10 Questions with Justin Gray

 

No ticking Time Bomb here, it’s writer Justin Gray on 10 For The Pros™!

 

 

 

 

In addition to working in comics for the last decade on titles that include Power Girl, Johan Hex, Marvel Adventures, The Monolith and Daughters of the Dragon, Justin has been a fossil hunter, advocate for victims of crime and a micro photographer of 20 million year old insects in amber. In addition to comics he’s also written for film, television and video games. 

 Time Bomb #1 coming in July!!

10 For The Pros™

 

Justin Gray – Writer/Editor

 

1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over? And why?

(JG) All of them! So I can rule the world! With all the characters under my control there’s no one that can stop me!

 

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(JG) The ability to give other, more responsible people super powers.

 

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(JG) Sit. Research.Research.Research.Research. Stretch. Sit. Type. Research. Type. Type. Research. Type. Type. Research. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Research.Research.Research.Research.

 

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(JG) That should be fairly obvious. All of them. Except that Palmiotti guy. He drives me nuts.

 

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies? Are they making comic book movies now?

(JG) I hope they’re better than that Dr. Strange TV pilot on CBS in 1978. Comic book movies are like any other genre, you’ll get good ones and bad ones.

 

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(JG) The Monolith.

 

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(JG) Writing and directing film.

 

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(JG) Be original and creative. Never give up. Never surrender.

 

9. “My best Investment in life was…”

(JG) Myself?

 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(JG) Time Bomb is coming out from Radical. Go pick up Random Acts of Violence from Image comics. Read more Jonah Hex including the Hardcover that is out this month!

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Bonus Question!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(JG) Depending on the time in my life the influences vary wildly, Bill Mantlo, Frank Miller, Gil Kane, Chris Claremont, Crumb, Peter Milligan. The thing that brought me back to comics and re-ignited the crazy dream of actually working in the industry has to be credited to Robinson and Harris’ work on Starman. 

Thanks Justin!

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Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 6-3-10

hpfp5310.gif Thanos, Hawkeye, Legion of Super-Heroes, Hulk, and Ridder are just a few mentioned in this weeks Hot Picks. PLUS a MUST SEE video!!

 

 

Before we get started with the Hot Picks this week I wanted to share a video with everyone that recently aired on a San Francisco newscast CBS 5 KPIX. Julie Watts who is a reporter of the news station ran a report about how comic books are a better investment than the stock market. While many may disagree and some might agree, the point that a news reporter actually realizes and understands that there is a very large market of comic “collectors” out there that are collecting as an investment is pretty cool! I’m not saying to throw your retirement money into the comic book market or take the weekly advice that InvestComics™ supplies to you and spend your entire check, simply saying to realize that there IS indeed a market and room for investors. But do also know that InvestComics has been at your side for the past few years doing this exact thing of “investing in the comic book market” as this informative reporter’s piece states. Is InvestComics tooting its own horn? You’re dang right it is! BUT remembering ONE ALL important lesson while “collecting”….. have FUN doing it! So take a look at this video, which is very informative, runs only 2:29 and listen to what is being said, you might learn a thing or two here.

 

Hot Picks 5-3-10 (because of the holiday, comics will arrive on Thursday NOT wednesday this week) 

darkstarandwinterguard1.gifA Marvel solicit this week reads “The Winter Guard is back by popular demand!” Was this team really in demand? Do you know anyone that wrote a letter to Marvel? Maybe you know someone that started a petition to bring back Winter Guard? Well anyway, check out Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1 this week because “YOU” demanded it and if you really feel the demand to look for their first appearances, look no further than the 1 dollar bin at your local comic convention! The Incredible Hulk #393 (1992) has the dubious distinction of having the first hulkwinterguard1_1stdarkstar_reenastanicoff.gifWinter Guard, while the very recent Hulk Winter Guard #1 has the first Darkstar. The Incredible Hulk #393 has the awesome talent of Dale Keown, one of the best Hulk artist of all time, a reason alone to just have this 30th anniversary issue. After you’re done spending your 2 bucks for these comics, head on over to the 50 cent bin and pick up Soviet Super Soldiers #1 (Winter Guard). This issue features Angel Medina and Javier Saltares! That’s worth more than 50 cents right there! Avengers Prime #1 will be a nice pick up this week. Why you ask? Glad you did 2 names Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis. Brian is well……Brian and Alan is one of the most underrated artist of the past 10 years. This guy is great and this 5 issue miniseries will prove it once again. Do not miss it.

avengersprime1.gifadvcomics12.gifAnother great talent comes our way with Adventure Comics #12. Paul Levitz will reach back into the Legion of Super-Heroes archive to tell a tale as only Mr. Levitz could. Paul could write the words S-O-L-D O-U-T on this cover because it won’t be on the shelves very long. DC continues their onslaught of the Brightest Day with issue #3. The Green Lantern movie better be a good one, because Geoff Johns has really raised the bar as far as Lantern storytelling goes. Is it too late to have Johns write it? Oh well. Jokers Asylum #1: The Riddler starts the weekly coverage of Batman’s rouge gallery brought to you by some heavy hitter creators from the jokersasylum1_theriddler.gifbrightestday3.gifindustry as well as the Joker himself narrating the weekly series for us. The Ridder is up first, written by Peter Calloway, art by Clayton Henry and an unbelievable cover by Ethan Van Sciver. This will be a fun few weeks to hear what the Joker has to say and who shows up to bring the story to us.

Hawkeye and Mockingbird team-up in the new Hawkeye #1. If you want to get a look at the first time these two had a mini together, check out Hawkeye #1 from 1983. Yes that’s Hawkeye in his purple/blue duds and it looks awesome. Thanks to Mark Gruenwald and Brett Breeding for one of the best Hawkeye covers of all time.

Getting back to DC for a sec, Tony Bedard of Green Lantern Corps will be writing the origin of a very cool character from the Great Ten series. Check out this series with great art by Scott McDaniel as well as some good storytelling. Shaolin Robot will be getting the origin treatment in Great Ten #8, so check it out. The Thanos Imperative #1 will be the new world Cosmo order for Thanos. Get one thing straight, Thanos runs stuff in the Cosmos. Not Warlock, Galactis, Nova or even Silver Surfer. Thanos runs it…period. He’s back to reclaim his galaxy. If you ironman55.gifhave been out of the loop for a little bit as far as how high InvestComics™ is on this villain, check out (click) these Hot Picks 4-21-10, 4-28-10 and 5-5-10 and find out how this character has one of if not THE most underrated/undervalued first appearance in comics today. If you do not own Iron Man #55 (1973), you must get it…..period.

 

 

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

DC declares War

This September, DC are revisiting some of their classic War Titles, with a series of one-shots.

Back in the day, War Comics were a pretty big deal, hell, they were almost as popular as superheroes, but then those freaks in tights really took hold, and major companies stopped producing so many.

But DC are hoping to re-ignite the flames of War with a selection of one-shots this September, which revive the names of several of their classic titles. The books are:

Weird War Tales – Darwyn Cooke and Ivan Brandon
Our Fighting Forces – B. Clay Moore and Chad Hardin
Star-Spangled War Stories – Billy Tucci and Justinanio
G.I. Combat – Matt Sturges and Phil Winslade
Our Army At War – Creative team TBD

Sounds cool huh? Especially the involvement of Darwyn Cooke. It’s good to see the big two experiment with these older genres.

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10 Questions with Sergio Cariello

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Mr. Lone Ranger himself stops by for a quick shootout on 10 For The Pros! No Tonto here, just Sergio Cariello!

 

 

 

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Born in Brazil.at the age of 5 I already knew I wanted to draw comics.at 11. I had 10ftpsc1.gifmy first comic strip published in Local newspapers-Frederico, the Detective. At Caliber Press penciled, inked and lettered the HP Lovecraft’s Dagon, with writer Steven Jones.at Marvel I drew Daredevil,Conan,Thor, Captain America, Disney’s Quasimodo,Spider-man, the Avengers and others.Drew Batman, Superman, New Gods, Young Heroes in Love, Superboy, Steel, Guy Gardner, Hawkman, Man called X, The Flash, Deathstroke,Wonderwoman, Green Arrow, Azrael and others for DC.Taught 7 yrs at the Joe Kubert School.Member of the National Cartoonists Society since 1995.Worked with Chuck Dixon and Beau Smith in the Wildcat mini-series.Dark Horse(Beau’s and mine Badlander), Image(Spawn),Sojourn, Lady Death, Scion, Crux, and other Crossgen titles,Iron Ghost with Chuck and ATP) and many others. Currently working on the Lone Ranger(Dynamic Forces), Son of Samson with writer Gary Martin for Zondervan, the New Picture Bible for David C Cook and other gigs here and there. 

10 For The Pros

 

Segio Cariello – Artist/Inker/Writer

 

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(SC) Batman – Because he is a favorite of mine.  

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(SC) Teleportation.  

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(SC) Read script; do thumb nails, pencil, ink. 

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(SC) Right now – Brett Matthews.  

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(SC) Yes.

 

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(SC) A character of mine (and Gary Matthews): Branan, the Son of Samson 

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working …”?

(SC) On animation 

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(SC) Draw what you love and keep drawing what you don’t 

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

(SC) Buying that Batman comic with an ad to Joe Kubert school. 

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(SC) Seven – Another character of mine.

Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(SC) Joe Kubert. 

Digital or Paper?

(SC) Paper. 

 

Thank you Sergio! Remember to check out the Lone Ranger Definitive Edition as well as the Action Bible. Click here to go to the Action Bible web site now!  

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Website: http://www.sergiocariello.com/
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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 5-26-10

hp52610fp.gifMarvel’s Secret Avengers take over this weeks Hot Picks. Also, a couple of women get their own books and the Cap gets a new penciler! Plus more…. 

 

 

 

Hot Picks 5-26-10 

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The Secret Avengers #1 debuts this week with much fanfare. The Secret Avengers line up as we know right now consists of Moon Knight, Black Widow, The Irredeemable Ant-Man, Nova, War Machine, Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, Steve Rogers and Beast. So let’s have a little fun (as Bob Ross would say) and take a look at the debut of these characters in the Marvel universe. The big dog Steve captainamericacomics1_1_jackkirby_joesimon_941_250k.gifxmen1_1963_jackkirby_25k.gifRogers we all know debuted in Captain America Comics #1 in 1941. Legends Jack Kirby and Joe Simon were the ones responsible for delivering one of the most coveted comics of all time. This comic could be obtained in the 175K to 225k range. Look for this comic to explode once Captain America debuts on film. This comic is an absolute gem to own if you could afford one. The first look at Beast came in Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963). Once again Jack Kirby had his paws all over this one too. Get this comic at around 25K – 30K.This comic is a beautiful gem here as well, although the Captain America werewolfbynight32_1stmoonknight_1975_125.gifnova1_1976_johnbuscema_marvwolfman_firstnova_30.gifComics #1 issue being the better of the 2. Moon Knight, one of the most underrated Marvel characters in the Marvel Universe showed off his white cape for the first time in Werewolf by Night #32 (1975). Find this comic for $125 or less and you own the potential of a big first appearance of a character that could explode one day. There is no risk factor to purchasing this comic, it has been steadily increasing or lying flat at times year by year and will continue to do so and is a great comic to own at this price. Nova debuted in his self titled comic back in 1976 and with all of the hype, sales and madness going on in the Marvel Cosmic Universe these days and Nova being right in the thick of it, Nova #1 (John Buscema and Marv Wolfman) for $40?? It’s insane not to have this comic in your collection. The Irredeemable Ant-Man (2006) showed up in his self titled comic as well. This issue was brought to you by creators Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester. It can be found at your local comic shop for cover price or $5. So what theavengers83_1970_1stvalkyrie_roythomas_johnbuscema_100.gifironman281_1stwarmachine.gifare you waiting for? …Someone to read this and buy it before you?? Valkyrie broke onto the scene in 1970, debuting in The Avengers #83. The comic sells in the $85 – $100 range. Not too sure where or what will become of Valkyrie though. The Avengers #83 falls into the risk category. A second rate character that doesn’t show that much upside. On the other hand, War Machine has always showed some upside though. He seems not to be utilized in a way that Marvel fans are attracted to. Not quite sure what is up with that. War Machine has a great back story, is related to the Iron Man family books, kicks butt, and looks totally cool, so what’s the problem here? War Machine’s first appearance is in Iron Man #281 (1992) and prices for just $4. The problem here is an oblivious tos75_1966_1stsharoncarter_agent13_125.giftos52_1964_1stblackwidow_1000_1500.gifone. Back in 1992, Marvel was overprinting, just like mostly everyone else and thus making this issue a very accessible one, thus driving the price down. Simple case of supply over meeting demand. Black Widow is one of the only 2 women in Secret Avengers.You could roll back to a few weeks ago to Hot Picks 4-28-10 (Iron Man Hot Picks Special) and see some coverage of the Black Widow there. Tales of Suspense #52 (1964) comes in at the $1000-$1500 range. Here again, the Black Widow falls into the puzzlement of why is it that this character just doesn’t “hit”? A very pricey buy at $1000 and a better Black Widow buy would be the Amazing Spider-Man #86 (1970) for $200. Why you ask? Well go to the Hot Picks from 4-28-10 and find out! Sharon Carter is the last of our covered Secret Avengers. amsm_86_1970_johnromitasr_200.gifcaptainamerica606.gifTales of Suspense #75 (1966) comes in at about $125. Jackson “Butch” Guice will be penciling Captain America #606. He’s an awesome talent and fans can’t wait for this veteran to show his Guice like style on Cap. If you want to find the first time Butch ever drew Captain America, you’d have to go into the back issue bins and pull out The Avengers annual #12 from 1983! The annual sports a great cover from Al Milgrom. $4 should make you a proud owner of the first Guice Captain America. How about Dazzler coming out with her number one issue? Who would have thought this? With names like Byrne, Austin, Claremont and Romita Jr. comes The Uncanny X-Men #130 (1980), which happens to be Dazzler’s first appearance. Look at those skates! Anyway, this issue will set you back about $55. A price tag that goes deep into the wallet for a first appearance of a third rate character, but theavengersannual12_1983_jacksonbutchguice.gifuncannyxmen130.giflet’s face it folks, you’re really paying for the 4 creator names just mentioned. If Lindsey Lohan could get her act together, she will probably be in the starring role in the Dazzler movie if there is one ever made. This will drive the comic collector’s interest thus making this book climb a bit faster, but for now the names associated with this comic as well as a first appearance makes it a nice slow progressive moving issue. Now with the above just mentioned, go exactly ONE issue prior to Uncanny X-Men #129(1980) and that brings us to X-Men Origins: Emma Frost #1 coming out this week. The SAME creative team brings the first appearance of Emma Frost in issue 129. This time, look to spend a bit more here, around $65-75. Why more money you ask? It’s only Emma Frost. Well this issue carries the first appearance of Kitty Pryde as well, so essentially you’re getting a uncannyxmen129_1980_80_1stkittyandemma.gifdazzler1_2010.giftwofer. Unlike issue 130 though, you’ll get more bang for the buck with this issue. So if Pamela Anderson was 20 years younger and could act, maybe she would be Emma Frost in the feature film? Lindsey and Pamela in a team up movie, Dazzler & Emma, wow wouldn’t that be lovely??

Staying with the pairing idea here, don’t forget to check out the debut of 2 new creators in one book! DC’s Teen Titans #83 introduces Rex Ogle and Ted Naifeh. DC bringing in new blood, always great to see the talent “before” they get real famous! 

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Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 5-19-10

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Hot Picks 5-19-10 

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The hottest DC comic coming out next week will be, without a doubt Legion of Super-Heroes #1. Paul Levitz’ return will make this book a hot commodity. Add a Jim Lee variant cover and you have an even hotter commodity. Having Paul advcomics247_1958_1stlegionofsuperh.gifbatsup72.gifLevitz as the writer for the new series will keep this series at a very high level as far as demand and resale value. If you’re in the market for a nice investment involving the Legion of Super-Heroes, look for Adventure comics #247(1958). This issue is the first appearance of LoSH and will cost you around the $10K to 14K mark. A very nice investment on a comic that will increase in value as the decades go by. This comic 10 years ago was at the 6K mark, so the market has treated this comic kindly. Do not look for that trend to stop now. With all of the hype surrounding the new Paul Levitz Legion series, there will be another Paul Levitz zatanna1.gifhawkman4_1964_zatanna.gifcomic that will fly WAY under the radar and that comic is Batman Superman #72. This will be an awesome read as well as a nice collector’s item, don’t miss this one. DC will be releasing Zatanna #1. The guess here is that DC looked over at Marvel’s recent success with their Sorcerer of Supreme Dr. Strange and then took their Mistress of Magic Zatanna and gave her an ongoing title. Will this work for DC? Well with names like writer Paul Dini and Artist Stephane Roux at the helm, it will. DC must remain with the “draw” names for now to make this series a “talked” about one. Look for the number one issue to sell out as dcuniverselegacies1.gifavengers1.gifinterest will get the best of collectors on this one. As it should with the two creators that are starting the series and if you are feeling like a risk taker these days, look for Zatanna’s first appearance in Hawkman #4 (1964) in the $250/$300 range. Another number one issue from DC this week called DC Universe Legacies will be a 10 part history lesson on their universe. Yes this has been done quite a few times already, but with names attached to this book like J.G. Jones, Joe Kubert, Andy Kubert and Len Wein, it hasn’t been done like this! This series will be a hot one. Get in on the ground floor this week. Marvel comics will be going all out this week with their new Heroic Age blitz. The Avengers #1 will feature 7 different covers. ageofheroes1.gifavengersassemble1.gifYes 7 different covers, is this really necessary? Anyway, the new series will be as hot as hot could be for quite some time, with creators John Romita Jr. and Brian Michael Bendis doing the honors of introducing the new era. If you want to make a nice turnover for your buck, look for the John Romita Jr. Gatefold variant or his daddy’s variant. Both of these comics will be sought after for a long time because this series will remain very hot. 7 covers though?? Marvel comes at us with 5 other number one issues this week, all pertaining to the Heroic Age. Age of Heroes #1 (Kurt Busiek comes back to Marvel, plus a host of others on this book). Avengers Assemble #1 (Various creators on this book as well. It’s the official Heroic Age Avengers handbook). Enter the Heroic Age #1 (5 creative teams/5 new Heroic Age comics coming out. Looks like an introduction book). entertheheroicage1.gifheroicagemagazine.gifHeroic Age magazine #1 (the solicit explains the Heroic Age “starts here”. Don’t think so, but the magazine contains behind the scenes of new heroes, new villains and lots more with various creators attached to this one as well). The best of the Heroic Age lot comes in the form of Origins of Marvel comics #1. Short origin stories brought to you by creators like Alan Davis, John Romita Jr., Leinil Frances Yu and many more, so if you’ve somehow missed Spidey’s origin or Punisher’s origin or Captain America’s origin that have been told a bazillion times, look for the hot creators take on how THEY see it, but in a shorter condensed version. It will be Interesting to see how this comic will look and sell.  

 

Don’t forget to check out Legend Paul Levitz mini interview right here.

Also another Legend, Bill Sienkiewicz’ interview here.

 

See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

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10 Questions with Paul Levitz

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Paul Levitz returns to DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes this week and Mr. Levitz visits InvestComics for an Interview….

 

  

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Paul Levitz – Writer/Editor

 

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Paul Levitz is an American comic book writer, editor and executive. The president of DC Comics from 2002–2009, he has worked for the company for over 35 years in a wide variety of roles. Along with publisher Jenette Kahn and managing editor Dick Giordano, Levitz was responsible for hiring such writers as Marv Wolfman, John Byrne and Alan Moore, artists such as George Pérez and Keith Giffen, and editor Karen Berger, who contributed to the 1980s revitalization of the company’s line of comic book heroes. 

 

1. What was first published work?

(PL) First real fanzine was Etcetera #1, 1971 — the name changed to The Comic Reader later in the run, and as such won Best Fanzine Comic ARt Fan Award in 1972 and 1973. First pro comics work was the letter column to Phantom Stranger #25, 1973. First published comics story was “The Witches Way” in Weird Mystery Tales #15, 1974.

 

2. Legion of Super-Heroes #1 is coming out with a lot of anticipation from fans. What could you tell us to expect from this series without revealing too much?

(PL) The opening arc revolves around Earth-Man, a character Geoff Johns developed in his Superman and egion story. He’s a xenophobe, which makes for an interesting conflict between his definition of heroism and ours, and lots of conflict between him and the Legionnaires when they’re forced to allow him on the team. There’s also a lot about the Green Lanterns of the 31st Century, a variety of developments in the Legionnaires’ private lives, and some extraordinarily cool artwork from Yildiray Cinar, who I think will make his rep on this series.

 

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(PL) I’m just settling into being a (more or less) full-time writer and teacher, after decades of primarily being an executive who occasionally wrote, so I’m developing my new work habits and routines. At the very least I tend to re-read prior issues of a series before starting to write new ones.

 

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(PL) I’ve been lucky enough to work with two generations of great artists: from Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert, Curt Swan, Jim Aparo and on to Keith Giffen, Joe Staton, Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, and a long list (with my apologies to the guys I left out). I had a ball dialoguing Jim Lee pages today.

 

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(PL) I haven’t seen them all, but the best ones are better than I could have imagined possible…THE DARK KNIGHT is both a cinematic work of art, and a great evocation of the essence of Batman, and WATCHMEN translated to film incredibly faithfully.

 

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(PL) It was great seeing my Huntress come to life on Birds of Prey as a tv show–love to see her on a big screen.

 

7. What comic(s) are your all time personal favorites?

(PL) I grew up loving the Legion from Jerry Siegel’s stories through Ed Hamilton and Jim Shooter’s. They remain my ultimate ‘comfort food.’

 

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(PL) Keep trying…and don’t just try to break into comics. If you want to write, write everything and keep submitting to all possible forms from blogs through films. If you want to draw, draw everything. You never know where a creative career may take you.

 

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(PL) Don’t look at me for investment advice–I’m a very conservative financial person, and everyone has to base their judgment on their own priorities and situation.

 

10. If DC would hand over ANY character in their massive catalog and said, “Paul do whatever you want to this pl4.gifcharacter” Who would you want it to be and why?

(PL) I’ve done so many already…of the ones I never wrote regularly, probably GL…but not until Geoff’s exhausted his last tale of him, because he does it so well.

 

 

Bonus Questions

Who were your influences in the industry that you learned from?

(PL) Joe Orlando was my great teacher and mentor. My writing is most influenced by Stan Lee, by way of Roy Thomas’ Avengers tales particularly.

 

ONE word that describes your time in the industry………….

(PL) Phenomenal

 

(JK) …..and you Mr. Levitz are phenomenal. Thank you.

 

Look for Legion of Super-Heroes #1 coming out this week 6/19!!!! 

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10 Questions with Bill Sienkiewicz

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Legend Bill Sienkiewicz answer’s 10 question for InvestComics. 

Bill Sienkiewicz was one of my boyhood Idol’s growing up in the 80’s. My late father introduced me to his New Mutants run and said “son, this man is an artist.” I just wish he was here to see Bill Sienkiewicz on the InvestComics website today. It truly is an honor to have Bill here. Dad you were right, he truly is amazing.

This is dedicated to you Dad.

Jay Katz 

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Bill Sienkiewicz  -Artist/Writer/Inker/Colorist/Letterer 

 

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Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel Comic’s Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries.

Read more of Bill’s amazing bio on http://www.billsienkiewiczart.com/bio.asp 

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1. What are you working on (creatively) right now?

10ftpbs_8.gif10ftpbs_19.gif(BS) so many things- where to begin? Projects in Music and Trans-media with Weapons of Mass Entertainment , more projects with DC Comics and Marvel, and other publishers Several projects with Image Publishing, personal paintings and mixed media for galleries- working with Showtime on a project I’ll give more info on once things are farther along. Doing the covers for the new hardcover editions of the collected works of Philip K. Dick, My own anthology series. (yet to be named–but doing a book utilizing all my styles,serious to insipidly silly , treating it as if the book is done by a slew of artists and writers, but doing it solo–sort of the “”Three Faces of Bill” times 3– And that’s just for starters —

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(BS) 3 not one— 1. The ability to get a full ten hours of restful, regenerative sleep compressed int one hour- combined with the ability to completely 10ftpbs_16.gif10ftpbs_10.gifremember all my dreams and nightmares —so i could do more “stuff”during waking hours. and more weird “stuff” ,at that- 2. Selfishly, the ability to think of and say just the right, brilliant, insightful, biting, hilarious, perfect thing at the exact right moment, not twenty minutes later in the car… 3.Charisma, combined with Restraint  

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(BS) Other than taking time to exercise, and eat right ,no. Spending time at the easel, drawing board, or computer, means i need to balance that time with intense physical activity. It’s meditative and invigorating, i many times I solve more problems related to the board when I’m away from it.  

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4. Who is one of your favorite creators to work with?

(BS) I don’t want to leave anyone out- and i think it’s pretty obvious the ones I’ve loved collaborating with– the works have withstood the test of time. But one person i want to work with more is Me. And ones I’ve yet to work with– Collaboration is a wonderful organic thing.  

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(BS) By and large. They’ve not strangled the goose yet- but the danger is always there that they’ll glut the market with attempted blockbusters that aren’t warranted. I’d love to see smaller more insightful wonderful films like Ghost World. They don’t all have to be Dark Knight, X-Men or Spider-man. That said- I have great hopes for Stray Toasters on the big screen.  

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6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(BS) Big Daddy. MY Big Daddy from ‘Stray Toasters’ – not the other one of recent vintage. Seeing a Villain on the screen with a toaster for a head would be a modest yet completely loony goal realized. 

bstoaster.gif7. In your vast body of work, which one is the most memorable to you?

(BS) They’re all memorable- each for different reasons. It’s like asking a parent which of his kids he loves more.

(JK) Checkmate. 

8. What advice could you give for a creator trying to break into the industry?

(BS) Don’t do it just to get a “‘graphic novel” made into a movie. The tail is wagging the dog in that instance and you’re bound for a truckload of disappointment. You’ve got to love 10ftpbs_18.gifcomics as a medium and as an art form. To be willing to do it basically for nothing– simply because you MUST CREATE–it’s a calling that is in your DNA. anything else is just transparently cynical opportunistic bullshit. 

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

(BS) Years of therapy 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(BS) Let’s leave this one open for when the timing is right— But .. Yes.. I do.

 

Bonus Questions! 

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(BS) I think this one has been answered so many times, i’ve even bored myself.  

Digital or Paper?

(BS) Both-and certainly more that haven’t been developed yet–  

Best, Bill

 

Thank you Bill. 

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