These are not mini-interviews, or even micro-ones. They are more like little pieces of conversation containing a few mildly irreverent questions (I can’t even guarantee any of this is coherent since I was on such an adrenaline high all weekend). Note! This is not because I didn’t get to spend a very satisfying amount of time hanging out with (stalking?) Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. They were both extremely nice and generous with their time, and didn’t take out a restraining order against me or anything! 😉
However, the comic book convention setting is what it is, and I am no journalist. In fact, if I were to ever start referring to myself as a “comic book journalist,” you have my full permission to hit me over the head with a blunt object of your choosing. Just don’t make it the goody bag from the Harvey Awards, because that might actually kill me and that would perhaps be considered excessive.
With that said, here’s what I managed to get on tape!
Me: “What kind of performance-enhancing drugs are you on?” (Okay, so that was a weird question, I admit.)
CS (laughing): “That’s ridiculous! […] Does caffeine count?”
CS: “There’s just caffeine. And lots of sugar!”
Me: “Do you have any other curve balls for Mark that wou want to put on the cover, after that whole Legion of Monsters thing?” (In reference to the October issue.)
CS: “Well, the Legion of Monsters was just because we needed three covers. Wacker was like ‘he’s drowning on one…’ What I got from him was just one drowning, one in the subway, and a Halloween one. With the Halloween one, I was thinking Dracula would be cool, and going out from there I started tossing in every monster I could from the 70s that I liked. Some of them got nixed. Man-Thing isn’t in there, cause Mark thinks he has an idea for Man-Thing.”
At this point, Mark Waid jumped into the conversation from the next table, and talked a bit about that idea, which sadly got lost in the noise on my recording.
Me (to Mark): “Oh, for Man-Thing, you need to bring back Candace Nelson!”
MW: “True, that’s true!”
Me: “Because she was involved in that story!” (She said much too excitedly.)
Me (to Chris): “Okay, here’s a final quick one: After doing like a page of radar panels, do you ever see the world in radar vision?”
CS: “No! I see the world in red, from rage!” (Chris looked very angry when he said this. Not really.)
Me: Okay, thank you so much! Sorry everyone for holding up the line!”
Random dude in line: “Thank you for making this very interesting for me!”
Me: “Congratulations on the comic book store!” (Mark Waid, just bought a store recently – or was it two? – in case you missed it.)
MW: “Thank you!”
Me: “This actually leads to my first question: Do you use clones or life-model decoys to do everything?”
MW: “I just have a bunch of minions show up that actually say they’re Mark Waid.”
Me: “That’s great! Next one: Regarding the things you said at the panel yesterday, talking about the Marty Pasko story for the senses, going back to the basics and everything. Where is the basics for you in terms of personality for Matt Murdock? Looking at the early stories, it actually took a while for that to solidify.”
MW: “Yeah, very much so. I think… Good question! I still look at Frank’s work as much as anything for the basics of his personality. But everyone forgets that Frank’s work had a light touch to it. So that’s the fundamental one I look at.”
Me: “I keep thinking the Mike Murdock thing was actually kind of a way for Stan Lee and his team to even figure out…”
MW: “What they were doing, exactly. Yeah.”
Me: “Another thing, one dangling plot thing… I remember in an early interview, you were talking about that the Nelson & Murdock receptionist was going to be the most annoying receptionist ever. What happened with that?”
MW: “I know! I totally spaced on that. Totally. I just got buried with other stuff, but thanks for reminding me, because there is an opportunity for us to address that and do something. Good thinking!”
Me: “That’s what I’m here for!”
Okay people! That’s it for now. I’ll devote one more post to the convention since there were so many other cool things I wanted to talk about. I’ve really had the time of my life here, and am so glad I came. Questions and comments are welcome, as always!