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Comichaus Meets: David Hailwood

Today we meet 100% Biodegradable editor and writer David Hailwood! 

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Please introduce yourself and your team (if you have one).   

My name’s David Hailwood. I’m the editor of '100% Biodegradable', and writer of many of the strips that appear inside. Ken Reynolds (of 'Cognition'/'Sliced Quarterly' fame) acts as Assistant Editor and does the bulk of the lettering. The original Assistant Editor, John Kirkham, was responsible for a lot of the design work.   

In a slightly less official capacity, we also have Tony Suleri, who provides a strip an issue, and Brett Burbridge, who acts as ‘Emergency Artist In A Crisis’ (I keep him on speed dial).

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?  
Well, when it comes to anthology titles you can’t beat a bit of '2000ad'. And let’s not forget the sheer punk-rock anarchy of ‘Deadline’, or the grimly hilarious carnage-fest that was ‘Toxic!’ Having spent the past twenty years contributing to numerous UK comic anthologies, I’ve also been inspired by the likes of Shane Chebsey’s ‘CAOF’, Dave Evans’ ‘Future Quake’, Matt Yeo’s short-lived ‘Bulletproof’ and Dave Candlish’ ‘Paragon’.

What do you think people see in your character(s), or the books in general, that has really drawn them in and kept them coming back for more?  

There’s often a strong vein of dark humour running through many of the strips. We also have a few recurring characters, such as Tony Suleri’s cycloptic super mutant ‘Marren Kane’, Alan Burrows and Alan Grant’s party-loving time hopping ‘Funguys’, and John Freeman and Liam Sharp’s ‘Rourke of the Radlands’ – so there’s always something familiar amongst the new and untested.

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

Since most of my characters tend to be brain munching psychopathic bloodthirsty cannibals, let’s hope it’s not too much of my own personality. Heck, I’m a vegetarian. I ain’t never eaten no one, guv’nor!

Where do you draw your inspiration from?  

Pretty much anything I come into contact with; books, comics, films, random words hollered at me by nutters in the street (I live near Bognor Regis, so this happens quite often). I used to wander around with a red notepad permanently glued to my hands, ready to capture snippets of dialogue, or random thoughts of the day. I have about fifty of those notepads jam-packed with ideas/the crazy ramblings of a mad man; one day, I fear they might be used against me in a court of law.

What struggles have you faced with the creation of the comic and producing the final release?

When putting out a quarterly anthology that involves so many creators, there’s a lot of juggling involved, and things always get a bit tense towards deadline time. The trickiest thing is finding time to do anything else, especially the basic essentials such as sleeping, eating and remembering to breathe.

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?   

'100% Biodegradable' is a quarterly digital anthology title which mostly consists of self-contained strips, so even though we’re 20 issues in, readers can pretty much start anywhere. If you like dark humoured sci-fi and horror with lashings of wonderful carnage and mayhem, then please give it a read on Comichaus or check it out on my website: www.davidhailwood.com  

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What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?  

I’m working on several comic projects with Tony Suleri: a martial arts zombie mini-series, and a ‘Technofear’ graphic novel concerning the adventures of a bounty-hunting ape who’s up to his hairy backside in technology gone haywire. I’m also planning to release a 'Skowdogs' collection (co-written by John Freeman, illustrated by Dave Thomson and lettered by Ken Reynolds) once the series finishes its run in '100% Biodegradable', and there’s a new 'Death Duty' series that I’m currently planning with John Freeman, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds which will most likely be released through John’s newly formed ‘Crucible Press’.

I’ve also just released my first children’s novel, ‘The Last Of The Navel Navigators’ on Amazon and am currently working on another children’s novel: ‘Grynbad and The Seven Soups’, which Brett Burbridge is illustrating.

As for '100% Biodegradable', there are two more issues planned. Our five-year run will conclude with issue 22’s apocalyptic finale; it’s possible that '100% Biodegradable' will resurface again at some point in the near future, as it’s been very well received. Until then, a long overdue bit of R & R in the Editorial Insane Asylum awaits!

 

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