The Amazing Spider-Man by Alex Ross
fisheypixels asked: Do you have any advice on getting inside the heads of your characters? This is something I'm really struggling with lately.
though I don’t personally do anything like this I know it helps some people
I don’t think there’s any formula. I think you need to use real-life. like an artist uses gesture drawing and life drawing to find themselves as an artist I think you need to do the same thing as a writer. I think you need to write the world around you even if you’re writing fantastical science fiction or genre material.
I base my characters on people that I know or think I know. I try to see the world through their eyes.
like Gene Hackman’s character in heist I try to think of someone smarter than myself and ask: what would they do? :-)
Wolverine by Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein.
comicartistevolution asked: Thanks for reposting some of my Immonen features. And even though the attraction is squarely on the artists I showcase, I get validation (and a HUGE thrill) when creators I genuinely admire "like," "reblog," "follow," or make contact. So, a great big heartfelt thank you.
I love your tumbler.
I wish I would’ve thought of it and I wish I would have had the time to pursue making something like it myself. this is exactly the kind of thing I love. I hope you continue with it for a good long time.
liveforthebrightestday asked: Have you ever been approached to write the Amazing Spider-Man on going?
Yes I have.
and I thought about it for a great long time each time I was asked and, for me, on the personal level, it wasn’t a better job for me than ultimate spider–man.
this is my spider– man.
canissapien80 asked: Can you work your magic on Miguel O'hara (Spider-Man 2099) please?
Turn him Jewish? :-)
gregulargreg asked: Is there any member of the All New X Men team you particularly enjoy writing? Or which ones stand out the most for you?
I really love them all. I really do.
but sometimes I see a connection between my children and these X-Men. most parents will know what I’m talking about. I love them all equally but they all have different demands. I look at my six-year-old like Jean Grey who just by her nature demands my attention. I then have to remind myself to make sure that my 2-year-old gets the attention she needs.
that is Angel. :-)
so just like my 2-year-old gets special daddy daughter time, you can look forward to some special Angel time coming very soon.
jacquesshark asked: I'm just going to say it: The Ultimate Universe is ruining my life. You people are evil for making it so addictive and entertaining. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go read some Ultimates again
thank you my friend. Well then get ready for the best issue we’ve ever done. ultimate spider–man 200
kittycatdad asked: If I, hypothetically, asked a question last week, is it safe to assume I should stop hoping for a reply? Hypothetically.
I promise you I’m not trying to be braggy. I get to as many as I can.
about 7000 of these questions are about Colossus which is a character I do not write
2000 of these questions are about magneto’s hair :-)
some questions are just asking for spoilers… and I’m not going to do that. anymore :-) honestly, some people read their books right away and ask questions about them with deep spoilers inside the question and it’s not fair to me to publish that question when people sometimes don’t get the books until the weekend or the next week
some people ask questions that I have answered many times before. for you I offer the archive button where every question I have asked is there for you. you can see the 1st line of every question and you can tell if it’s similar to yours or something you would be interested in
some questions insult a peer or friend of mine inside the body of the question. ‘this person is so terrible’ or ‘this person is the worst’ and why don’t I do something about it. these are rude questions. it would take about 1 second to figure out that I am friends with this person or admire them. I would never do something to publicly insult them even while I was defending them. ( listen up Tom :-))
but I love you guys and keep the questions coming because every day there is a little jewel that I am dying to answer
but no spoilers, no insults to anyone in the industry, and try to ask me questions about the books I am actually working on
blaqwing asked: Is there anything you miss about writing the avengers?
I miss the characters terribly. I miss Luke and Jessica. I miss having them sit around eating :-)
but I don’t feel like there’s anything I left undone.
except for that one Jessica Jones story… hmmm…. :-)
I would have liked to take them into heroes for hire territory but no one at Marvel wanted me to do that
honestly, because of the characters I’m now working on and the people I’m working with it almost feels like I am working at a different company
like the avengers are somewhere over there now and the guardians and the X-Men are right here. I only really think of this when you guys ask me.
in celebration of WILL EISNER’S BIRTHDAY and Will Eisner Week here is my intro to Fagin the Jew.
obviously i was insanely honored to be asked to contribute.
Fagin the Jew introduction
By Brian Michael Bendis
Like most of you, I have been reading comics ever since I could read and I have been reading Will Eisner ever since I discovered him. Like some of you, I learned to make comics reading Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner. And for a few years now I have been teaching a college graphic novel writing course in my hometown of Portland. One of the reasons I teach is because Will Eisner was a teacher.
In the class, obviously, we cover a great deal of Will Eisner’s work, legacy, and teachings.
So when I got the call to write the introduction to this graphic novel I immediately said yes! A huge honor. But I was also shocked: “Fagin the Jew?”
I scrambled over to my, I must say, substantial Will Eisner shelf only to discover that I DID NOT OWN THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Have I even heard of this graphic novel? Is there a Will Eisner graphic novel floating around in the world that I don’t have? And I’m a Jew! How can I not have this book?? Jew is in the title!!
Of course the amazing Diana Schutz sent me a copy which I immediately read and have spent a great deal of this month thinking about.
As you will soon discover, it is a fascinating work of a man using all of his abilities, but what fascinates me is the motivation behind this work.
As he describes in his original introduction, Will Eisner has been struggling with the fact that decades ago, he had a character in his seminal work “The Spirit” that was, frankly, quite a racist caricature. So much so that it flies in the face of everything else he had ever created before or since.
Everything about Will and his writing had been progressive and sometimes substantially ahead of its time.
As a fan, this character was always a conundrum to me. I, like many, would just wash it away in my head as a sin of the times. But I wondered how he felt about it.
In my class, we screen the quite outstanding Will Eisner documentary Portrait of a Cartoonist where will frankly addresses the controversy surrounding this character and his rather pragmatic feelings about it. He describes, as one would have hoped, that back then he just didn’t know any better. As he lived a more full life, after he had been to war, he realized that the character was a horrible insensitive caricature and quickly altered his writing to reflect that.
Decades later, as he discusses the subject, you could see it still bothered him. You could see that maybe it even haunted him. Well, that was my theory. I had no proof. I just like to project my own neuroses on anyone or anything I can find.
But this time it looks like I was right. Someone tell my wife.
This entire book is a reaction to that character.
This entire book is Eisner’s analysis of another great writer, Charles Dickens, and his misfortunes with caricature. But I would have imagined that if any author was to travel down this road, you would think they would tit-for-tat. You would think that Will would choose to delve into a African-American character or story or historical figure.
Instead, Will takes his complicated feelings about race and caricature and applies them directly to his feelings about Judaism and how Jews have been reflected in the media for hundreds of years by sinking his teeth directly into the classic Oliver twist and one of the most famous Jewish stereotype characters in all of fiction… Fagin.
In the Will Eisner documentary, one of the interviews reflects that how interesting it is that early in his career when Will’s artwork was more of a stark black and white his actual view of the world was more whimsical. As Will aged his artwork took on a palette of grays, yet his view of the world, his writing, became black-and-white. Harsher. Darker.
By the time Will Eisner sat down to write Fagin the Jew it is safe to say that Will Eisner the romantic is long gone. Will spends his time here reflecting on just how someone becomes the stereotype. His theory here is that you are not born to stereotype, you become the stereotype through circumstance and environment. That stereotype, in turn, becomes the weapon of hate that the ignorant will use to try to destroy you.
So what we have here is the work of a man, later in his years, trying desperately to understand how things get to a point where someone of his obvious intellect was able to create his own literary racial stereotype.
As I finished a graphic novel I literally exhaled and said: well, I am very glad I read this. I believe you will too.
I guess the true mark of a master is that even a minor work is an important work.
As for Charles Dickens, he went on to do a short run on uncanny X force before settling into a long run as the seminal writer of the Red Sonja comics.
Wait, that’s not him? Who am I thinking of?
Portland Oregon October 2012
Cloak and Dagger by Bill Sienkiewicz
Wolverine and the X-Men by Arthur Adams
(Source: genegreyschool, via amazingxmen)