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Monday, February 09, 2004

 


Anthony Williams -- Leave it to Mark Millar to have comics readers who might never buy a funny animal funnybook buying The Unfunnies in droves -- and then to deliver the shock and awe of realizing it's a funny animal funnybook about pedophilia. The artist of The Unfunnies agreed to answer Five Questions for me.

Tell me about your career and how it led to The Unfunnies.

I've been drawing comics for 16 years. Everything from Barbie to Batman.
Probably the most high profile American work is the X-Men movie adaptation.
I've worked with Mark in the past for 2000 AD.

What did you think when you read the script for the first issue?

I didn't realise it was going to be autobiographical.

The first issue has clearly upset some readers and retailers, but I
found it a fully-realized nightmare vision vividly brought to life by
you and Mark Millar. What do you hope readers of the book will come
away from it with when the final issue has shipped?


A bad taste in their mouth and a feeling that the world isn't quite as pleasant as we'd perhaps like it to be.
Also, I make no claims for this comic to be high art but at least we're doing something that differs from the mainstream which comics needs.

Have any of your friends or family members expressed an opinion one
way or the other about The Unfunnies?


My wife looks at me dubiously out of the corner of her eye and I choose my words carefully when explaining it to friends.

Do you have any future comics projects in the works?

I'm about to start a new strip for 2000 AD and another for Gamesworkshop's Warhammer. Both written by Dan Abnett. Plus loads of non-comics work.

Learn more about The Unfunnies and view some of the "offensive" covers at the Avatar website, and thanks to Anthony Williams for answering The Five Questions.

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