I’ll say it again-- Over the past year, I’ve become a big fan of Valiant Comics. I thoroughly enjoy the events and characters that make-up their superhero universe, especially the conflicted protagonists of Toyo Harada and Livewire.
So it was a great pleasure to talk to Valiant’s Executive Editor Joseph Illidge about those characters, Stan Lee, Dwayne McDuffie and how Dwayne influenced Joseph’s approach to editing.
My first interview with David Leach was packed with information.
Well, today's discussion surpasses the first one because in this interview David's passion for the comic book medium really comes out as he talks about his archival work on Flash Gordon and Jack Kirby's and Gil Kane's The Prisoner.
Also, we talk about budgets, agents, and the upcoming Blade Runner comic book.
In this episode, I finish up my interview with BOOM Studios’ Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer.
Three weeks ago I released a bonus episode in which we talked a lot about hockey. You can still download that.
Today we get back to talking about editing comic books, the role of agents, FIREFLY, Jeanine’s mentor, and the music of John Grant.
Titan Comics editor David Leach provides a history lesson on UK comic books, especially some great behind the scenes stuff about Marvel UK.
In addition to that, David talks about editing humor, the most critical thing he looks for from his writers, and his general take on what an editor needs to bring to the job.
Finally, we talk a bit about the new Blade Runner comic that Titan will be publishing.
The book trade has enabled an explosion of creativity in the comic book medium. So who better to talk to about that other than Calvin Reid who is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly and editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of the comics and graphic novel marketplace.
Today I turn the tables on Calvin and question him about prepping for interviews, PW’s relationship with publishers, his stab at comic book editing, and his mission to educate the world about the comic book medium’s potential.
FYI – The title for the David Mazzucchelli graphic novel neither of us could remember was ASTERIOS POLYP (Pantheon Books, 2009).
Continuing with PORTRAIT OF AN EDITOR’s focus on the WHERE WE LIVE anthology, Will Dennis discusses what it took to produce the poignant and vital anthology, his origin story, how New York fueled the comics industry, how diversity has benefited comics, John Carpenter's The Thing, and what about Jason Aaron’s pitch for The Other Side really impressed him and foretold Aaron’s success as a comic book writer.