Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Dave Gibbons


The best thing about producing this doc is getting the opportunity to meet and interview some of the creators that I have respected and admired over the years.  So last week we visited Dave at his beautiful home in Hertfordshire, where he was kind enough to sit with us for a few hours chatting about the old days, it was a lot of fun.  

Dave Gibbons' artwork has been in my life for as long as I can remember.  I loved his Rogue Trooper & Future Shocks in 2000AD as a kid, then followed him over to DC where he elevated comic artwork to a whole new level in Watchmen.  I vividly remember first seeing the blood-stained smiley face on a promotional poster on the wall in Calamity in Harrow (back when they were up that little art & crafts alley), and asking John & Eric what the hell it was all about...  Back then I was loyally following any and all the 2000AD creators in their US published works, and it was with a huge amount of pride that I observed the impact that Moore & Gibbons made with that book over the following years.  Proud of the role that 2000AD had played in the genesis of this and other genre-defining works.

As we talked, up on the wall behind him was that same smiley face (you can just make it out in a frame in the colour pic), it's a hand-painted prop from the movie.  I had this feeling that something had come full circle...  Dunno.  All I can say is that it was cool.

Big thanks to Dave and his family for being so generous with his time, sorry for dragging him away from his afternoon G&T's on the lawn!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Shining Girl!

@laurenbeukes @AnnoDracula

Friday was a crazy day!  Early start at Kim Newman's flat in Islington to interview award-winning sci-fi author Lauren Beukes.

Lauren was a huge 2000AD fan growing up in South Africa, and has written a foreword to the new release of Alan Moore & Ian Gibson's seminal sci-fi adventure, The Ballad of Halo Jones.  She has also written several comics, including a recent run in Vertigo's Fables spin-off title Fairest.

During her UK visit promoting her latest book The Shining Girls, she found the time to sit down in front of our cameras for FUTURE SHOCK!

We chatted about how Halo had inspired her and her writing, (the character of Toby in Moxyland is named after Halo's dog!).  It was fascinating to hear about how the subversive nature of 2000AD impacted on her while growing up under apartheid in 80's South Africa, comparisons between Halo and Judge Anderson, as well as her thoughts on women in the comic book industry.

Many thanks to Lauren and the people at Harper Collins for squeezing us in!  Big cheers to Kim also for letting us in at the crack of sparrows :)