Saturday, August 14, 2010
Baltimore Comic Con: Questions for Creators
I'm approaching crunch time for the trip to the Baltimore Comic Con. With my 2 main targets for commissions decided (Amanda Conner and Terry Moore), I am now starting to look at the list of creators that are going to be there to see if there are any questions that I can ask should the moment allow.
Here are some early thoughts.
Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle:
I know I shouldn't necessarily lump them together but I really feel like they have been a creative team on the Supergirl book and with the character. Of all the guests, I hope to hobnob with them the most. So some questions I hope to have the time to ask:
1) First off, is Jamal leaving the book as has been rumored.
2) They have been on the book for 20 issues now! What moments are they most proud of? How do they think the character has grown over their time?
3) They have played with some big names in the DCU - Lana, Jimmy, Lucy, Alura, Cat? Who is their favorite to write and draw?
4) What about some hints for the future? Romance? Brainy as a recurring character? College? 75th Anniversary variant?
I'm sure more will come to me. But anything you guys want me to add?
While I didn't think Kara was written in a compelling manner in Cry For Justice, I have been much happier with her characterization by Robinson in both War of the Supermen and Justice League.
1) What attracted him to Supergirl as a character that he included here JLA and Cry For Justice?
2) While we have heard a lot about the brother/sister World's Finest feel of her relationship with Dick, will she interact with other members on the team closely? What does he think her relationship with Donna would be like?
3) Does he have any hints about her future on the title? Will she be the star in any upcoming story the way Jade is currently?
Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner
Palmiotti has written two recent mini-series with Supergirl in Superman/Supergirl:Maelstrom and Wednesday Comics, each with a very different interpretations of her character, which was very different than the version he wrote way back in Supergirl #12. Conner drew the most adorable Kara this side of Eric Jones in Cosmic Adventures with a nice dollop of the super-pets on the side.
1) Given that Palmiotti has written these variations of Supergirl (including Power Girl), is he fond of her as a character?
2) The Supergirl in Wednesday Comics was over the top emotional, wearing her heart on her sleeve. The Maelstrom Kara was the opposite, keeping her emotions hidden and acting tough. DoesPalmiotti have an 'ideal' Supergirl in his mind, or does he find her more malleable than other characters.
3) The art in the Supergirl strip in Wednesday Comics was so perfect, showcasing Supergirl as a character and playing to Amanda Conner's strengths. Did she have as much fun drawing that strip that I did reading it? What was it like doing the art in such a big format?
Johns is only there on Sunday and I am sure will be swamped. But I would love to ask him some stuff about his Superman work (while the rest of the world probably wants to talk Blackest Night and Green Lantern).
1) Johns has really worked a number of Silver Age elements back into the Supergirl mythos, including Supergirl having loving parents and living on an intact Argo City. He also updated those as well. Was he given carte blanche? Anything he would still like to bring back? Any creators or Silver Age stories of Superman that he really loves?
2) He has folded in Donner movie references and maybe even some Animated Superman in Secret Origin. Has it been hard trying to make THE Superman origin, making an amalgam of all the genres?
3) He also started the rehabilitation of Supergirl in Brainiac, right around when Gates took over her title. What does he think of her as a character?
Again, I doubt I'll even be able to get to Johns, as I anticipate the line will be around the world to meet him.
Those would be the main questions, but if time permits ...
There was a bit of an internet kerfuffle when this cover for Final Crisis came out. Some (like me) thought it conveyed Supergirl's innocence, her expression an homage to the Silver Age Supergirl who did that all the time. Others thought it was salacious and provocative.
I'd love to ask him what he intended to evoke from the reader with that cover.
I don't know what I would ask Marv Wolfman ... other than 'why?'
Is it wrong that I might bring Crisis #7 to him to autograph?
Anyways, if I am lucky enough to get any answers to these questions, I promise I will report them back here.