Our second guest to be coming to NCC this year has had work in The Phoenix Comic, the Dandy and Beano. Please put your hands together for the very awesome Rick Eades!
How did you get into making comics?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, probably as soon as could physically hold a crayon. I discovered the comics Buster and then Oink! and was inspired. My love of the comic medium has grown since then really. I was discouraged by career advisors, at school, not to pursue it as a career, so I didn’t really pursue my art as a means of making money until my late twenties after years of just drawing for fun. I wish I hadn’t listened and had done it a lot sooner.
How did you get involved with The Beano and The Phoenix?
I pitched some comic strip ideas to the Dandy which were luckily picked up, which lead naturally to doing some strips for the Beano. The Phoenix piece was tied into the work I did for Jamie Smart’s fantastic Moose Kid comic.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently hopping between ongoing projects, pitching a few new ideas and working on my new web comic.
Tell us more about Agents of Weird.
It’s the adventures of two special agents who work for W.E.I.R.D. (World Extraterrestrial Investigation and Research Department) which investigates paranormal events. It’s probably best described as a mash up of the X Files, Jon Pertwee era Doctor Who and Scooby Doo. The first story, for example, is about a race of aliens taking over a Premier League football club. I’m a huge Sci-fi addict, so I always have those sorts of stories buzzing around my head. I guess this is my way of filtering that out of my system.
What will you have for us in October?
With a bit of luck and a fair wind, I’m hoping to have the first three Agents of Weird stories bundled up in book form to debut.
Be sure to stop by Rick’s table in October, and in the meantime, check out Agents of WEIRD.