How lucky were we to get one of the most talented of the '2000 AD' comic
artists to do all the graphic work for the original "Creavolution" CD back
in 1995? We first made contact in the early 90's, in the days of the old
Guilfin newsletter, a part of the delightfully anarchic 'Free Information
Network' that we were more than happy to support. A few Guilfin benefit
tapes later... well, the rest, as they say, is history. Make yourself a
nice cup of tea, he'll be along to join us in a few minutes...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Hi, Thayen, how's it going? Is it as
hot down there in London as it is up here? Scorcher today, again,
afternoon on the beach. I love that rock and roll lifestyle, yeah...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I spoke to him not 45 minutes ago,
he's coming, trust me!
Thayen Rich Hey!! Yes I’m here!
Thayen Rich Took a wrong turn...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time It's never easy, that bit. How's
life treating you at the moment?
Thayen Rich V good thanks. making lots of art. married a good women
and my kids still talk to me :)
Thayen Rich How was the beach?
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Glad to hear life's going good,
beach was pretty good too, VERY hot! So, where do we begin? Guilfin, I
guess. I'm not quite sure where I first picked up a copy, but that would
have been where our paths first crossed. Perhaps you can tell our faithful
exactly what the FIN network was and how you came to be involved?
Magic Moments At Twilight Time He's PM'ing me pictures of
now, oh, the vanity... ;)
Thayen Rich Yes Guilfin. early alternative networking..
Thayen Rich Just an updated photo of me as the one you had was from
a loooong time ago.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time It's lovely, but I'm sure people
would like to know about the FIN thing and how you became involved! :)
Thayen Rich Ok. So there used to be Festival Lists basically passed
around at gigs to promote free festivals around the 70s...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Sorry to say I remember them!
Thayen Rich These then became a network of amateur publications
called the free information network -F.I.N.s
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And how did you find yourself drawn
in? No pun intended. ;)
Thayen Rich I’d pick them up at the festivals and protests and
yes I can do this - and we certainly needed something in the area I lived
.....Guildford. Here’s an early version.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time I think that was pretty much the
story of The Grain too, something about Surrey that was approaching
brain-death in those days. So, I remember a lot of nice plugs for MMATT
tapes in your hallowed pages (ta), plus we released a few Guilfin Benefit
Tapes on M&E. There was a benefit gig somewhere Bisley way, I seem to
recall too, do you remember anything about that? I know we were there...
Sam Lancaster Yes! I remember a drumming session going on
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Me too.
Thayen Rich Bisley shooting range! A bizarre venue - yes. We had a
Thayen Rich Memories are hazy...
Thayen Rich We had got a bit of a crew together by then and were
organising benefit gigs and festival setups.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Bisley Rifle Club, that was the one,
Astralasia, I think? I still remember approaching you rather cautiously
about doing a cover for us. I mean, there you were working for '2000 AD'
and we couldn't afford to pay a penny for it, but you seemed genuinely
appreciative of the funds we raised for Guilfin and agreed immediately. So
how did you get the gig at '2000 AD', it must have been amazing drawing
for something as iconic as 'Judge Dredd'?