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24Aug/131

The Guardian: Interview with Grant Morrison

In the midst of the Stripped programme at the Edinburgh Book Festival, I was lucky enough to catch up with Grant Morrison once more about what he'd been up to in the last year. The results were published as a three page spread in The Guardian and went down very well indeed.

It was a crazy deadline, but well worth it. And as ever, the full and uncut version will be coming soon!

Glasgow, the late 1970s. A woman is busy cranking out copies of her teenage son's latest creative work on an old copier, blissfully unaware that they will one day be collector's items. The boy is called Grant Morrison and a faded copy of this old fanzine, called The White Tree, recently sold on eBay for more than £100.

"That's ridiculous!" laughs Morrison, writer of Batman, Superman and The X-Men amongst many others. The Scottish scribe is one of a cracking line up of guests from the world of comics and graphic novels at Stripped, a new programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

"The first one was printed on, you know, those Banda copiers." He smiles. "It was steampunk technology. They did weird copies that came out in blue ink. It would fade over time. Every subsequent issue was done by my mum, up in the typing pool. She'd do like 150 issues of this thing. But honestly, all I really remember of that magazine is that I drew a barbarian girl on the cover of issue three. And she had a fur bikini on."

The women in the typing pool, he adds, confused her swimwear for something else. "All the girls were saying, 'What kind of muff is that?' I was mortified, a 16-year-old boy. 'Oh god,' I thought. 'What have I done?' I went back and painted in this huge kind of skirt thing – with a skull on the front. So there are two versions."

You can read the full Guardian article here!

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6Aug/130

Exclusive Interview: Joshua Hale Fialkov on The Bunker

The launch day of The Bunker, a new comic from Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari is finally here! Make sure you don’t miss out, and while we’re all excited over this new epic comic, lets sit down and have a chat with Fialkov himself.

There has been a huge amount of secrecy around The Bunker– what can you tell us about the story itself? What was your inspiration behind the (fantastic!) premise? And do you have it all mapped out on a giant wall?!

JHF: It’s a story about a group of friends who discover that their lives as they saw them are essentially over. If they don’t change who they are, there will be dire consequences. Like, apocalyptical consequences. And we get to see the story from both ends, so to speak. It’s hard to talk about without spoiling things, though…

Read the full interview at The Beat!

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10Mar/130

Interview: Will Brooker on My So-Called Secret Identity, A New Kind of Superhero Comic

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.

Read the full interview over at The Beat!

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18Feb/130

New Statesman and The Beat: Interview with Neal Adams

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.

Enjoy!

New Statesman: Neal Adams - Mad Genius

The Beat: The Odyssey of Neal Adams

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12Feb/130

New Statesman: Interviews with David Lloyd, David Mack, David Hine, and Tim Seeley

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!

Beyond Superheroes: How Creators Can Own Comics

V for Vendetta, Kabuki, Bulletproof Coffin, Revival

28Jan/130

New Statesman: Interview with Mike Carey

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.

Mike Carey: "I’m not a fan of the way comics have been ghettoised"

The Unwritten - Mike Carey/Peter Gross/Vertigo Comics