Mr Flibble Talks To... Penguin P-P-P-Pick-Ups
Mr Flibble doesn't restrict himself to one-on-one interviews, oh no. At an international celebrity gathering, the Flibster grabbed as many passing names as he could lay his flippers on for a quick chat...
1 November, 2000
Mr Flibble's Celebrity Pickups
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

The scariest comic artist in town puts the frighteners on Mr Flibble...

How did you get started as an illustrator?

I just started drawing as a kid. Monsters, copying comic books and things. It's horror comics that I especially love. I do a whole bunch of other things, but my first love was the EC horror comics.

Can you tell us about your time on the Warren magazines?

I had a really good time, I came into the Warren magazines after having worked on colour comics for a few years. I'd just got really sick of the look of colour comics after a while and wanted to try something with black and white. I was beginning to experiment with pen and ink - lots of cross-hatching, very intricate work. My whole experience with Warren was very good. I grew a lot. He didn't really didn't encourage me to experiment, but he didn't he didn't discourage me either.

Did you draw specific characters?

Oh no, I drew a lot, you know, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie, in addition to stories.

When did you get into drawing their most famous characters, like Frankenstein?

That sort of grew out of a lot of the work I was doing for Warren, because I was experimenting with some pen and ink techniques kind of based on old illustrators like Franklin Booth. And Frankenstein had always been a very interesting story to me, and I just felt that the time was right, I was ready to do it, I felt that the confidence was there.

Did you ever consider doing Dracula?

No, no, I never warmed up to Dracula. He's a very unlikeable character. Kills people and he likes it, you know. And Frankenstein was a lot of fun because you could feel sorry for the guy, he never asked to be who he was.