is the cartoonist/writer of Psychiatric Tales, Science Tales, Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy and Graphic Science and Billionaires. All factual based books that explore subjects as diverse as mental health, science, economics and politics.
He has given talks at the London School of Economics and the City of Arts and Lights, Valencia. In 2015 he was one of 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers and musicians who were invited to contribute to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Art of Saving a Life project, to promote vaccination in the developing world. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts from Leeds Arts University.
Interviews and Features
Geoff Tily, Senior Economist at the Trade Union Congress
“Just finished this brilliant book: a chapter each on Rupert Murdoch, the Kochs and Jeff Bezos. Here, in a great panel from the end, Cunningham comes to the only possible conclusion…”
Best Graphic Nonfiction 2019: Billionaires and Sensible Footwear
Billionaires by Darryl Cunningham and Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide by Kate Charlesworth have both won Best Graphic Nonfiction 2019 by Andy Oliver for Broken Frontier. The list includes Best Webcomic, Best Graphic Novel, Best Publisher and a handful more. Have a look through Andy’s top picks HERE.
Best of the Year 2019 according to Joe Gordon
On Billionaires: “Essential reading for our modern world, delivered in Darryl’s usual exemplary style which makes even the most complex ideas comprehensible. ”
On Sensible Footwear: “This is just a wonderfully warm graphic memoir, beautifully drawn, emotionally rich and left me with a huge smile on my face after I’d finished reading it. ”
Don’t miss the full list up on Woolamaloo Gazette.
The Pod Delusion
‘Jeff Bezos is worth $108 billion dollars. Imagine owning a billion. Imagine being able to buy central London and not scratch your fortune. Can they relate to us? The answer is no – how can they? Sealed off on their private islands and estates and massive New York penthouses… they don’t come into contact with us very much and their lives reflect that.’
Listen again HERE.
Gnash! Comics Book of the Month
Skepticality speaking: podcast with Darryl Cunningham
Podcast by Inkstuds at Gosh Comics
Listen here to Darryl Cunningham talking with architect-cartoonist Alison Sampson and writer James McKelvie, interviewed at London’s GOSH comic shop in November 2014 by host Robin McConnell, for the influential Inkstuds international radio show about comics.
Article for the New Statesman
In an exclusive article for New Statesman, entitled ‘Why Ayn Rand is still relevant (And dangerous)’ , Darryl discusses the argument at the core of his latest work of graphic journalism, Supercrash: How to hijack the global economy (read full article).
‘My book starts with Ayn Rand. I wanted to write about Rand, because I felt if I could understand her, I could get to the heart of what has gone wrong in Western politics over the past three decades, and at the same time, define my own beliefs more thoroughly.’
Radio interview with Show 469
Darryl discusses climate change, moon landings, evolution and science denial in the 21st century, in an interview with New York radio on Show 469.
Feature for Forbidden Planet
‘Why did I choose to add material to the new editions of both Psychiatric Tales and Science Tales, I hear you ask? It wasn’t a deliberate choice. It was a decision that came out of a series of events…’
Darryl talks to Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet about the new, expanded editions of his graphic non-fiction titles.
Interview with Indie Reader
In an interview with Indie Reader, Darryl tells of how he first broke into the world of comics.
‘I’ve always drawn, ever since I was a boy. I wanted to write. I had these two skills. It seemed obvious to me that I should combine the two things I enjoyed doing the most…’ Full interview here.
Illustrated feature for the Observer
‘There is a prejudice, usually held by people who haven’t read one, that the graphic format is unsuited to tackling weighty subjects, but the form abounds with examples to the contrary… Far from being a frivolous medium, the graphic book is a great way of getting to grips with serious issues, Cunningham says. ‘It summarises things very quickly and you can plough through a lot of information. I love the simplicity of it.”
Darryl discusses the benefits of the graphic form, as featured in the Observer.
Podcast interview with The POD Delusion
Listen to Darryl talking about his investigative graphics title, Science Tales, in an interview with Lisa Chalkley for weekly UK podcast programme, The Pod Delusion. Darryl’s feature begins at 57 minutes into the programme – listen here.