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Your Chance to Ask Mark Waid Questions!

Mark Waid, Editor-in-Chief of Boom! Studios and writer of tons of notable past comic book work(including a current story arc in Amazing Spider-Man), has been generous enough to agree to do a chat with me where I will ask him questions submitted to me by you, the fans.

Mostly anything goes, question-wise. The only criteria is whether I like the question or not, so don’t bother asking belligerent questions or anything like that, because I won’t be passing those along.

Everyone else, send your questions to bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do note – send your questions via e-mail! Questions in the comments will not be asked.

You have until December 9th to submit your question!

51 Comments

When exactly did you join the spider-trust?
And are you an active member or you “just” deliver some stories on your own? (amazing stories by the way)

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 2, 2008 at 4:24 am

My question is this: When are you and Mr. Kitson re-uniting to work on the second EMPIRE mini-series?

The first one was a great series.

Whats the truth behind the rumour that when Robinson ‘quit DC’ you were offered to do his Superman book and when DC and Robinson reconciled their differences they reneged on their offer?
P.S. First comic book I read was “Kingdom Come” earlier this year – good job on getting be hooked!

My question would be “When do you sleep?”

What are your thoughts on the necessity to periodically re-imagine characters or properties in general, especially when it pertains to staple characters such as Superman and The Legion of Super-Heroes?

Who was your favourite artist to work with, firstly in comics in general, but more intriguingly (sp.?), on “The Flash”? Were you able to request a particular artist for a series?

What are you most proud of in your body of work, either in terms of pure storytelling or in what you’ve added to the medium?

man, talk about following instructions.

Can we expect more DeMatteis and Giffen stuff on Boom?

…except that comments will not be read… hahaha

Doh!
Followed the herd…
Thanks Jorge!

What’s the plan for the Muppets comics? Are we going to see these monthly on the stands or is the distribution going to be something different altogether?

I used to read the comics letters pages almost as thoroughly as I read the comics themselves — and I was always pleased when a particularly insightful letter writer ended up writing for comics (such as a certain Mr. Waid).

Have Marvel and DC lost something by getting rid of their letters pages? Did being able to interact with the editors in that way encourage your interest in writing for comics? Did it help you to get your foot in the door?

Conversely, did having to write a letter cause fans of the past to have to be articulate in a way that posters to online forums (other than this one, of course) often are not?

Mark Waid is a pretty cool interviewee. I think this could be good.

When wil the Disney/Pixar comics be solicited? My young daughter is very interested in my “cartoon books”, yet I’m hesitate to sit down and read “Batman R.I.P” to her.

What comics are you not involved with that read on a regular basis? Do you still find time to visit a comic shop on a regular basis?

Guys, read the instructions!

It seems to me that you provide omnipotent or pseudo-omnipotent archfoes, motivated largely by egotism and malice, in your runs on superhero books. To wit: Abra Kadabra in three major arcs on Flash, the Red Skull embodying the Cosmic Cube on Cap, Doom becoming a do-anything mage with his Lee/Kirby-era utter wickedness in FF (as opposed to later efforts to make him a sympathetic or even “antiheroic” antagonist), and so forth. Is this a conscious pattern, and if so, does it reflect a more general idea of how you see antagonists functioning in superhero stories — that is, as avatars of vast evil who must be outwitted or cleverly undone, rather than simply outmuscled or reasoned with? What processes do you employ in crafting the antagonists’ end of the heroic conflicts (as opposed to personal or internal conflicts) when writing superhero stories? Do you see the villain as the least meaningful element in a superhero story, that is, as primarily a means to explore the protagonist rather than a “full” member of the story’s or the book’s cast?

Actually, let’s just make that the last two questions in the rambling paragraph I just posted: What processes do you employ in crafting the antagonists’ end of the heroic conflicts (as opposed to personal or internal conflicts) when writing superhero stories? Do you see the villain as the least meaningful element in a superhero story, that is, as primarily a means to explore the protagonist rather; or do you think of continuing adversaries as “full” members of the story’s or the book’s cast?

Chris J. Thompson

December 2, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Mark,

Some people have referred to you as not being ‘fan-friendly’. Do you feel this is a fair comment and/or do you feel it’s a fair criteria to be judged on? Should it just be that the work speaks for you? I’d be really interested to hear your response to this, and I ask it without any form of judgement or narkiness. I’d just like to hear your thoughts.

Regards,
Chris

In an all-out fight between Superman and Thor, who do you think would win? Also, what is your personal opinion on Superman’s vulnerability to Magic? Thanks!

How does it feel to be writing for a bunch of illiterates?

Of the many artists you’ve worked with, who do you think you shared the greatest synergy with? And of the artists you have not worked with, who would you most like to collaberate?

my question: when are Boom Studio comics actually going to sell well? what happened to the Book Studio Gears of War comic?

Is that you, Grim?

“Do note – send your questions via e-mail! Questions in the comments will not be asked.”

Now that your doing some Spider-man work, do you see any real noticable difference between the stories that are being told with a single Peter Parker compared with a married one? I believe that these stories could have been told just as well with Peter still married.

Mikhail Bakunin

December 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Every time my DHL box of comics arrives, my kids want to know just one thing: When is the Wall-E comic book series coming out? Mark, you’ve got to do something, they’re 5 and 7 years old, they are obsessed with Wall-E, and they are MERCILESS……

Looking forward to the Mark Waid interview, I was wondering what advise someone like Mark Waid would give to the many unestablished writers and creators of this world and what steps he feels they should take to Further there hopes and dreams in reaching a wider Audience?

Richard Ian Bird
Writer/Creator Home-Made Heroes
http://www.homemadeheroes.co.uk

The instructions make no sense….

Why should everyone send their questions via email? Wouldn’t it make more sense to see what has already been asked so you don’t ask the same question? Why not read the questions from the comments — what is the harm?

I guess my comment is that the instructions are silly.

I just came into a box of old comic books from what looks like 1964, 1965, and 1966. They include Marvel DC, Harvey, Gold Key, Dell, American Comic Group, etc. The box has everything from X-Men to House of Mystery, to Space Family Robinson, Toka Jungle King, Hawkman, Spider Man, Korak Son of Tarzan, Immortal man, House of Secrets, Green Lantern, etc.

Does anyone know how I can have anything appraised or to find if anyone might want to buy any of them?

Thanks
Phil

What projects are you looking forward to now you’re editor-in-chief of a new young comic publisher?

Frankie Five Angels

December 2, 2008 at 7:57 pm

What happened to The Godfather comic Boom was going to publish?

Whatever happen to G.I. Spy????

What inspires you? Who do you read (Non-comics related)? What artists'(Non-comic related) inspire you?

*slaps forehead*

666MasterOfPuppets

December 3, 2008 at 6:08 am

Hey Mark.

Is there any truth to the rumor about you almost becoming the new writer of “Superman”? What happened?

And how would you write Big Blue if you were given the chance?

Since you are now at Boom, any chance that the War of the Worlds series could be revived? The 6 issues they did were really good and I think it could have turned into the next Walking Dead had it continued.

666MasterOfPuppets

December 3, 2008 at 6:14 am

And I meant how would you write him “now”. Would there be any difference to how you wrote Superman in Birthright?

What happened to the Godfather comic book series? Why do you guys announce stuff and then it doesn’t come out?

Who’s joining you at the artist for your All Star Superman run?

As a Shocker fan I wanted to say thanks for using him in your Spider-Man story.

Any Spider-Man villains(new or old) that you want to write but haven’t got the chance yet?

There is any possibility for a Spider-Man/Superman animated movie or videogame?
With the DCU/Mortal Kombat hype, a DC/Marvel videogame would be awesome or a directo to video movie or miniseries too.

I bet they would have understood what was going on here if everything was in yellow caption boxes with Brian’s logo beside them.

Mark,

Why do I always confuse you with Jeph Loeb? I think it’s because your first and names names all have four letters.

And a follow-up: what was it like to write Teen Wolf?

Why do you agree to do interviews where the interviewer is censoring questions because they might be seen as belligerent? Are you hiding?

Hey Brian, I sent you some questions. Good luck!

What was up with Wonder Woman’s weird characterization in Kingdom Come?

I am trying to get info on a series of comic books that were probably published in the 1950’s, which may have been called the Black Hawks? It was a multi- national Jet plane squadren probably fighting in the skys over Korea.

What about them?

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