Todays artist on the roster of questions is the fabulously interesting and wonderfully talented Wallis Eates.
CCZF: Hi Wallis, what are you doing right now?
WE: Hello Henry. I am in betwixt tasks on my to do list which looks like this: tidy up including washing up; sort out plug sockets and stuff so I can situate my new heater; finish questions for Ink Magazine and send to Steff; email Lizzie at Unbound; do vetting form for Peterborough prison; make announcement on Unbound page; get ready to meet Rosie.
CCZF: Blimey. That’s quite a list.
How long have you been doing comics and art and stuff?
WE: Since I was a kid really. I spent a lot of time on my own and got really into doing comics of life stories. Nothing changes, does it?
CCZF: Apparently not.
In order of preference, what are your three favourite soups?
WE: 1)A homemade vegetable broth 2) Heinz Tomato 3) A Cuppa Soup with those crunchy croutons you get.
CCZF: Solid answers. You can’t beat a crunchy crouton.
What are you reading and listening to at the moment?
WE: I’m reading Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ ‘Women who Run with Wolves’ which has magical properties and I love it. At the moment I have MGMT on Spotify but I’m about to change it to my playlist called Orkalorka D’Orsa cos I want to listen to La Serenissima by Reverberi (put it on, it’s good)
CCZF: Woah! That took me back. Brilliant. Reminds me of one of my mums favourite albums. Hooked on Classics. She’d put it on when it was time to tidy the lounge and we’d dance around with the cushions.
Tell us about your amazing collaborative graphic novel about brain injury survivors Like An Orange, and how people can support it.
WE: Like an Orange is a collaboration between me and the brain injury survivors I met at Headway East London last year when I did a creative residency there. They were all artists because the charity provide them a studio with materials and support to aid their rehabilitation. After spending time with everyone there, drawing with them and getting to know them, I am now producing a comic book about their stories and incorporating their art work. I’m currently crowdfunding this project with Unbound Books who will publish it in 2019 if all goes well. To learn more and to support by pledging, please go to…
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CCZF: How cool is that? Well done Wallis. I urge one and all to sign up this worth while project and do their bit to make this happen.
You sometimes work as a film extra. What kind of characters you have been?
WE: I love being an Extra! Nowadays I’m normally an old lady from the olden days but 10 years ago when I was younger I did all sorts of fun things that young people do, like party scenes and things. Most excitingly, I got a speaking role recently for a film called Farming – so look out for me in that, I play a teacher comforting someone, another teacher who’s been headbutted!
CCZF: That must of been ace. Talking of headbutting teachers, I queued up behind the PE teacher from Grange Hill in Sainsbury’s recently. Bullet baxter. Bit of a hero of mine. ‘Slip on a wet floor did you?’
CCZF: If you had to recommend a comic/graphic novel/zine for a 11 year old what would it be?
WE: I’d tell them to get into old, dusty, yellowed and damp copies of Misty.
CCZF: Top quality choice.
What are you working on at the moment?
WE: Like an Orange, in between working in prison where I teach…digital storytelling! Stories about people’s lives. Nothing changes, does it?
CCZF: Well, as Marceline’s mother sings in Adventure Time
Right where you left it
But it still changes
Ever so slightly
Daily and nightly
In little ways
Not sure if that’s the same, but it’s nice.
What advice would you give to somebody starting out in comics?
WE: Don’t worry about how other people do theirs – have the most fun in the world finding your own voice. While you’re busy doing this (don’t wait till you think it’s done, it goes on forever), shout it out there, meet people, go to things, get drunk at things.
CCZF: Steady… Do you know how to get to the Blythe Hill Tavern?
WE: No but I will google it. How funny, only last night my friend got in touch to set a date for drinking there. I’d forgotten that’s where this was! That’ll be two weeks in a row at Blythe Hill Tavern – can’t wait!
CCZF: Mines a pint of Havey’s. Thank you very much for that Wallis. See you on the 10th.
WE: Please can we have Hooked on Classics playing as musak?
CCZF: Yes we can. We’ve got a record player and I’ve got my mum’s vinyl copy. I’ll put it on inbetween the Mad Professor and Augustus Pablo.