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Comichaus meets: Martin Simpson

Today we meet creator & illustrator, Martin Simpson!

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

Hello, my Name is Martin Simpson… I also go under the nickname ‘Simo’ (short for Simpson). I’m primarily a freelance illustrator and sometimes graphic designer but my true love is comics! 

So far, I’ve crowd funded an anthology of my short comics stories called ‘Misc Anthology’ and created a short graphic novel called ‘The Needleman’ published by Soaring Penguin Press.

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

I was first introduced to comics as a little boy by an Uncle (hello Uncle Howard!). This would have been in the late eighties during the infamous ‘British Invasion’ period. I was soon reading (at far too young an age) ‘Dark Knight Returns’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘Batman Year One’ and ‘The Killing Joke’ to name but a few… all very well known books now… but still an amazing inspiration for me to this very day (I think Bolland is a true genius).

As I grew older I began to find other stuff myself… amazing things like… ‘The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright’ (Brian Talbot), ‘Cages’ (Dave McKean), ‘Foligatto’ (art by Nicolas De Crecy), ‘Blacksad’ (art by Juanjo Guarnido)… and much, much more besides.

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

My own personality can’t help but find it’s way into the characters I create in some way or another but it’s hard to say how much. I find they tend to come more from an emotional response to something… people I’ve met… or as representatives for a theme or idea that I’m trying to get across.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

The inspirational starting point for ‘The Needleman’ was the film ‘Metropolis’ by German director Fritz Lang. Also, German expressionism in general and Film Noir. Looking back on it now, I can see bits of Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Moore’s ’V for Vendetta’ in there too. 

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

I still feel pretty new to comics creating… I know I have a lot to learn. So every aspect is a challenge to me. I’ve learned that writing a good script is very difficult at the best of times. Also, my art style is detailed and time consuming which can make some projects feel like they’re going on forever. But I love it really!

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

Only this… Needlemen are the dark enforcers of a dystopian city of slaves. For one particular Needleman, a seemingly everyday investigation will spiral out of his control and comprehension.

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

I’m about halfway through the final artwork on my next book ‘NORD’ which I very much hope will be out early next year. It’s a kind of picture book/short graphic novel Inspired by Nordic mythology and art.

There will also (hopefully) be more of ‘The Needleman’ to come. Although it was originally conceived as a standalone one-shot, I’ve just finished the first pass on a script that builds on this initial story and aims to bring it all to an epic climax within a further four issues. I’m really happy with the way it’s looking so far… but that one’s a while off yet!


You can read Martin's title over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.

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The Needleman 2018 #0

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