What have you been doing since we last talked to you?
Hello again, good to be back! Been a busy year since we last spoke I think. I’ve managed to get work animating on no less than FOUR broadcast cartoons this year and got a full 18 months of work lined up on one of them again for this year. I’ve had my first piece of work published on a monthly comic in Dynamite’s Bob’s Burgers. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling back and forth visiting my girlfriend, and I’ve been thoroughly neglecting my own comic output. Some other stuff happened too I’m sure.
You recently celebrated the seventh birthday of Orful Comics. Tell us more.
Orful Comics’ birthday is the day that what I consider to be the first “proper” Orful Comics strip went online. This year was celebrated at the UK’s finest comic convention, Thought Bubble. Unfortunately, I had been too busy with work to organize anything special for it, so it was more of a private celebration for myself. It’s nice to celebrate the birthday at a convention though.
Your latest contribution to As You Were is about a retirement home for old punks. Where did the idea come from?
Aside from the obvious nod to “Mattersville,” it kinda morphed out of an idea for Issue 3 I couldn’t get to work. I’d had this idea for a mockumentary-style comic in my head and have been a little obsessed with the idea of trying that ever since. Trying something in the vein of an infomercial seemed like a more workable idea for a short format comic, so I went with that. I’d also been watching a LOT of Alan Partridge around the time so that’s who Barry Plops is based on.
You’ve been doing mustache portraits lately. Tell us about those. What does your self-portrait look like?
I noticed at comic conventions this year that customers tend to really get behind portraits with a gimmick, and to be honest, I wanted a slice of that pie!