Last year he put out his own 45-page comicbook, "Tards", a tale of four disabled kids who think they're superheroes.
I sent him some questions...
So, Tards has been out a while now and you've seen your share of conventions. What do you make of the UK comic scene from what you've experienced? Well I haven't sunk too deep into the bitter cold sea of the UK indie comic scene, but I will call it this... EXPENSIVE FUN!! I've had such an amazing time going to conventions, sitting behind tables and selling comics. If anyone has an interest in making comics I'll tell you this industry is one of the most rewarding I've come across! And if you're not too up your own arse, then you'll be greeted with a smile by most creators. And now is apparently a very exciting time to hop on this ever expanding bandwagon.
McDonalds or Buger King?
I'm staying away from both right now, but honestly BURGER KING. Fuck that McCrappy crap. Their chicken nuggets used to be soooo fine. Then they took salt out of them, HEY PRESTO they tasted just like cardboard... But Burger King, bacon double cheeze burger, with onion rings on each layer, and a helping of BBQ and mayo on each layer. Maybe stuff a couple chips under the top bun and you'll have the mega fat boi delux. I lived on those when i worked at a service station, got them for free!
You're now finishing up a media course at college and then you're off to uni to take a sequential narrative course. Tell us a little about the various mediums you've dabbled in and how you plan on using them in your own work.
Well the course is called "multi media". Media courses are usually shitty film courses with wannabe directors filming their emo friends in the local kid's playground.
The course I'm on is an art course. Where I've learned EVERYTHING! Well, Photo Shop and its peripherals... Done 3D, some animation (flash and hand drawn), all sorts. The course is a real mixed bag, turns you into a jack of all trades. But after doing this course, I'll offer this advise to anyone... NEVER stick to one medium! Try to learn as much of everything as you can, expand that visual spacial scratchpad!
About what i use in my comics, I try and keep my art as traditional as I can, whilst still accepting that digital methods exist. I usually do my colouring in Photo Shop, but I always try and draw my line art by hand with a brush or pen, it just looks more human that way... And everyone can relate to humans!
Onto Tards, where do your influences lie for the series, what kind of stories are you trying to tell and why should people give it a read?
Well, Tards originally started as an idea for a front cover of a comic... (and it probably shows) This cover was in fact very different the the eventual cover to issue 1. The logo was a large stone block in the shape of the Tards letters, with a team of realistic looking retards ambling towards the reader dressed in shabby super hero outfits... This image made me belly laugh to myself (sad I know). The idea evolved into what it is today, which i hope is a comic that's alot more than "Look he's a retard, LOL!"
I've always loved the theory of parallel universes and time lines, and this schizophrenia angle is the perfect way to tell stories like that without having to worry too much about continuity...
Extra mouth on your forehead or sentient arm coming out of your arse?
Mouth on the head, its more exciting sexually... MINDFUCK!!
What's this "Rindhouse" zombie anthology thing all about then? Why does the world need another zombie comic?
Everytime I hear the word "Grindhouse" I automatically think the person saying the word has made a mistake, due to the title of this project... "Rindhouse" is the working title for a comic I'm working on. As the reader may know, Grindhouse is a double feature film in the style of an old drive-in movie, not particularly intelligent plot lines, deliverd with every ounce of sincerity.
Now cross Grindhouse with a Simpsons Halloween Special! A mixed bag of tales revolving around a new theme per issue, created by a cross breed of artists and writers. Each story is near enough a 6 pager, and has to have more than one person working on it. The main push of the book is to promote collaboration between people in the UK inde comic scene.
Right now it's just the few people I know working together, but hopefully the more contacts i make, the more people i can drag into the whole spectacle! Incidentally, if you're interested in working on this project contact email@example.com
What's your ultimate creative fantasy, what do you long for?
Basically, I want to reach 100 years of age, with a couple of decades ahead of me. Wife and amazingly artistic children by my side. By then I will have drawn so much, that I can practically shit pure comic gold out of my fingertips.
Anything else apart from Tards and Rindhouse in the pipline?
Oooh, you'd like me to reveal those secrets wouldn't you!
Meh, Nobody's going to read this anyway.
When Tards wraps up, it will lead to a spinoff comic based around a subset of characters (It's more exciting than I've described it there). And also a time travel epic! With countless spinoffs!
I'll be referring to this as the Justine Tyme series... I have alot of stories and ideas blocking up my mind, hopefully when i reach that 100 years old mark, quite a few of them will of found their way to your eyes.
Cheers, that's all I think. Famous last words?
"Fine. I know what I saw. I don't know what we're gonna find, but whatever it is, it'd better be ready for FLAMIN' FREDDY!"