Hey man, a question. At what point in your career did you realize "I made it," as a successful comic book writer.
This is a difficult question to answer because it’s never the things you think. I took a lot of pride in publishing my first books but it still didn’t feel like I had ’ made it’ I was proud of it but I was paying for it with my own money so :)
the day after I won my first Eisner I was back in Cleveland doing caricatures at someone’s bar mitzvah definitely thinking I thought this would be different.
when ultimate Spider-man number one came out I remember feeling very confused. I wasn’t sure if it was a hit or not. I wasn’t sure if it was meeting expectations. and all I could think of was if this gets canceled then I have to go back to the end of the line. but now I’m on issue 185 so I am feeling a little less neurotic about that today :-)
so I guess if you add it all up, all of these moments, all of the people that I got to work with, when I see that I have an actual library of stuff that I’ve created or helped create then I have to get over my natural sense of self-loathing and appreciate that things are working out.
but truthfully I get so focused on what I have to do, what’s in front of me, what I haven’t done, that I rarely sit back in my chair and go ‘aaahhh”
You ever write comic book character that maybe you weren't particularly a fan of in the beginning, but by the end of it you were a fan?
I have enjoyed writing certain characters more than I thought I would, for sure. it isn’t that I wasn’t a fan of theirs, just some characters connect more with you than others for whatever reason but then you start writing and getting into them or you find a different angle to look at them from and you realize you are having a blast.
You may be one of the more prolific writers, so it's possible your answer would terrify me, but how long would you say it takes you to write a typical comic book script?
writing is art and you can’t put a time limit on art so it takes as long as it takes but i try to get one done and handed in every week. all the time plotting, planning and sculpting the other books as they come to life. rewriting dialogue, picking at lettering… etc.
one a week makes me feel like i did something of value this week. not lazy but not hacky.
i write a lot but i sit on my work and hand it in when i think it is ready.