Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Radio Free, er, Essex

I appeared on local radio station BBC Essex this morning to talk about Hero Killers' Eagle Award nomination and comics in general.

I can't imagine many of the station's listeners will be rushing out to buy copies of my stuff ("I loved the one about the Antichrist" - Brenda from Basildon), but I think it's important for comicbook creators and fans to engage with the mainstream media whenever they're invited to. As long as the coverage comics get in newspapers and on TV and radio isn't of the patronising "Biff! Bang! Pow!" variety then it can only be a good thing for them to be discussed in exactly the same way as new novels, films and plays. Surely engaging with people who know nothing about comics was one of the ideas behind that whole "comics evangelism" thing that popped up briefly a few years ago, so it was good to do my little bit.

Anyway, I had a blast with the show's presenters - John Hayes and Sadie Nine - and even ended up writing a short story featuring them both as superheroes (Purple Hayes and Cat'O Nine Tails) that I later read out on-air. I had to get up at 5.30 to catch a train over to Chelmsford to appear, though, which means instead of getting any work done on Brothers this afternoon I'm likely to spend it asleep or zonked in front of last night's episodes of Prison Break and Heroes.


jamie said...

i tuned into your broadcast,and reeled in horror at the ineptitude of your interviewers. at the point where you uttered the immortal phrase,'i don't draw them,i'm the writer',it was like chasing amy all over again.
an astonishingly entertaining morning,and the chavs at work are amazed by my celebrity friends!
well done to you,for having the balls to go and do something like that.

Unknown said...

Yes, I suspect the presenters hadn't been briefed very well about who I was and what I did. I think it went alright, though, didn't it?