Q&A with Cartoonist Piers Baker


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Name: Piers Baker
Occupation: Cartoonist

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.