Ian Williams is the author of The Bad Doctor
Where are you now and what can you see?
I’m lying on my bed in my flat in Hove, semi-propped by pillows, with my macbook resting on my lap. The afternoon sun is shining through the french windows. I can see my washing drying outside. Shirts, socks and pants.
What are you currently reading?
Lizzie Enfield’s Living with it, a prose novel, because she and I are doing several panels and talks together at literary events. Her book and mine come out the same day, from Myriad Editions. It’s very good. It’s about someone who doesn’t get their child immunised against mumps measles and rubella and the terrible consequences of that decision.
I’m also reading Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, a genre graphic novel series, because someone recommended it.
And I’m listening to The Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs on audiobook.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her-him?
I love Ivan Brunetti‘s work. His early comics are so full of vitriol and really push the boundaries of acceptable humour, but I also love his ‘how to’ book, Cartooning – Philosophy and Practice, which is an enjoyable read in it’s own right, as well as being a comics course in a small book.
Describe the room where you usually create comics
I have moved a couple of times in the past 18 months.
Most of the artwork for The Bad Doctor was created in the front room of my rather pokey 1970s flat in Chorlton, South Manchester, a room crammed with tables, books and junk. I am now renting a rather lovely flat in Hove and the book was finished off here, digitally, in a west facing, sunny room with bespoke floor to ceiling book shelves and a large oak table I bought from a junk shop.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Ha ha, well, when the film Schindler’s List came out, a couple of people told me that Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth looked like me (at the time). Goeth wasn’t fictional, he was a real war criminal and hopefully the real life nazi didn’t resemble me, at least not in his behaviour.
Who is your hero-heroine from outside graphic novels and comics?
The writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr, for his gentle style, his understated comedy and his sense of the utter absurdity of life.
I like lots of his stuff, but keep re-reading Slaughterhouse 5 because I think it is such a work of utter brilliance. The best anti-war book I’ve read, even though it is about as effective in stopping wars, as Vonnegut would have it, as an anti-glacier book is in stopping glaciers.
I’m also a big fan of the film-maker David Lynch.
He seems to make films in a very intuitive way, the images he uses wouldn’t make sense if described in prose, but, in his hands, and combined with the music of Angelo Badalementi, they combine to form twisted narratives that are infused with the uncanny, the horrific and the beautiful.
Ian Williams’s graphic novel, The Bad Doctor is published by Myriad Editions in the UK on the 24 June 2014.
Ian lives in Hove which he loves and when he is not creating comics he likes drinking tea and riding bicycles.
The Bad Doctor is his debut graphic novel.
He is also the author of Disrepute, Culpability and Roy’s Secret DIY Project, all of which he created under the nom de plume ‘Thom Ferrier’.
He also writes academic texts about comics and medicine and is the initiator and editor of the website Graphic Medicine.
Ian has written a long article for The Independent Newspaper in the UK: “OCD And The Graphic Novel.”