DNA Failure: Leon Sadler

January 23rd, 2013 by Dan Nadel

In order to better introduce all of you the DNA Failure: British Weapon Comics, which I feel is important for its structural innovations and for the sheer visceral fun of reading classically told high-level wit comics, I sent a little questionnaire to three of the book’s perpetrators. They each answered and, at my request, sent along some accompanying images. Today: Leon Sadler.

Each of you please describe (individually) the process of making this book.

I had been reading a really good book about a tramp, and was very inspired to do tramp comics.

For me I desperately collaged and tippexed old ideas and unfinished comics and gradually was able to chain together a few pieces of stories. I wanted to try Stef’s technique of drawing the comic on printed frame pages, there was a lot of tippexing, cutting out and swapping bits until it came right or just used intuition. I showed Stefan and Jon and thought they were going to make comics in that same world with those characters but then they just did their own things, and after that I just carried on with my bit.
I think at the time we were all very enchanted by the Gormenghast books by Mervyn Peake, and also said we should look at Breugel paintings for inspiration for the world. I think a lot of my parts are very obviously and clumsily characterised by feeling felt very oppressed by bad jobs and fear of total poverty, also the new Tory gorvernment  >:uo !

Each of you list your favorite artists in any medium (maximum 10)

1. All my buddies I make work with, they are my favourite artists!

2. Pieter Breugel

3. Mervyn Peake
4. Tove Jansson
5. Leo (Brazilian comic artist)
6. CF
7. David Tibet
8. Otomo
9. Hayao Miyazaki
10. Jean Dubuffet
Each of you list your age and where you now live.
28, Loughborough, Midlands

Images are preliminary drawings for DNA Failure.


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  1. Leon Sadler says:

    I made sure to sign all the drawings in case someone put them anonymous on twitter

  2. Leon Sadler says:

    This is where I got that funny line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLFIBdwkrxA

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