Anonymous said: is that speed drawing for a RISD home test?
hey what is a RISD home test?
extract of Harold, that you can pre-order here
cover trial for Mutiny Bay, that you can get here
An Interview with Antoine Cosse, creator of Harold which is coming soon from Retrofit Comics
Where are you based? You seem to be back and forth between England and France? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Paris, and grew up there. I lived in London for 11 years, and I just moved back to Paris, where I am based now.
How did you get your start drawing comics? Did you start self-publishing?
I started drawing comics very early, when i was a kid really. I even got selected for an Angouleme high school prize when i was 15. Then I left it for a while, and got back to it towards the end of my arts school in London. I self-published a serie of insane and incomprehensible comics called AAARRRRRRR. I got my comics Kiddo and Vignette published by Babak and Ollie from Records Records Records, then started working with Tom and Simon from Breakdown Press.
I’m not sure where I first saw your work. It may have been in the Happiness Anthology? Or maybe Tumblr? You seem to post a decent amount of stuff on your tumblr site. Does that feel as essential to you as it does to me?
yes, i started using tumblr about a year ago, it s great to put your work out there i think. a lot of cartoonists are using it, so it s a nice way to show what you re up to, and to see what everyone else is doing. I m not sure it s always positive, but it s there.
Harold has cinematic quality to it. The pacing and use of background images and setting to tell the story really stand out to me. Can you talk a little about your influences or inspirations in your comic story telling?
My comics influences are very classical stuff like Belgium and French comics I devoured when I was a kid: Tintin, Spirou, les Tuniques Bleues, Lucky Luke, Asterix. Later on in London I discovered all the underground american comics,and some french comics I didn’t know well like Tardi. Thats when i started doing comics again. I love cinema and reading, so it s a big influence too i guess. I like the balance you have to deal with when you draw comics; it cant look like the storyboard of the story you’re trying to tell, but there are a lot of similarities with film. I think this actually depends a lot on your drawing style too. In comics you have to draw everything, you don’t just capture reality, you recreate your own, basically. It s fun, that.
When you sit down to make a comic what is your process like? Are you constantly sketching? Drawing from life?
I carry a small sketchbook with me and it s filled with ideas of stories, they re very graphical and very simple. Then I sketch very rough pages, or compositions of pages. When i start the comic it’s quite loose, it changes a lot while i m doing it. For backgrounds i use a lot of googling and i draw from books and photos I took.
You seem to be working on a lot of different projects and are pretty prolific. Are you working on projects concurrently?
I just finished Mutiny Bay before the summer, the Happiness 4 strip and your book so now i m gonna start another one for Breakdown, which should be ready for the spring. oh and Mutiny Bay is being published in french by l’employe du Moi in November.
Can you describe the Harold story and a little bit about how it came about?
yes, Harold is a follow up of my comic J.1137 - they re the same characters- where we find out a bit more about the world they live in and harold’s past.
I think it will be a continuing story for a while, it’s very good fun to draw it.
I got interviewed by Box Brown for my new comic with Retrofit
Extract of Mutiny Bay, published by Breakdown Press.
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Preview of my new comic Harold
Extract of Mutiny Bay, on sale here