WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
Liam Geraghty, I co-host and produce The Comic Cast – Irelands #1 Comic Book Podcast and I’ve collaborated with Philip Barrett on several comic books.
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I’m mainly working on the business of producing a forthnightly comic book podcast.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
I only occasionally write them but the biggest thrill when I do write a comic is seeing the roughs Phil sends me. That’s the first time I see it as a comic and with an artist as astoundingly talented as Phil Barrett I’m constantly bowled over by his art.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
I’m not sure there is a worst part to making comics. I’m really lazy when it comes down to actually writing them but that would really be the answer to “What’s the worst part of Liam Geraghty making comics?”
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
I always read the Beano, the Dandy, Buster etc, then when I was a little older my cousin used to lend me Calvin & Hobbes and after that I really didn’t get into comics in a big way until a trip to New York when I discovered Adrian Tomine’s Summer Blonde and the existance of comics about every day life. My mind was blown. Needless to say I came home from that trip with a suitcase brimming with comic books.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
I love small press autobiographical comics so Adrian Tomine, Chester Brown, Seth, Jeffrey Brown, Joe Matt, all those guys.
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
I frequently use napkins, post its, saved text messages and anything else I can quickly jot an idea down for a comic. Regards tools of the podcast trade we’ve recently switched from using a MiniDisk recorder to a digital flash recorder for better sound quality and ease of use.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
I’ve done several comic books with Philip Barrett but Gazebo #1 is the one I’m most proud of. It was the first comic I’d ever written. Regarding the podcast it was probably our 2010 Christmas Special because me and Craig sang a duet. I’m presuming that’s why we’re an award-nominated podcast.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
I frequently receive unsolicited, terrible advice from people and it would be a crime to even repeat any of it.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
Throughout the years many different people have attempted to kick off a scene in Ireland and in particular Dublin, but I don’t think anyone has managed to create a community like the one starting to emerge now. This is largely due to the internet – the mecca for like-minded people. I like to think the Comic Cast has had a hand in introducing Irish comic folk to other Irish comic folk that they might not have known otherwise. We’ve watched the scene push out of the soil since we started the podcast a few years back.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMICS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I’d love to see more issues of on-going small press comics being created. There tends to be a lot of issue ones and twos of a great Irish comic and then it disappears. Clearly that’s due to all sorts of factors – finance and time being the main ones, but with the growing interest by the Irish media hopefully we’ll see more titles having longer runs.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I’m not sure. I’m yet to be converted to digital comics.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Paying For It by Chester Brown.
FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START MAKING THEIR OWN COMICS? (And don’t say DON’T )
The one thing we notice alot from doing the Comic Cast is that Irish comics creators aren’t so great at publicity so my advice would be get your comic out there! Once it’s done email other Irish comic creators to let them know about your comic. Send it to Irish artists who you admire and ask them what they think of it and if you want it to be reviewed on Irelands #1 Comic Book Podcast then email or post it to The Comic Cast!
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
Liam Geraghty co-hosts and produces The Comic Cast (www.thecomiccast.com) along with Craig O’Connor. In collaboration with Philip Barrett, he has written the comics Gazebo #1 and The Littlest Arsonist. He is also a voice over artist and broadcaster hosting The Musical Hour every Weds 2-3pm on 103.2 Dublin City fm. www.liamgeraghty.com