Over at the Comics Journal, the wonderful Eddie Campbell talks about his new book, The Lovely Horrible Stuff, which is all about money:
Most people take a lot of things for granted, like what a thing is worth and how much they should get paid for an hour’s work etc., but for a few other people nothing arrives without a set of negotiations. Like agreeing on how much is to be paid then, when the time comes, having to phone up to make it happen, then having to shepherd the money through international exchange channels. Nothing is ever worth the same amount twice. I don’t take anything for granted. There was a time when I got two Australian dollars for one American. Now I get less than one. And I make all my income from foreign countries, so multiply the problem by Euros and pounds. So yes, I guess I see money differently from Joe Average. Explaining it to my wife is where the difficulty resides.
I’ve gone on about my love for Campbell before, I think; what little I’ve seen of this new book, it looks like this will fit in with his work on the How to Be An Artist and abandoned History of Comedy book. Like Guy De Lisle, Campbell is one of those cartoonists whose autobio works well when it had a subject to discuss and investigate, balancing out the personal and wider issues with ease.