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A perfect Sunday with... Rob Williams
Scrambled eggs, non-fiction rabbit holes, and the law of watching Jaws whenever you can!
Every week, a top writer, artist or creator reveals how they’d fill their perfect Sunday, sharing their favourite comfort reads, movies, food… anything that would make their weekend great.
Today, it’s the turn of 2000AD, Cla$$waR and Petrolhead, Rob Williams!
Rob’s perfect Sunday… brunch
I'm a vegetarian who eats fish. There's a word for that... um, what is it again? (This is where someone says ‘Pescatarian' and I say "no, hypocrite.') But I'll go for some nicely cooked scrambled eggs on sourdough bread please with strips of salmon on top. And a good cup of coffee with oat milk. Thanks very much.
Rob’s perfect Sunday… read
I keep on meaning to reread the Lee-Kirby Fantastic Fours. I bought all the Marvel Masterworks collections for my son when he was young, but now he's a worryingly large teenager he gave them back to me recently and they've been sat on the side daring me to pick them up. In terms of a book, I ordered American Prometheus months back and I was really enjoying it, but now I've seen the Nolan movie I'm wondering if I should crack on with it. It's a monster.
The last good book I read was Lancaster Target by Jack Currie, which is the memoir of a bomber pilot in WW2. I'm drifting back down that non-fiction hole again. I need to read some fiction.
Rob’s perfect Sunday… comic
Favourite all-time comic? Oof. Too many to choose. I might go for Moore/Davis' Captain Britain, or Year One, or Wagner and Exquerra's The Apocalypse War, or Justice League International, or the Arcudi and Guy Davis run on BPRD. I re-read that pretty recently, and it's extraordinary.
Rob’s perfect Sunday… movie
I don't know if it could be described as a feel-good movie, but I rewatched Michael Clayton last week (it's definitely not a feel-good movie). But in terms of a comfort film that you can sit back and find every choice made in a narrative just sort of perfect, I might go for that. Mind you, if Jaws or Where Eagles Dare are on TV when I'm channel-hopping I pretty much have to sit through them to the end. It's the law.
Rob’s perfect Sunday… TV binge
I keep meaning to do a full rewatch of The Larry Sanders Show, which might just be my favourite TV show of all time. It's up there, certainly. A meta, behind-the-scenes exploration of what happens making a late-night talk show. It's influenced an entire generation of comedy since and features some of the best writing you could ever hope to stumble across.
Rob’s perfect Sunday… podcast
I tend to listen to podcasts when I'm running, down the gym or doing gardening or house cleaning. I like Script Apart very much, which talks to screenwriters about the changes that occurred between the first and final draft of famous movies. Marc Maron's WTF is always a good listen. He's a pretty brilliant interviewer. And then there are some sport podcasts I enjoy. The Arsecast, 11 Personnel and Move The Sticks (I'm a US football fan).
Rob’s perfect Sunday… album
Comfort listening? Umm, Figure 8 by Elliott Smith? Rubber Soul by The Beatles. There's an acoustic EP by Teenage Fanclub called 'Teenage Fanclub Have Lost It' that's just dreamy. Sunday afternoons I tend to stick 6 Music on and do a bit of cooking. Sometimes a bit of Jazz and Miles Davis. That has a very Sunday feel to me for some reason.
Rob’s perfect Sunday… treat
Sunday afternoon is a dog walk down the coastal path where we live, cooking something that takes a bit more attention than when everyone's running around like a lunatic in the middle of the week. I always have good intentions of doing something useful on a Sunday and they tend to melt away, which is probably as it should be. Foot comes off the gas a bit.
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Rob Williams’ comics works include Suicide Squad, Trinity, Martian Manhunter and Action Comics for DC Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Punisher Max and Daken for Marvel, Kingsman: The Red Diamond for Millarworld, Judge Dredd for 2000AD, Doctor Who for Titan Comics and Star Wars and Indiana Jones for Dark Horse. He has also written the Roy Of The Rovers Young Adult Graphic Novels for Rebellion and the pilot script for the in-development Judge Dredd: Mega City One TV show.
His creator-owned works include Unfollow and The Royals: Masters of War for Vertigo, Ordinary for Titan Comics, Old Haunts for AWA and Cla$$war for Com.X.
His most recent work includes the World War 2 horror Out and The Sword of Hyperborea for Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe.
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