Frank’s Story

I was excited the first time I got to draw Batman, because people used to say 'what comics do you draw?' And I would say something they hadn't heard of, so when I could say Batman, even my aunties had heard of Batman! I started off in a Glasgow-based underground comic and, with the encouragement of local comic shop owners, I sent samples off to various publishers and I've been working ever since.

Some of the more recognised characters that I've drawn would be The X-Men, Superman and Batman & Robin. I can be sitting working in a cafe and I look around at the way people are interacting and the way people are dressed and the things people are doing and there's constant inspiration there.

I think the reason we've got people from all over the world living and working in Glasgow is because Glasgow's a very open, accepting kind of place – it's a very vibrant place. There's a sense of community, it's got an internationally-recognised art scene, but there's a great cross-pollination between fine arts, conceptual arts, the various commercial arts.

I've got a number of artist friends, who live and work in Glasgow, who are from other countries and their experience is that Scotland invests in its art scene and all its creative industries in a way that most countries don’t.

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