Sometimes you start with the drawing and then the gag comes to you in the middle of it. That is when you start working on the solution of the gag which is composition placing equilibrium and character design.
It’s usually a big kind of vent of frustration or anger or sadness that puts me in the right frame of mind to write. It’s such a cliche to say that artists write when they’re down but it’s true for me. It’s a relief to get out what’s eating away at my heart or my soul or my head.
In a state therefore of great equality and virtue where pure and simple manners prevailed the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known.
My dad’s one of my biggest heroes. I also think Paul Newman’s an inspiration. I know a lot of people say that but I love that he’s a great role model and a humanitarian. I admire people who don’t necessarily want to change the world but try to make it a better environment.
I do not believe the picture that some people paint of Scottish towns dependent on welfare. Every time I come here I meet people who are determined to get into work. Who with the right help are desperate to get off benefits support their family and set an example for their children.