Ep.7: From Dreamworks to successful Kickstarter campaigns with Jason Brubaker from Coffee Table Comics

By Iva Mikles •  Updated: Sep 13, 2017 •  Interviews

Jason Brubaker is a visual development and story board artist living in Idaho with his wife and two kids, producing graphic novels full-time. He began his career as an artist in 1996 represented by Famous Frames, a storyboarding agency in Los Angeles, where he drew hundreds of commercial storyboards for film and television. Some of his credits include Blade, Pitch Black, and Van Helsing.

In 2002, Jason began working as a traditional animator for motion design studios in Los Angeles and New York and was soon art directing animated commercials. In 2009, he began working as a Visual Development Artist at Dreamworks Animation on the Kung Fu Panda trilogy as well as many other animated movies.

He also created a comic titled reMIND which won the Xeric Award in 2010 and was placed on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list 2012 (GGNT). With the success of his comic publishing, he was able to quit his full-time job at Dreamworks Animation in December of 2014 to fully pursue publishing his own comics.

In 2015 he moved to Idaho with his wife and two kids and produces graphic novels full-time.

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Key Takeaways

“Find the thing that you wake up wishing you could work on and finish it. If you finish work you are passionate about then doors will open up for you. If you finish work you are not passionate about you get jobs you don’t want to work at.”

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Special thanks to Jason for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Jason Brubaker, used with permission

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Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am an artist, illustrator, founder of Art Side of Life®, and Top Teacher on Skillshare. Since 2009 I've worked as an illustrator, character designer, art director, and branding specialist focusing on storytelling, concepts, and animation. I believe that we are all creative in infinite numbers of ways, so I've made it my mission to teach you everything I know and help wake up your creative genius. Learn more about me.

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