The first issue of GoodCopBadCop the comic came out in 2012. I came up with the idea a year earlier. I was looking for an idea – a high concept even – for my next indie comics venture and I remember seeing an ad on a double-decker bus and suddenly it came to me. It popped into my head more or less fully formed. I have absolutely no recollection what the ad on the bus was. I always assumed one day it would come back to me. Now I’m not so sure.
GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where the ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’ are the same person.
The same night I put together the pitch, everything came together beautifully, seamlessly. On a wall in Sauchiehall Lane, I saw a piece of street art in the shape of a human-shaped chalk mark and I thought, that gives me an idea, and the opening story began to form.
It was a Wednesday. It had to be because I was attending Weegie Wednesday, a monthly networking event for Glasgow-based writers and all types of creative, held at Universal (as it was called at the time). That was the night I bumped into artist Garry McLaughlin, who himself was catching a quick drink, having been to the cinema previously to watch Terence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’. I knew of Garry, rather than actually knowing him, so I approached his table, introduced myself and sneaked in a quick pitch. Garry was up for it and there it was.
Funny that, I can remember so much about that night, but not the ad on the side of a bus which in my mind sparked the whole thing off.
The comic featured three stand-alone stories. It was a sort of ‘proof of concept’ issue. I wanted to show I could take the idea and play it out. Put some flesh on the bones. Garry’s version of DI Brian Fisher remains the definitive one. His version of BadCop is a brutish one, the character bulking up in front of your eyes. His rendering of Mrs MacPhellimey with her ‘mushroom cloud’ hair (whose name I took from ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ by Flann O’Brien) is just superb. The cover he did for this issue remains one of my favourites. It's a beauty...