Today the comic community lost a giant. John Paul Leon passed away from complications from cancer. He was 49.
JPL began working in comics at the age of 16 and quickly developed his signature style. A heavy reliance on thick black inks creating a moody atmosphere. A page by JPL was instantly recognizable.
He was also a master draftsman, with such inventive layouts in one of his signature series, Earth X, each issue contained a double page spread that outlined the history of a single Maeve icon. It remains an incredible encapsulation of each hero.
From all accounts, he was one of the nicest people in comics. And to lose him at such a young age is shocking. I don’t typically curse here but can definitely echo the sentiments of the popular hashtag about it. Cancer sucks (and that’s the cleaner version).
His art, his person will definitely be missed.
Rest In Peace John Paul Leon