"You've heard the expression “dance as if no one was watching?" Well, Mounts tells jokes as if no one was listening. His narrative (in Fried Pickle Noir) starts to read like a spoken word poem that ebbs and flows with a background bass guitar. It's dark and seedy in a Philip Marlowe sort of way ... a book with plenty of meat.
--Mr. Pasty (Ain't It Cool News)
"Writer/Artist J.R. Mounts has managed the impossible. He made me care about a trenchcoat wearing fried pickle. Not an easy feat, as you might suspect. J.R. gives us his unique take on a gritty noir detective story set in a world populated by assorted living foodstuffs and tells a damned entertaining tale in the process. As I've heard him pitch it at conventions, 'It's Sin City Meets Veggie Tales,' and that sums it up nicely. Fans of the unusual should give this book a look. It's fun stuff."
--Bobby Nash, award-winning author
"The passion that he brings is infectious. He just has an energy about him. He's dropping puns and one-liners, just a fun guy. Fried Pickle Noir is so goofy and corny, but I love it man! Right out of the gate I was hooked on this thing. All I wanted to do was quote every page of the book!"
--ComiCast podcast Matt Bentley
"The colors (in SILVER LININGS) are warm and invoke a deep sense of nostalgia for the wholesome sci-fi of the 80s. It's perfect."
--Justin Snipes, The Comic Strip owner
"If you don't have STUCK IN MY HEAD by J.R. Mounts, you are absolutely depriving yourself. I read that book and literally had tears in my eyes. The music that goes with it is amazing. It's immensely emotional. I LOVE that book! It's deep at times, it's very funny at times. It had an emotional effect on me."
--Landon Faulkner, interview on RSRG podcast
"Every page (of Fried Pickle Noir) has a new food pun. If you step back from it...it's kind of amazing that all of these puns came together and actually form a story. Not just puns thrown in, but that they're actually part of the story! The puns help TELL the story."
--ComiCast podcast Adam Ferguson
"(Scairy Tales) is a FUN read...with relatable characters. I totally would have worn a shark costume to school!" ---Daniel Lawson, Goodreads review
"(Fried Pickle Noir) is a hard-hitting, well-paced noir. The book is full of food-based puns, that I believe to be pulled off well and tastefully when they are being used for explicit reason. Believe me, his pun game is strong. It was a fun read that hooked me through until the end and makes me want to pick up more, after I get some fries. It kept me laughing, which I found to be very important. It didn’t matter if it was a bad pun that just had to be there, or a well placed pun, it was funny. A wild ride that will make you salivate for more." --Dillon, The Nerdy Show
"(Stuck In My Head) is such a good book! I got halfway through and thought it was the best thing he's ever done. It's REAL. A true love book."
-- Phillip Broyles, RSRG podcast
"J.R Mounts is so corny, I can't even handle it! I loved it! Great veggie violence, fun atmosphere, and goofy humor. I recommend it if you have any sensitivity to hilarity!"
--Amazon reader review for Fried Pickle Noir, The Raw Dill
"Stunningly simple veggie style, mixed with incredible background depth, and just a splash of Dirty Harry. This is both visually and mentally stimulating. Trust me, if you don't fall in love with the look and feel (of Fried Pickle Noir), you are crazy. I found myself very closely looking at each page, as the look was different than anything else. Having a style all it's own, setting itself outside the mainstream comic world which, in this reader's mind, is a great asset."
--Heavy Metal Hobbit
"Great comic book, and I appreciate the fact the pages are in color too. Not to mention the A+ puns."
--Amazon reader review of Fried Pickle Noir, The Origin Thrillogy
"Mr. Mounts has a wonderfully quirky sense of humor that the whole family can enjoy. Makes for good road trip entertainment."
--Amazon review for SNOMBIES: A Musical MONSTERpiece cd
"Outstanding! I bought one of these books last year for Christmas, and I love it. At first I was a little skeptical on the idea of a pickle detective, but once I bought it and began reading it, I became hooked. The storyline of this first book is fantastic. J.R. does an excellent job on introducing you to the characters and to what's going on. The humor in the book is comedy gold, from the famous Peashooter to various locations and characters. This is a must read for anyone seeking something that's out of the ordinary and funny. I have just recently ordered the second book, and I must say, I can't wait to finish reading it!"
--Amazon reader review for Fried Pickle Noir, The Raw Dill
"Who DOESN'T know J.R. Mounts?! The dude is everywhere!"
--Randy Bishop interview on turtlesdoit.com
"Creative dude doing cool things: J.R. Mounts" --Jim Pyre, Dead Letter Office
"This (In A World Where Bricks Rule) version is a quick intro to the derivative, yet fast and fun, game system. Also, J.R.’s artwork is great in it! "
--review for pdf game by Jonathan Linneman called 'In A World Where Bricks Rule'
I just finished work on the first Fried Pickle Noir coloring book called "You're Gonna Need A Lotta RED", the all-titles coloring book for Scairy Tales Noir and art for a one-shot comic called "Photo Finish," written by my fellow indie buddy, Landon Faulkner (see "Photo Finish" tab), which is AVAILABLE NOW in the SHOP page!
I'm working hard on writing & drawing a new one-shot graphic novel/cd score companion called "Silver Linings," (see page tab) and planning for its release no later than October 2018!
After all that, a long rest!
I've never hid the fact that I will NEVER do fan art of any kind, stealing the independent property of someone else's license just to make a buck that never goes into the pocket of the actual and LEGAL license holder. That means I will never make the money fan artists do and will have to try and survive with my own work and the limitations I have. But I can rest my head every single night knowing that I don't owe ANYONE a single thing for what I do. I'm not only the one to blame when it all goes wrong, but I'm also the only one who can take any credit for whatever successes I'm lucky enough to get along the way. For that, I'm cool with it. No one works as hard as fully independent artists. NO ONE. So remember, next time you're hungry, and you see a million McDonald's around, there's probably a mom 'n' pop burger joint in it's shadow that's worth more of your time and money. They'll give you better service, better recipes, and appreciate you more.
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Okay, here's a freebie for the "Why do you spell it as scairy?" Look closely and you can tell I add an "i" to the word, scary. There's a reason for that. It's to emphasize the "not-so-scary-fairy-tales" so that people don't think I do horror comics, despite having monsters and stuff. It's all a way to see if people are paying attention that these are NEW and ORIGINAL ideas that pay homage to classic storytelling. Hey, it worked for the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Monkees. And the name for my biz, Scairy Tales Noir, is a combo of my two most popular comics titles. So, the concept of 'what's in a name?' means a lot here!