What got you into making comics?
Like most people my age, I grew up reading The Beano and The Dandy and when I
was about nine I added 2000 AD and Oink! to my comic reading library and it was my reading and loving of those four comics that inspired me to think ‘I might have a go at this!’. So I did….
The first comic I created was when I was nine years old. It was called ‘Cyborg Squad’ and was the sort of Transformers rip off that only a nine year old could create. I used to write and draw it myself and then get my Mum to photocopy it at work and I’d hand it out to the local kids, and oddly they seemed to like it. A remember one of the Mum’s telling my Mum ‘that comic your Stuart made is pretty good.’ Achievement unlocked.
Where did the idea for Megatomic Battle Rabbit come from?
My wife and I have got two young kids, two boys. My wife is a nurse and whenever
she’s on a night shift our boys seem to think that’s the perfect time to ask me
questions like ‘Who’d win in a fight between Darth Vader and Wolverine?’ and ‘Which Dr Who is best?’ until four in the morning – standard parenting stuff really. And the night I came up with Megatomic Battle Rabbit was one of those nights. To stop me from losing my mind I started coming up with silly comic character names like ‘Aqua Ninja Hamster’ and ‘Pre-Teen Action Cat’ and stuff like that, and when I got up in the morning after a refreshing two hours sleep ‘Megatomic Battle Rabbit’ was the only one that stuck in my head and ‘whoosh’ he was born. I just had to do something with it. I knew how he spoke and carried himself. It was very exciting.
What is your process for making a comic?
In a strange way, I feel I’m always working on comics; its never just when I’m at my laptop or when I’m scribbling in a note pad. So, whenever I get an idea, I jot it down and leave it for a bit and by the time I come back to the idea it’s developed and I jot down some more and on it goes until I’m ready to turn these scribbles into a story.
What other creators inspire you?
There’s so many people who inspire me- Mark Millar, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison. But my biggest inspiration and a total hero of mine is Terry Gilliam. I love how he seems to create his stories from the ground up. When a Gilliam film starts you’re never confused by what type of world the story is set in and that’s something I hope people get from my stuff.
Whats next from you?
So many projects on the go at the moment, in various stages of completion, including a creepy retelling of Alice in Wonderland that I’m super excited about.