Rank #1: Will Anderson
In Episode 7 we chat with Will Anderson. In 2013 Will won a BAFTA for his film The Making of Longbird in which he is seen recreating and arguing with a stroppy Soviet-era cartoon character. His Monkey Love Experiments was also BAFTA nominated, in 2015.
Will is well known for his animated videos featuring a cast of hilarious pigeons, ducks and other birds. Monkey Love Experiments picked up awards at Glasgow, Edinburgh and London film festivals and his company, Whiterobot make animated material for feature film and tv projects.
In this episode we look at Will’s influences; the development of his drawing style; why feathered creatures in particular appeal so much to him; his ongoing collaboration with fellow animator Ainslie Henderson; and get some details on their next production too.
Rank #2: Gill Hatcher
In Episode 3 we welcome cartoonist Gill Hatcher to the show. Gill is the founder of Team Girl Comic, a long-running series of small press anthology comics for female creators based in Scotland. Gill won widespread acclaim and British Comic Award and Scottish Independent Comic Book Award nominations for her solo project The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside.
Gill’s interest in the natural world is also reflected in her latest book, The Seagull Appreciation Society. In this episode we talk about the appeal of the great outdoors; childhood influences; Glasgow’s booming small press comics scene; the evolution of Team Girl Comic; gender mix in the comics community; and much else besides.
Rank #3: David ‘Swatpaz’ Ferguson
In Episode 2 we welcome animator David ‘Swatpaz’ Ferguson to the show. For about as long as there’s been a YouTube to post them to, Davey has been putting hilarious animations with an unapologetically Glaswegian accent online. With a distinct visual style and surreal sense of humour he drew the attention of YouTube heavy hitters like Rhett & Link and Frederator Studios.
This led to Davey being one of only a handful of animators invited to write, design and direct a special ‘guest episode’ of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.
In this episode we learn about his experience working on one of the world’s most popular TV shows, all without leaving his house. We also discuss his other work and characters along with a look at how his Adventure Time opportunity arose.
Rank #4: Frank Quitely
In Episode 13 we have a rare interview with Vincent Deighan – AKA Frank Quitely – one of the world’s most in-demand comic book artists. Frank has won four Eisner and three Harvey awards and joins us for a chat about Electric Soup and his work with Mark Millar.
Frank is noticeably absent from social media and has no official website, but that hasn’t stopped him coming to the attention of – and working with – some of the comic book industry’s leading lights, including Millar, DC Comics and Marvel.
In this episode Frank stops by to chat about his early days on Electric Soup; his recent work including his ongoing collaboration with Mark Millar; and about his approach and technique. There’s also a hint of things to come as we chat about his current projects.
Rank #5: Rob McCallum
In Episode 12 we chat via Skype with storyboard and concept artist Rob McCallum. Rob has collaborated with film-makers of the calibre of Guillermo del Toro, George Romero and Edger Wright and his work features in Victor Frankenstein, a new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. We chat about his recent work, his process and advice for young artists.
Rob is based in Canada and has worked on a number of major motion pictures, including Pacific Rim and Kick-Ass. He previously illustrated for both DC and Marvel Comics and he has recently been working on storyboards and conceptual art for the SyFy show Killjoys.
In this episode Rob joins us from Toronto to chat about his work, his approach and the challenge of working long hours against tight deadlines in the knowledge any project could end up consigned to ‘development hell’.