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Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

James Neish is a freelance comic book artist and lover of geek culture. An Art School graduate living in Nova Scotia Neish’s artwork has a vitality to it that makes his images burst with energy. As an out artist Neish brings a clever eye to his take on pop culture icons.

The Advocate sat down for a chat with this up-and-coming artist about his inspirations, his love for the X-Men’s Psylocke, and how being queer influences his work.

The Advocate: What inspires you to create?
Neish: I'm not sure what inspires me to create, some kind of desire to make something that wasn't there before, I guess. I've been drawing and making stuff up since before I could talk and I feel like I wouldn't be a functional person if I didn't create something soon and always. So to me, creation is just the scratch to the proverbial itch of being human.

Does being queer influence your artwork?
I came out during a performance art piece in university, so yeah, it's a bit of an influence. Like most young gay art students I drew and painted my way through my coming-out experience, my first relationship, and so on. I think it's important to stand for ideas that you believe in when you work and as an illustrator, I hope it's that queer influence I transmit into my work that gives my artwork some positive influence as well.

What was your gateway art drug into the world of geek culture?
I think I started super young with Thundercats. I was pretending to be Cheetara before I even knew what a gay geek was. Also, Jim Lee's covers for X-Men back in 1991. That was when I fell in love with comics.

What geeky things are you currently obsessed with?
Well, I'm freelancing as a comic book illustrator now so that's pretty geeky. Besides that, I've been binge-watching Death Note, just ate up Sword Art Online, currently reading Saga and Avatar: The Promise.

You must have a favorite superhero character, right? Who might it be?
Psylocke.

Check out a selection of Neish's art below.

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Beach Ash

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Captured Bat

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Korr Asami from Avatar

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Portrait commission of Jeffrey and Mike with their cat Gandalf, as characters from The Lord of the Rings

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Gotham City Sirens

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Harley Poster

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Hero Cover

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Korra Elements

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Dumbledore Pride

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Mike Shileen and Kramer as Green Lanterns

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Psylocke VS Wolverine

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Cat Woman Returns

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

Spidey Down

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish

'Timeless' is the creation of RJ Lackie and Cycle 66 Inc..

 

Gallery of Geek: James Neish
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