Gold Coast based Daniel Watts is a freelance artist working in illustration and sculpting. He just completed and self-published the beautifully quirky comic strip book Bipp and Trax Intergalactic Realestate, and worked on a memorable That Bulletproof Kid short featuring Monochrome (see below) with writer Jason Franks.
Why did you start making comic books?
“I am addicted to — ha-ha-ha — and comics have always been the drive behind me practicing art.”
Who were your local comic book influences?
“In the early ’90s I went to a comic convention, found some Aussie creators, and their comics Cyber–Swine [by Sam Young, a.k.a. Max Autohead] and Platinum Grit [by Danny Murphy and Trudy Cooper] — so they were a big influence for me to start drawing.”
Do you believe there really is an Australian comics renaissance right now?
“I see many very talented writers and artists putting in a lot of hard work to produce their comics — and investing in themselves to get the work out there. So, I guess I try to support every one having a go, and work on getting my own art out there.”