Finlay in conversation with Natasha Grey:
Can we expect to see more on the subject of the subconscious ?
“Definitely, Jung, again, said ‘Psychology is modern mythology’ and this is a theme through all the books… we’ll also be seeing something on the subject of the Quantum Entanglement theory…”
The idea that the photons that make up all matter in the universe are all connected ?
“Precisely, except it is no longer just a theory, Dr Wisemans team at the University of Tokyo have proved it. Everything really is connected !”
How does that relate to the theme of the subconscious ?
“When we access the subconscious we can access the subconscious of all humanity. It hasn’t been proven but it’s a widely accepted idea in psychology. So there you have the social/human equivalent of entanglement.
Do you use your relationship with the subconscious extensively in your work ?
Yes, I rely on it, I trust it, it is where our most powerful instincts are honed. Its also where we can face our inner demons and try to better ourselves. But this is something we can talk about in more detail in Issue 3 when the next book begins, and we can look at exactly how that works and how it is applied to the process of storytelling and illustration.”
You didn’t start out with a clear idea of what the book was going to be ?
“Before Convergence I had been working for years on projects that began with a specific set of themes right from the start – highly structured, and this was the first time I could just allow the thing to come into focus by itself. I wasn’t even considering publishing it until after I had completed the second book… so I had a lot of freedom to explore”
Despite the passion and the intensity of the love affairs, it seems to be rooted in a fairly humdrum reality ?
“That is in the nature of the transrealism genre. I wanted to establish a very recognisable everyday reality in the first book because we will gradually be drifting further and further away from that into the realms of mysticism and anomalous phenomena”.
It’s hard to tell who is who in the book ?
“That is partly intentional. It suggests that everybody is going through pretty much the same things so, irrespective of your circumstances, you are still coming up against the same need, or desire, to connect and in this case it’s a set of people who on the whole are failing to do that.
What we are left with is the feeling that Slim has to engage, he has to do something to feel that he is truly alive. He can’t just go through life as a casual observer… so we suspect something is going to come along that’s going to completely disrupt the equilibrium of his reality”.
I’m guessing that might have something to do with a woman ?
“Yeah… but we haven’t finished with Convergence yet and besides, nothing in the world of Subway Slim is ever what it seems”.
Interview by Natasha Grey.