Q&A with Cartoonist Piers Baker
Posted by Andy Goddard
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Name: Piers Baker
Best thing on the telly (current): The Detectorists with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones.
Best thing on the telly (ever): Blackadder Goes Forth.
Corrie or Eastenders?: Aaargh… neither! I would rather watch paint dry.
My kind of music: Relaxing music to draw to like Hans Zimmer, John Hopkins and London Grammar
My sport team: England Rugby
Hero/Heroine: Bill Watterson (creator of the comic Calvin and Hobbes) / Paula Radcliffe (Marathon Runner)
Best thing at school was…: The sport. I loved running and became South West Counties 400m Champion when I was 17.
Posters on your bedroom wall included…: Salvador Dali’s “Metamorphosis of Narcissus”
First crush: Anneka Wilson who accidentally called me “Piersy Darling” which then became my school nickname for the next 2 years.
One thing you’re really good at: Writing comics. (Actually it’s the only thing I’m good at!)
Best thing that’s ever happened to you: Obviously my son and daughter but ‘Ollie and Quentin’ becoming syndicated by King Features in New York came a close second.
Person in your life you most admire: My mum. I miss her every day.
Best place for a holiday: Venice in Italy for food and romance, Alsace in France for cycling through vineyards, Sweden for the people and snow and Germany for just about everything else!
Favourite Charity: The Bobby Moore Fund – Bowel Cancer Awareness.
Best part of the South: The Downs near Guildford. St Martha’s Hill is wonderful.
Favourite shop: Any quiet coffee shop that doesn’t play music. That’s where I write my comic.
Best Film Ever: “The Way” with Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez about walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Best concert ever attended: Röyksopp (and Robyn) at Latitude Festival this year.
Best place outside the South: Town – Edinburgh. Place – The Yorkshire Dales
Best pub in the South: The Percy Arms in Chilworth
Best restaurant in the South: Drakes Restaurant in Ripley.
Most annoying thing ever: “110%” Grrrr!
Worst thing about the South: Traffic and potholes, not good for us cyclists.
You have 5 minutes left on the planet – what do you do?: Hug my kids, cuddle Alison and drink Prosecco on a hill as we watch the incoming asteroid!
Sum yourself up in 3 words: Tall, Dad, Cartoonist.