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Q4: What is the most inspiring book/film/comic you’ve seen or read?

‘The film of Persepolis is a good one – when I saw it, having already read the book, I was amazed at how much more the animators and Marjane Satrapi’s co-director, Vincent Peronnaud, brought to it. No matter how good you are, you can always be better.’ Ellen Lindner, Mentor.

‘The best comic I have read recently was Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton. The most inspiring book i have read in the last few weeks is a translation from an Arab traveller called Ibn Fadlan who went north in about 900AD and met Vikings. The best film I have seen is a documentary about a ghost town in America called Bombay Beach.’ Isabel Greenberg, Intern.

‘Book – Cliché I know, but Catcher in the Rye as a 13 year old pretty much changed my life. Finding a protagonist who “totally gets me!” was liberating and also got me into reading generally.

Film – I recently watched Radio On which I loved visually, atmospherically and musically. The portrayal of Britain in 1979 is nostalgic/uncanny/foreign/dystopian – amazingly shot, beautifully composed, amazing soundtrack – I think about it all the time.

Comic – Ghost World was the book that got me into comics, but Jimmy Corrigan was the first comic I read that blew my mind. Chris Ware’s attention to detail is painstakingly beautiful and leaves me completely in awe.’ Freya Harrisson, Intern.

‘An impossible question. However Dans la ville de Sylvia by Jose Luis Guerin could be it, it’s a pretty gosh darn awesome film. If I were to create a comic as perfect as it, well I could probably put my pens aside.’ Abraham Christie, Intern.

Asterios Polyp and Clover are hefty graphic novels I would recommend to anyone looking for something in the comics genre that breaks every rule and finds a new way of presenting each page, character and plot point, and has inspired me to do the same. I would also say that Pixar films, particularly The Incredibles and Up, are very inspiring to me because they are such multi-layered stories that appeal to children and adults, and present characters in wonderfully stylised ways. And lastly, One Piece is the most fantastic comic in the world with a whole universe of brilliant characters and events that drive the imagination wild.’ Jade Sarson, Intern.

‘Most inspiring book – Art and Lies by Jeanette Winterson. At a time in my life when I believed that “The best lack all conviction/and the worst are filled with passionate intensity”, Art and Lies showed me the worth of passionate intensity…I read it on the train on the way to university interviews and it made me cry in public. Most inspiring film – Angels in America – although strictly speaking it’s not a feature film, but a 6-hour-long tv miniseries (and a play). It’s about the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, but it’s also got this tripped-out story about the end of the world, Mormons, pill-popping housewives who have visions, and the Reagan establishment…. Most inspiring comic – Kabuki: the Alchemy by David Mack. A comic about comics, and, visually, one of the most exciting and innovative comics out there.’ Lily Rose-Beardshaw, Intern.