The Man Behind The Mask Is Still Reviving Resistance: An Interview With David Lloyd

The Man Behind The Mask Is Still Reviving Resistance: An Interview With David Lloyd
 [This weekend, Homegrown’s collaborating with PUMA as conceptualizers of a one-of-a-kind event, #TheLegendOfTheDrawingBoard, for comic book/graphic novel enthusiasts and creators across the country, alike. In celebration of Puma Social Club's #KeepItReal nights and 1 year anniversary, we’ve put together a particularly refreshing curation of speakers, showcases and after parties, which just happens to include a talk by none other than David Lloyd, the artist behind V For Vendetta. As such, we’ll be digging further into the world of the Indian comic book industry over the next week in an effort to give you a taste of what’s being planned ongoing, online with a series of interviews, timelines and simple art showcases online. Stay tuned for a veritable history, geography, and miscellaneous lesson on all things ‘chitrakatha’ related.]
Doctor Who Magazine,
Hell Blazer
Aces Weekly
Sure, Lloyd’s Guy Fawkes mask is fascinating in the way it revived resistance and became a symbol of incensed dissenters. But it turns out the man behind the mask is far more interesting.
Scroll on for the full script of our conversation.
I. Your first memory with comic books/ graphic novels?
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II. How did you get your first break into comics?
III. Some of the artists who influenced the way you approach your art?
IV. What was your first collaboration with Alan Moore like? You did some Dr.Who stories with him in the beginning of his career, what difference do you see in him now?
V. V for Vendetta was an ambitious story, but when Warrior magazine discontinued in 1984, were you disappointed? It took DC 4 years to publish the series, were you still working on V for Vendetta between 1984-88?
VI. Given the kind of unprecedented impact V’s mask has had on real political life, not to mention the recent Charlie Hebdo incident, do you believe that visual imagery has more power to incite than any other medium of expression?
VII. Tell us about another symbol you find particularly powerful?
VIII. You’ve supported the Occupy movement in the past and have maintained a clear stance on several political issues. Where do you find yourself in the freedom of speech debate? Are there any new nuances you believe have come into the picture that need to be taken into account?
IX. Do you feel any of your characters have been a manifestation of your own ideologies?
X. Tell us a little bit about your newest project, aces weekly.
XI. Considering you’ve been a part of both print and digital comics, tell us a little about both the positive and negative aspects you associate with the latter as an artist and reader? 
XII. Do you think digital comics could ever replace print (much like what's happening in the media industry)  and if they did, how would you feel about it? 
XIII. Being one of the most celebrated artists, you could've drawn some of the best mainstream titles. Instead you chose to go Indie with Aces Weekly, how did that happen?
Shoot for the Moon by Alain Mauricet and Alexandre Tefenkgi. Aces Weekly
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XIV. Anthologies like Aces Weekly were pretty popular especially in UK and Europe with magazines like 2000AD, Warrior, Heavy Metal etc, in 1980s-90s. Do you think the anthology formula still works?
XV. Largely, Aces weekly has featured big name artists. What’s the scope for a relatively unknown artist to approach you to be featured? Would you be open to Indian artists approaching you for the same?
XVI. Are you familiar with Indian Comic Book artists/ Graphic Novelists? If yes, what work have you enjoyed? 
XVII. You’ve worked on a series of incredible projects throughout your career. Which has been the most fulfilling to you personally? 
XVIII. You worked on a tribute volume for an Asterix volume, how did the balance between your more dark/moody style and that of the comic’s play out?
XIX. What’s your process between projects like? Do you feel they leak into one another a little bit or do you try to deliberately make sure each one is completely independent of one another? 
XX. The best advice you have for promising new creators?
XXI. One person outside of the world of comic books you’d like to spend an evening with?
XXII. What are you looking forward to most during your trip to India?
XXIII. At this point in your career, what motivates you the most?  

Words: Mandovi Menon

David LLoyd will be talking at "The Legend Of The Drawing Board" event at Puma Social Club this saturday alongside Bangalore-based comic book artist Appupen, Publishers/Artists Pratheek & Tina Thomas of  Studio Kokaachi + Ex Manta Ray comics & Alok Sharma - The film maker will give us a glimpse of his Documentary "CHITRAKATHA: Indian Comics Beyond Balloons and Panels "
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