Stu Perrins joins me this time to answer my 'Indie Eleven' interview questions. Stu is the creator of, 'Whatever happened to... the Archetype?', published as a 4 issue mini-series and a full trade paperback by Insane Comics.
1. Are you currently working on any projects and what can we see?
At the moment I'm currently working on three different projects, plus there's another three where the art is in various states of completion. One of which is called 'Clockwork: The Intergalactic Inter-dimensional Adventures of Roger Hanover.', which I worked on with my 'Whatever happened to the Archetype?' cohort, Ron Gravelle and I’m really excited about. It's Dr. Who meets Time Bandits, with a healthy drop of Monty Python thrown in for good measure.
2. Is there a particular concept or piece you are most proud of in your work and why?
Sure, 'Whatever happened to the Archetype?' is something I’m incredibly proud of. It's inspired by the passing of my Granddad and only discovering after his death that in his youth he'd been a part of a motorcycle stunt team. I found that equal parts mind blowing and awesome. Plus to add to melancholy of the whole thing, my Nan passed completely out of the blue away while we were gearing up for the release of the first issue, so in a lot of ways that comic series is not only a love letter to golden era superheroes but a tribute to my grandparents.
3. Do you have any formal training? Do you even think it's necessary?
None, nothing, zero. Not unless you count spending most of my waking hours since a child daydreaming and thinking up crazy stories and what-ifs. I genuinely used to go to school shattered some days because I’d stayed up late trying to work out what my superhero name would be.
4. Analog(traditional) or Digital, or a combination of both? What tools do you use and why?
I'm an old school guy, so I'll always go for the printed page. That said, I have started reading a lot of digital stuff lately, so a mix of both.
5. How did you stumble into the Indie Comics scene?
The first comic I ever created was a massive Transformers rip-off called 'Cyborg Squad' which I'd written and drawn when I was just 9 years old! My Mum used to copy them for me at work, then I’d give them away to the kids in my neighbourhood. I can still remember the feeling of putting it together and being sooooo proud of myself.
6. There can only be one survivor! Penciler, Colorist, Letterer, Writer. Why'd you pick that one? Please Explain.
Oh I dunno, kill 'em all!
7. Who's your hero? Athlete? Family member? Teacher? Caped Crusader?
Without a doubt I would have to say my other half, Maxine. Over the years she has been a tower of strength, she's picked me up when I was down and has stuck with me through thick and thin, I’m beyond lucky to have her. But, if you're talking someone that you've heard of, then Terry Gilliam is a huge inspiration to me, that man has more creativity in his little finger than most do in their whole bodies.
8. Do you even read comics, bro? If so which ones, if not...why not?
The best new comic I've read recently is 'They Came From Planet Earth' by Dave Scacchi and Gary Welsh. Seriously awesome and not 'awesome small press comic', but 'it's an awesome comic' full stop!
9. You can earn a comfortable living doing ANYTHING. What is it? Feel free to explain why.
COMICS!!!!! I just love the medium, it's as simple as that.
10. Where can people see more of your work or find out more about you?
I'm always posting links to my books on there, some of which are free.
11. Anything else you'd like to share with us? Political view. Religious view. Baby on the way? Your first job? Email address? Favorite sports team?
Yeah, who do I need to talk to, to write a PJ Masks comic? That'd really impress my kids.