|Born||Jonathan and Joshua Luna|
December 10, 1978 (Jonathan)
January 9, 1981 (Joshua)
Jonathan Luna (born December 10, 1978) and Joshua Luna (born January 9, 1981), professionally known as the Luna Brothers, are Filipino-American comics creators known for their creator-owned books. They first achieved significant success with the series Ultra and Girls. They are also known for their book The Sword, and for providing the art for Marvel Comics' Spider-Woman: Origin.
Although early in their career they shared both writing and art duties in their work, their collaboration evolved to the point where, after writing plots together, Joshua primarily scripts the dialogue, and Jonathan does all the art.
The Lunas prefer to concentrate on female characters such as Spider-Woman, Red Sonja and their own creations, Ultra, Girls and The Sword, explaining, "Women are beautiful, smart, and strong, and we like to work on characters like that. It’s also fun to see women do amazing things like jump over buildings."
Jonathan Luna and Joshua Luna were born on December 10, 1978 and January 9, 1981, respectively, in California to Filipino parents. Their earliest interest in comics were through publications like Mad magazine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Uncanny X-Men, and in particular, creators such as Mort Drucker, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, and Adam Hughes.
The Lunas spent most of their childhood overseas, living on military bases in Iceland and Italy. In their teens they were enthusiastic fans of fellow Filipino comics creator Whilce Portacio, and his creation, Wetworks. They returned to the United States in their late teens, attending Savannah College of Art and Design, where they earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Jonathan graduated in 2001, and Joshua in 2003. Their interest in the comics medium was reignited when they noticed works such as Garth Ennis's Preacher, which inspired them to work in mature genres other than superheroes, as typified by the material published by Vertigo Comics.
The Luna brothers sent Ultra to Image Comics publisher Erik Larsen as a blind submission, which consisted of a synopsis and five-page sequence. Image published Ultra as a miniseries between 2004 and 2005.
Girls was also published by Image between May 2005 and April 2007. In October 2007, the brothers created a limited series, again for Image, titled The Sword. Joshua Luna worked a solo miniseries, Whispers, at Image in January 2012.
The Lunas have expressed a preference for working on their own creations, but have stated that if given the opportunity, would like to work on Superman, Supergirl, Batman and Spider-Man. Joshua has also expressed an interest in one day feature film screenwriting.
In 2006, a pilot episode was made for a proposed Ultra television series. The pilot was produced by Barbara Hall. It featured Lena Headey as Ultra (renamed Penny Penalosa) and Peter Dinklage and was directed by Helen Shaver. While CBS and the CW expressed an interest in the series, neither decided to carry it.
Technique and influences
Jonathan Luna has expressed an appreciation for horror works such as The Walking Dead, The Descent and I Am Legend. The Lunas have also cited TV shows such as True Blood and The Sopranos as inspirations.
Early in their career they shared both writing and art duties in their work, as seen in the first several issues of Girls, which they have described as a transition point in their collaborative process. Today, they both collaborate on plots, but Joshua primarily scripts the dialogue, and Jonathan does all the art.
When illustrating their work, Jonathan Luna uses 14 x 17 Strathmore bristol board, which he cuts into 11 x 17 pieces on which to draw. He draws using a 2H pencil, and after inking his pencils with a Micron pen, he edits his line work on a graphics tablet.
- Ultra: Seven Days (232 pages, Image Comics, May 2005, softcover ISBN 1-58240-483-6, hardcover, ISBN 1-58240-484-4)
- Girls: The Complete Collection (Image Comics, hardcover, November 2007, ISBN 1-58240-826-2) collects the individual volumes:
- Conception (collects Girls #1-6, 152 pages, November 2005, ISBN 1-58240-529-8)
- Emergence (collects Girls #7-12, 152 pages, May 2006, ISBN 1-58240-608-1)
- Survival (collects Girls #13-18, 152 pages, November 2006, ISBN 1-58240-703-7)
- Extinction (collects Girls #19-24, 168 pages, May 2007, ISBN 1-58240-753-3)
- Spider-Woman: Origin (with writers Brian Michael Bendis/Brian Reed, 5-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, 2007, tpb, 120 pages, hardcover, ISBN 0-7851-1965-5, September 2006, softcover, March 2007, ISBN 0-7851-1966-3 )
- The Sword (Image Comics):
- Fire (collects The Sword #1-6, 152 pages, April 2008, ISBN 1-58240-879-3)
- Water (collects The Sword #7-12, 152 pages, December 2008, ISBN 1-58240-976-5)
- Earth (collects The Sword #13-18, 152 pages, September 2009, ISBN 1-60706-073-6)
- Air (collects The Sword #19-24, 152 pages, July 2010, ISBN 1-60706-168-6)
- Star Bright and the Looking Glass (Image Comics, hardcover graphic novel, 2012)
- Alex + Ada (Image Comics, 2013 - 2015, with Sarah Vaughn)
- Eternal Empire (Image Comics, 2017 - 2018, with Sarah Vaughn)
- 20XX (Image Comics, 2019 - present, with Lauren Keely)
- Interview with the Luna Brothers at Midtown Comics. YouTube. May 13, 2010
- Rogers, Vaneta (October 13, 2008). "Catching Up with the Luna Brothers". Newsarama. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- McLean, Matthew (December 4, 2007). "Luna Brothers Hone Storytelling Acumen on Sword". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Dizon, David (October 31, 2008). "Luna Brothers conquer US comic book scene". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Alix (January 16, 2007). "Interview de Jonathan and Joshua Luna". BDTheque. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Luna, Joshua. "About". jonathanluna.com. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Rogers, Vaneta (July 18, 2007). "Luna Brothers return with The Sword in October". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007.
- Rogers, Vaneta (October 12, 2007). "The Lunas Tease 'The Sword'". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007.
- Richardson, Walter (January 13, 2012). "Review: Whispers #1". Multiversity Comics. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Guerrrero, Tony (December 9, 2013). "Interview: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn talk ALEX + ADA". ComicVine. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- "Prometheus Awards". Libertarian Futurist Society. 2015. Archived from the original on December 9, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
- McNary, Dave (July 8, 2013). "David Hayter Boarding Lakeshore's 'The Sword'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- Luna, Joshua (July 17, 2013). "About". joshualuna.com. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
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