Andy Poyiadgi's latest comic with Nobrow Press is a small masterpiece. We caught up with Andy and asked him a few questions about Lost Property, his influences and even got a few drawings too.
Having just read Lost Property, we wondered if you could sketch a particular item that holds significance for you and tell us why it’s so important.
One of my trusty mugs. It’s seen a lot of action and was by my side for the duration of making Lost Property.
The story in Lost Property is so tightly crafted. Can you tell us how the idea came about and how you came to work with NOBROW?
The idea started out as a 'what if?’. What if you stumbled across every object you ever owned, hidden in the same place? There was something intriguing about finding all of your past, in physical form, collected in one room. The idea remained undeveloped until years later, when Nobrow got in touch to see if I’d like to submit ideas for their 17x23 series. The thought was still in the back of my mind so I explored it further and sent it their way. Thankfully, they liked it.
As a film director too, are there any films that have influenced your work as a whole?
I’m not sure if any particular films have influenced my comics work, but the process of making films certainly has. I was really into sci-fi and horror films as a kid and these are genres I’ve dabbled with in my film work but they haven’t really crept into my comics, until recently. One of my biggest influences in film was probably 2001: A Space Odyssey. It set me off on a journey reading sci-fi and eventually non-fiction, until I studied cosmology for a brief period. This would later inspire some of my work including Epsilon and Teabag Theories, which is a series that uses the humble brew to explore the mysteries of space and time.
Can you explain a little bit more about Epsilon? I saw you want to make into something longer - could you tell us about that?
Epsilon is a prelude to a bigger story about the end and beginning of the universe. Rather than dive into a full length saga I liked the idea of starting with a short tale that would introduce one or two of the characters and also act as a palate cleanser after making Lost Property. The title refers to a robot in a series named after the Greek alphabet. The robots play a part in the bigger story and a new type will be revealed in the next chapter.
We also recently read the fantastic Teapot Therapy. What’s your favourite brew?
I love a builder’s brew. Also peppermint, ginger and lemongrass. I’m one of those people who packs tea on my travels.
Could you tell us the importance of tea drinking in your life and how it influenced the story?
I value the shared ritual of having a cuppa. It’s a time for confiding and confessing and listening. I wondered what it would be like for someone to lose the person they shared this with and how they might continue to use the ritual as a way of coping with the loss. I ended up using real tea for the background textures, it felt right and gave the palette a slightly nostalgic feel.
At Funhouse, we’re sort of obsessed with bodies - so could you sketch your favourite body part for us?
My current favourite body part is the knee. It’s the peak of leg mountain.