Channel 4′s “4Talent” feature spotlights Phonogram artist and Suburban Glamour creator Jamie McKelvie:
With Suburban Glamour, Jamie has expanded his own horizons and moved into writing as well as art. The series blends mundane realities with the fantastical. A teenager feeling trapped in her Midlands town begins to have strange visions, then makes a startling discovery about her background. “It’s very much based on my own life,” admits Jamie — although he fictionalised the name of the town — “but I think — and this is backed up by letters I’ve had from fans — the experiences and lessons of it are fairly universal.”
Unlike much of Jamie’s earlier work, it’s also in colour, and a clear progression in his ability is obvious. “I’m usually most proud of the latest issue,” he agrees. “The older something is, the more I can look back at it and see what’s wrong with it. But I think that’s exactly how it should be. If I was happy with something I did a year ago, what would be the point of continuing to work?”
McKelvie also reveals that his first work for Marvel, an X-Men short story, will be published later this year.