Joe Decie Interview
Next in the UK Comics Snapshot interviews is Solipsistic Pop contributor and all round nice guy Joe Decie.
1 / Can you introduce yourself?
Hello I’m Joe Decie.
2 / What drew you to comics?
Drawing them? well I’d made artists books and zines as a student in the 90’s and from there got invited to do a few things for anthologies, so I did, because I knew contributors got free copies. But those comics were pretty badly drawn. Let’s pay them no more mind. Instead fast-forward to one day in 2008. I’d been doodling little thoughts and silly ideas and I was chatting on James Kochalka’s forum on the internet and he pointed me towards a free webcomic’s host. So I started making comics, I was doing shift work at the time so seemed to have plenty of time on my hands.
3 / Who do you count as your influences?
My current influences are as follows… Fluxus, Ray Johnson, 80’s NYC graffiti, Wes Anderson, Conversations, The bus to work, Tank Girl, Donjon, Fugazi’s work ethic, Maurice Sendak, Moebius, Akira, Ivor Cutler, Bukowski, Mike Leigh, My family, Daniel Clowes, Gipi, Vaughn Bode, All the comics people active on Live Journal about six months ago.
4 / Can you describe your working process?
I take notes. I have little ideas, that I write down and mull over when I should be listening to people who are talking to me. I just nod, and play with these ideas in my head. Then in the evening I draw up my comics inking with a G nib and then applying inkwash. It a slow process as I’m easily distracted, but I enjoy telling stories. Often the story evolves as I draw.
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5 / What does your workspace/studio look like?
My front room at the dining table. The room is chaos, but my workspace is very structured. Left to right clockwise; Lovely anglepoise, Windsor & Newton ink, Rosemary & Co brushes, water, rags, cheap brushes, pallet, camera, nib pens, pencil. Lightbox, scanner and Mac over the other side of the room.
6 / What are you working on at the moment?
I’m doing some pages for my new book, due out from Blank Slate in 2011. It’s gonna be one of the first releases on their Chalk Marks imprint. As yet untitled, it’s autobiographical truth and lies. It’s looking good, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
7 / What are your ambitions for the future?
A whole heap of books published, with spot varnish and ISBN’s, all stocked in a friendly comic shop near you. I’d also like to attend some North American cons.
8 / What advice would you give to an aspiring amateur cartoonist?
Draw everyday. Do it because you love it and because you can.
9 / What do you think of the health of the UK comics scene at the moment, and what do you think it can do better?
I think it’s great, no? We have some publishers with vision and drive. We have artists with talent and ambition. We have John Allison’s manifesto (http://sgrblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/scene-that-celebrates-itself-has.html), John makes some good points.
Interestingly I only recently felt part of any UK scene. I was never really aware of any British scene per-say. Maybe Solipsistic Pop changed that? I’ve only met my British contemporaries a handful of times; a handful of good times. Most of my conversations with fellow artists take place on the internet and my friends are everywhere; Canada, Australia, USA
10 / Where is the best place to buy your work?
Again, the same rules apply — click the links, put your hand in your pocket to buy some comics and follow Joe on Twitter. Thanks, Joe!