FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… BOB BYRNE
From somewhere in Europe, we have the creator of such comics as Mr. Amperduke and Twisted Tales. It’s 7 questions with Bob Byrne!
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
It was a one pager called ´Grated Cheese´ in issue 4 of Toenail Clippings I believe. I had some ropey illustrations in print before this such as a cat eating a pizza on the Macari´s take away menu. My first colour work was in FREE!; a now defunct gay mag.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
When I saw how relatively easy it was to make Toenail Clippings (i.e. paying a printer) I immediately published a collection of dodgy material known as MBLEH!. That really opened my eyes as to how you can bluff your way in just about every industry/field. I´ve been chancing my arm ever since and haven´t looked back.
What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?
Because most of my work is ´silent´ I usually make loads of roughs to make sure it flows right and hits the beats. Then I inevitably cut them up and rearrange or insert new bits before inking. I mostly use digital tools so there is no pencilling involved. Just scribbles.
I like to draw early in the mornings, around 6am is my favourite time. I never stay up late drawing anymore. Bed by midnight!
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Pee Wee Herman, Ghostbusters and the old Kamen Rider shows really fire me up. In comics I love Antonio Prohias, Sergio Aragones and the Archie TMNT series. Favourite TV shows still to this day are Duck Tales, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ulysses 31 and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Never seen Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones etc… I´m still watching Columbo.
What are you working on right now?
Right now my main projects are Big Bad Spanish; a social combat game for learning Spanish, a huge Arabic project, some stories for 2000AD and the sequel/prequel to Mister Amperduke. Oh and this, I just started a video production service.
I´m always working on bits and pieces. I´m living over in Malta now so the days are long and bright which really helps productivity.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
I´m a little out of touch with Irish comics these days but anything involving Phil Barrett will get me every time! I love all the stuff Gerry Hunt has done too.