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Hanco Kolk – “A Fine Line” . My attempt to introduce the stylish minimal line work of this Dutch master to the English speaking world.

‘Must…Remember….’: 40 Years of Humanoids  – a look at the company that brought us The Incal, and so much more…

‘The Comet Of Chaland’ – There isn’t much information available in English on the excellent French comics artist, Yves Chaland, who died far too young at the age of 33 back in 1990. I decided to rectify this and spoke to Hanco Kolk, Joost Swarte, Luc Cornillon, Didier Pasamonik, and Bruno Lecigne to give a picture of his life and work.

Psychedelic Brilliance: The Teardrop Explodes’ Marvelous Origin Story – chatting to the band members about that issue of Daredevil where they found their band name

“Drawn From Life: The Archies – Alex Segura and Joe Eisma on the New Comic Book Series”– I interviewed 2/3 of The Archies team about the new series which has CHVRCHES making a guest appearance in issue #3. This piece originally appeared in Under The Radar’s Fall 2017 issue.

As If By Magic: Report on Angoulême Festival 2014

Je Suis Ici: Report on Angoulême Festival 2015


‘We Need Voices’: Gerard Way on His DC Comics Imprint ‘Young Animal’, Music, and Making Art To Make A Difference .

Joost Swarte: Scratching The Surface.
 Always a pleasure to speak with Joost Swarte, here about his first magazine in 40 years, Scratches.

Brecht Evens: Pantherman
 . A very interesting chat with the wild man of Flemish comics.

Haarlem Knight: Joost Swarte. Was great to chat to Joost about his love of music and involvement in Dutch records

“The Unease of the Modern Occidental Male”: Frederik Peeters  – talking to the Swiss comics artist about sci-fi, inner landscapes, and the writing process

Dreaming Magical Animals: Renaud Dillies  – I LOVE Renaud Dillies’ work, everyone should know Régis Hautière and his Abelard, one of the best stories I’ve ever read – “Dillies’ mixture of wonder, sadness, and humour beautifully capture the struggle to keep your dreams alive against the despair of the world, and the enchantment life bestows on such determination.”

Goddess Club 7: Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie 
– chatting to The Wicked + The Divinecreators about POP, problematic people, and puns


The old ‘Behold!’ Quietus Comics Round-Ups can be found scrolling through here. Some good stuff in there – Frederik Peeters’ Aama, Joann Sfar’s Pascin,  Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, David B’s Incidents In The Night, Typex’s Rembrandt, Gillen & McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine, Pierre Gabus & Romuald Reutimann’s The Fantastic Voyage of Lady Rozenbilt and District 14,  Saverio Tenuta’s Legend of the Scarlet Blades, Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae,  Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, a few Jodorowskys, and many more.

Also here are two short pieces done early on, right at the beginning of my being Comics Editor for The Quietus:

Fafi’s The Carmine Vault

Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s One Model Nation