BRENNAN: Do you have any favorite comics?
BAYNE: There are lots of artists whose work I'll look at and say "Wow! That's really nice!", but I don't read a whole lot of comics these days.
People whose work I love, though, include Jim Woodring, Kyle Baker, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes... umm... there are lots of others. I just can't think of them right now.
BRENNAN: What's your role in creating PG?
BAYNE: Trudy and I sit around late at night trying to make each other laugh. From this comes a first draft of the script which goes to Danny. He sends us bits as he re-writes them, we call him to say "No! No! No! No!" and haggle. It's nice having an uneven number of people - means we don't get deadlocked on ideas too often.
BRENNAN: How helpful is your drawing ability to contributing to the scripting of PG? how would you write differently if you couldn't draw? Does Danny draw?
BAYNE: Danny drew the interdimentional frog-creature in the original 18-pager. He also has a dalek which he'll whip up on demand. He generally sends us film scripts (he's an actor by trade) and will sometimes include things which he knows probably won't be possible in comics, just to see.
BAYNE: My animation background influences the way I write a little - one of the things I like most about film is the precise control you have over timing - a slightly longer pause can give a shot a different feel altogether. Because you don't have that exact control in comics, getting the timing right is harder and requires trickery. Not that I think up a lot of these tricks for Platinum Grit, but when Trudy does, I say "Oooh."
BRENNAN: How did the PG "creative team" come into being?
BAYNE: Trudy and I met at art college, we knew Danny through the occasional bits of performance we did together. One night we had a show in a cafe, Danny's acapella group was singing in the interval. Before we started, Trudy and I were pouring over a recently bought comic, Danny wandered in and said "Hey! Phil Foglio!" and we got to talking.
BRENNAN: Why "Platinum Grit"? Where does the title come from?
BAYNE: The first story we did was for Issue One, a science-fiction anthology, and we had to call it something. We considered some more literal titles, but eventually settled on Platinum Grit, because we liked the way the words sat together. We're from a nation which pronounces 'platinum' with three syllables.
We spend a bit of time denying that it's because Nils has platinum-blonde hair and is kinda ballsy. That's probably partially the case, actually, but seems sucky now.
BRENNAN: How and when did you learn to draw?
BAYNE: I don't remember any kind of epiphany. Dad was always off in a shed painting, so I guess the interest came from him.
A guy at work wandered up while I was working on the new cover and commented that I was going to a lot of effort for a fairly small number of readers. I told him that we're not in this to impress a bunch of strangers, no matter what the size. We're in this to impress our friends.