Jared Takrouna Lane - Born 10/16/72
I’ve been drawing comics now for over 10 years, ever since High School. In New Zealand, however, there has historically been very little local industry, and it has always remained more of a hobby than a career.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Canterbury.At University I did a lot of work with various student newspapers (Canta, Caclin), and groups like Funtime Comics. When I left University, and eventually went overseas, comics took a back seat.
Living in Australia I got back into comics via my pals Clint Cure, Mike Fikaris and the rest of the Malvern all-stars. My output has increased accordingly. A lot of old stuff has finally seen print, and there is a lot more on the way!.
Most recently I have finally moved into self publishing with my first solo effort Progress. It’s a collection of previously unpublished stuff, dating back to when I first left art school, and other bits and pieces as I’ve moved around the place.
Along with further issues of Progress, following the adventures of Nathan, Jasmin and their pals in the near future, I hope to secure funding for a historical series of comics set in New Zealand. The Kaiapoi Kid is the first of these stories. Also on the drawing board is a series of contributions for the Rare anthology written by Jason Brice.
I’ve always been more influenced by European comics like 2000AD, Heavy Metal, along with the work of artists like Dan Clowes and Dave Cooper. You spot the influences.