COMIC BOOK YETI: Rob, thank you so much for joining me in the Yeti Cave. If you have any other jobs other than lettering, what is it you do?
ROB JONES: Up to March/April this year, I worked in social care here in the UK, supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems, but I went fully freelance in lettering this year. It was a big step, but I am really pleased I did it. I miss the work I used to do, but working through the pandemic, and with social care here in the U.K in serious decline, I was getting very burnt out. So, I thought it would be best to switch up careers and I have not looked back.
CBY: What are the comics that influenced you and made you want to work in comics?
RJ: I was a late bloomer to comics. I was always aware of them and their adjacent media, but fully took the plunge to read them aged 27. I used to write about getting into comics and asked people to vote on what I should read, so I was lucky to have many classics recommended to me at the very start. Transmetropolitan was a massive influence, but recent findings and the actions of Warren Ellis have soured that for me. I loved Y: The Last Man, Fear Agent, The Walking Dead and Spider-Man and so they have been massive influences to me. The first comic I remember owning though was a Warhammer 40k comic back when I was 13, with interiors by Andy Lanning and Ant Williams, and the most amazing thing is now they are frequent collaborators with me, so that influence has come full circle.
CBY: That’s pretty cool! What do you enjoy most about lettering?