QUICK QUESTIONS WITH Ed Doyle

Ed Doyle (self portrait)
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
My name in Ed Doyle and I’m from Enniscorthy, County Wexford . I ‘ve been involved with the small press/indie scene since 2002, working with my writing partner Chris Atkins from Manchester. We produced several comics, from my own self published title The Quest of Kazana, right up to our thriller Urban Serial.  Samples of our comics can be found at this address www.myebook.com/ED-DREDD

WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Right now myself and Chris are working on submissions for 2 new UK based comics that will be published next year, Strip Magazine and The Phoenix.  We’re also planning to collect Urban Serial into a graphic novel. Also I’m working with a young writer called Liam Kavanagh on a comic strip entitled Wulf.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Drawing them.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Lettering. I don’t do it too often. I just hate it.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
I started off late collecting comics. I was 15. Big 2000ad fan and of course Judge Dredd. Not big into super heroes. I do like Batman and Wolverine.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
The old school artists of 2000ad, Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon, Dave Gibbons to name but a few.
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
I use to work with a dip pen and indian ink but now I’ve gone completely digital, pencilling, inking and colouring my work using Photoshop cs2 ( an old version at this stage but hey photoshop is photoshop) and a Wacom tablet and pen.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
Urban Serial. It was the biggest strip I’ve done, clocking in at around 70 pages and it was different because before that I mostly drew sci-fi/Fantasy stuff.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Went to the Cartoon Festival in Wicklow many years ago and showed my portfolio to John McCrea. He gave me tips on how to vary my panels on the page, use different poses, etc. It was very cool to chat with him. Also met Will Simpson too and looked at his original paintings he produced on Rogue Trooper: War Machine for 2000ad.
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
I haven’t received any.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
I think it’s great seeing so many irish writers and artists out there. Coming from Wexford it’s very nice to see Nick Roche doing so well. Very encouraging.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
With so much talent out there, it would be fantastic to have our own anthology comic like 2000ad on the shelves in every newsagent across the land.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
More new titles being produced with brand new , unknown talent.  Next year there will be 2 new Uk Comics hitting the shelves, Strip Magazine and The Phoenix.  I hope they do well.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Nowadays I tend to buy graphic novels so Slaine: The Books of Invasion were simply amazing. Clint Langley’s work is gob smacking.   At the mo I’m getting into the collected editions of The Walking Dead and Dark Horse’s Conan series.
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. I remember when I got my first comic printed, I was over the moon. Then the hard part came in selling it. “I’m an artist Jim, not a sales man!” Good experience.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
No. Must get back to drawing. Cheers.
Ed Doyle has worked in the small press/indie scene for years. Started off doing spot illustrations for movie fanzines published in England in 90s. His first comic book was The Quest of Kazana in 2002, followed by the full colour Kazana and the Legion of Khaos, written by Chris Atkins. Chris and Ed have since published several comics together, including Urban Serial and Time Warriors, and had a comic strip, Flesh Lust, published in From The Tomb magazine. They are working on their first attempt at a children’s book, Flinkies. Ed is married to Catriona and has two daughters, Claudia and Andrea.