Digital Spy spoke to Quirk about his collaboration with artist Warren Holder and the inspiration behind the series.
Can you tell us a bit about Yellowman?
"It's about an African albino who is being hunted through Victorian London. Among certain kinds of black magic and voodoo, albinos' body parts are considered to have an extremely high fetish value for use in spells and rituals. You still get stories that bubble up fairly regularly on the news from Africa where albinos are being killed to order for their body parts. I've been kicking around the idea for about six years now since Channel 4 did a very good Dispatches about albinos being hunted.
"I read around that a bit and one of the things that turned up was that albinos have generally only appeared in fiction as bad guys. There's the assassin in the Da Vinci Code - the joke being that albinos tend to have bad eyesight and so would actually be terrible assassins.
How did the graphic novel come about?
"In terms of doing it as a graphic novel, I've spent a couple of years working on an aborted screenplay. My writing partner had just had a baby, and I wanted to start writing on something else. Screenplays and novels are enormous undertakings, and I wanted to work on something that was in a much quicker medium. A friend suggested a graphic novel, because then you don't have to do it as an entire finished object. The whole industry around graphic novels seems to have a very fertile DIY culture in a way that novel writers don't. It seems much closer to how the music industry used to be, where you could press up your own records on 7". Pressing up your own novel seems a bit like vanity publishing.
"Having drummed up a script and decided on the format, I was put in contact with Warren through a mutual friend. I posted on Facebook asking if anyone knew an artist and a friend of mine recommended Warren Holder. I think that for the first four or five months we didn't meet each other - we just worked by email. It was only then that we sat down for a cup of tea."
"Almost none. I wouldn't claim to be an expert. I was very into them when I was very little - I was about five when they relaunched the Eagle. But I really kind of drifted away from it. I've read the very obvious ones - I love Alan Moore and I've read The Filth and Maus.
"I was a little concerned when I started writing because I think if you're starting to work in a genre you're not entirely familiar with there's the worry that you might be ripping off something hugely obvious or making a load of mistakes. But equally it can be very nice to go and work in a genre where you're not completely obsessed with everything that's out there already. I think there's something very liberating about that."
When can we expect the next instalment?
"It's back to a slightly embryonic stage at the moment. I've done about 28 pages of the next script and Warren has started on the artwork, so we're aiming for spring next year. It's going to be a four-parter, eventually.
"I know where the story is going, but it's just a case of getting it written, fitting it in around day jobs. Warren does a lot of film work, primarily - he's working on the new James Bond film – so it's a case of trying to fit him in.
"Part two expands the story a bit and takes them outside London and the psychic cat really comes into its own."
"We've got two big comic shops in Soho - Gosh and Orbital - selling it. They keep emailing us asking for restocks, so they must be doing quite well. The Whitechapel Gallery has sold out a few times. The main one is selling it from the website. It seems to be doing pretty well so far - we've shipped a lot to Scandinavia and Ireland.
"The iPad version is almost ready to go. We're just waiting for our ISBN number to come through, which has actually been the most laborious part of the entire process.
"It's a really interesting world to be working in at the moment. The entire book industry seems to be missing the most enormous trick with the world of comics."
Yellowman volume one is out now.