Could you tell us a little about your creative background? When did you start pursuing this art form?
I’ve been making comics for as long as I can remember and would make little comics as a hobby all throughout my school life. It was only in sixth form when I started seriously thinking I could pursue drawing properly, and I went to UWE a couple of years later, intent on making picture books and graphic novels. At the start of my third year, I had never made anything as long as Dirt before. All my comics before were a couple of pages long at best, and I wanted to challenge myself to make something lengthier.
As a graphic novelist, what do you feel distinguishes the medium from other narrative forms?
I think graphic novels are limitless. You can tackle pretty much any subject matter within a graphic novel, and in such a succinct and accessible way. It’s such a broad medium to work in, with so many different genres and potential audiences. I think Dirt could have only been presented as a graphic novel. It couldn’t have been a book or a film.