I am sitting in my studio in Aldgate, which I share with two other colleagues: artists Ilya and Jake. We are directly opposite Aldgate tube station, in London, so from my window I can watch people going in and out, which is strangely fascinating.
What are you currently reading?
Schiaparelli & Prada: impossible conversations. It’s the catalogue to an exhibition that was held at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC a couple of years ago examining the affinities between the two Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, decades apart, but both with similar approaches to contemporary fashion. Beautiful photography and very elegantly designed.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her or him?
Junot Diaz for combining everything that interests and frustrates him in his life into a compelling and devastating brew. His latest book is even illustrated by Jaime Hernandez!
Describe the room where you usually create comics
This is it. We need more shelves but otherwise it’s ideal.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I identify quite strongly with HAL9000, from the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was a super-intelligent computer who went mad and murdered the crew of his interstellar mission but don’t we all have days like that?
Who is your hero or heroine from outside graphic novels and comics?
Joseph Priestley, who not only invented carbonated water (1767) but also the pencil eraser (1770).
Woodrow Phoenix’ giant graphic novel She Lives… is currently on display in the Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy In The UK show at the British Library until August 2014. Woodrow discusses his work on “She Lives…” over at Broken Frontier.
Woodrow Phoenix is a British Graphic Novelist and comics artist.
Woodrow lives in Cambridge with his girlfriend Bridget.When he is not creating comics he’s wandering around art galleries with her, or working his way through a big pile of DVDs.
He is the author of Rumble Strip published by Myriad Editions and co-editor of the multiple award-winning Nelson published by Blank Slate. His work first appeared in Escape Magazine.