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Greetings everyone and may I welcome you to Leviathan comics. My name is James Matthew Banks Jr and I am the editor and publisher of this website . I will be publishing and sharing with you artwork and information on different comic books and graphic novels from superheroes to horror comics . On this website we are offering two titles at this moment that are available and published on amazon.com. The first book is my 150 page graphic novel that I published in 2017 called Doctor Leviathan volume one. The other book is a my 40 page comic book called Doctor Leviathan issue I that was published back in 2005.
James Mathew Banks Jr grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and began drawing and writing about comic book characters in his early teens. As he entered his high school years he tried to balance his love for comics with his love of playing high school sports. Between classes he would let his imagination run wild creating new ideas for his comic book characters. After he graduated from high school in 1981 he continued his love for drawing and writing comic books while working at his first job at a local neighborhood grocery store. While working there as a cashier he would draw and write during the late hours on the night shift . In 1986 James Matthew Banks Jr created his first major comic book character that would latter be published called Doctor Leviathan. During the early nineties, when he was just married, James Matthew Banks Jr entered into his first small and local comic book convention in Indianapolis. There, while along side other aspiring comic book creators , he introduced and sold his first works to many comic book fans at that local convention. In 1996 James Matthew Banks Jr began self publishing his comic books to several comic book shops in the mid west and a few on the east coast. James Matthew Banks Jr continued his love for comic books and kept self publishing his comics after his divorce well into the late nineties. In 2005 James Matthew Banks Jr went to his first large and major comic book convention in Detroit Michigan called the motor city con. There he met many well established artist and comic book writers , as he sold his new comics that he had just created. In 2006 he got his first book distribution deal with Ambiguity book distribution which helped him distribute his comics around the country. In January 2017 James Matthew Banks Jr published his first graphic novel called Doctor Leviathan volume one on the kindle e-book. This graphic novel is also now published as a print graphic novel.
Doctor Leviathan volume #1 is a graphic novel consisting of The first issue of Doctor Leviathan published in 2005 and also the unpublished next 2 comic book issues that I also decided to publish in this graphic novel.
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Doctor Leviathan #1 by James Matthew Banks, Jr.; Leviathan Comics; 2010; 42 pgs; $3.95 US It would be easy to call Doctor Leviathan amateurish....The art is crudely rendered, the story is both non-existent and incredibly busy at the same time, and we don t even get a proper glimpse at the hero of the piece until the very end of the book, and even then, his identity, motivation, and powers remain a mystery. But there s something at work here that makes it hard to tear down the bizarre house of cards that Writer/Artist/Publisher (and Letterer too, if my assumption is correct) James Matthew Banks, Jr. has constructed...An...exuberance...? An old-fashioned Hey, kids! Let s put on a show! vibe that s very familiar to this reader. As a comic-book fan since the age of two, I have vivid memories of spending hours at the kitchen table when I was in grade school, toiling over comics featuring characters from Marvel and DC mixing with new ones of my own creation, making up page after page as I went along, and sharing the one-of-a-kind creations with fellow enthusiasts at lunch the next day. All of our home-made treasures had the same Cram it all in feel as Doctor Leviathan..... The first issue starts off right in the thick of things, as a room full of villains (Literally a ROOM FULL OF VILLAINS....seemingly dozens upon dozens of grotesques resembling Cenobites crossed with Dick Tracy s Rogue s Gallery are crammed in a featureless room- the crude art doesn t include any backgrounds at all-) surrounding a little girl.that s been kidnapped by their boss, Siege. Her Father is the Judge that sentenced some of Siege s lackeys to death, and Siege intends to let his minions tear her to shreds as her horrified Father watches. As the girl is eaten alive by one of the baddies, she transforms into Doctor Leviathan, who proceeds to tear the holy hell out of everyone in the room, wreaking crude, hard-to-follow havoc on all assembled, kicking ass and not taking names, just killing, maiming, and making it a bad day to be a bad guy. The book ends with the REAL little girl safe and sound, thanks to the good Doc, every single baddie dead (In some truly gruesome, yet innovative, ways...), and the reader scratching his or her head in dumbstruck amazement. To be sure, Doctor Leviathan is crude. I d go so far as calling it bad, but in a good way....an Ed Wood kind of way. The book is rounded out by a short essay written by Banks, and it s hard to judge the book harshly after reading his love letter to comics, how they carried him through some bad times in his life, and how he hopes his creations may help someone deal with pain in their life, or just help them to forget their troubles for a few minutes. On that count, Doctor Leviathan succeeded wildly. For 15 minutes, I was there, slack-jawed., wondering who these people were and what was going on, but it was a fun 15 minutes, and for that, James Matthew Banks, Jr., I thank you. --horrorworld.crg
BOOK REVIEW OF DOCTOR LEVIATHAN ISSUE ! PUBLISHED 2005
THE DOCTOR LEVIATHAN PROJECT! Sep 21, 2009, 3:24:37 PM by ~DrLeviathanProject Journals / Personal
While attending a party at a comic book store, I was introduced to a self-published comic book called DOCTOR LEVIATHAN. The book, created entirely by a man named James Matthew Banks, Jr. is easily one of the most bizarre, terrible, beautiful, inspiring creations I've ever encountered. The crude, but evocative art tells the odd story of a bunch of really evil, messed up bad guys who run afoul of...well, y'know, it's not that important. What is important is how creative, weird, and detailed these bad guys are. Their designs...well, if Jack Kirby and Clive Barker could somehow mate and produce an insane 6 year old with a quill pen for an arm, he MIGHT be able to make this stuff up. So, in tribute to the pure act of creation that is this book, and to the medium of comic books which allows things like it to happen, I have started this project.
ALL artists, of any medium, are invited to create their own version of any of the characters shown in these pages. I will try to scan more pages from the book to further inspire and disturb. So, please, take a look, draw, and post away.
And to James Matthew Banks, Jr, I offer my sincerest gratitude.
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There’s a kid who sits next to you in Home Room. He wears a black trench coat, and he’s always hunched over drawing something. You lean over to get a look, just not so close that you’ll get a sharpened screwdriver or something stuck in your face. You’re surprised. The illustrations show a confident control of the line; you especially like a collage of monsters on the cover of his shop binder. There’s enough for you to say, “Hey, you should take art classes.”
That’s how I’d imagine meeting James Matthew Banks, Jr., the author of the Doctor Leviathan comic book. With a narrative that best summed up as “some violent crap,” possibly written by someone for whom English is a second language, we’re treated to spread after spread of Ãœber-violent villains that any Columbine-kid’s notebook cover would be proud to sport.
Eventually it might turn into something more. Just having the will to get this comic book self-published, as well as having obviously spent hours sketching, are hopeful ingredients. My advice would be: Don’t ever write the copy for your comic book again by yourself, and let your style expand, e.g., cross-hatching doesn’t bite.
As a caveat, I had a friend look at the comic book; a friend that happens to conspicuously wear a black trench coat almost everywhere. He finished reading it, then looked at me and said, “You know, it’s not that bad.”
So what the Hellraiser do I know, maybe.
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At this moment I am working on two new comics and graphic novels. The graphic novel is Doctor Leviathan volume two and the comic book is my first superhero team up comic book .
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