Will Dennis and I recorded this episode on Friday, 3/27/20. In the week since then, my pie-in-the-sky attitude has taken a severe beating. However, as we talked, Will does present some compelling ideas for how comics could regroup and help out retailers after we get through this pandemic.
Expanding on his recent Twitter thread that showcased the hard work editors toil through to deliver your favorite comic books, I talk to Bon Alimagno about the genesis of that and his days at Marvel as a Talent Coordinator. We also talk about the bottom line business of comics, developing talent, and his new gig a Comics Experience.
He provides a great snapshot of what Marvel was like when he worked there and what it was like to work with Stephen Wacker, Tom Brevoort, Sebastian Girner, and C.B. Cebulski.
It has been a while since we talked, so it's time to catch up with Bryce Carlson, BOOM! Studios' Vice President of Editorial & Creative Strategy.
We cover a lot, including how he brought R. L. Stine to BOOM!, the homegrown mindset of the company, leaving social media, and what he thinks of Jame's Ellroy's first novel.
When I decided to shake up Portrait of an Editor, I asked Will Dennis if he would be interested in a 30-minute conversation once a month to discuss a specific topic that is relevant to comic book editors and the medium.
He foolishly agreed.
Now once a month we're going to pick a subject and discuss how it relates to comics in our brand new spin-off PORTRAIT OF AN EDITOR: CROPPED.
In this ep, we discuss social media and ask--What is it good for?
Alejandro and I cover a lot in this extra long interview: Chupacabras, mentors, keeping up with the multi-layered world of Greg Rucka & Michael Lark's LAZARUS, Joshua Dysart's take on Valiant's Toyo Harada, the use of redemptive violence, and writing his new series for Valiant, DOCTOR TOMORROW.
I want to congratulate Stephen on his new position of VP, Head of Content, New Media at Marvel Entertainment
For the interview, we discussed his editing days at DC and Marvel and those learning experiences. How that affects his day to day job at Marvel nowadays.
We especially focused on with how he kept his creators fresh and focused as they grinded out the epic weekly series of DC’s 52 and the epic three times a month run of Spider-Man. Here’s my very enjoyable interview with Stephen Wacker. He even turns the tables on me during the lightning round.