Interview: Ben Templesmith

This interview was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 20th October 2009.

This week’s virtual hotseat filler is none other than Ben Templesmith. He happens to be one of Australia’s best graphic artists, best known for his work in 30 Days of Night, Wormwood and Fell, to only name a few.

Q. Can you introduce yourself, and tell our readers how you would describe your work?

I’m Ben Templesmith, a writer and artist who gets to travel the world to interesting places he’s invited, has far too many opinions on America, the country he currently mostly lives in and for some reason is able to currently make a living by drawing strange disturbing pictures and telling strange disturbing and hopefully funny stories.

I try not to describe my work too much since I’m asked that a lot. I usually prefer to leave that up to the audience to make up their minds. I’d say it’s dark and moody and a touch irreverent though.

Q. Now, Ben? How do you stand being so awesome?

No idea. I just like to draw amusing pictures, tell silly stories and rant and rave on twitter about the stupidity and injustice in the world. Awesomeness is a label others must bestow on you. I have no idea why anyone would want to put that me. It’s your choice, so thanks!

Q. If you and Warren Ellis were stuck in a house together for 24 hours, what would you get up to?

No idea but I’m sure some form of cannibalism would be involved. I think I’d make a nice rug, or at least some form of shammy he could use also.

Q. Your promotion work alongside the release of Dead Space was fantastic. Can we expect any similar work with future releases?

No idea. All that stuff is entirely up to EA, who’ve been exceptionally nice to me and a lot of fun to dabble in the world they’ve created with Dead Space.

Q. If you could pick one of your works to be made into a movie, which would it be and who would your dream cast be?

I tend not to answer such questions, since I’ve had a movie made, others optioned and such speculation just feeds the fantasy world I try not to live in. Most importantly, I do comics to be comics first. I don’t think any of the current ones are really suited to be movies…I have some stuff in the pipelines that’s a bit more approachable material I think though, so the future is an interesting place.

Q. If you could pick one movie or book and illustrate it for a comic, what would it be?

Mad Max 2. Or something set in the same world at least.

Q. Do you have any more projects lined up with Warren Ellis (like, dare we dream to hope for Fell)?

That’s all up to Warren really. I’m basically his to command though, should he want that. Not only is he a bit of a philosophical mentor as such, with hugely interesting opinions on the medium itself I constantly find myself agreeing with, but the way he writes and what he writes constantly captivate me. I’d drop everything to work on more Ellis material. Then again, a lot of people would.

Q. What inspired Wormwood?

Doctor Who and Black Adder basically.

Q. What’s something about Ben Templesmith that could surprise his audience?

If you read my twitter, you’d probably know there’s basically nothing left to surprise people with. I do more than enough damage there. I did used to be a woman though, before I got the snip.

Q. Can you tell us what we can expect to see in the future? Are there any secrets you can whisper to us?

Bunch of new projects coming up, none I can talk about except CHOKER though as yet. That one’s written by a fine chap named Ben McCool, a sort of English version of Hunter S. Thompson and you can find more info on it as the clock ticks down to it’s launch at http://www.chockercomic.com!

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to say to your fans?

Hi mum.

You can find more about Ben here:

Official Website
Official Blog
Very Official Twitter

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