QUICK QUESTIONS WITH Paddy Lynch
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
My name is Paddy Lynch, I’ve been involved with the Irish comic scene since 2007. I’ve put out several small press comics (two issues of my personal anthology Last Bus, and several mini comics such as In The Aquarium, and Stop Gap), had a hand in running the Summer Edition Artists Book, Comic and Zine Fair in 2009 and 2010 with my cohorts Katie Blackwood and Phillip Barrett, and been a regular attendee/email-notificator at Dublin Comic Jam.
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Currently, I’m working on a historical graphic novel for the O’Brien Press with a writer named Rory McConville. You should check out his stuff, it’s good, I predict big things for him. Otherwise I’m working on a script for another graphic novel which may or may not be serialised in future issues of Last Bus and, as always, several shorter stories.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
I’m constantly chasing that zen moment where your ‘self’ just disappears and there’s nothing in between you and the act of creation, whether it’s writing, penciling, inking or compositing on the computer. Seriously, it can happen.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
I find writing the hardest, so maybe thats the worst part. I enjoy drawing endlessly and figure I’ll eventually get better at it as I don’t mind or notice putting in the hours. Writing, however does not come as naturally to me so I have to consciously work hard at it. That, and trying to explain to people why I spend a large proportion of my time making comics children wouldn’t read.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
As a kid, my dad would often buy my brothers and I Eagle comics, annuals and those digest sized war comics. I continued reading all sorts of comics through my childhood and adolescence. It was in 1996 when I read Violent Cases, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, and started reading Cerebus, by Dave Sim, that my mind opened to the full potential of comics as a form of creative expression.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
Comics wise, I do really love Dave McKean, especially his drawings and more importantly his refusal to treat comics as anything less than art. I also love the work of Eddie Campbell, Nate Powell, Zak Sally, Chester Brown, Sammy Harkham all a hell of a lot. However, I feel like a lot of my artistic sensibilities have been at least equally influenced by thinking outside of comics, so I would have to include George Grosz, Fugazi, David Lynch, Samuel Beckett, PJ Harvey, Charles Mingus, John McGahern, Tim Kinsella, Pat McCabe, and Paul Auster on the list. Terrence Malicks’ films are pretty ace, as well as that one ‘Northfork’ by the Polish brothers. These are all people whose approach, attitudes and thinking I have drawn on in the past, or intend to draw on to inform my work.
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Paper, pencils (from H–2B), nib pens, brushes, ink, scanner, computer, printer. I have yet to settle on particular brands for any of these.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
Usually it’s my most recent page, but that feeling where you’re completely enamored with it only seems to last a couple of weeks after finishing, afterwards you only see the faults. That said, I think the first issue of Last Bus will always have a special place in my heart as it was the my first comic to see print.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Do the type of work you would like to do more of.
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
Get a mortgage. Needless to say, I didn’t follow it.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
I think it’s good and improving. I’m glad that people are more aware of each others work.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I would dearly love to see an original fiction graphic novel by an Irish author picked up by a publisher (indigenous or otherwise) and do really well.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I would love to see more English translations of contemporary French, Spanish and Italian comics published.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
I really enjoyed George Sprott 1894-1975 by Seth. In part preparation for my current project I read Louis Riel by Chester Brown and King by Ho Che Anderson. They both left different but powerful and moving impressions on me.
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 🙂 )
Make it count, make it personal, make it honest. Aim high, don’t second guess yourself or your ‘audience’, and don’t produce generic crap.
Paddy Lynch has been involved with the Irish comic scene since 2007. For further info check http://www.patrickl.net