I’d recommend reading today’s interview with your face pressed right up against the screen. Push so hard your nose cracks the glass and your pupils fill the gaps between the pixels and you can taste the internet, because when Mr McMillen is involved, you do NOT want to miss a single thing.
This guy operates between the details, behind the lines; he’s so far outside of the box he’s back inside it because that’s where people would least expect it.
You ARE the box!
WHO – Tony McMillen
WHAT – Comic books, novels and show-stealing short stories in a few choice anthologies (Like, Tales From the Crust, the pizza horror anthology that just dropped from Perpetual Motion Machine)
WHERE – I grew up mostly in glorious Tucson Arizona but now reside in fabulous Malden Massachusetts.
NOTABLE WORK – An Augmented Fourth, a heavy metal horror novel, think The Thing by way of Black Sabbath ( published by Word Horde) Serious Creatures (my new comic book series about a teenage special effects artist growing up alongside the movie industry of the 70s, 80s, and 90s) Lumen, (a sci-fi fantasy comic about a world of endless night and a hero with a lantern) and Nefarious Twit, my self-published, surreal, murder novel about a famous children’s book author and his vengeful son.
WHAT DO YOU WRITE WITH – Pretty pictures. Also a computer for the words.
ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR MIND – Swimming.
WHAT WAS YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BIZARRO – I think it was Carlton Mellick III.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIZARRO-ADJACENT MOVIE OR BOOK – Jeremy Robert Johnson’s career-spanning collection Entropy In Bloom makes a good case for the entire movement. So does his novel proper Skullcrack City.
HOW DO YOU RECHARGE -I like to run and listen and play rock and roll music. Basically, anything that forces me away from the computer and feeling some actual feelings.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS – David James Keaton. Motherfucker’s got answers.
And there we have it.
You pull your face away from the screen, dust off the glass-dust, and put out your flaming nose-hair. You go to Tony’s website, buy his books and comics, and follow him on Twitter. You say thanks for the opportunity and be on your way.
Meanwhile: Tony smiles and waves as the credits roll across the cloudless sky.
How I Weird is a series of mini-interviews conducted by Luke Kondor, looking to celebrate the bizarro genre and the people who work in it. If you would like to be featured, then drop him (me) a line on Twitter at @Lukeofkondor.
Check out more of his nonsense at www.lukekondor.com.