QUICK QUESTIONS with Bob Neilson
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
Bob Neilson – I have written and published a graphic novel (Spell Maffia, Aeon Press, 2005) and several one-shot indie comics
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
It’s called Goons – a crime story (sort of) told from the perspective of the goons who stand around and get sent for coffee or to pick up the boss’s wife from the hairdresser.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Working with artists to see my vision made real.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Finding artists to collaborate with.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
My dad bought me the Beano
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
Whatever I’m reading this week
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Word Processor. Money.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
My next comic.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Nobody ever bothered giving me advice.
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
It’s waiting to happen.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
An Irish indie breakthrough – Clamnuts the movie?
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
A new idea.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Scarlet Traces vol 2
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 :))
Just do it.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
My mind is a blank. Time to fire up the word processor
Bob Neilson is co-editor of Albedo One, Ireland’s only magazine specialising in SF, Fantasy and Horror fiction. His last collection of short fiction (That’s Entertainment, Elastic Press, 2007) was themed around the alternate history of entertainment. His comics include The Big Fellow (time travelling documentary team from the BBC mess up David and Goliath), Daddy’s Rules (in suburbia everyone can hear you scream) and Father Further Investigates ((yet another priest that investigates the occult). He is currently working on episode one of Goons, an Irish-based crime series told from the perspective of two mugs in suits.