Weird question but, I've always wondered- When you're conducting long-form interviews (like the one with Scott Snyder), about how long do you usually end up talking to people? And how long does it take you to transcribe the audio into text?
The Snyder interviews in particular go for about an hour, and transcription takes about two or three for each half. I actually don’t mind transcribing at all — interviews are my favorite thing to do.
I really enjoyed your "Batman 3000" post the other day. (That giant pink space alien Robin is top notch stuff) Would you and J. Gonzo ever consider doing it as a COPRA-style homage/fan-comic kind of thing?
I thought about doing exactly that for years, but the problem is that a lot of my ideas, the ones about Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and so on, use all the STUFF that goes along with them. Like, for Batman 3000, it wasn’t just Batman, it was Batman and his relationship with Talia and the League of Assassins, patching up a hole in the Legion of Super-Heroes’ future and calling back to the sci-fi stories of the ’50s — and that’s before J brought in Robin and Bat-Mite to really seal it.
I’d love to do the “filing off the serial numbers” sort of thing and do the story with analogues, like Supreme or Edison Rex or even Squadron Supreme, but without being able to use that specific stuff, you lose a lot of the impact and a lot of the reason for existing. A kid fighting against Talia in 3014 AD to revive the legacy of Batman is something that’s easy to care about, but if he’s just fighting for the “legacy” of a character you’ve never heard of, how much interest are you going to lose just from the start? The stuff is the thing in that story, sadly, and doing it as an analogue character would mean that I’d have to go out of my way to explain everything and set it all up, while at the same time having less impact.
Recently, there’s been another outrage outburst in the comics community. A woman criticized a sorta shitty comic cover, and naturally, she was threatened with rape. It feels…
Ulisas Farinas has written a pair of impassioned articles about the normalization of depictions of violence against women in comics and, more recently, underlining the self-delusion inherent in the recent posturing made in response to the rape threats against Janelle Asselin, a comics culture writer who had the temerity to criticize a Teen Titans comic book cover for being dumb (heads up, True Believers, those comics are dumb!)
It’s an undisciplined but honest pair of articles, and he makes some thoughtful points, like
As an adult, I see men all around me, who write violence, who draw violence, who have never been infected (sic) by violence. Most women you know, have been victims of some sort of violence from a man. But where is Batman and the battered woman? Where is Captain America and the saddest conversation you can have with a girlfriend? Where is all the heartache, the pain, the disgust and the powerlessness?
And on the … well, christ, on the pointlessness of trying to shame bad behavior out of folks…
A man tells a woman he’ll rape her because its the only thing left where he can still have power. You ain’t gonna shame no dude into stop doing that. Shame is exactly why he does it. Dude knows exactly how offensive he is being. And if it offends his dude friends? They think, “That’s cause they’re little bitches too, so fuck them. I bet they can’t get laid, so they just pretend to be feminists to hang out with chicks.”
They don’t know what rape is, except from what they’ve learned from TV, comics and movies. They know that its extremely shocking, and so they can always rely on it to end the conversation.
As a reward for writing these articles, Ulisas been gifted with a lovely bouquet of “UNH ACTUALLY MEN GET RAPED TOO YOU KNOW!” responses, with such suddenness and ferocity that you’d think these guys were competing for the Gold in Missing the Point (I suppose I can inoculate myself against the same thing by adding: he never said they didn’t). He’s been given the greatest gift of all, being proven right by nimrods.
You know that joke - a woman is crying because she’s just received word that her sister and nieces died in a boating accident, and a guy walking by interrupts her; “Uh, excuse me, but men drown too, you know.”
Hey, good job sourcing that Awkward Zombie comic. For this kind gesture, did you know there's a show called "James Bond Jr."? It's about Bond's nephew fighting his old villains in a kid friendly way. Oddjob is a villain's henchman in it and wears a purple and green tracksuit.
I have had a surprising number (read: not zero) of conversations about James Bond Jr. recently! Derek Charm brought it up when I was out in Seattle, and the other day we were talking about it on Twitter and I talked about how I never saw the show, but I had a novelization (I’m pretty sure it was “Live And Let’s Dance”) and I once saw this toy at an outlet mall in Myrtle Beach that was a CD player, like a discman, that had A HIDDEN GUN.
Do you remember what made you a Christmas guy? I mean, was there a specific holiday season that did it, or is it just something that's always been there? (I can trace my Christmas superfandom to the year my Dad got me a Red Ryder BB Gun and hid it in a corner for me to find, for instance.)
You bring a tree inside, where there are not usually trees.
So I watched your excellent 2nd episode of Here's The Thing, and you mentioned Matt Wagner's awesome Batman stories. I loved those books when I read them, but I've always been curious about something. They say they're a part of the Dark Moon Rising Trilogy, so whatever happened to the third one?
No idea. I know “Dark Moon Rising” was the overarching title for both series, and I also know that he did TRINITY around the same time, set in the same era, but I don’t know if there ever actually was a plan for a third or what happened to it.