Avox in Arcadia (perpetual) wrote,
Avox in Arcadia

This is a weird book.

An interview with BKV right when I needed one.

A few quotes I want to hang onto and mull over:

But yeah, I think it’s always harder for artists. Their job is several times more difficult than a writer’s. It’s physically demanding and it just takes more time. For a page that a writer could dash off in an hour, it’s gonna be a day or two of an artist’s life, and I think they’ve always been taken for granted.

The dichotomy of artist and writer in the creation of a comic book has always fascinated me, because I wanted to be both. Over the years I've swung more in the direction of writing but I still agree with BKV here 100%.

There is no good that comes from dwelling on your own stuff. You just gotta be like a shark and keep moving forward.

Hard lesson. I go back and read my own writing alllll the time, and I think it's becoming harmful in the same way that my obsession with feedback is.

What’s the status of the Y: The Last Man film adaptation?
It’s actually over at FX right now, so it’s a television series. It’s very slowly coming to life. No news I can share, other than that it’s all chugging along happily.


But yeah, it was right away with Saga, and I think a lot of that is a credit to Fiona. This is a weird book. There’s a lot of bizarre, tough-to-swallow shit and Fiona makes it so accessible and inviting.

Fiona Staples is a truly astonishing artist, the best I've ever seen in comics. Most series that are published in an indefinite run have a revolving door of artists, which is usually a fantastic benefit because you get to see all kinds of interpretations of the characters, adding unexpected depths to the story. This one? I don't think there's anyone else out there whose art would be worth losing Fiona Staples for even a page.

I just feel like artists have a responsibility to be good. That said, I think it’s much harder to be good without trying to reflect some aspect of the real world, and the real world has never been just a straight, white guy world.

Concise. Accurate.

It almost baffles me that people are so concerned about comics being adapted into a TV show or a movie, as though it means comics are just a glorified blueprint for something else.

I remember hearing that he always intended Saga to be something that couldn't be adapted to the screen, which I really respect. Superheroes and even stories like Sandman came into being because they only worked in one medium, and at the time, I'm sure nobody was anticipating the way that technology would eventually change that. Now that superheroes have been so thoroughly mined for movies and TV, Sandman and its like probably aren't far behind, and that's an unhappy thought - just because it works doesn't mean it works well. So it's a relief knowing that Saga will always be as it is now.
Tags: a comic i read, saga, six steps to neil gaiman, writing
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