Gmoss Designs: Former Perry Ellis Illustrator Turned Graphic Novelist

George Moss AKA "Gmoss" is a cross-industry talent. His interest in fashion and drawing have led Gmoss to incorporate two trades that seem to have nothing in common -- designing clothes and creating comic books.

He grew up reading Spiderman and worked as a clothing illustrator at Perry Ellis. Spidey was a childhood hero and Perry entered the picture after Gmoss graduated with a degree in commercial art from International Fine Arts College (IFAC), now known as Miami International University of Art and Design.

While honing his fashion designing skills at Perry Ellis, Gmoss used his lunch to sketch stories about the characters of his future graphic novel, The Chronicles of Ann & Lo. And thus, Gmoss Designs, his urban/anime graphic novel and clothing line, was born. Started in 2005 with the help of his parents, Gmoss Designs travels to festivals and comic cons across the state, including the recent Wizard World Miami Comic Con and the upcoming Florida Supercon in July.

New Times: How did you become interested in fashion?

George Moss: When I was growing up I would draw my cartoons with different clothing designs. I also was inspired by the accomplishments of FUBU.

What came first, clothes or comics?

I definitely liked Spiderman before fashion.

Tell us about The Chronicles of Ann & Lo.
I believe it is definitely a new type of story in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. It has a comic book/hip-hop/anime style to it.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

Yes, my characters are based on family, friends, and myself.

We saw your parents manning your booth at the Miami Comic Con. I take it they didn't kick you out when you told them you wanted to be an artist?

My parents are the bomb. They are not only my parents, but they're also friends who believe in me and my talent. I am very blessed.

What do you hope to ultimately achieve with Gmoss Designs?

My ultimate goal is an animated feature film of The Chronicles of Ann & Lo.

What's coming up? Where will you be appearing next?

At the moment, I am working on Volume 2 of my story and designing new art and clothing. Our next appearances will be March 19 and 20 at the Morikami Art Museum during the Hatsume Fair and July 1 through 4 at the Florida Supercon.

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