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Flint Interview Part 1
established himself as one of the hottest 2000AD artist currently gracing the
comic. His highly unique Shakara series with Robbie Morrison, followed by a fan-favourite
stint on the VCs brought him great acclaim from almost the whole 2000AD readership.
Flint fans are currently being spoiled with the 16 part epic Dredd vs Aliens,
which looks like cementing him as one of the best ever Dredd artists - while also
introducing him to the American market.
He took some time
away from the drawing board to answer a few questions...
What tools do you use, and have you had any formal art training?
I use brush and
ink and Rotring pen (0,35 mostly), on cartridge paper. Formal training included
a two year BTEC Art and Design course at Exeter Art College and a two year Illustration
course at Falmouth.
How did you
first get involved in comics and with 2000AD in particular?
I read issue one
of 2000AD when I was seven and I knew then that I had to work for this comic.
I had a number of jobs before 2000AD such as Tundra, Heavy Metal and Marvel UK.
Then the latter went bust, my name was mentioned at 2000AD and I got the job.
It's catch 22: you need a job in comics to get a job in comics. (Unless you're
a born comic god, which I'm not... It's hard work when you first start out. I
phoned 2000AD in 1990 and asked for a job but they wouldn't see me. I don't blame
them, I must have sounded right desperate!)
Would you ever
be tempted by a move into non-comic areas? For example movies or games?
I've tried, I did
the Marks and Spencer Halloween range 2001, a couple of weeks work which paid
for my wedding (easy cash), but comics and the whole way they work just drags
me back. I won't sell out! I won't sell out!!!