Joe List interview

freakleap 211x300 Joe List interview
When was it you discovered your fascination with comics and zines?
When I was a small man I read the Beano every week. It’s not the best comic by any standard, but it was cheap and accessible. I rediscovered comics when i went to college in Northwich. There is a lovely little shop there called Millennium Comics. The owner Dan steered my young mind towards Tony Millionaire, Peter Bagge and Daniel Clowes books.
Can you tell us a little more about ‘Freak Leap’ your most recent comic book?
I put Freak Leap together late last year, it started out as a bunch of stories I’d drawn up in sketchbooks. There are four short adventures and some little strips. People seem to like it.
The characters remind me of potatoes. Are they potatoes, and if so what is your favourite type of cooked potato? Roasted, baked, fried.. etc. If it is not a potato then it also reminds me of an egg. What is your favourite format for such foods?
Thanks. No, most of my characters have feature potatoes sadly lack. But I do like eating potatoes. Here are my top 5 methods of potato preparation (1= high 5= low):
1. Roasted
2. Mashed
3. Wedges
4. Baked
5. Chipped
In every case, the application of heat essential.
What is your favourite colour?
Blimp Brown
What are your motivations with your work? I notice there is a lot of humour. Is this especially important?
I like telling half jokes, ideas that aren’t quite finished. That’s what makes me laugh and so that’s what I try to convey in my comics.
In the annotated weekender, you take to mini illustrations and doodling on the guardians Weekend magazine. What is it that possesses the characters you draw and how do you feel about using existing material.
I like to think that my drawings are possessed by the spirit of 5th vice-president of the United States, Elbridge Gerry. It can be very enjoyable and challenging. A lot of decisions are made for you, but you have to work around the other images and text.
What inspires you, makes you tick, makes you dance, makes you sick?
Inspires: Science, Tony Benn
Tick: Tax return forms,
Dance: Janelle Monáe, The Ramones
Sick: Philip Hammond MP (face and political views)
If someone were to do a swap with you for a comic, what would you like in exchange?
I accept the following:
A comic of equal value,
A few choice coins,
A signed Clash LP,
Maximum diamonds,
I find that when I’m on the phone I doodle relentlessly. Does this also apply to you? When is it you find the best time to illustrate?

Everyone doodles on the phone, it’s therapeutic. The best time to Illustrate is when you have time too. I draw a lot when I’m riding the trains.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve illustrated a book that will be coming out later this year. Also more comics; webcomics and printed comics. All the comics.

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