5 Question Interview #138

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With True Believers 2018 just weeks away, we put 5 Questions to Pete Davies (thepXd)...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

People will be able to get their hands on 'The Axeman Cometh', the successfully Kickstarted & LONG awaited (my fault) book from the mind of Darrell Smith & the art team of myself, Saad Azim & Rob Jones. It's a crime noir thriller set in the Deep South of the United States in the late 1920s/early 30s. Based loosely on the Axeman of New Orleans, it follows our hero & Private Detective, Flint as he searches for the killer that continues to evade his clutches.

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There will also be cards/prints from the teaser images available, as well as a mini comic from myself & Lee Overton, (who wanted to kill off Professor X way back in the 90s, before it was cool), called 'Stranglehood' & will be available with sparkly new cover for the first time also.

Lastly, you'll find me. But don't let that put you off.

What do you love about creating comics?

I'm not sure if it's the long hours, or the constant disappointment that what's in my head doesn't quite look the same as it does on paper?

In all seriousness, those things are always eclipsed by a simple love of the medium. I've been a comics reader since the mid-80s & deep down, it's what I've always wanted to do. Whether you're putting someone else's ideas down & seeing/hearing their reaction, or bringing your own fanciful imaginings to life, that joy, when it comes out right, is rarely matched. I'd love to have a great flowery answer full of insightful knowledge, but it's hard to explain that pride in looking at something you've created. It's like having kids; some days it's amazing, & others you want to snap your pens in half stuff it all back in a drawer & cry for 12 hours.

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What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Finding the time. Having a young family means that some days, you can be lucky to get a few minutes before little Timmy needs you to watch him play that "amazing" game where nothing happens. Or sweet little Tina thinks that as you like drawing so much, you'll enjoy spending an hour cleaning her paintings off the living room wall.

But I know it'll all be worth it, when I've got one inking my pencils & the other is hooked up to the Cintiq colouring the book. Obviously at minimum wage. I'm not made of money!!

(Nb. Timmy & Tina are fictional characters. My kids are much more annoying)

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)?

Well, as True Believers 2018 will be my first time tabling, I can only speak from the other side of the table.

I used to go to Cons, buy books & leave. But in the past few years, discovering the (specifically) indie comic scene has been huge for me. Meeting new people, interacting, swapping stories, panels, etc, has opened up a whole new world that I wish I'd have seen many years before. These friendships & the community is what I love more than anything. Considering all of the horror stories out there at the moment, thankfully, I'm mainly being exposed (maybe the wrong word in this conversation) to the good side of it all.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

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People who know me will be bored of this answer, but it's the 'Porcelain' series from Improper Books. Read & Wildgoose have created the sort of amazing world & story that I can only dream, of one day creating. I'm still shocked that more people aren't talking about it.

Be sure to stop by Pete's table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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