The first time I met Thomas Jane, he was swaggering barefoot through a hall at Comic-Con, answering questions for an hour after the midnight screening of his film, Give ‘Em Hell, Malone. During our first interview, last year at the Saturn Awards, he told Joel Silver and Sylvester Stallone to go shoot themselves before lamenting some of the lesser films he has been a part of and promising to only make projects he wanted to make from now on. “If someone’s gonna screw it up, it should be me,” said Jane.
But it doesn’t look like he’s screwing anything up just yet. Yesterday afternoon, I got on the phone with Jane (The Punisher, Hung) and his Raw Studio’s compatriot, Tim Bradstreet (Eisner Award-winning cover artist for, Hellblazer) to discuss their company’s new digital distribution deal with Comixology and their premiere release, a graphic novel adaptation of Jane’s directorial debut, Dark Country. During our exclusive interview, the pair discussed the future of digital comic books and how it relates to David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Jane’s next directorial effort, The Magnificent Death, why boutique companies have an edge on the majors, a proposed Alien Pig Farm movie that has David Gordon Green attached, Vampire: The Masquerade, a whole slew of upcoming comic books, the importance of patience, and much, much more. Hit the jump for our exclusive interview and some art from the duo’s upcoming projects.