Jamie S. Rich is probably best known for his years as editor-in-chief of Oni Press, a post he inherited from Oni co-founder Bob Schreck and held from 1999 until 2004, when he left to pursue a freelance writing career. Since then, Jamie has proven a prolific writer of both prose and comics, completing the trilogy of thematically linked literary romance novels he began while at Oni with the most recent installment, Have You Seen The Horizon Lately? He’s also produced the novella, I Was Someone Dead, the ongoing series Love the Way You Love, which ties into his novels, short stories for books like Four Letter Worlds and the roast issue of Usagi Yojimbo, and the original graphic novel, 12 Reasons Why I Love Her.
12 Reasons was illustrated by newcomer Joëlle Jones, who burst out on the scene in 2006, having previously worked on a six-page story for Dark Horse’s Sexy Chix. Joëlle’s art on 12 Reasons has been a sensation, and has led to contributions to Vertigo’s Fables and Viz’s Shojo Beat, and a nomination for the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She’s currently illustrating a book for DC’s Minx line for younger girls called Token, as well as another graphic novel written by Jamie, the hard-boiled crime story, You Have Killed Me. The two also have several short stories coming out in different anthologies later this year.
I sat down with Jamie and Joëlle at the New Old Lompoc pub in Northwest Portland on August 14th.