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'I didn’t really care for the TV series. Although the cruelty of keeping an animal under the sink and forcing it to eat your garbage really struck me, even at a young age. In a way, it’s the most subversive social critique offered by “The Flintstones,” and the major theme I’ve organized the comic around. How once we’ve closed the cupboard door so they’re out of sight, we don’t really care about what happens to the other living beings that make the ease of our existence possible.' -- Mark Russell

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"I didn’t want this King of Queens thing where you have a couple of slobs inexplicably married to gorgeous women. I wanted everyone to look sort of the way I conceive of people—basically attractive but with their sadness, joy, and ambition subtly incorporated into their appearance." -- Mark Russell

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"The original Flintstones cartoons were in many ways just The Honeymooners without the implication of domestic violence. So obviously that needed some updating." -- Mark Russell

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"I’m kind of a loudmouth; I just say what I think. If there’s any anxiety, it’s probably on the part of DC or anybody publishing or buying my work. I think if I have any anxiety at all, it’s that maybe I’m not being blunt enough. I’m not being clear or forceful enough. Winston Churchill once said that you don’t use subtlety to make a point; you use a sledgehammer. That’s been my philosophy." -- Mark Russell

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"If there is one thing that I today find darkly subversive about The Flintstones, it’s the embedded commentary on consumerism. If you want a Polaroid camera, then there’s a tiny bird with a chisel that has to live inside that camera, but somehow, there’s never any question about whether or not subjecting that bird to a life of hellish slavery inside a camera is worth it. We are no less blithe when it comes to our seafood and iPhones." -- Mark Russell

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"Yeah, actually, it was important to me that [Fred] would embody that regular, working class guy. But I didn’t want his physical appearance to be such that he would be the butt of jokes.

I wanted Fred, first and foremost, to be a sympathetic character who is funny because of the things he does and says, not because of his physical appearance. I don’t want people laughing at him. I want them laughing at the situations he’s in.
" - Mark Russell

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Steve Pugh

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"The Flintstones is not so much political as social commentary. It’s more about what it means to be human, or to be part of a society or civilization, rather than the granularity of political struggle. So, there’s not much of that. I’m just trying to make something that’s resonant for people, no matter what political or social structure they’re in."

- Mark Russell


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"I wanted to give her a richer interior life. On the television show, she always seemed to be like a moral accessory to Fred. She’s the one who comes to scold him or bail him out when he does something stupid. But she’s always sort of there as sort of a Fred-whisperer.

I wanted her to be her own character and have her own life outside of Fred’s. I think that making her an artist, as you see in issue #1, gives us a whole new avenue of commentary to talk about art and the Flintstones. I don’t think that facet of human existence — the art world — was ever really addressed in the original cartoon.
" - Mark Russell

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Matt Santori-Griffith: One of my biggest questions relates to the quality of humor in the book. The television series was very much a comedy relying on visual gags, puns, and jokes, but this book feels like a much more melancholy satire. Can you talk a little about the humor and how you’re approaching the title?

Mark Russell: Yeah, I do want it first to be funny and an entertaining read. But I do think there’s a lot of darkness when you’re talking about civilization forming at the start of the human race. There’s a lot of Faustian bargains we had to make to come up with cities and appliances and workplaces. So, I wanted The Flintstones to include the more troubling elements that go into creating a civilization, while still making it funny and engaging.

Source: http://www.comicosity.com/interview-mark-russell-and-steve-pugh-meet-the-flintstones/


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"If anything it’s like the TV series ‘Lost’—if the robots and zombies were trying to defeat/eat the survivors." -- James Robinson

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"I had the idea of an area on the border between the worlds of Ultron and the Zombies, where humanity was holding out withstanding these two opposing types of inhumanity. From there it became the idea of a war between Ultron’s robots and the zombie horde with this bastion of humanity as the prize." -- James Robinson

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