1. Favorite soup.
A: Some sort of Thai thing with green spices.
2. How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?
A: I think their limb articulation is smoother, the joint cartilage being oiled with the tears of the innocent rather than the raw lard you and I use.
3. Who are you and what do you do?
A: I write books nobody can read unscathed.
[EDITOR’s NOTE: Steve Aylett was asked to provide a photograph. He did not. So I have substituted this photoessay on the Viking god Thor instead]
4. How did you get involved in comics?
A: I think the first thing was The Caterer, a spin-off from my book LINT, then there was Tom Strong, Johnny Viable, Mayor Nimble and Get That Thing Away From Me.
5. What do you think of Issue 1 of Imperial Youth Review? Do you have any favorite pieces?
A: I like ‘Banishton’ by Tim Lucas, and that turning the pages takes a minimum of brute force. I didn’t have to rig up a compound pulley or any of that nonsense.
6. What are your current and future projects?
A: A big comic, two books and then I’m done.
7. What career advice would The Caterer have for me and Imperial Youth Review?
A: Jack Marsden would say you were fooling yourself, that the sort of front-loading gall required to continue will blast your eyes and chin out of alignment. But I consider that’s a small price to pay for the precocious fun in store and chin be damned.