Darryl Cunningham embodies the possibilities open to comics creators in today's digital cultural landscape. Self-publishing his Psychiatric Tales strips online, years after their initial creation, they took off like wildfire, receiving coverage from all manner of comic and non-comic sources. Finding a complete - and eager - audience for his attitude-debunking series of stories from his time as a healthcare assistant/ psychiatric nursing student, this exposure has now led him directly to independent and mainstream publishers.
Collected and published by UK independent Blank Slate Books, the book has gone on to receive yet more positive coverage from the likes of the BBC and The Observer. With the book currently in the process of working its way to the US officially via Bloomsbury, we invited Darryl to talk a little about the book, his success, his upcoming work and how he's inspired by the "five decades of stuff" in his head.
Psychiatric Tales is receiving some very kind words from the mainstream press as well as bloggers outside of the comics field. What are your thoughts on this reaction? Has it surprised you?
Is there anything you wish you’d expanded on more in the book?