Those familiar with my writing here and elsewhere will perhaps know that the topic of “women in comics” is pretty much my thing. Feminism and comics history informs much of what I write, while the specific history of women creators (and women characters) within the medium is my actual field of research. But I’m not the only one that mixes academia and a love of comics, as the creative team behind My So-Called Secret Identity shows.
Will Brooker, Batman scholar and academic author, is on writing duties, alongside professional artists Suze Shore and Sarah Zaidan, who also has a PhD in the comics field. I first heard from Will last year after he read an article I wrote about Barbara Gordon, and he talked about plans he had concerning a new kind of female superhero. Fast forward to 2013, and the first issue of MSCSI has launched to high praise indeed.
I interviewed Neal Adams recently, the legendary writer and artist of titles including Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Deadman, Batman and The X-Men. He is highly entertaining!
The interview is published in two parts - over at the New Statesman we talk about the beginnings of his career and his many triumphs in battling for greater creator rights, and over at The Beat we talk about coming full circle on the X-Men, internet trolls, and Batman: Odyssey.
My four interviews in one piece is up at the New Statesman, and I've had very lovely feedback all round - which is always a Good Thing! All four creators will be at the upcoming London Super Comic Con, and all are especially lovely.
Here they are talking about working in creator owned comics and all that that entails. Enjoy!
You can read my latest interview with the lovely Mike Carey, writer of The Unwritten, Lucifer, X-Men and more, over at the New Statesman. Carey is one of my favourite writers - Lucifer one of my favourite series - and we chat about Vertigo past and future, The Unwritten and upcoming plans, creator rights and women in comics, internet trolls and his Felix Castor novels. And more!
Stay tuned for more upcoming interview with David Lloyd, David Mack, Tim Seeley, David Hine, and the one and only Neal Adams as I count down to the London Super Comic Con next month.
The current issue of SciFi Now (#75) features a four page spread for my latest interview with Grant Morrison, talking all about Batman and Action Comics, and explaining how the writer is not moving away from superheroes, or from DC, but simply spreading his wings a little.
Looking at his end issues with Bruce and Clark, Grant also talks about Happy and his upcoming projects. It's a bit more of a conversational interview this, so non-Morrison fans can keep their hate to themselves! For fans, definitely check out this issue and enjoy - we even talk about Stephanie Brown, the Bat-Cow, and Opal Fruits :)
Over the last few weeks, my good friend Pádraig Ó Méalóid has been writing a series of articles on The Beat about Alan Moore and Superfolks, which became an edgeways look at the long running friction between Moore and fellow writer, Grant Morrison. While Moore has previously spoken out about his thoughts on Morrison in various interviews, Morrison has generally kept quiet on the issue. There have been occasional barbs of course, and plenty of praise, but very little on the actual facts of the matter.
The popularity of the articles suggested that there is a demand for such information however, and many of the comments certainly demonstrated a lack of adequate knowledge of the facts. Now who could possibly shine a light on this topic…? Ah, hang on, I know just the fella.
Over on The Beat then, I've re-mixed Part 3 of the original series, which focused on the relationship between Moore and Morrison, with Grant Morrison's own thoughts on the matter. So go and have a read, while I retreat to my bunker!