Now this IS exciting. Luke Pearson, creator of the fabulous Hilda series, is stepping in to My Book Corner whilst his the fifth instalment in the Hidlefolk series, Hilda and The Stone Forest, leaps on to bookshelves.
In this interview Luke shares some great tips for budding comic creators…
Tell us about you in 25 words or less.
I am a person that writes and draws comics and sometimes does illustrations. Those are the main things.
What makes you happy?
Finishing a piece of work. Eating a hotdog (tofu). A nice sunny day. A big bag of pick ‘n mix pig heads. Hanging out with the guys (the crochet people my girlfriend makes.)
Where is your favourite place to write & illustrate?
Nowhere! Everywhere is terrible and inappropriate. I can’t seem to arrange my stuff in a way that is in any way functional. I’m moving house soon and I’m hoping I can finally crack the code and make a space I actually like. Ideally there’s an angled drawing space and the computer is easily within reach and I can look at it while drawing. There’s room to actually put stuff down so I don’t have to lay things on the floor and wheel over them all the time. There’s good light, and all my favourite books are around, but it’s not so bright that it’s bleaching all my favourite books.
What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?
Galaxy Express 999 by Leiji Matsumoto, Best American Comics 2015, Lost Gods of Albion: The Chalk Hill Figures of Britain by Paul Newman, a couple of Carl Barks Donald Duck collections and the rest of Earthsea (I’ve only read the first one!)
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me anything strange! I think people feel sorry for me and try not to ask me much beyond “are you alright,” “what do you want to do now?” etc. I liked it when a kid at a comics festival asked me if the Wood Man had eyes. (The answer was I don’t know, no one knows.)
What’s your worst habit?
Biting my fingers until they bleed.
Your favourite word?
Nut cutlet. I think it’s a satisfying combination of words with a message that you can get behind.
How did you become a comic creator?
I’ve drawn comics for almost as long as I could draw. It always just seemed like a fun thing I could do. I used to draw comics purely for my grandparents to read. I messed around with them on and off over the years. I briefly drew a webcomic with a guy I met on a movie message board. By the time I was studying illustration I was still doing bits every now and then for fun. I managed to shoehorn them into illustration projects a couple of times and started doing strips that were a bit longer and more formally impressive. I did some mini comics and some stuff for anthologies. And then I did Hilda.
What are your top tips for budding comic creators?
Start small and finish things. Do some self contained strips before you try a long story. Try and mix things up. Don’t get hung up on characters you’re worried about messing up. Get started with things before you have them completely figured out. And remember that there are people doing great work at all levels of drawing ability. You don’t have to wait until you’re ready. Just do a comic. When you’ve done it, you’re a comic creator. Then make the next one a bit better.
Can you give us a glimpse / hint at your current WIP? (I can bribe you with cake & biscuits!)
I’m primarily working on the Hilda tv show right now and unfortunately I can’t show you anything. (It’s mostly a ton of emails and word documents right now anyway.)
Did we forget anything?
I don’t know!
Just for fun
Tea or coffee?
Tea. I’d hate to be one of those “don’t talk to me til I’ve had my morning coffee” people.
Paper books or e-books?
Cake or chocolate?
Write or type?
Poetry or prose?
Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin?
Slytherin (My girlfriend says I look like Draco)
Hot or cold?
Find out more about Hilda And The Stone Forest here.