Alex Fitch, presenter of the Resonance FM comic conversation show Panel Borders, recently asked me if I'd like to take the opportunity to interview Adrain Tomine for the show. Naturally I jumped at the chance. Tomine's work was a huge inspiration to me when I first discovered him back in my early teens and his work continues to be some of the most subtle, well observed and intimate storytelling in comics. If anyone could be blamed for me wanting to draw comics in the first place, Tomine would be your most likely suspect.
Of course, come the day of the interview, I was a nervous wreck and I'm afraid it shows (audibly speaking) in the interview. It was the first interview I'd ever conducted and I think it's fair to say I don't have a great voice for radio.
Nonetheless, Tomine was charming and very patient with my amateur interviewing techniques. We discussed his fascination with comics, the possibility of a movie adaptation of his work, flirting, his plans for forthcoming issues of Optic Nerve, and the future of comics in the age of this sort of thing.
It's broadcast today at 5pm, Resonance 104.4FM (London) - which is streamed at www.resonancefm.com if you're not based in London. It will be repeated at 11.30pm on Sunday night.