From the drafts:
I think more people would need to read comics. Books like Epileptic immediately debunk any perception people might have of the restrictions of the medium. Having said that, there is something necessarily vulgar and low-brow about comics and we should embrace that. There is something about showing and telling - Like film, I suppose - that can easily make things too direct.
Fiction is actually doing well for some direct-to-Kindle authors. We're seeing print in a slight decline. I think comics are immune for the next year or two because we don't have any hi-resolution reading devices. When a hi-res tablet comes out, I think many people will be content to collect their comics digitally. Until then there's a slight reprieve for our industry.
In comics self-publishing is never frowned upon. There's actually a certain esteem to the DIY approach. Silkscreening, low print-run, collectible prints - these are all desirable things.
I started drawing a comic and posting it on the web.
I use pencils, nib and ink. Increasingly for my illustration work I use a tablet and work digitally.
Lately Paul Klee has had a huge influence on me. I was a bit obsessed with all the modernists last year.
Jordan Crane, Sammy Harkham - these are the literary influences I feel most in comics. I've been reading Waugh, Murakami, Nabokov, Conrad. "Youth" by Conrad especially moved me this year. But I don't know if that translates into my art at all.
Well, the obvious one is Michael Deforge who is impressing everyone with his prolific output and unique vision. There are so many good Canadian cartoonists right now. Kate Beaton. Jillianis probably the single most influential artist in my generation.