PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JOEL MEADOWS


Joel

TELEVISION I have always watched a lot of television. Currently finishing off Game of Thrones, which isn’t quite as compelling as it was when it started but it is still pretty good. I do try and keep up with genre shows because of the website and have watched a few episodes of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, which is quirky and intriguing. I like a lot of crime shows and my favourite TV show of all time is still HBO’s The Sopranos. I am looking forward to seeing the fourth season of Italian gangster show Gomorrah at some point soon.

BOOKS I do read a lot of fiction and I am finishing off the Folio edition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. I probably read around a dozen novels a year. I like authors like George Pelacanos, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Elmore Leonard and Mark Billingham. Last year, I reread all of TH White’s Once And Future King. I read a little bit of factual material but I do find it harder to finish though. I read a lot of graphic novels mainly for Tripwire and the last extensive run I read was the entire Hellboy Library from Dark Horse for review. When I was a kid I read Brighton Rock by Graham Greene and that did leave quite a mark on me. Over the years I have read Norman Mailer, Peter Ackroyd, Stephen King and Brian Aldiss.

FILMS I have always loved film particularly the work of the Coen Brothers. If I had to pick my favourite films of all time, that list would include Goodfellas, Godfather Part One and Part Two, Lawrence Of Arabia, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Third Man and The Great Escape. I also like some of Christopher Nolan’s output especially The Prestige and Memento.

MUSIC I admit that in terms of music I haven’t been impressed with anything new in quite a while. Favourite bands include The Pogues, Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

TRAVEL I do like to travel as I take photos and so I enjoy trying to capture the flavour of that place. I often end up travelling to comic shows for Tripwire so sadly sometimes it is the same place every year but I would like to visit some more unusual places over the next few years.

FOOD I am a vegetarian but I do still try and enjoy my food. Favourite things are a well-made pizza and decent Thai food and I do like a lot of different cheeses. It has gotten easier to follow this diet over the past few years.

DRINK I like a decent bottle of red wine like a Bordeaux and I do like some ales as well as being partial to an occasional stout from time to time.

ART I like some of the Pre Raphaelite painters like Burne Jones and Rossetti. I also admire the work of painters like Singer Sargent and Whistler. I like illustrators too like movie poster masters Robert McGinnis and Bob Peak. I also enjoy looking at the work of illustrator turned painter Phil Hale too. I am also a fan of San Francisco-based painter Jeremy Mann, who creates these amazing, impressionistic cityscapes.

I do dabble in photography so I like the best practitioners of that art like Don McCullin, Steve McCurry, Andre Kertesz and Michael Kenna.

BIO: Joel Meadows is a journalist and writer with over three decades of experience on newspapers, magazines and books. His CV includes some of the most renowned publications in the world including Time Magazine, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Guardian, Guinness World Records and The Observer.

He has also written extensively about comics, film, TV and culture for publications like Playboy, Time Magazine, Esquire, Variety, Empire, Big Issue In The North, Comic Scene and Comic Heroes. He has also written for IDW’s prestigious Full Bleed magazine, interviewing photography legend Don McCullin and acclaimed painter Jeremy Mann.

He is also editor-in-chief of Tripwire, a pre-eminent publication that covers comics, film, TV and related subjects, which existed as a print magazine from 1992 to 2013 and a website since 2015, tripwiremagazine.co.uk. His photography has appeared in places like Financial Times, Playboy Japan, Big Issue In The North, Comic Heroes, SFX, Full Bleed and Amateur Photographer. He is also the author of Studio Space, a book on comic artists and their workspaces which was published by Image Comics back in 2008.

Masters Of ComicsHe is also the author of a forthcoming book which also takes a look at the world’s best comic artists and illustrators like Posy Simmonds, Walter Simonson, Mike Kaluta, Frank Quitely, Laurence Campbell, Sean Phillips, Frank Cho, Tim Sale and many more and offers in-depth photos of their studios and talks to them about their way of working. Masters of Comics will be published in a lavish paperback by Insight Editions in June 2019. 

He is also one of the producers of the Portsmouth International Comic Con and has worked on two of these so far.