Archive for September, 2001

Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 9

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: As far as the state of comics in general, who else is out there doing stuff that excites you or that is moving the medium forward? BB: The cool thing is that more than ever there are a great many people who are moving the medium in spectacular fashion. Everyone’s got very unique sensibilities […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 8

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: What do you have brewing in your head as far as different formats or different ways you can tell Powers stories? BB: Yeah, in the Powers Annual that comes out in two weeks — it was the [revised version of the mail-away] Powers 1/2 but it got too big, so we’re making it the […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 7

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: Now Powers is the book that to a certain extent was your big coming-out. (Congrats on the Eisner, by the way.) BB: Thanks, yeah, it’s the first book I’ve done where we hit it out of the gate. Even with Jinx it took like six years for anyone to buy it. That’s fine too, […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 6

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: OK. Let’s stick with Marvel for a moment. You just started Alias. That’s the first “mature readers” book for Marvel, there was a lot of attention going into that one. What was it that you felt you had to say in that book that you couldn’t say in Powers or one of your self-contained […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 5

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: There was a lot of secrecy around it, do you think that that created an expectation that was harder to fulfill? BB: My secrecy came from the single idea that when I was a kid, and Elektra died in Daredevil — I don’t know how far back you go with comics, but if there […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 4

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: Speaking of Ultimate Spider-Man, that’s a good chance to segue into that. You were talking about the Marvel purists not wanting anything changed or having their set expectations. That’s an interesting thing about the whole Ultimate project, ’cause one of the stated things, in a lot of the marketing, was to strip the characters […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 3

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: Are there any of your books that you find are more successful at reaching out to that first time comics reader or that first time independent comics reader? BB: A lot of them are crime genre material that are complete works. Torso is a very successful graphic novel, it wasn’t a successful miniseries, it […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks – Part 2

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

DT: What’s the process of figuring out what’s the right style for a given project? BB: You know, you see it in your head and you just try to accomplish it with your hands. That’s true with every craft or art. You see it very clearly in your head, and with a lot of the […]

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Brian Bendis: All That and a Bag of Tricks

Posted September 30, 2001 By Dave Thomer

If you’ve been reading the Comics Forums, you know how much we love Brian Michael Bendis. He currently writes Powers for Image Comics and Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Alias and Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He’s also written and drawn a number of excellent graphic novels, including the crime fiction books Goldfish and Jinx and […]

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When We Said Eight, We Meant Twelve

Posted September 1, 2001 By Pattie Gillett

The will of the people rang out loud and clear. Even New Yorkers who had never had a kind word to say about their out-spoken mayor were calling his name out in the streets. “Rudy! Rudy!” His unwavering grace under pressure has transformed Rudy Guiliani from a lame duck subject of tabloid ridicule to one […]

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