There's also Dennis O'Neil's "The DC Guide To Writing Comics", Peter David's "Guide To Writing Comics & Graphic Novels", & "How To Draw Noir Comics: The Art & Technique Of Visual Storytelling" by Shawn Martin Brough, as well. ;)
hey man, i'm currently tearing my way through your daredevil work (phenomenol, it really is) and it atruck me that with the exception on spidey, you've not worked on a solo character book for a while (that i'm aware of). i'm very much enjoying your x run and guardians is shaping up nicely, i'm just curious is you' are, for lack of of a better word, done, with solo books at this phase of your career? you do good work regardless though, pleasure to have you in tthe industry
Thank you very much. Alex and I also did a year on moonknight recently and we did a motion comics movie on spider woman which I think you can find for free floating around the Interwebs. both solo lead books
right now we are working on scarlet, which is also a single lead book.
Hi Brian. With the big 2 and other comic publishers (Image, Dark Horse, etc) employing mainly established writers like yourself; and with competitions for new comic writers being few and far between, how can someone who aspires to write comics with no established credentials get their work seen (not even published, just looked at)?
I don’t think that’s correct at all. Every comic book company is always looking for the next big thing, almost to an annoying degree :-)
sure the big names make a lot of noise but if you look at the catalogs there are dozens of fresh faces every month.
and most of the quote unquote big names that you see on comics were people who started by just making their own comics. don’t worry about Marvel and DC. worry about telling good stories. go make a comic book and you will be in comics.
What would be the piece of your own work that you're most proud of? The one you either enjoyed writing or the one you feel is your best work?
1-It’s really not for me to say. I have many complicated feelings about a lot of things that I’ve done but every time I see a filmmaker or author critique themselves, positive or negative, I find that it ruins it for me. as a reader once you find out what the author thinks of the work it can permanently alter what you think of it
2- I don’t have enough perspective on my own career to make that call yet
3- truthfully, it always feels like the one that’s in front of me or the one I’m about to do next. which is probably a good thing.
Are there any sources out there than examine different theories on page layouts? It's a key element in the storytelling, so was curious on the different takes on pacing and such. Can't seem to find any resources cept of course studying books myself and seeing what works. Looking for Story by Robert McKee, only page layouts and such. Or do I have to wait for someone's Random House book for Christmas?
The master Will Eisner wrote three textbooks two of which talk about page layout in very specific terms. go get them
Are you ever "assigned" to write a book from on high (from someone who says "Bendis would be great for this") that you don't especially want to do at first, but then that frustration forces you to be even more creative to find a solution, and it ends up being awesome because (or in spite) of that initial reluctance? If so, can you give an example?
sometimes you are offered a book or a character and sometimes you pitch.
someone in my position, which I grant you is an awesome one, is offered books by senior editors or the editor-in-chief. usually it starts with a: are you interested in blank? do you have a take on so-and-so…?
the next conversation is about story- making sure that it jives with what else is going on in the publishing house and to see if it matches what the publisher is interested in publishing.
it’s hard to pitch on a book that’s already in production because that is someone else’s job and as much as you want a job you don’t want to steal someone’s job. at least I don’t want to. there are plenty of freelancers who do :-) most of the time you have to wait until an editor lets you know the book or character is about to become available.
or you pitch an idea that is something that is not being published or using characters that are not, at the moment, in the spotlight
often an editor will challenge me to come up with a take on something that I previously would never have done on my own. sometimes I politely decline and other times I am so challenged by the idea I can’t help but zoom in on it.
sometimes an editor will offer you a book with a ‘hook’ already attached to it that is just solid gold. much like I got on all-new X-Men. that idea had been floating around for years. quite honestly, I always lose a lot of respect for a writer who won’t publicly give credit where credit is due. but that’s just me.
Absolutely loved today's Guardians of the Galaxy .1! Star Lord is pretty darn awesome. Iron Man is my favorite hero of all time though and I'm so excited he's joining GotG. What kind of role is he going to play in this series and will the Iron Man series be tied-in with this one?
You will find out exactly how Iron-man fits into the series and what his role will be in the very first issue next month. while his solo series will be focusing on other Tony Stark related space adventures. this is a very exciting time for the character. he will be just discovering lots of new things about the universe and himself.
and when he finally returns to earth he will be coming back a changed man. what exactly that means you’ll discover in the upcoming months
Are you going to be exploring the rest of star Lords origin in the upcoming issues? I know the point one showed him as a boy, but are you planning to show flashbacks of when he was in the space program, and when he got mad that they didn't choose him to be star Lord?
If the story demands that information but from issue one on we will be focusing on the now. the Marvel now!! :)
Hey Brian. I live in Las Vegas and I attempt to write comics. I'm capable of creating original characters and stories but i find myself wanting to incorporate most of my ideas to already existing Marvel and DC characters. I realize I'm a long way from working on that level but is there anything you can recommend I do to put me on the right path?
Of course we’re talking in the most general of terms because I don’t know you or your work but it does sound like your brain is telling you that it would like to write original characters and stories. you should focus on that instead of worrying about making those ideas something that would fit a Marvel or DC character. putting something new into the world is a good thing
I have never read any Guardians of the Galaxy. I have a pretty basic understanding of who they are, but I'm not familial with any of their history. If I read the .1 tomorrow should I be OK, or are you incorporating lots of GotG history into your run?
The point one issue is the origin of Peter Quill a.k.a.Starlord. it is as reader friendly a comic book as will ever exist on the planet Earth. because even people who know their guardians lore, don’t know this story like this.
thank you for giving it a shot. it’s a really beautiful book.
How does one like yourself, go about being so active on the Internet when in such a high profile position? I ask in terms of googling yourself, or searching your name on here. Do bad reviews get to you? Do you learn or maybe see what the fans expect from you and write accordingly? It must be an interesting feeling to simply search your name and get instant reactions and opinions on your work by fans and peers.
Well the truth is I don’t have to Google myself to find out how everyone’s feeling about things. it is usually right there as soon as I hop online.
because of places like this or twitter or my website at jinxworld.com I see just about everything that I would need to see, probably more than I need to see :-)
I talked to a lot of creators the generation before me and some of them are still reeling from the fact that they were having any impact on us at all because in the late 80s or earlier there was no worldwide Internet comic book community constantly commenting on everything. every once in a while they would get a letter. every once in a while someone at a comic book show would say something…
there is one very famous creator who in particular had no idea that anybody liked his stuff because he never heard from anybody. only now does he really understanding how important he was to all of us. so having grown up in the worldwide online comic book community that has banded together in a way that no comic book community of any generation has ever been able to do before I can tell you it is a humbling fantastic gift!
yes, it is not for the faint of heart or the easily insulted, but 99% of the people I interact with are people who love comics. they love comics with all of their heart and if I do something that breaks their heart they have the right to tell me just like they have the right to tell me if I do something that makes their whole day.
and if I believe one I have to believe the other. and at the end of the day reviews are just one person’s opinion… good or bad. but, yeah, good or always better.
yes there are a handful of, what we call in the business, nudnicks who have no idea that they are going to have, one day, passed away leaving behind nothing but an awful Internet personality but I even find something charming about them too. I guess it’s the writer in me always looking for interesting over-the-top personalities to analyze but when I see someone so in hate with me to the point where they think they know me or something I can’t help but stop and stare in awe. it doesn’t hurt my feelings because they don’t know who I am just like I don’t know who they are. is just fascinating to me.
and I know this answer is too long but as I said before being online and being available to you guys keeps me honest. I know I can’t screw up because I know you’ll be there to tell me. so i don’t.
Hey BMB Have ever on doing a What If story on Ultimate Peter Parker?if he had not Died and what Life would have been like for him if he hag gotten older and had all the Training & knowledge of The Ultimates? & secondly will we See Miles get older (like reach his 20's) or will he stay 15?
Well Miles is 13 now but we are going to do a time jump pretty soon so miles will be older. I just saw the artwork and it’s a very impressive bit of physical character artistry by David Marquez.
as far as what if stories… I love those kind of stories and though nothing is being planned right now it does seem like a pretty good idea. if I do do it you, anonymous, can take full credit :-)