"BOOT THE FOOT" #45: JASON GAMMON VS. "CHROMEDOME"!
SKUMMBEAST: How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?
GAMMON: My art style would probably best fit in the cartoony/comic category. Growing up I read a lot of comic books, MAD & Cracked Magazines, and spent as much time as possible watching cartoons and drawing and tracing comics. It’s really tough to pinpoint my influences over the years, but right now, since you asked, I’d probably say the strongest influences over the years is a combination of Garbage Pail Kids, Al Jaffee, Geof Darrow, Mike Allred, and a slew of random 80’s and 90’s comic artists too vast to mention.
SKUMMBEAST: Share a bit about your history with TMNT.
GAMMON: I remember the first time I saw TMNT. A friend had an early issue from Mirage in his stack of comic books. Funny enough, I don’t remember any specifics of the issue outside of the cover showing the turtles in ‘cool’ poses. My real relationship with the turtles probably came along when the cartoon debuted. Me and my brother watched the show daily. The first initial episodes were always my favorite. The characters seemed tougher, were drawn better, and the animation was better quality. Much of the show was silly, but that didn’t really stop me from watching it. The toys always showcased a bunch of goofy over-the-top characters. Some were better than others.
SKUMMBEAST: Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?
GAMMON: It’s a tough one but I think it’s a toss-up between Raphael and Donatello. Raphael’s snarky smart-ass tough personality was appealing, but Donatello had the bo staff. A giant stick to beat down foot soldiers. Give Raphael a bo staff and you’ve got the perfect Turtle.
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