Elizabeth Querstret, author and artist of the poignant west highland white terrier romance ‘Walks with Lulu’ answers our mildly interesting questions.
CCZF: Hi Elizabeth, what are you doing right now?
EQ: At the moment I answer this, I’m sat up top of a London bus, heading home on a Friday night from work. I’m also thinking about food!
CCZF: Chips and curry sauce. That’s what I’m thinking about.
How long have you been doing comics and art and stuff?
EQ: I’ve been doing ‘art stuff’ since I can remember but I suppose I’ve officially been doing comic stuff since my partner told me that was what some of my work was. (I wasn’t aware of the Comics scene until I met him in 2013)
CCZF: Hurray for him! He sounds like he knows what he’s talking about.
In order of preference, what are your three favourite soups?
EQ: I LOVE soup. I suppose in no order my favourites are carrot & coriander, potato & leek and tomato. YUM! Always with some buttered bread, or you can forget it!
CCZF: Jade King reckons carrot and Coriander tastes like vomit.
So, naturally, you’re in a tag team with Tim Bird, lets call you ‘The Assassin Twins’, wrestling Jade in the carrot and coriander super flyweight bout.
My money’s on Kingy to be honest. She’s a vicious female and a formidable wrestler. Good luck.
What are you reading and listening to at the moment?
EQ: Lately I’ve been listening to The National a lot. Also I seem to find myself at the moment playing Badly Drawn Boy whilst showering!
CCZF: You’re in good company. I seem to remember Joan Collins singing in the bath on his video for ‘Pissing in the wind’. Great song.
What are the origins of your surname?
EQ: My surname is one of a kind .. some relatives had poor hand writing in the war and it wasn’t read properly on official documents. So… Querstret was born. We proudly know all the Querstret’s and I am the only Elizabeth Querstret in the world! (What a claim!)
CCZF: Nice! There is certainly only one Elizabeth Querstret.
If you had to recommend a comic/graphic novel/zine for a 11 year old what would it be?
EQ: BEANO or Tintin. Both are timeless and how could any 11 year old, let alone boy or girl, not enjoy them?!
I never read Tintin growing up. Loads of Topper and Beezer. Stan and I are both big Commando fans.
What are you working on at the moment?
EQ: I have several projects on the go, my brain likes to dip in and out of projects. It helps to let ideas brew. But at the moment I have been drawing lots of pigeons!!
CCZF: Love a pigeon.
We hope you bring your lovely matchboxes full of animals down to CCZF.
What advice would you give to somebody starting out in comics?
EQ: Anyone starting in Comics should enjoy themselves and then don’t worry too much. If you enjoy it, I’m sure others will.
CCZF: Wise words.
Do you know how to get to the Blythe Hill Tavern?
EQ: I struggle to find my own home, let alone anywhere else!
CCZF: Don’t get lost! Here’s a handy map.
Thanks for that Elizabeth. Wonderful stuff. See you on the 10th.
If Elizabeth manages to make it to Catford you can talk to her all about her weird animal obsession and buy her beautiful comics at the Catford Comic and Zine Fair on the 10th December at the award winning Blythe Hill Tavern. Hopefully she will be selling her hand printed Christmas cards.