Paul B Rainey is the author of There’s No Time Like The Present.
Where are you now and what can you see?
I am currently sitting at my desk writing this on my laptop surrounded by letters, doodles and drawing pens. I live in a first floor flat. When I look out of the windows, I can see trees and the roofs of the houses opposite. A neighbour’s TV aerial pointing in a different direction to mine.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Muppets Omnibus by Roger Langridge. It’s a lush collection of all The Muppet Show comics he wrote and drew for Boom Studios recently published by Marvel. You can never fully appreciate The Muppet Show until you’ve read it in the original comic form.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her or him?
Today, I’m going to answer Philip K Dick, although if you ask me tomorrow, I’m likely to answer differently. I keep meaning to re-read Valis; a great combination of mental ideas and heartbreaking reality.
Describe the room where you usually create comics
It’s my living room at the same desk I’m typing these very words at now. I have this nifty little drawing board that I place onto the desk and everything else that I might need to hand. I have my stereo hooked up to my YouView box behind me and I usually have the radio or some music pumping out of it as I draw.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
George Costanza, Larry David’s alter-ego from Seinfeld. I can get totally obsessed with quirks that occur in interactions with others which most normal people don’t seem to think anything of, just like George. Also, I am bald and wear glasses.
Who is your hero or heroine from outside graphic novels and comics?
At the moment, I guess, it’s Stuart Lee. I like the way he seems to have found the clarity of his voice in middle age. I’m always impressed and delighted at the way he nails a subject or individual that he’s decided to tackle. Lee is often described as deconstructing a joke. I’ve tried a bit of deconstruction in some of my more recent short strips like “Peter The Slow Eater” and “Man V Van”. I’m not sure if I succeeded or if I even understand what deconstruction is.
Paul B Rainey’s latest graphic novel, There’s No Time Like The Present is published on 1 April 2015 by Escape Books.
Paul B Rainey is a British Graphic Novelist and comics creator and cartoonist.
Paul lives in Milton Keynes, which he loves, and when he is not creating comics he works in a call centre.
He is the author of There’s No Time Like The Present, Thunder Brothers Soap Division, and The Book of Lists.
His comedy comics, including “The 14 Year Old Stand-Up Comedian” and “Peter The Slow Eater” have appeared in Viz Comic.