Joshua Luna (left) and Jonathan Luna (right) at a signing at Midtown Comics Grand Central, May 13, 2010.
|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 American comics artists. They have created three series together: Ultra, Girls, and The Sword, and provided 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."
The Lunas were born in the United States 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. In their teens they were enthusiastic fans of fellow Filipino comics creator Whilce Portacio, and his creation, Wetworks.
The Lunas eventually took a hiatus from comics, and attended Savannah College of Art and Design, where they earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, with Jonathan graduating in 2001, and Joshua in 2003. Their interest in the medium was reignited when they noticed works such as Garth Ennis's Preacher, and 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 and ran, between May 2005 and April 2007. Their latest venture is a limited series, again for Image, called The Sword. It started in October 2007. Joshua Luna began a solo project, 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 writing movie screenplays.
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)
- Interview with the Luna Brothers at Midtown Comics; YouTube; May 13, 2010
- Dizon, David. "Luna Brothers conquer US comic book scene", ABS-CBNNews.com, October 31, 2008
- "Luna Brothers return with The Sword in October". Newsarama. July 18, 2007
- "The Lunas Tease 'The Sword'". Newsarama. October 12, 2007
- Richardson, Walter. "Review: Whispers #1". Multiversity Comics. January 13, 2012
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jonathan Luna.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joshua Luna.|
- Official website
- Joshua Luna's official website
- Jonathan Luna's official website
- Jonathan Luna at the Comic Book DB
- Joshua Luna at the Comic Book DB
- Luna Brothers Hone Storytelling Acumen on Sword, Comics Bulletin, December 4, 2007.
- An interview on bdtheque.com
- Catching Up with the Luna Brothers, October 13, 2008