The supremely talented artist behind Rabbit Thoughts Kim Clements kindly answered our 10 mildly interesting questions ahead of Sunday’s Catford Comic and Zine Fair.
CCZF: Hi Kim, what are you doing right now?
KC: I am eating a bowl of tomato soup.
CCZF: In order of preference, what are your three favourite soups?
KC: Heinz tomato, chicken noodle and the one with beans in it that is not minestrone.
CCZF: How long have you been doing comics and art and stuff?
KC: I have been drawing since I was very small but I didn’t start doing comics properly until maybe three years ago. I made some bad zines at Camberwell College of Art where I studied Painting. I submitted one that was supposed to be theoretical with essays in it and it was mainly made up of pictures of Boris Johnson and swear words.
CCZF: What are you reading and listening to at the moment?
KC: I am reading a book I’m not sure about yet.
CCZF: Go on.
KC: It’s called Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata. The front cover is nice though and there’s lots of staring and longing in it.
KC: I am listening to a lot of music with New Year’s Eve in mind atm.
I have made a trance playlist which I hope to use.
CCZF: My contacts tell me that trance is in. So you’re in Kim.
Who’s tickling your trance appetite?
I found artists called Usao and DJ Shimamura but they make really fast-paced stuff that I think I would not be able to handle on normal occasions.
I found them by looking up Japanese trance as I had a really good time in a trance club in Kyoto last year.
Plus Phuture’s acid tracks is good, apparently, that is Chicago house.
It is more mellow and you can dance to it when you are not insane.
I also have a back-up disco one in case trance is too extreme.
The last song I added was Do You Wanna Funk by Patrick Cowley.
CCZF: Christmas is a coming. What were the best Christmas presents you ever got as a kid?
KC: I got a fluffy talking parrot one year that you could record voices with. It made me very popular and I remember getting lots of jokes out of it. Probably just the function of recording and playing things back was totally astonishing. I had a tiny microphone soon after that similarly seemed to be the most hilarious thing ever invented.
KC: Also, I just want to mention my grandad got me a giant snakes and ladders game one year with an electronic dice built into it. It blew my mind and we played that all day on Boxing day. It was good of him as he had to kneel on the floor and he was quite old then and probably had bad knees.
CCZF: Well done grandad. Sterling work.
KC: And lastly if I can
KC: Shania Twain Come on Over.
CCZF: Not sure if you’re still in. I’ll have to check and get back to you.
Stanley and I really enjoyed your martial art based zine Jitsu.
It is a remarkable thing of beauty and our favourite comic of the year. Are you a bit like Bruce Lee?
KC: Thank you, that is lovely of you to say. I made it very quickly before ELCAF this year. I would like to expand it into a picturebook.
CCZF: It would make a wonderful picture book. Sort it out Kim. Get it done. Now!
KC: And no! I am not Bruce Lee.
I am an amateur but I like being thrown and throwing big people. It feels really good to be able to land without hurting yourself. It took me a long time to get used to it, I would either be too scared and put my hand out or end up being winded.
I bet you are like Bruce Lee.
KC: Once you get the hang of it though it all feels like you are doing nothing, just kind of floating and moving as if part of a dance.
I recently moved away from London so I have been trying new things too like muay thai and aikido. I like both. The people that do them are very friendly and let me be a bit cheeky which is good.
CCZF: You’re swimmers head sculptures are cool. Are you also like Sharon Davis?
KC: Thank you! I love swimming, it makes me feel calm. I was never very good at it at school but when I was 22 I learnt how to do breast stroke and front crawl properly whilst on holiday. It made me love it and I started going all the time. I like London Field’s Lido- it is great in winter when it is cold and the steam rises up, it makes you feel like you are in a sci-fi film.
CCZF: Will you have your heads for sale on Sunday?
KC: Yes! I will bring the heads!
CCZF: If you had to recommend a comic/graphic novel/zine for a 11 year old what would it be?
KC: I would recommend- Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson. I love that one in the Hilda series because the drawings are so surreal and Hilda is such a fearless girl.
KC: And also- Panther by Brecht Evens
KC: I love the illustrations in Panther and Something City, they both use colour so well and create whole worlds that are totally absorbing. I would have loved them as an 11 year old trying to learn how to use colour better.
Pantheon by Hamish Steele
KC: Pantheon is great it is educational and so funny. I think there is some swearing though and lots of incest, but it is the tale of the Egyptian gods so I think that can be excused as being historically accurate- the swearing can be turned to hieroglyphs or a smiley face. But don’t draw on the book that is wrong.
CCZF: So wrong.
CCZF: And Something City by Ellice Weaver.
CCZF: What are you working on at the moment?
KC: I started drawing owls yesterday because a barn owl flew past me when I was cycling. It was great. I want to draw lots of animals now, because I think I always end up drawing the same things.
CCZF: Some handy owl facts.
The collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament
Our favourite owl is Cosmic Owl from Adventure Time.
CCZF: Cosmic Owl is voiced by M. Emmet Walsh of Blood Simple and Blade Runner fame.
CCZF: That’s all our owl facts. You’re welcome.
Do you know how to get to the Blythe Hill Tavern?
KC: And no but I think you do.
CCZF: We are fairly confident.
Here is a handy map.
Thanks Kim. See you on Sunday!