Aaron: Kansas City comics scene helped launch his career

Jason Aaron, Tony Moore, and Matt Fraction
Jason Aaron, Tony Moore, and Matt Fraction

In his latest column for Comic Book Resources, Kansas City comics writer Jason Aaron reminisces about his early days in the comics business and the importance that the local network of comics creators had in shaping his career.

The first week I was here, I found a comic shop and started a pull list: Elite Comics in Overland Park. I’ve been buying my books there ever since. Through that shop I first met local comic folk like B. Clay Moore, Ande Parks and Jai Nitz, and later some fellow KC-transplants like Tony Moore and Matt Fraction. Here were people who actually made their living making comics. I couldn’t believe it.

Aaron credits his interaction with local creators, and their assistance and advice in shaping his career. “I honestly don’t know that I would be here today if it wasn’t for them,” he writes.

In addition to his CBR columns, you can keep up with Jason Aaron on his website, jasonaaron.info.

Learning about Fractions

Matt Fraction is the focus on an extensive page one article about area comic book creators in today’s Kansas City Star. Brian McTavish is one of the most comics-friendly writers in mainstream journalism, and lately the Star has been unbelievably supportive of comics in every form. I raved about their support of Planet Comicon just a month or so ago.

The article covers starts with Fraction’s new Iron Man series and uses it as a jumping off point to talk about the explosion of Kansas City talent that is currently taking the industry by storm. It includes quotes from Tony Moore, Nathan Fox, B. Clay Moore, Jason Aaron, and Jai Nitz. 
Well, enough of me telling you about it. Go read it for yourself!