Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Creator Roundup

This week Dan Hipp gives me a nerdgasm, Phil Hestor goes somewhere, Jeff Lemire spills some ink, Terry Moore speaks to Suicide Girls, Jamie McKelvie draws some people, Mark Waid talks to lawyers, Charles Soule sings a (the) Toni Basil song, Allen Heinberg is on USA Today, Fabio Moon draws a dog and Peter David makes excuses. If you want me to follow a creator i’m not already following, let me know in the comments.

- As always, We begin with a new Dan Hipp artwork:


- WCFCourier has an
inteview with FireBreather and Anchor creator Phil Hestor. Here’s an excerpt:

Hester lives in North English, a long way from the epicenter of the publishing universe. In the early days, that was not always very convenient. In the digital age, distance is less of a factor of success.
Recently, the wider popular culture has embraced heroes and villains from the graphic novel universe. Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, the X-men and Thor have all starred in major motion pictures within the last decade.
"I don't think there has ever been a time when the average citizen knows more about comic book characters," Hester said.
"It's kind of a neat thing that Hollywood is looking more and more to comic books," he added. "I benefitted from that myself."

- As well as reporting Essex County being added to the iBook store, Jeff LeMire posted some photos of his studio. Here’s one:

Suicide Girls have an interview with Terry Moore about Rachel Rising. Here’s an excerpt:

ALEX DUEBEN: I guess just to get started for people who don’t know, could you talk a little about what Rachel Rising is?
TERRY MOORE: Rachel Rising is a comic book series based on the mystery of Rachel Beck’s murder. The story opens with Rachel climbing out of a shallow grave in the woods to investigate her own murder. It’s creepy.

Climbing out of one’s own shallow grave is definitely creepy. Was this image the genesis of the book?


Actually, the first images in my head were more urban. A woman at night, meeting her end. The next night she’s back on the streets. WTF? How could you not get a story out of that?


The book opens with a gorgeous nine page wordless sequence. What was the thinking behind starting the book off that way and how much of a challenge was it?

I’ve written a lot of dialogue in my career, but this was one of those moments where there are no words, just nature waking up and something god-awful pushing through the dirt. I thought about having a Sunset Boulevard narrator, but it’s been done so much. I think the Psycho approach is creepier… no sound but the shower running, the blade hitting bone.

- Here’s a work in progress from
Jamie McKelvie:

- Mark Waid talks about daredevil with products liability litigation website Abnormal Use. An excerpt thus:
JIM DEDMAN: Matt Murdock has two full time jobs:  attorney in private practice and costumed super hero.  You’ve described that as a sort of a “paradox of a vigilante by night, lawyer by day.”  How does he manage doing both those tough jobs?
MARK WAID: Like all good comic book superheroes, he manages to squeeze an awful lot in a 24 hour day.  When I go to the bank and the post office, I’m done, and I have to lie down.  But these guys, in Matt’s case, one of the things that’s enormously helpful to him is that he relies very, very heavily on his partner and best friend, Foggy Nelson. Their dynamic is such that Matt is brilliant in the courtroom.  He is a showman, he is charming, he is well spoken. What Foggy brings to the table is . . .  an eidetic memory for court history and for case history. So he’s the one who was always in law school, nose in the books, 23 hours a day, while Matt was out chasing skirts and stuff.  So, if you will, Matt’s the face, and Foggy’s the brain, and sorry to say, the brains have the harder job.
JD: Nelson & Murdock is a small New York City firm. You’ve mentioned that you’ll be introducing some interns and assistants at the firm in the future, which is foreshadowed at the end of issue three.  How do you go about depicting the day-to-day operations of a law firm in the comic book medium?
MW: With all due respect to the fine lawyers who have represented me in the past and can sue me out of existence today, basic office law work is not the most terribly visual thing in the world for comic books.  So, we don’t spend a whole lot of time in the Nelson & Murdock offices and what time we do there is – to the chagrin of many of my lawyer friends – is sort of the TV and comic version of what a law office looks like, which is not reality.  People having fun all the time.  People are having parties, blah, blah, blah.  Luckily, Marvel has a couple of really good writers who also have legal backgrounds.  Marc Guggenheim is one, and so I’m able to lean on these guys pretty heavily for background and to sort of back stop me to make sure that my rudimentary layman’s knowledge of how a law office works, at least has some grounding in reality.

- In order to prom0te his new series of 27,
Charles Soule has recorded his own version of 9 different one hit wonders. here’s my favourite:

- USA Today have an Interview with Allen Heinberg about Avengers: Childrens Crusade. They report: The events of Children's Crusade will be felt after it ends, Heinberg promises. By the time the final issue is out in January, it will have caught up with Marvel continuity and dovetail into big things involving the Avengers and the X-Men.
"Anybody who hasn't been following Crusade all these months will likely be kicking themselves once we roll into next year," says Avengers editor Tom Brevoort, "so there's still plenty of time to save yourself that mental anguish! It's more crucial to what's about to come than we've been able to let on before now."

- Fabio Moon posted this artwork:

Peter David has this little titbit: “I’m out in Los Angeles, working with the brilliant writing staff of “Young Justice,” prepping the last few episodes of the second season. While I was there, I was able to watch a completed edition of my first episode of the current season, airing on Cartoon Network. These things are extremely fluid and subject to change, but it’s tentatively scheduled to be broadcast on November 11. When we get closer, I’ll verify as to whether it will indeed be airing on that day. And please don’t ask me the title or what it’s about; I’m afraid that’s secret.”

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