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READERSVOICE.COM aims to collect a few interesting reading tips. This issue features the creator of the sci-fi adventure comic series, Night Craft. Jesse Thomas has lived around the world but currently resides in North Carolina. His comics stories have appeared in anthologies like The Harvest Realm, and he has illustrated comics for titles like Dawn After Dark: Kiss Me Deadly published by Hellbound Media. This interview features a lot of good reading tips, including sci-fi and mystery novels and various genres of comics including the famous Warren magazines titles.

See jessethomascomics.com for some of his short stories, including a preview of his comic from issue seven of Night Craft, entitledThe Deal. In the story, Leroy Strife has to track down a wealthy politician’s daughter who’s fled to the Forbidden Jungle. If he finds her, he’ll be able to get off the planet on an unmarked seat on a flight to the Ascraeous Mons settlement. It’s his only chance to escape android assassins. But all is not as it seems.

Jesse Thomas likes to read sci-fi, too, as well as other genres, and he lists a few of his favorites in this interview.

READERSVOICE.COM: You said that you liked Warren magazines and I was wondering which ones you liked the most and what pattern their stories followed and how they influenced your comics.

JESSE THOMAS: Creepy and Eerie as well as 1984/1994 are my favorites. [1984, which later had a name change to 1994, was publisher James Warren’s answer to Heavy Metal magazine.] I liked that the stories were usually self-contained, and they often had this grindhouse feel to them. It seemed like those were outlaw comics, the stories could be about anything, and anything could happen.

RV: I know you liked The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. What other horror and fantasy or sci fi tales or post-apocalyptic stories and novels have you liked?

JT: Dracula, 2001, and Inherit the Stars [1977] by James Hogan are a few that come to mind. I recently read The Magic Goes Away by Larry Niven, which was also illustrated by popular Warren artist Esteban Maroto. Pretty much every bad post-apocalyptic movie from the 1980s is an influence on me!

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