A previously unpublished colour panel from the Dapper John iPad app
The Dapper John iPad app contains over 150 pages of Eddie Campbell including a new interview with the man himself. Below are some fragments…
On creating a graphic novel when graphic novels didn’t exist
"I was working in an idiom that didn’t exist yet. I’d create a comic as a book, and when that was finished I’d think about what my next book would be about. Doing a comic, never mind a whole big self-contained one, where you didn’t go to a big company and draw one of their characters, was inconceivable."
On his involment in the rock ‘n’ roll scene
"I was a lost person. The rock ’n’ roll thing was a subculture that attracted lost people and social misfits and sensitive people playing at being desperados, because the 70s was such a bland place."
“Punk came along and was a nihilistic destructive ‘fuck you’ thing. Both the rock ’n’ roll scene and punk were a reaction to the mental blandness whose outward signs were taken to be flared trousers and fluffy hair. In such critical moments you tend to get two camps, one that sweeps the board clean and another that goes back to the beginning and attempts to perpetuate the first moment of inspiration. In jazz music in the late 1940s it was the moderns against the ‘mouldy figs’. Now it was Johnny Rotten proclaiming that ‘Elvis’ fat belly cast a shadow over rock ’n’ roll!’”
On how the characters saw themselves…
"Yeah, these characters that I’m drawing would walk as though they were walking in their own myth. They were already mythologising their walk down the street before they’d come to the end of it."