In a sentence, who are you and what do you do?
I’m an illustrator, comic artist and game designer.
What got you started? Was there a specific moment or time when you realised “this is what I want to do”?
I was in a fairly low point in my life and ready for a fresh start! I always loved drawing as a kid so wanted to revisit that hobby, which lead to making my own children’s book (which I hope remains lost to the internet). Through that process it reignited my passion for creating stories and the determination to get good enough to tell them! I haven’t looked back since.
What was your favourite comic growing up?
Embarrassingly I never read many comics as a child so a little late to the party. Although I do remember finding a Pokemon manga and was obsessed with the panels inside.
What was the first piece of work or project that you were really proud of?
Well that would have to be Blue Fox Comics very own Nemo, the first comic I published. This was the first time someone took a chance on my work and help me share a story. Being in my final year of uni it was hard not to be proud of that!
What is your preferred material to work with?
I’m all digital! Left handed people know why…
What is your least liked material to work with?
Chalk! Credit to anyone who can tame such a smudgy beast!
What’s your dream project? Forget about money, time, popular demand or any other variable. If that was all covered and you would work on whatever you wanted. What would it be?
Well, I’m currently working on a board game but between working full time and juggling a few projects it’s going to be a long process! It’s coming together great but if I had the chance to commit more time to it that would be the dream!
If you were hired to create a book cover based on a classic story. What would the story be and how would you tackle creating it?
I often enjoy the creepy stories! Wouldn’t say no to a H.P. Lovecraft tale and taking on that challenge of the cosmic unknown. Though growing up I LOVED the Spook books by Joseph Deleany and for a chance to illustrate one of those covers would be incredible!
If you had a spirit animal, what would it be?
A Quokka! Those happy little guys got it all figured out.
What are you currently working on and what’s coming up in the future
Well! Currently juggling 3 main projects all of which I post updates on my social media…
- A board game named ‘Legends of Larp’
- An action comic ‘Wasp’ (unconfirmed name) with writer Jordan Sam Adams
- And finally a table top RPG module for all you fellow dice nerds out there!
Which artist(s) would you like to see interviewed? Why?
Dan Berry, he has a lot of experience in the field so always cool to hear his insight.
What questions (apart from these ones!) would you like to ask them?
What is the greatest advice you’ve ever received while working in the industry?
Tell us something about yourself that people wouldn’t normally know!
I have a qualification in gym and fitness instruction… can’t remember a single thing about it!
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As well as comics, Simon writes plays, poetry, (award winning) film scripts. He also acts, directs and produces films, too, because why have any spare time…