Biography

For as long as John Floyd can remember, he loved to draw. As a child he drew superheroes, monsters, machines and dragons. He started collecting comics when he was around 6 years old and the Fantastic Four was his favorite. Jack Kirby was and still is his idol. When he was 9 he wrote to Marvel saying that what he wanted most for his tenth birthday was an original drawing by Jack, and even though he didn’t work there anymore they forwarded the letter on to California. When John received a drawing from Jack in the mail, it “changed my life forever. From then on I was determined to become a comic book artist.” At age 11, John began publishing a comic book which ran for 5 issues. He went on to study art at North Carolina School of the Arts, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and graduated from The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey.


John’s comic book career started with a brief stint as a blue line colorist for Marvel and Continuity. Then he became Joe Sinnott’s assistant, inking his backgrounds on Thor. Joe had always been John’s favorite inker since childhood and it was a privilege to get to work with him. Next he assisted Dan Panosian on Green Lantern Mosaic and other titles. He was personally chosen by Barry Windsor-Smith to be his inker and received art training from him at his studio. He did inking and finished art with Barry on Rune, Archer and Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, and Wildstorm Rising. For five years he inked various Batman titles for DC: Batman, Detective Comics, Shadow of the Bat, Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman Chronicles, and was the regular inker on Batman: Gotham Knights from the first issue through issue 49. Other inking credits include Conan and Silver Surfer for Marvel and Eternal Warriors for Acclaim, working with such artists as Denys Cowan, Rafael Kayanan, Doug Wheatley and Dale Eaglesham. In 2007, John returned to one of his favorite characters with the six-part "Origin of the Joker" storyline in Batman Confidential which was collected in hardcover as "Batman: Lovers and Madmen". He followed that with a stint as the regular inker on Birds of Prey. Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child for Vertigo was John's next regular series and he considers it some of his best work. He also inked 2 issues of Django Unchained, the comics adaptation of the Academy Award winning film. John ventured into digital comics w/ Treatment: Seoul for the motion comics app Madefire. He is currently working on a mini-series titled Batman: Mortality with long time collaborator Denys Cowan.

John's film career began when he moved to Wilmington, NC, to pursue work as a storyboard artist. Though he had no prior experience, within six months he landed his first film. Director Martha Coolidge recognized his talent and hired him to work on "Rambling Rose," which was nominated for 2 Academy Awards - for best actress (Laura Dern) and best supporting actress (Diane Ladd). John's storyboards can be seen on the "Rambling Rose" special edition DVD and the laser disk. Next he did the storyboards for "Hellraiser III" which he enjoyed, having been a fan of the first two films. A Kung Fu movie, "Bloodmoon," followed, as did the network television sci-fi flick, "Target Earth," and the yet to be produced "The Cowboy and The Cossack." John was the storyboard artist on "Tristyn's Trumphet" and painted the movie poster and designed the crew T-shirt for "The Mill". More recently John storyboarded a TV commercial and did production ink art for "Django Unchained".

John's areas of expertise are comic book penciling and inking, pen and ink illustration, airbrush and watercolor painting, portraiture, storyboards and digital art. He lists his influences as Jack Kirby, Barry Windsor-Smith, Steranko, Gil Kane, Joe Sinnott, Joe Kubert , Jim Lee, P. Craig Russell, Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Paul Gulacy, Jim Starlin, Rich Corben, Moebius, H.R. Giger, and Salvador Dali. His future plans are to pursue more illustration work and to finally get around to writing and drawing the adventures of the comic book characters he has created over the years.

To contact John about rates and availability or to comment on his work,
email him at jfloyd@prodigy.net

John states: “There’s nothing I enjoy more than artwork!” He is happiest when he is in his studio surrounded by his art.

All artwork on this site is shown purely as examples of John Floyd’s art.
Original art copyright © 2014 John Floyd. All rights are reserved. No images from this site may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the artist.
Trademarked characters shown here are copyrighted by their respective owners with no intention of infringement.

A special word of thanks to the editors who have hired me and the artists who have hired or recommended me to ink their work in comics. And thanks to the film directors, art directors, screenwriters, and producers I’ve collaborated with in films. It was a pleasure to work with all of you.

John