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Rob Guillory Talks Farmhand and More

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

Rob Guillroy first cam onto my radar when I discovered his work on CHEW, I immediately became a fan of his unique style, which was almost full of energy and a touch of humor.

When it was announced that CHEW would be ending I wondered where he would go next. Luckily we didn't have to wait long.

He launched his new series FARMHAND, which he both writes and illustrates. It's somewhat of a dark comedy and focuses on a family of a farmers that, get this, farm body parts. It's such a weird concept but this book is probably one of the most unique ideas I've ever seen. It quickly became one of my favorites. When I heard it was being adapted as a TV series, I knew I had to talk to Rob. I hope you guys check out the book, if you haven't already, and enjoy the interview.

COMIC LOUNGE: First off can you tell us what your first experience with comics was as a kid?

RG: My uncles used to have a huge stash of comics from the 70s and 80s that they’d let me rifle through when I was only a few years old. I was immediately hooked.

COMIC LOUNGE: You Have one of the most distinct styles in comics. Who were some influences for you as an artist?

RG: That’s always a hard question. Jim Mahfood, Dave Crosland, Steve Ditko, Chuck Jones and Akira Toriyama are a few off the top of my head. I have very diverse influences.

COMIC LOUNGE: You finished up a long run with CHEW that was both a critical hit and beloved by fans. What was that overall experience like for you?

RG: CHEW was a whirlwind. It was my very first experience handling solo art duties on a major book, and the fact that it was so successful made it all the more surreal. It was incredibly intense maintaining consistent output and consistent quality for the book’s eight-year run. I’ll probably never work a schedule that intense ever again, but it was worth every minute.

COMIC LOUNGE: You followed that book up with FARMHAND, which you pull double duty on (writing and drawing). Where did the idea for the book first come from?

RG: Who knows where ideas come from? I think it’s just a meshing of a lot of things I’d been exposed to over the years. From reading Frankenstein as a kid, to watching Jurassic Park in middle school, to watching documentaries about genetically modified food ten years ago, I always gravitated toward stories of mankind trying to become God and the repercussions of those decisions. FARMHAND is sort of the brainchild of that infatuation. 

COMIC LOUNGE: Like I said, not only are you illustrating the  book but writing as well. Did you have much writing experience prior to this book?

RG: Prior to CHEW, I wrote most of my own projects. Most of those never saw print—thank God—but I always intended to be a writer/artist. I just like doing my own thing.

COMIC LOUNGE: Since you're writing for yourself, how do you approach each issue when working on the book?

RG: I write full scripts, as if I’m writing for a different artist. I think it’s important for my to constantly flex those muscles, in case I do write for other artists down the road. I start with a rough outline, then flesh it out to full script with dialogue, reserving the right to edit the script when I start drawing it, if I think of something better.