I’m not sure if I’ve said it on this here blog or not, but I am of the opinion that Al Ewing – best known, probably, in the US for his Jennifer Blood work following up on Garth Ennis’ run on that Dynamite title, but hopefully that’ll change as soon as IDW releases Zaucer of Zilk and people start to realize how great his various 2000AD work is – is one of those there “Writers To Watch” who’ll soon have the world as their metaphorical oyster. The reason I mention this now is that Colin Smith, he of the Too Busy Thinking About My Comics blog, has the first part of an interview with Ewing up, and it’s worth checking out:
“Why comics”… well, they’re my favourite medium. That combination of words and pictures, read as one thing greater than the sum of both… I understand it, in the way that someone who can play the guitar understands how the six strings work together without being able to fully put it into words. And I love it. I love being part of the history of comics, part of that tapestry that stretches from the first awesome issue of Union-Breakin’ Laffs (first appearance of The Golden Scab) to a poorly-photocopied scrap of what looks like Daisy Duck wanking off a horse that I just found in a hedge. I’m a small part of that history, but I’m part of it, and that history is in turn part of a larger history of pop culture (which is my favourite form of culture). So it’s nice to be involved in that.
Also: Track down Ewing’s collaboration with the severely-underrated Henry Flint on Zombo, those who like funny, self-aware comics full of violence and commentary. Seriously just great work.