Q&A – Dan Mumford

Who was your favourite wrestler and why?

I always liked The Legion of Doom, mainly because they looked amazing! That bright red and all the spikes. It spoke to me…

Presumably, you have a ‘Nerd Cave’ of your own, but what are the top three unusual or precious items stored within your cave?

My cave is scattered between my studio, my flat and my dads attic. One day, I hope to bring it all under one roof! I have a pretty intense comic collection which takes over my shelves, but its hard to pick out any particulars. My original Mega Drive is pretty precious to me though, I also have the 32X expansion for it with some pretty rare games too. The 32X was a terrible expansion ‘thing’ for the Mega Drive and I own about two thirds of its output, including ‘Doom’ and ‘Virtual Fighter’, because I was a kid and, I didn’t know any better. It was so widely hated as a console at the time that I think it’s become rare to an extent now, so I’m glad I have that all packed away!

Which film made you cry the most as a child?

‘Return to Oz’ made me cry in FEAR! That film was terrifying the first time I saw it. And every time after that. And even last year when I watched it again… The Wheelers are the most horrific creation ever!

As a youngster, which artists inspired you the most or had the biggest influence on your decision to become an illustrator?

All Marvel and DC artists in the 90s and Todd Mcfarlane, I just ate it all up. I was a huge comic geek as a kid and I still am now. I also got really obsessed with Dave Mckean’s work while I was going through the application process for University, he definitely had a big influences on those decisions.

Are we alone in the universe or, in an infinite universe filled with infinite possibilities, are there other intelligent lifeforms out there somewhere?

There’s something out there. It’s such a vast, unknown entity… Whenever I even think about the concept of space and the universe, my mind just implodes. It’s why I love Science fiction, it explores those possibilities!