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    From today (Monday) until Friday, Ed Brubaker, award-winning co-creator and author of CRIMINAL, SLEEPER and SCENE OF THE CRIME and writer of CAPTAIN AMERICA and CATWOMAN (and co-writer of UNCANNY X-MEN & IMMORTAL IRON FIST) will be hanging out in this thread.

    Ed's here to take questions, show you stuff from CRIMINAL (which you should really already be reading) and basically shoot the shit and talk about whatever he wants to talk about.

    Say hello to Ed Brubaker now.

    -- W
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hi Ed,

    Love the work.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hello, sir. Good to see you here. <em>Criminal</em> is one of my favourite books in ages.

    - Z
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    Well hello Mr. Brubaker and welcome to the circus.

    the weird, freaky and soemwhat unsettling circus.

    just don't mention bacon and everything will be ok.
    • CommentAuthorJEFFSJ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    I'll second the kudos for Criminal. It's fantastic.
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hello Mr Brubaker. I love your work, but am hanging my head in shame as I write this as I still haven't read Criminal.

    I know you've said in interviews that you've always wanted to do Iron Fist, but what was it that drew you to him? Also, were the storylines in IMMORTAL IRON FIST something you'd thought about before you applied for the gig?
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    Hello Ed Brubaker Now!
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      CommentAuthorPyD
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hello sir,

    after the last residency I must ask are there any central snack foods you would like to discuss?

    In all seriousness though is Criminal the kind of book you've been researching all your life through a love of the genre?
    • CommentAuthorstarfire
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hi! I love your work on Iron Fist. i was sad to hear that you're leaving the book shortly. Is this really the case?
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    @starfire

    The Iron Fist <a href="http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=152812">announcement</a> is over here, including an interview with Mr Brubaker.
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      CommentAuthorDavid Bedard
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
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    You seem to flourish in co-writing books. Any plans to work with someone other than Fraction soon? Would Ellis be tolearble enough to work with in a team setting?
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      CommentAuthormoali
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    greetings Ed, your work is pristine...
    • CommentAuthorstarfire
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    thanks z. i just got online.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Certainly, not a problem.
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      CommentAuthorEd Brubaker
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
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    Snack foods are not a good topic with me right now as my wife and I are on a weird low-salt diet her doctor wanted her to try. I miss potato chips.

    Let's not get into bacon.

    In all seriousness though is Criminal the kind of book you've been researching all your life through a love of the genre?

    Sort of. Criminal is what I came up with when I asked myself what kind of book I would do if I could do anything I wanted. And if money was not an issue.

    Turns out I wanted to create a whole world of interlinking crime stories and character studies... which is what the best noir really is. Noir plots are all cliches, even the best of them, it's the main characters that pull you through a Jim Thompson novel. How's this guy crazy? What sexual dysfunction does he have?

    I know you've said in interviews that you've always wanted to do Iron Fist, but what was it that drew you to him? Also, were the storylines in IMMORTAL IRON FIST something you'd thought about before you applied for the gig?

    Iron Fist was just one of my first comics. I bought Iron Fist the same day at the PX in Gitmo that I bought my first Captain America book. Sometimes it's just that simple. I got imprinted early in Kung Fu Billionaire coolness. The storylines were things I'd been mulling for a while, but they were very basic. --

    We meet the previous Iron Fist, who's still alive and who fought in WW1. -- Danny goes back to Kun Lun and there's a major change/fix Kun Lun and its backstory.

    That was the basics. Once Matt joined up and we started fleshing out the way the stories would be told, a lot of stuff got added or changed. It was very organic storytelling.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    <blockquote>How's this guy crazy? What sexual dysfunction does he have? </blockquote>

    Is there a particular process you go through to investigate the mental conditions of a character, or do you tend to let the character speak for himself?
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    woooooord! hey ed!

    some curiosities:
    now that CRIM relaunched, did it affect the pacing/beats that you had worked out ahead of time? i know the three stand alones were planned, but beyond that?

    ive talked to you before about DIY type stuff, but never really asked- since you were around the socal scene in the 80s (?), what bands were you seeing at the time? i love to hear that kinda stuff....i know, surprise, surprise joe's question was about punk/hardcore.

    also, now that you and matt are off of IIF, can we expect another book to pop up with you (and hopefully him and david too) associated?
  5.  (1719.18)
    Here's some previews for the new Criminal, issue 2, out this week. Tomorrow, that is.

    cover

    page1

    page2

    page3

    page4

    page5
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    Wow. Those came out big. Sorry.

    I am the retard.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Nah, they're great sir, thanks for the sneak peek!

    We're fond of images here. Lots of image threads, honest.

    - Z