A J Poyiadgi makes films by day and comics by night. He likes the collaborative nature of one and the solitary demands of the other.
His comic Teapot Therapy was shortlisted for the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize and is now available for sale at Foyles Charing Cross and other good comic shop outlets.
He has directed commercials and trailers for Heinz, The Guardian, BBC, Sky, BAFTA and The Sopranos. His short film Schizofredric won awards at the Garden State Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Seattle Sci-Fi Film Festival and Sci-Fi London Film Festival.
He has recently completed a story for the comics anthology ink+PAPER and has co-written a comedy horror feature film called Blackwater Broad, which he describes as Jaws on the Norfolk broads…with a giant killer pike.
Career highlights include working with Richard E Grant, cinematographer Frederick Elmes (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, The Ice Storm) and discovering that tea can be used for drawing as well as drinking.