The 5 Question Interview #24 with Ian Sharman

We put 5 Questions to Orang Utan Comics' Ian Sharman...

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Ian Sharman and I run Orang Utan Comics, we're a small creative collective that I'll be exhibiting with at True Believers. We're informally affiliated with Markosia, who I'm currently Editor-In-Chief of. I'm the writer of numerous books published by both Orang Utan Comics and Markosia, and I've also done inking and lettering work for the likes of Slave Labour, Top Shelf, Image, Marvel/Panini and I letter the official Doctor Who graphic novels for BBC Books. 

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

Loud belching and sarcasm. Oh, and a wide selection of books including Alpha Gods, Hero: 9 to5, Hypergirl, Spacescape and The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

It's probably getting out to events and meeting up with genuine fans of my work. A lot of the time you write something and eventually release it to a deafening silence. It's only at comic cons that you start to realise that people are actually reading and enjoying your work.

What was the first comic you collected?

Well, I started out reading the Beano, and then Look-In, before I started reading various Marvel UK series like Return of the Jedi, The Transformers and Action Force. I think I was about eleven when I first discovered American comics, and I instantly took a liking to The New Mutant, Excalibur and Iron Man.

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If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Probably the Iron Man story Armor Wars.

Thanks Ian.

Be sure to check out the Orang Utan Comics Website and stop by Ian's table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello".