One of our favourite guest over the years has been making comics for a while, working on some amazing titles and properties. He wasn’t with us last year, so we’re really chuffed to have him back. Please welcome back Roger Langridge.

How long have you been in the Comics industry?
I started making cartoons for publication in 1988 in New Zealand, but my first published credit internationally was in 1990 – ART d’ECCO #1, for Fantagraphics.

What is your latest release/project?
My most recent thing in print was in IDW’s FULL BLEED anthology, where the first chapter of my current Fred the Clown story, ARIZONA DAISY, appeared – it will continue there for the next little while. I’ve also recently begun working on a story called TANIWHA, set in New Zealand, which will be serialised in Soaring Penguin’s MEANWHILE anthology. And I’m currently working on a new issue of my self-published comic, ZOOT!

What have you been up to since we last saw you a couple of years ago?
Apart from the things I mentioned above, I’ve done some short pieces for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine, CHEMISTRY WORLD, about the periodic table; a few commissions; a short adaptation of a P.G. Wodehouse story, THE ARTISTIC CAREER OF CORKY, in the hopes that it might lead to more of the same on a professional basis (and which for the time being is available to read on my blog at www.hotelfred.com); writing a graphic novel about William McGonagall (which will probably end up in ZOOT!, to be collected later); illustrating a book by Jeff Ryan, A MOUSE DIVIDED, about the relationship between Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, Mickey Mouse’s original artist; a bit of freelance comic lettering; “auditioning” for a licensed project that I’m not allowed to discuss but which I’ve done a lot of samples for. Mainly, though, I’ve been waiting for people to get back to me about stuff. (It’s been one of those years!)

What is your top tip for those wanting to work in the industry?
Finish things – and show them to as many people as possible! A completed comic, or even a completed short story, will carry a lot more weight than a few samples or an outline. Also, if you’re producing work you’re not being paid for, make it your own stories and characters. Pay yourself in intellectual property. You might make money from it in the future.

What is your all time favourite comic?
In comic books, it’s a toss-up between the Disney Duck comics of Carl Barks (his Donald Duck stories have the edge for me over his Uncle Scrooge stories, although they’re both wonderful) and Harvey Kurtzman’s original MAD run from the 1950s. In newspaper strips, it’s probably THIMBLE THEATRE (home of Popeye), by E.C. Segar.

If you could work on anything what would it be?
Besides P.G. Wodehouse? I’d love to take a shot at doing a GOON SHOW comic, bringing Spike Milligan’s radio characters to the comics page. Apart from anything else, the challenge of transferring something created only to exist in sound to a medium that only exists in visuals would be something to really get my teeth into.

What did you want to do for a job when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a cartoonist since the age of around six or seven; I never really had a Plan B. Prior to that, I used to tell people I wanted to be “an inventor”, although what I really meant was “a mad scientist”.

Where do you find is the best place to work on Comics? 
Anywhere quiet! Or, if that’s not an option, anywhere where there’s the kind of non-specific ambient noise that won’t be a distraction. Top places include my attic, the dining room table when nobody else is home, or (for writing) a café or library.

What is your Top Tip for those reading comics?
Try to keep a sense of perspective! If you don’t like what a creator is doing on a particular series, don’t get angry about it, just read something else for a while – there’ll soon be somebody else coming along with a different take that might be more to your liking. Meanwhile, there are literally MILLIONS of other brilliant comics you could be exploring. Some of them might be just what you were looking for.

Make sure you pop by Roger’s table and grab some of his phenomenal work, I know I will! Grab your tickets here!