A Quick Chat With New Comic Book Writer, Daniel Cook.
Your new book has arrived. What’s it called and what’s it all about?
It’s called Last Train Home. It’s a ‘boy meets girl’ story. There’s a train station and it’s winter. That’s all i’m giving you.
Where did the idea come from?
I wrote it as a short story, a couple of years ago. I was listening to a lot of Wilco at the time. Also, a lot of My Bloody Valentine and Panda Riot. The ideas stemmed from what i was listening to.
Is music a big part of your writing process?
Very much so. I only write to music.
Why is the book in black and white and not colour?
Thought it would be interesting. Subconsciously, i thought it would be some kind of pretentious indie comic thing, but, it is actually cheaper to be in black and white. When Jeannie (Hart) started drawing it she drew it in black and white and it looked beautiful, so we went with it.
How did you meet Jeannie?
We met back in days of Live Journal (old blogging site) when I was at uni. She was living in California then, but has now moved here to London. We’d always talked about doing something, but never got round to it. Two years ago, we got round to it.
Is the book out now?
Yes! It will be available soon on broken-record.co.uk, but, in the meantime, if you want one, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The first thing i read of yours was The Journey Of Wo’Nung (pictured above), which reminded me of a tv series, i watched as a kid, called Monkey. Tell us all about Wo’Nung, where he came from and where he’s going.
I created Wo’Nung way back when i was in year nine at school. I was in a German lesson and had attempted to say ‘Wohnung’ and got it wrong. From there, the first Wo’Nung was born. He wore massive box gloves, epic sized trainers, had a huge, round nose and big googly eyes. He came back to me in a doodle, when i was Bristol Comics Festival last year, so i decided to start writing about him. I’m currently writing Issue Two of his adventures, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
Are you a ‘jumping out of bed to write down a great idea’ kind of guy, or do you have to force yourself to sit down and write?
Easy writer. Thousands of bits of paper scattered around everywhere.
What’s coming next from you?
Jeanie and I are working on a project called Madame Mysterious, which will be our first hardback. It’s a supernatural, mystery adventure. That’s all i’m saying for now.
You missed the London Super Comic Con due to illness, I hope you’re all better now? Where can we expect to see you next sat at a desk signing your books?
MCM Expo in May at The Excel Centre in London. And *ahem* we’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con in July.
Recommend us a film to watch.
Don’t listen to what anyone has said, watch John Carter!
Now something for us to read.
Masks. It’s The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato and The Spider teamed to make their own, kind of, Justice League. Zorro’s on one of the covers, he HAS to be in it soon.
We also need a new tv series to dig into…
Gravity Falls. It’s like Eerie Indiana, but in cartoon form. There are gnomes in it that vomit rainbows. I need say no more.
And, lastly, some music please.
I think Bastille are fantastic. Buy their album.
Spelled my name wrong, but I fixed it. lol. Still some fun press for our indie comic imprint. My logo design looks very pretty on this page. :)