Friend a Day – Christopher Jones
Chris was one of those people who worked with me to start CONvergence. Before we began working on the convention, I don’t think we’d ever met. I think a lot of people assumed Chris and I had known each other for a long time because the two of us clicked from the very beginning.
Chris is a comic artist whose work has appeared in DC, Marvel, and a number of other imprints. His work as a visual storyteller is exceptional and he brought those skills to the convention as well. From the beginning, he was great at taking the disparate ideas the rest of us had and turning them into really great and iconic art for the convention.
He also created Connie, the convention mascot. That one small choice helped brand CONvergence in a way that I don’t think any other convention can match. That character has become the visual icon that ties the convention together.
In addition to his skills as an artist, he is a great public speaker and entertainer. He is personable and charming and never caught by surprise. I’ve asked him to guest at several Vilification tennis shows because he’s naturally comfortable on the stage and the audience loves him.
He’s been a frequent writing partner as well because the two of us really know how to get the best out of each other’s work. Our senses of humor complement each other well and I think some of my best work has come from him.
In the past few years, he has finally reached the point where he has been getting consistent work as a comic artist. It has been a long time coming for him and I am so pleased to see him enjoying more recognition for this talents.
I love to spend time with him when the time allows. Since we’ve stepped away from the CONvergence board, both of us have found ourselves far busier than we were before. Still, I never tire of the time I spend with him.
Chris is active on Twitter and Facebook and he has a website you can use to follow him everywhere. You really should!