ball joints (Nyuk! Nyuk!) and easy access for long wedgie-prone car rides. Personally, it took me eons to get out of black jeans and into shorts , so unless I’m an immortal like MacLeod and his ilk, it’s unlikely I’ll ever make the bold fashion statement of the kilt, where junk roams free and wedgies are a thing of the dark and distant past.

We want to thank Jean St. Jean for the time and patience (especially with that last question) he took in this interview. You can see more of Jean’s work over on his MySpace page. Or, run down to your local toy shop and pick up one of the many amazing figures sculpted by Jean St. Jean Studios!