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"I think The Howling is great, I really respond to the notion of something secret crawling out into the open. The stuff at the end in particular is quite cogent to what goes on Cry Havoc, but for me it has got to be An American Werewolf in London. Its use of werewolves as a lens through which to see a new take on the characters and to the way it introduces comedy to the story – I’m thinking specifically of that amazing scene in the cinema with all the rotting corpses. I like the idea that you can use these supposedly quite conventional, supposedly ‘rule-abiding’ monsters, in a way that isn’t really about the monsters at all. It’s about the character, the culture, or whatever it may be. Also, Jenny Agutter, which is all I really need to say about that, so all other arguments are invalid."

- Simon Spurrier


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"The second that you see a book like Hollywood Babylon when you’re a little kid — and I got a copy of that book when I was like 11 years old from a used bookstore — all of that stuff, and having that weird Hollywood connection of my uncle, I was always fascinated by that. You read celebrity bios and you see all these child actors and the crap that they went through, all the drugs and sex. I was attracted to that, and it’s part of the whole thing: What will you do for your dreams? It’s what we sacrifice for this mystical thing, fame and fortune, that you think is going to change your life somehow and change who you are."

- Ed Brubaker


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Zero #1

Jan. 25th, 2016 07:13 pm
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"What if James Bond realized he was conditioned to believe he worked for people who had nothing but good intentions? What happens when you get rid of the conditioning you no longer want?"

- Ales Kot


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"Rowan is one of the more flawed protagonists that I’ve written in a long time. I saw something on Twitter, and I wish I could remember who said it and I wish I could remember the phrasing, but they were talking about how female protagonists are never allowed to have a significant character flaw in the way that male protagonists are. I haven’t thought about it enough to think of examples to refute that assertion, but I do think that we tend to walk a very careful line, writers and storytellers like myself, who are trying to be conscious of gender parity and ethnic parity and going on down the line. We want to see more diversity in work.

I know that for a very long time, there were certain things that I would not allow myself to do to certain protagonists. If I had a gay character, I wasn’t going to kill him. If you read the Kodiak novels, Dale Matsui was the safest guy in the series, right? Dale was out, he was happily in a relationship, and my politics are such that I wasn’t seeing that a lot and I certainly wasn’t going to get rid of the one guy who was there. That is, in its own way, a bigotry. What we want to see is stories that are going to be honest stories about the characters that we’re telling them about. We want to be fair to those characters, and those characters get to be people, they’re not defined by gender or sexual identity or ethnicity, solely. Those are elements of character, as I’ve said multiple times and I’m sure bored people to tears with it.

So getting back to Rowan, from the beginning in my head, she’s got some issues. She’s prickly. I’m not sure how easy she is to like. She may fall into that category of character where she’s a badass and you respect that, and you think it’s cool, but you’re not really sure if you’d want to hang out with her once you get to know her."

- Greg Rucka


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Genius #5

Jan. 22nd, 2016 02:10 pm
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"I just read several pages of a comic called GENIUS on one of those nasty piratey web places. It’s written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, and illustrated by Afua Richardson. And the idea is so simple and crystal that I could spit.

Every generation has its own naturally gifted brilliant military mind. Some people just have a genius for military thinking. What if this generation’s natural military genius was a seventeen-year-old girl living the gang life in the middle of South Central LA? And what if she had, since she was old enough to fuck shit up, been connecting people and laying plans for the only war she’d ever want to wage?

Next: an extraordinarily large pile of dead LAPD.

I’d really like to read more of this, but it turns out it’s tied into Top Cow’s Pilot Season project, which means people have to go and vote for it. I haven’t read the others — I know Jonathan Hickman has something in play, as does Josh Fialkov. GENIUS just happened to be the one I saw first. Since I always want new comics from Jon and Josh, I may have to beat some people at Top Cow. Because I require more GENIUS, too."

- Warren Ellis

Source: http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=6387


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Genius #4

Jan. 21st, 2016 04:00 pm
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"Every villain is the hero of his or her own story. But Destiny Ajaye is smart enough to know that she’s the villain of this drama. She is an agent of change. And change is almost always bloody."

- Marc Bernardin


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Genius #3

Jan. 20th, 2016 05:35 am
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"My first comics were Marvel’s black and white Savage Sword of Conan magazines. In a black and white comic, everyone is basically the same color, but Conan’s flowing locks made it obvious that he was a white dude. It was equally obvious, though, that he was an outsider. Most people didn’t like him when they first encountered him. He was from someplace else. Not quite the last of his kind, but close. Conan, in turn, greeted that antipathy with scorn and strength. He just did what he did and took what he wanted, to hell with what anyone thought of him.

From there, I moved on to the X-Men, as does every teenager who comes to comics at 13. The metaphor at the center of the X-Men is like chum in the adolescent water: Our bodies are changing in ways we don’t understand and aren’t prepared for; we all want to be special, but more than that, we want to be special together. We want kinship and purpose, and to have the power to lash out at those who hurt us as well as the restraint to not."

- Marc Bernardin


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Genius #2

Jan. 19th, 2016 05:56 am
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"Eventually, Adam and I pitched a book idea to a bunch of different publishers. Most of them liked it quite a bit, but no one would take it. A comic book about a teenaged girl named Destiny from South Central Los Angeles, raised in the ‘hood, bloodied on the streets—and who also happens to be the most gifted military mind of her generation—was a non-starter. When they asked what would happen in the book, it got even worse: Destiny would wage war against the system and all who represented it. Decades of both institutional and overt racism would lead to a tipping point and she would be the one doing the tipping. She would unite all the gangs in L.A. and secede a few square blocks of South Central from the Union by force. And she would kill LAPD officers to do it.

A book with a black female lead (the very definition of anathema in the comics world) who would be gunning down police officers? “No, thanks” was the response we got from everyone.

Everyone but Top Cow, a division of Image Comics—one of the last real bastions of creator-owned comics. They released a one-shot a couple of years back to overwhelming response (you can find that issue on Comixology for free, or so they tell me). Now, the five-issue miniseries is arriving."

- Marc Bernardin


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Genius #1

Jan. 18th, 2016 06:40 am
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"My wife likes falling asleep to the History Channel. And she falls asleep way easier than I do. One night, there was a documentary about hate groups. (No network can be all WWII all the time.) They interviewed a guy who ran one of those militia compounds deep in the backwoods of wherever the hell they still have backwoods. Here’s what he said about why he and his buddies were training deep in the heart of nowhere: “You don’t understand, all them gangbangers have been in combat, they all know how to shoot, they’ve all killed people before. They ain’t afraid of it. When the race war comes, they will have the advantage. So we gotta prepare.”

“They will have the advantage.” Another jiggle to the same light switch. This time, it turned on."

- Marc Bernardin


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