On the Couch with Baptiste Emery

BE_photo Pia JohnsonWho is Baptiste Emery?
I am 10 years old, love comics, superheroes and films. I like drawing Manga chibies (cute Japanese comic characters). I like to play downball at school with my friends.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Nothing major; however, I would have borrowed Blackest Night (superhero comic) when I last visited Reservoir Library.

Who inspires you and why?
Yishan Li, author of Massive Manga – because she inspired me to draw different styles of Manga and change my approach to drawing.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would allow asylum seekers into Australia.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
In Australia I like going to Port Fairy because it’s near the beach and I love swimming and playing at the beach. We also have friends there. Outside of Australia my favourite holiday destination is France because it’s a lovely place to visit and there are lots of wonderful food and beautiful places to see.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Luna Park because there are lots of awesome rides that my friends love to go on.

What are you currently reading?
Goosebumps – Attack of the Mutant by R.L. Stine.

What are you currently listening to?
Greenwich Village in the 60s: Beginnings and branches of the New York folk revival.

Happiness is?
When you are celebrating and feeling really excited. I feeling really happy when I get a new graphic novel or complete a drawing that I like.

What does the future hold for you?
I would like to continue to do drama so that I can become an actor.

Baptiste Emery is 10 years old and lives in Northcote. He is interested in many different things like space, Lego, pop culture and graphic novels.

Baptiste will be appearing in the ground-breaking conversation, Men Overboard: A Blush of Boys at The Wheeler Centre on Wednesday 16 July 2014. For more information, visit The Wheeler Centre website. Please note: this event is currently booked out.

Image: Baptiste Emery – photo by Pia Johnson