jean-luc-gohard asked: Any advice for a black man with a Latino last name trying to make it out here as a writer? I've been considering changing my last name so publications think I'm white and at least interview me or read my pieces, but I'm hoping there's a less drastic option out there.
I’ve been thinking about your question all day… it really upset me.
it upsets me that you even have to think that changing your name is the solution. I understand where that line of thought comes from but I don’t think it is the solution. I truly think you need to be who you are. I think the world needs every writer and artist to be who they are.
I know there’s racism and sexism in this world, good Lord I know, but I also know that I have never worked for a company that gave a crap about race or sex. all they care about is if they can sell what you’re making.
I do believe there is subconscious and subtextual race and sex issues at work in the world but I think the only way to fight those issues is to not make them your issues. just push past them by being excellent at your craft. by being undeniable.
please take myself for example. it took me a long time to “break-in” years and years. and every day that I was starving to death on Ramen noodles and every day that I saw no light at the end of the tunnel I made it an excuse to get better at my craft.
It wasn’t because I am Jewish or I’m short that I wasn’t breaking in… it was because it’s very hard to do. if it wasn’t hard everybody would be able to. I said to myself: I must get better at my craft.
because every one of my heroes had told me that if I worked on my craft that no matter what happened in my career I would, on the most important level, be happy.
and when I did run into anti-Semitism, and I did, it fed me. it absolutely did not stop me. it completely psyched me up to push through.
there are so many published and successful writers of every walk of life… there is someone out there for you to aspire to be. someone who proves that craft and ambition trump racism and sexism.
the only way to break down all of this is to show up as yourself and craft your stories truthfully and honestly.
albertaroca asked: how it feels like having a story (age of ultron) written by you brought to the big screen? do they consult you lot of stuff or something? :)
The titles are the same but the stories are very different. obviously my Ultron story had to do with the grand history of Ultron and the Marvel universe. I don’t think it would be a surprise to find out that the story you’re going to see in the movies is about the cinematic birth of that character. just based on that you can see that they are going to be very different stories.
it’s just one hell of a name… which I believe was tom brevoort’s idea. and I also believe it was a place holder name until we came up with a better one which we never did :-)
but, as always, I consult on every Marvel movie as part of the creative committee.
tyramir asked: Xavier did WHAT?! Bahahaha. Well played, sir. I cannot WAIT for the explanation, but seriously, never before have I seen a writer so willing to play suicidal chicken with his readership.
Every writer does that with every readership every issue. I just tend to do it with a little more flair :-)
But for the many many people asking me many many questions… the story is far from over so don’t flip out on my face about continuity miniature just yet
and, I promise you, there’s nothing about X-Men continuity that you know that I and my editors do not.