Well, for starters, they trust my ideas, and always have. Back when I developed Courtney Crumrin, I’d intended it for Slave Labor. But they just didn’t believe in me or my ideas. I know that sounds damning, but frankly, I don’t blame them. I was an artist who was arrogant enough to think I could write as well as draw. Plenty do, and many are wrong. And even Joe Nozemack at Oni has told me my execution is much better than my pitches. But Oni gave me a chance when no one else would. And over the years, they’ve been patient and helpful partners. Will I take everything to them? Probably not. But they’re always going to be a go-to publisher for me, because I can rely on their support.
Back in the Gloomcookie days, when I took a finished issue to Slave Labor, exhausted from spending 24 straight hours finishing, scanning and lettering it (I had a day job at the time), I never got so much as a thank you from Bob, my editor. But no matter how late my work is at Oni, no matter how rushed and sloppy I feel it looks, I always get a little compliment on it. That matters. I can’t speak for other artists, but I still have a delicate ego, and a little boost at the end of a project always helps me get enthused about the next one.
Have you followed/read Batwoman's solo series that started a few years ago? I loved William's art and Blackwell's writing, and have you to thank for molding the character during Detective Comics! :)
I haven’t, to be perfectly honest. I tried, but I couldn’t do it. This is not a reflection on the quality of Jim and Haden’s work, nor on Marc’s; I lived with Kate for almost five years before Jim and I introduced her to the world in TEC. She is very, very dear to me, and the process of getting just those issues out alone was… beyond arduous.
I have a very clear vision of who she is, why she is, why she does what she does. It is so clear that it prevents me from reading what others do with her, because there’s always an annoyingly loud voice in my head saying, “but but BUT she wouldn’t DO that!” or similar.
And the thing is, I may have helped create this iteration of Kate Kane, but she’s NOT my character. She’s DC’s character.
So, like that.
Thank you for your kind words — very glad you’re enjoying Kate’s continuing adventures.
Long Beach Comic Con organizers have announced the Dwayne McDuffie Award, named in honor of the influential comics and animation writer who passed away in 2011. Details will be revealed Sept. 27 at the convention. “Dwayne’s influence on comics is […]
Will be interesting to see who wins the first award.
“I watch what Marvel and DC are doing, and there’s a pretty significant part of me that says we’re edging toward another crash again. One that, perhaps, won’t be as bad as some previous ones, because there are fewer speculators out there, and stores aren’t overbuying in that exact manner — but ‘Death By A Thousand Paper Cuts’ has always been how most stores have crippled themselves. Each and every month I pull nearly a long-box of unsold, and unsalable, comics from my racks at both stores — it’s a pretty scary amount of stuff when you think, ‘Oh, that box could be a car payment!’ — and I’ve figured out more ways to monetize that crusty biffage than many of my contemporaries.”—Brian Hibbs in his latest column, Tilting at Windmills (via comicswithtim)
I was a huge comic book fan. It’s weird because the era of Marvel I was into turns out to be very important in the long run, but it’s not the one that anybody romanticizes. It was right when X-Men was becoming the thing that all serious comics people were into.
My dude was the Incredible Hulk — that was my hero. I get emotional when I think about it, because the Incredible Hulk was fiercely loyal to people who treated him well. It was the one major value in his life. … He valued and treasured his friends and … anyone who mistreated them, he wanted to destroy, utterly — not just to punish, but to pulverize. When he was angry or upset in any other way, when his emotions were too strong, he was transformed into this creature who destroyed.
And that was beautiful because it’s how you feel when you have a very strong feeling of resentment or anger and you can’t do anything with it. You wish you could make people see just how powerful it feels. You feel like if it were unleashed it would break things — and the Incredible Hulk is that, just made flesh.