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Each month, my book group reads a book and talks about it. I won;t say what the book was this month, because I’m going to talk instead about the spoiler in it.

It’s a 400+ page book, where, in the last five pages, the author says “Nah, this is all made up; the character actually died on page 22 and you’ve been reading an imaginary story ever since then.”

One of the guys in the group was fizzing, because he had invested so much into the book and the characters and their stories and being told that it wasn’t “real” just felt insulting. I’ve had the same experience with fiction in the past, even knowing that the “real story is still just a piece of fiction.

If you could add the same bit to the end of A Tale of Two Cities, with the final page being “P.S. none of this actually happened - C.D.” and it wouldn’t change the text. Films end with a standard disclaimer that This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental, and we accept that. But when it’s included as an explicit part of the text? People get unhappy.

Canon and retcons with Brian K. Vaughan* )

This made me think about the retcon and the “Elseworlds” or “What if?” in comic books. Why does it matter if a creators says that a story “isn’t real” or “didn’t happen” when none of it is real and none of it happened? The non-canon stories still exist on your shelves, ready to be enjoyed. A lot of the Star Wars EU is now “not canon”; is that important to readers’ enjoyment of the books/comics/games?

I have a feeling that I know what the answer to the question does continuity matter would be, so I'll ask instead "Why does continuity matter?"
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"We’re stunned and grateful that Robert Kirkman let us tell this particular story, which is firmly set in the continuity of his and Charlie Adlard’s beloved series. The Alien sheds light on a corner of their undead universe we never dreamed they’d let us reveal..." -- Brian K. Vaughan

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'I know I said something similar when Steve Skroce and I released "We Stand On Guard," but I seriously never dreamed that a comic about four 12-year-old newspaper girls in Cleveland could sell nearly 100,000 copies, especially without a single alternate cover. But it seems like there's an ever-growing audience out there that's hungry for new ideas and new stories.' -- Brian K. Vaughan

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Saga #32

Jan. 25th, 2016 09:23 pm
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"Even the self-fellating dragon was there for thematic reasons, which is not a sentence I'm proud of typing right now." -- Brian K. Vaughan

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'Like "Star Wars," Halloween is a phenomenon that you usually love as a kid, but then start to kind of hate as a cynical young adult, and then you maybe get to fall in love with all over again if you're ever fortunate enough to become a parent. That's an important element of our story, how time changes and destroys and sometimes even resurrects our pasts.' -- Brian K. Vaughan

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'As I type this a few days before our third issue hits stands, Republican Presidential candidate Scott Walker is making headlines by suggesting it's "legitimate" for the United States to consider building a WALL separating us from Canada.' -- Brian K. Vaughan

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'Even though it stars kids, I've started to realize that "Paper Girls" is less inspired by my childhood or by my own children than it is by the fact that I'm going to turn 40 in July, which is irrationally terrifying to me. I always write about what scares me most, and aging is suddenly frightening to me for maybe the first time in my life, so I'm once again using comics to work on my own fucked-up issues through my infinitely more talented collaborators.' -- Brian K. Vaughan

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"We're not trying to protect some big Shyamalan-style twist, which isn't what the series is about at all. I guess Cliff and I just like that comics are one of the few visual mediums left where an audience can still go into a new story with the thrill of not knowing what to expect at all." -- Brian K. Vaughan, on the deliberate lack of pre-publicity info

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CBR: The announcement teased that "Paper Girls" is "the story of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls who experience something extraordinary one day..." Tell me the next line that comes after the ellipsis?

Chiang: "Stand By Me" meets "War of the Worlds" in this exciting new ongoing series from the writer of "Saga" and the artist of "Wonder Woman."

CBR: The series takes place in the 1980s. Could you have set "Paper Girls" in present day, or is the decade of Ronald Reagan and MTV important to the story?

Chiang: I've just finished drawing "Paper Girls" #3, and I can say that Ronald Reagan is definitely important to the story! [Laughs] Seriously though, the time frame is vital. We lived with a lot of uncertainty in the 1980s. Remember that sense of adventure and exploration we had when we weren't all tied down and connected to devices?

Vaughan: [Laughs] Cliff sounds like an old man! Oh, wait. We suddenly are old men? Shit. I'm not at all nostalgic for the 1980s, but it's when I grew up and I think it's an interesting period that's weirdly relevant to our present. That said, we hope this story will be equally fascinating to 'mature readers' of all ages whether the 1980s are your recent past or ancient history.


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"The U.S.A. is the antagonist of this story, but Steve [Skroce] and I never wanted to portray them as two-dimensional, mustache-twirling villains." -- Brian K. Vaughan

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Saga #30

Aug. 10th, 2015 12:24 pm
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"As for death and dying in storytelling, I hate to lose any character, especially one that Fiona has painstakingly designed, but death is one of the few parts of existence that we're all going to intimately experience sooner or later, so it seems childish not to have it as an important part of any lengthy story, especially one about life during wartime." -- Brian K. Vaughan

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"My best friends and happiest relationships have been with Canadians. I thought it would be a good exercise to turn that on its head and force close allies to go at each other." -- Brian K. Vaughan

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