Started working on this last night, and since I am iced in I will post on Tumblr instead of trying to drive to work.
Mick Jagger - Mostly just Jeff’s appearance. I wasn’t even thinking about it the first few times I drew Jeff, but it’s become pretty apparent and now I use Mick’s face for reference. Jeff also has a little bit of Rock Star attitude at times, though.
Bill Murray - Jeff’s very dark sense of humor comes in here. Also if you look at a lot of Bill’s characters, they’re only funny on the outside. Inside they’re fucked up and incredibly sad. (See What about Bob? or Scrooged for some examples.)
Brad Dourif - At least a decade too old to be Corpse Guy in a movie (wishful thinking anyway, amirite?) Brad is a crazily underrated actor. See Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies. They’re awful movies, but Dourif is so good in them as Sheriff Brackett. Especially in Halloween 2, there’s so many feels there, you feel so bad for him. There’s also some of his face in Jeff’s. And if there was, say, an animated Corpse Guy movie, Dourif would be first choice for that for sure. (He’s probably best known as the voice of Chucky.)
Stephen King’s male leads - Yes, there are three King characters here. John Smith of The Dead Zone, Jim Gardner of The Tommyknockers, and Jack Torrance of The Shining. This is another thing that wasn’t intentional at first, but when I noticed it I played with it more. I’ve always been a King fan, and he writes people, personalities, and their relationships incredibly well (he can’t write endings for shit, but nobody’s perfect.) There are different aspects to each of those characters that play into the making of Jeff’s personality and origin. Jeff got his ghost-seeing powers after being in a coma for 88 days. Obvious homage to Dead Zone. His lost family is a similar punch to the testicles as is the entirety of The Dead Zone. Gard in Tommyknockers is a recovering drunk, creative type, and hard worker. Again lots of Jeff. And Jack Torrance is sort of more a contrast to Jeff’s drunken behavior. Even drunk, Jeff would never lash out at other people but can be incredibly hard on himself. Also the relationship between Jack and his family in a recent rereading made me think more about Jeff’s relationship with those around him.
Frank Bannister - If you haven’t seen The Frighteners please do. I love that movie so hard. Pretty obvious similarities between Michael J Fox’s character and my Jeff. Both had a traumatic experience after which they could see ghosts. Both have dead wives and a lot of regrets. Both are very sad characters inside but bury that with dark humor. I wouldn’t say I stole the idea for Jeff from this movie, since there have been characters seeing ghosts as long as there have been stories, but it was certainly this movie that made me start playing with the idea.
Anyway. There you go…