I’m flying to New York May 21st for just three nights and I’ve written to several Lower East Side bookstores who I thought might be interested in a reading from DHARMA SUTRA but not one has replied. I expect they get approached every day by authors and the New Yorkers I used to know weren’t the most sensitive people I’ve met’ But Hey! I’ve not been back there for forty years so I’m not qualified to comment and with Walt Disney owning Times Square I’m expecting the city to have a different atmosphere than those gritty days in the late seventies.
It’s my daughter, Esme’s 40th birthday on May 25th so I’ll be in Dallas, Texas with my son, Sam to help her celebrate and to catch up with the granddaughters. I’m hoping to do a reading in Deep Ellum but nothing’s fixed. From Dallas Sam and I are planning to head to Taos, New Mexico and again I hope to find some stores across the state to do some readings. Depending on whether I get any invites and the money doesn’t run out Sam and I will go to the West Coast as I’ll be flying back to Thailand from Los Angeles and there’s a couple of friends I’d like to catch up with.
The following weekend I was a guest at a Birmingham comics convention, I was sat on the same dining table as Brian Bolland and Dave Gibbons who were excitedly passing around photocopies of Watchmen and Killing Joke, on seeing these I decided that yes, there were still a lot of territories for me to cross in comics. Sitting alone at the far end of table was Mike McMahon looking burnt out and not speaking to anyone, I felt very uncomfortable as I had replaced him on Slaine. It was then that Karma struck me a similar blow, Mike Collins came over to introduce himself. I’d not met him before so I asked him what he was doing, ‘I’m drawing Slaine!’ he replied and that was how I found out I was off the strip. Pat Mills apologised much later about this and even put the apology in print but I never truly recovered from the pain and I knew how wretched Mike McMahon must have been feeling.
...and cheers to you David - thanks for taking the time to be interviewed