[quote=“Brendan McCarthy”]Skin is a very unique achievement in British comics, an absolute gem covered in muck. Crude and awkward, and (seemingly) s**tily drawn and offensively written – it was everything the new aspirational comics shouldn’t be.
Comics were being “gentrified” as the last piece of cultural real estate to be moved in on by that nice, well-behaved “graphic novelist” crowd, so I wanted there to be one, last, obstinate mad bastard who wouldn’t capitulate and sell up. That’s how I came to see Skin and its main protagonist, the thalidomide Martin Atchet.
Anyway, the first publisher got scared and bailed on us and we got passed around for years until Kevin Eastman, laden with loads of Teenage Mutant Ninja cash, God bless him, decided he’d do what all the other spineless poseurs wouldn’t. It’ll be great to see it back out again. It’s a great, troublesome story.[/quote]
[quote=“Peter Milligan”]It’s interesting and telling, the reaction your mother had to the book. Not wishing to make your mum out to be some benchmark for evil and bigotry, but her reaction to the book was pretty much people’s reaction to those “Thalidomide Babies.”
This is what Brendan and I set out to achieve: we wanted our book to have a kind of ill-formed quality: A little monster of a book about a little monster. How Martin Atchett reacted to his disability wasn’t how comic book characters were supposed to react. They were meant to overcome their disabilities, and their struggle was meant in some way to ennoble us.
Instead Skin presents this little working class f**ker trying to get his hand into a well-meaning girl’s knickers. I think the first group who really took offense at the book were the printers working on the anthology Crisis, where Skin was meant to first appear. The printers were offended by Skin and refused to print it. They weren’t offended by the barely legal topless teens and the lurid tales of rape and murder that was the common fare of the Red Tops they printed, but Skin outraged their sensitivities.
Draw your own conclusions about the moral priorities of the country. I’m glad to say that Skin still has the power to shock. I can still imagine some otherwise sweet mother (or printer) refusing to have it in her house.[/quote]
[size=200]INTERVIEW DE PETER MILLIGAN & BRENDAN MCCARTHY PARTIE II[/size]