5. What made you draw silly cows in weird space suits for King of Space?
I wanted the ‘King of Space’ to be like old school sci-fi, but with a twist. When I was a kid in the seventies, everybody thought we’d be flying around in hover cars, having our chores done by robots and wearing jumpsuits by the year 2000. But, with all the technological advancements, we still wear similar clothes, drive old petrol cars and have antique furniture. I grew up in North Wales, and I thought it’d be funny to have a sci-fi story based on the small farms near my home, with a stone farmhouse (made from ‘local’ moon rocks) futuristic cows and floral lampshades. The Moogs were designed to cope with the lack of gravity and atmosphere, but were inspired by the cows in the field behind my house in Wales.
6. Have you ever made a robot like the children do in Miss Brain's school in King of Space?
Nope, but I would love to! I have four old cars, the oldest is from 1937 and the youngest is from 1979, and I’m learning to weld so I can fix them all. Rex’s Warbot is made from parts of his dad’s old tractors, and I’d love to make a robot out of bits of old car.
7. Do you think Jolley-Rogers books will be made into a TV series?
The ‘Pirates Next Door’ is already a TV series in France! An animation company in Paris, Cyber group Studios, has made 52 eleven minute episodes. They’ve produced it in different languages, and the series is currently being shown on French television. I hope it’ll make it to the UK. The same company are also making ‘Gigantosaurus’ for TV, to be shown on the Disney channel.