Pat describes the origins of his Read Em and Weep series and the first two novels: Serial Killer and Goodnight, John-Boy. They follow the golden rule that all writers should obey: write what you know.
He relates how the series came about in collaboration with his colleague, artist Kevin O’Neill, when they realized the comedy potential of the strange world of comics publishing.
The humour was there right from the start but, for a novel, it needed the dark impetus of crime and punishment: thus there is a murder on page one and from there things only get worse, particularly with idiot savant comic editor Dave Maudling as the protagonist.
The series is fact thinly disguised as fiction – apart from all the murders, that is. And Dave’s unhealthy obsession with fur coats. And his dead mother appearing and ordering her reluctant son to find her killer.
"Just finished this twisted, very funny novel - 1st in a series by Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill. Brilliant skewering of 1970s kids' comics." - Ian Rankin, author Inspector Rebus series.