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Author Topic:   Batman Chat #2 with Ed Brubaker
Ed Brubaker
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posted September 29, 2000 07:48 PM    
1. If you were asked to write a story where one of the major supporting characters in Batman dies, who would it be and why?

Gordon, no Dick... ****... I can't decide. Actually, it never even crossed my mind. I like the supporting cast too much.

2. What's the greatest challenge in being a Batman writer?

Doing good comics. Seriously. If you consider all that has been done with this character, it can overwhelm you. So it's a big challenge to try to do something good that at least feels new. I also feel like it's a challenge to give some more depth to Bruce and some heart to Batman.

>>Aside from "Deadenders" and "Batman," are there other comics projects you're working on (i.e. what are you going to do post-"Batman")?

Well, I'm already hard at work on my regular Catwoman gig, which is going to blow everyone away. I can't reveal anything about it yet, but there are some big things on the horizon for me and Catwoman and some big changes too.
I'm also writing a mini-series that is being drawn by Brian Talbot (Luthor Arkwright, One Bad Rat, Sandman) called The Dead Boy Detectives, which comes out early next year.

Do you find it more fun to work w/ super heroes, or to do something more "Vertigo"?

Neither is more fun, they are just different. I'm not a huge superhero fan, but I just look at each story on its own terms, and go from there. I don't think of Deadenders or Scene of the crime as being very Vertigo, but then, Vertigo is just changing a lot.

batcave_dweller
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:48 PM    
I think the craziest Batman thing I ever heard from Ed was that he wanted to change the costume. If that happens, comics will have truly gone sour. Changing classic costumes like Batman and Superman's when not changing back to the original quickly would be even worse than all those T&A books which shall remain nameless (WITCHBLADE!!!!!!!!!!!!! DANGER GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!). Dear DC, Don't change the costumes, or else.
Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:48 PM    
quote:
Originally posted by batcave_dweller:
60% story, 40% art.

I'm 90% story, 10% art.

But how artwork meshes w/ story plays a big role in that 90% story, so it's not as clean cut a division as it looks.

Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:50 PM    
I had forgotten about your upcoming "Catwoman" work. But that story w/ Brian Talbot sound cool! I liked one 2 parter Talbot did in LOTDK called "Masks" that was pretty nifty.
Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:51 PM         
And I'm going for Sarah Michelle Gellar. She's hot.
batcave_dweller
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:52 PM    
Everyone's entiled to their opinion, JYD. Thanks for sharing yours.
Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:53 PM    
quote:
Originally posted by batcave_dweller:
Everyone's entiled to their opinion, JYD. Thanks for sharing yours.

No problem.

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Do NOT argue with me!! You are ALL wrong!!

Dre
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:53 PM    
quote:
Originally posted by Junk Yard Dawg:
And I'm going for Sarah Michelle Gellar. She's hot.

She's BEHIND!!!

DeNile
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:54 PM    
Ed, are you coming back to 'Batman" after Vaughan?

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DeNile

Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:54 PM    
Temporarily.
bluedevil2002
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:54 PM    
quote:
Originally posted by batcave_dweller:
I think the craziest Batman thing I ever heard from Ed was that he wanted to change the costume. If that happens, comics will have truly gone sour.

Unless they ditch the underwear!

Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:56 PM    
Down with the undies (metaphorically speaking of course)!!
batcave_dweller
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:57 PM    
Man this sucks, I gotta go. It's Friday night and time to hang out at the comics book store, then go to the movies. See ya around the boards Ed, and thanks for answering my questions. Bye everyone!

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"WHASSUP!!!!!!" (See Legends of the Dark Knight #134 pg. 8)

Batman and Superman made comics what they are today PERIOD!!!

Until they go out of business for lack of advertising, make mine DC!!!

Junk Yard Dawg
Member
posted September 29, 2000 07:59 PM    
It's 8 PM here. I guess I'll go call some people. See what's goin' on. Adios.
Ed Brubaker
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:00 PM    
My favorite comics are things like Jimmy Corrigan and Eightball, usually. I come from alternative comics, and love them. All of you should go out and buy Hickesville, it'll change your lives.

In mainstream comics, my faves are:

Authority
Planetary
Sam and Twitch
Detective
100 Bullets

A lot of others, like Kane, which isn't really mainstream.

I work about 4 to 10 hours a day, depending on deadlines and personal commitments, like my wife and this Batchat.

My craziest idea was the aforementioned shedding of the costume. I think superhero costumes are stupid and outdated, on the whole. Of them, Batman's current duds are the least offensive, but I think of the TV show Angel as looking like what Batman would on TV, and if he had a dumb costume, it wouldn't work. I would have him in some kind of mask still, but not what it currently is. I can't wait for you to see our Catwoman revamp.

Dre
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:02 PM    
Sorry I dropped out! My computer had an un-scheduled restart!

Well Dawg, looks like it's you me an Ed here! Let's let him decide!

ED
Who do you think will take the Maxim babe-off? SARAH 'I'm Buffy' Michelle Gellar or JERI 'Damn she's hot!' Ryan???????

bluedevil2002
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:02 PM    
I'm still here!
Dre
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:04 PM    
quote:
Originally posted by bluedevil2002:
I'm still here!

Oops, my bad! Sorry man!

Ed Brubaker
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:05 PM    
I really have no preference in the babe-off.

And to answer again, the often asked question: I don't know what's going on after Brian's run. I may come back. I may not. But I'll be around one way or another on some project that is bat-related.

bluedevil2002
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:09 PM    
This is definately the best era of Batman. Ed, Greg, and the rest, with lots of good artists (like Scott!).
Dre
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:12 PM    
Have you met all (or any) of the other Batman writers? (With the exception of Greg of course!)
Ed Brubaker
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:17 PM    
Just Greg. I've spoken with all of the others, though. Just today we had a big conference call with all the writers and editors.
Ed Brubaker
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:20 PM    
Okay guys, it looks like the timing was bad on this chat, I'm glad that a number of you actually showed up, but it looks like we're out of real questions, so I'm gonna ring off here. If anyone has any other questions that I didn't answer, feel free to post them and I'll try to get around to answering them in the next few days.

Seeya!

Dre
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:22 PM    
Thanks for the chat Ed! I'm outta here! Take care and keep up the good work!
DeNile
Member
posted September 29, 2000 08:22 PM    
I thought you said DC picked a writer, how then, can you not know if your coming back after Vaughan or not????

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DeNile

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