Hello and thanks to you.
Most days I think we both feel like we don’t really belong in either camp, actually.
Our interests as far as consumption goes straddle the (arbitrary) divide, so I suppose it makes sense that we would find stories worth telling regardless of genre. I was in the video store (yes, they still exist) this week and the clerk asked what kind of movies I liked. I don’t think she believed me when I said I would watch anything, even when I came away with The American, Thirst and Kieslowski’s Three Colors. Stories are stories; why limit yourself?
Haven’t looked at the title since John Byrne left. Liked it well enough. Kathryn says she’s all for stunt casting.
Not really. Because we share the same work space, whomever needs to concentrate more gets to choose what helps them do that best. For a long time the default was just the ipod on shuffle but Stuart’s got a little too much Woody Guthrie in there and we both got tired of diving for the skip button. Our taste is pretty diverse but it basically stops around 1990.
Mostly now, we let the Shaw satellite tv radio play in the next room and there’s a French nostalgia station that is like the soundtrack for the French version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. And that’s basically perfect. As is the 70s station on the days when it decides to be mainly Roberta Flack and Marvin Gaye.
We will take your non-question. Thank you very much.
If Warren wrote it, Nick Lowe edited it, Marvel scheduled it, and I was asked to draw it, I would be all over it but I suspect that ship sailed a long time ago.
First, as one not-so-secret JiM lover to another, thank you. It was a tremendously good time. And second, at the risk of sounding obvious, the highlight was 100% making a book with Valerio Schiti. He was a delightful companion and a hilarious collaborator right from the get go. And I think we both, inexplicably, ‘got’ Sif in the same way… fierce and elegant, dorky and awkwardly literal… all in equal measure. Totally incapable of telling a knock knock joke, she was our enormously gifted, sometimes misguided and mistaken, Asgardian giraffe. I hope that some of what we were able to do with that character sticks going forward.
This tumblr recently had a series of posts about the last 26 years I’ve spent in comics and I’m sure there are a dozen interviews floating around in which I detail how and why I got in the business. Working for Marvel is great; it’s not the only thing I do.
Personal projects are professional work, but I understand your meaning.
I’ve use the slate for Marvel gigs (see above for example) as well as on Russian Olive and SNIPE. I like it fine and I’m happy to have some facility with a 100% digital workflow since it makes certain tasks (or entire jobs) available to me that would be otherwise harder or even impossible to do. That being said, I wouldn’t cross the street to draw on a computer screen.
Axel does his weekly column for CBR, they’re always asking for questions. You could start there, I suppose but I didn’t send you.
We’re both working to get Russian Olive finished and I’m sure there will be an official announcement from Marvel soon as to what my next project is for them.
Hey, thanks. That’s very kind.
To be completely honest, we’re not really interested in serialized CO work at the moment, which leaves Image out of the equation entirely. (Which is also not to say that there isn’t some great stuff happening over there and yes, arcs are generally written to be collected so, in some ways, it amounts to the same thing.) For the moment, we’re more interested in self-contained books. The next thing on the hovering on the horizon after Russian Olive will also be a single object. Of course this could change, if one of us had some kind of brain wave, but for the moment we are happy to putter along on our current course.
I’m not at liberty to say what the next gig for Marvel will be, but Kathryn and I are speeding towards completing Russian Olive to Red King, publication specifics TBA.
I’d never say “never,” but there are currently no plans for me to return to ANXM in any capacity. However, it’s in extremely capable hands; I’m certain your continued enjoyment will not be diminished in my absence.
Thanks for the kind words and well wishes.
For good or ill, the present look of the Beast and the ANXM costume designs, including the colour palette, were my work alone.
The opportunity to rethink costumes comes up fairly frequently; there are some inspired artists for whom the task comes naturally, and there are others who manage in a more perfunctory way— I’m afraid I fall into the latter category. It’s part of the job, but it’s not something I go looking to do.