This week Dan Hipp is on the same bat (adventure) time, Joe Hill passes the blame, Eric Canete channels the power cosmic, Phil Hestor goes bionic, Brian Wood previews barbarity, Georges Jeanty answers a bunch of questions, Bryan Lee O’Malley tells a tale about a fly, Jeff Lemire is not as vain as Grant Morrison, Fabio Moon gives a nod to Chris Claremont and Brandon Graham decides to collaborate. As always, if you want me to follow a specific creator, let me know in the comments.
- As always, let us begin with a bit of Dan Hipp:
- Joe Hill shares his involvement in The Cape series from IDW:
Big credit to the creative team on the book – artist Zach Howard, colorist Nelson Daniel, and scripter Jason Ciaramella. My name is on the cover, because the comic spun out of my short story from 20th CENTURY GHOSTS. Also I’m a creative consultant on the thing, a job which largely consists of looking at Jason’s scripts and saying, “this fuckin’ rules,” then looking at Zach’s art and saying, “This fuckin’ kills.” But Zach, Nelson, and Jason are the dudes who have really brought this thing to life, with a healthy mix of ink, imagination, and blood. Thanks to them for treating my characters so well – or not, as the case may be – and big thanks to everyone who checks it out.
- Eric Canete has a bunch of commissions he did up on his blog including this one of Galactus:
- Phil Hester and Jon Lau talk about their Bionic Man series from Dynamite Entertainment:
TFAW.com: This is the second time both of you have collaborated on a Kevin Smith screenplay–the first time being with Green Hornet, of course. What were the major differences this time, with The Bionic Man?
Phil Hester: The source material is a bit older. Kevin wrote his Bionic Man screenplay quite a long time ago, so there were a lot of technical updates we needed to do, especially regarding computer and cell phone advances. As far as the actual working process goes, very little difference. I adapt the screenplay, Kevin edits my pass, I incorporate his notes, Kevin does a final polish, and then poor Jonathan has to draw it all.
Jonathan Lau: Yes, very much so–at least poor Jonathan is glad to be on this team. Phil knows what I enjoy working on and allowed me to have at it. The only thing missing is the live-action movie that coincides with the comic book, as with Green Hornet.
TFAW.com: I’m a huge fan of the original Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman–were you familiar with the shows before you started on the project?
PH: Sure. I was a kid when both shows originally aired. I spent many a recess running in slow motion and lifting imaginary cars off of imaginary trapped grandmas while humming “nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh!”
JL: I have vague memories of the show, so I couldn’t say I am a die-hard fan. But Lee Majors will always be the Six Million Dollar Man for me. And very similar to Phil, I did those things too. It’s just that when leaping off high cabinets, gravity isn’t in slow motion for me, so I go “nuh-nuh-nuh-n-OWWW!”
- Brian Wood threw up this promo for his new Conan series with Becky Cloonan:
- Georges Jeanty indulged fans in a great Q & A on the Slayalive forums. Here is but a taste:
Q: The new character Severin seems to burn out a vampire's demon leaving a human corpse. Did you have any special instructions on how this should look when he uses his power or were you given total creative freedom in how it would appear?
Georges: Not really. that was something that developed over time. I knew I wanted to have something distinctive for Severin's power. There was talk of it being electricity, which was fine, but I also wanted to draw stuff that I don't often do. Jack Kirby became famous for an effect that was later named after him: Kirby Krackle. It's all those little black spots grouped together in some creative design. That became more of a style thing for Sevrin's power. Usually the visuals are left up to the artist. It's one of those things where if you get good people, then leave them to do their work.
Q: How has it been drawing the more real world C.S.I. scenes we've seen so far and the interrogation of Buffy scene in the new issue.
Georges: That's more true than you think. We are in an age in the Buffyverse where 'reality' is starting to creep in. Seriously. If you'll notice in Seasons 1 through 7, we pretty much had Buffy in Sunnydale and that was for all intents and purposes her world. It became kind of a surreal world where you accepted all the weird goings on (actually you wondered how in the world could anyone live in Sunnydale?!). Yes, there was that time at the beginning of Season 3 where she left, but starting with Season 8 Buffy and the crew were jet-setting all over the globe, bringing her into the 'real world', when you think of it. Granted Angel Season 5 had glimpses of Buffy in the real world, but you never 'saw' her. Now that she's out in the world and the general population knows about Slayers, things feel a little more real. The interrogation room scene just drives home how reality was creeping in. Look out for a lot more 'reality' in the future.
Bryan Lee O’Malley shared this cool little cartoon:
- Jeff Lemire discusses a bunch of stuff with IO9 including Animal Man:
So, what's your master plan for Animal Man?
If you read the whole Vertigo Animal Man series of 89 issues or whatever, each writer has a completely different take on his origin. If you try to put them all together, they contradict one another. I had to pick and choose to make up a new origin that makes sense to new readers.
It's about taking stuff like the family aspect of Grant Morrison's run and concepts like The Red and boiling them down into one new package that's really accessible to readers who didn't know anything about him. That was my challenge as the writer.
In the first issue, you cast yourself as a magazine reporter interviewing Animal Man. Grant Morrison famously wrote himself into Animal Man. Will Jeff Lemire the DC character be appearing in future issues?
No, that was just my cheeky nod to the whole idea. The next few issues are really cool, with Buddy and [his daughter] Maxine going into The Red for the first time. They bring the reader with them to meet these characters called The Totems, who are all the former avatars of The Red. They're new characters I created, they're like The Red's version of The Parliament of Trees. When they meet The Totems, they begin to understand what Maxine is, what The Red is, all these things readers have been wondering about.
- Fabio Moon posted some art in honour of Chris Claremont’s upcoming appearance at Rio Comicon. Here’s the first:
- Brandon Graham posted a ton of stuff this week including updates on Multiple Warheads and a bunch of preview pages for his new Image book Prophet. It’s his first collaboration with an artist that’s not himself (It’s Simon Roy):