Do you keep a sketchbook? What do you fill it up with?
I do, mostly it’s filled up with all the little improvised four panel comics that end up on my instagram. Lots of lumpy, swollen people. I draw a lot at work too — on post its and other bits of paper I can lose after the meeting is finished.
Do you have a sweet studio setup or do you draw on the kitchen table?
I have a studio in the house I share with Wendy, but I don’t spend as much time in there as I’d like. Part of it is not having a good chair. What kind of chair should I get?
I have one of those drawing tables that you are supposed to tilt but I never do because it doesn’t suit my terrible posture and also my laptop would slide off onto the floor.
I like to draw out on the balcony when it’s warm, and fall asleep in the sun.
Tell me about your favourite pen. Or brush. Or pencil.
I really like this one red copic that I have, but those things are too expensive. I’ve also rediscovered a few unopened Zebra pens. The ink runs a little with the coloured pens that I have but I like the lines they make.
What’s a good comic/book you’ve read recently?
I’ve been really liking Fantagraphic’s Now. I miss anthologies, and this seems like it’s going to be a good one. Short stories from some of my favourite artists and new ones I haven’t seen before. Everything in there is it’s own thing, but something is holding it together. I got basically the whole run of Mome when it was super cheap online one time but now I can’t find the first one. Have you seen my Mome #1?
What do you love about minicomic club?
This will be the sixth year I’ve been organising the “club”, so that’s over 50 comics that have been mailed out so far, each one of them so very different from each other. It’s amazing and inspiring to see the breadth of different cartooning voices coming through. I love being a small part of getting those voices out into the wider world. I try each year to reach out to artists and audiences outside the regular gang of comics people — people that have never made a comic before or never thought to read one. It doesn’t always come off, but it’s fantastic when it does.
To my shame as a cartoonist, it’s become almost the only place I get it together enough to make a comic longer than an instagram post, so maybe if I stop doing it I’ll fade away completely?
Do you have any plans for the comic you’re going to make?
Nothing that would make any sense to say out loud, though I’m being drawn back a little to some of the more abstract, wordless things I used to do — more playing around on the page, less getting trapped in my own joke. Maybe?