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  1.  (1719.61)
    Ahh....nevermind, I'll check out the link to Sean's blog above.

    Always 10 minutes behind the rest of the world....
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Haha, You're doing fine, Ed. YouTube videos autoembed -- just hit the video/mp3 button and paste in the url sans embed code.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!

    You mentioned that "Enter the Dragon" was an inspiration to your Iron Fist stories. Do you have any particular favorite media in the marital arts/wuxia genre that also inspired you?

    More specifically, since you and Matt collaborated on Iron Fist, did either one of you ever hold up a paricular DVD or book to the other and say "you have got to see this, it inspired me and I think it'll inspire you too", or something to that effect?

    What are your goals as a professional writer? Have you met any goals that you'd previously set for yourself?

    Thanks again.
  2.  (1719.64)
    Hi Ed,

    Speaking of noir novels, have you checked out any of the titles in the Hard Case Crime line of paperbacks? It's a mix of reprints with new materials, some of which features names you might recognize. The link is here.
  3.  (1719.65)
    How many years did you work until you felt you'd 'made it'?

    I think I started to feel a bit more sure I wasn't going to have to go back to working some counter somewhere in the last few years. I don't think I've made it, though. I just think they aren't going to take it all away anytime soon, so far as I can tell.

    I'll feel I've made it when Criminal sells 25K an issue and the trades do that well, too.
  4.  (1719.66)
    I recall a review of Criminal that drew attention to the "camera" angles you guys use. Is that something specifically in the script or is it generally left for Sean to interpret?

    Sometimes I'll give him a specific angle I feel we need, but I never demand it if he has a better idea.

    You mentioned that "Enter the Dragon" was an inspiration to your Iron Fist stories. Do you have any particular favorite media in the marital arts/wuxia genre that also inspired you?

    Iron Monkey, House of Flying Daggers, all the shit they showed us at the base growing up.

    More specifically, since you and Matt collaborated on Iron Fist, did either one of you ever hold up a paricular DVD or book to the other and say "you have got to see this, it inspired me and I think it'll inspire you too", or something to that effect?

    Yeah, Matt sent me Lady Snowblood and the Female Prisoner movies, which I loved.

    What are your goals as a professional writer? Have you met any goals that you'd previously set for yourself?

    To keep doing it, and to not suck at it.
  5.  (1719.67)
    Speaking of noir novels, have you checked out any of the titles in the Hard Case Crime line of paperbacks? It's a mix of reprints with new materials, some of which features names you might recognize.

    Yeah, I'm a monthly subscriber to Hard Case, so I get all their books. I'm far behind reading them right now, though.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    <blockquote>To keep doing it, and to not suck at it.</blockquote>
    So far, so good!

    Anything you're looking forward to doing or seeing at Emerald City Con next month?

    - Z
  6.  (1719.69)
    The joy of Hard Case is the ability to shove them in your jacket pocket. I go through about one a week on the subway.

    Since Charles Ardai is writing the fiftieth, have you ever entertained any ideas about writing a novel for them?
    • CommentAuthorChasRhett
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for the backmatter in Criminal. My wallet doesn't thank you, but you (and your contributors) have pointed me toward some great stuff. Is it too early to reveal who's doing the honors in the next few issues?
  7.  (1719.71)
    Sad to see you and Fraction go from Iron Fist.

    Do you think you'll go into more creator owned work like Criminal?

    Also, speaking of crime novels a little more, ever read any Tim Dorsey?
  8.  (1719.72)
    Criminal Noirticles in upcoming issues?

    Ande Parks is working on one right now, and I just got one from my pal Michael Stradford, who is a big mucky muck at Sony Pictures.

    I've got an interview with Charles Ardai from Hard Case coming up in issue 4, as well.
    • CommentAuthorColin
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
     (1719.73)
    Hi Ed,

    I normally stick to superhero comics so Iron Fist is cool and takes me back a 'few' years, but the occasional good non-supe comic can distract me. Criminal is one of those. Keep up the good work and thanks for the previews of the upcoming story.

    Colin
  9.  (1719.74)
    Do you think you'll go into more creator owned work like Criminal?

    I have a lot of creator-owned stories in the planning stages, it's just finding the time and ability to do them. I have to balance everything around my Marvel work, for one, because that pays the bills. All the money I've made on Criminal so far, beyond what I pay Sean and Val, has been invested back into the book, and the only reason I can afford to do that is because I get paid well to write all my other books.

    Also, speaking of crime novels a little more, ever read any Tim Dorsey?

    No. I'll check him out.
  10.  (1719.75)
    Thanks for joining us here Ed,

    I will add to the statements that Criminal is one of the best books out there, and throw in I think Cap is currently that good as well.

    Are you free to discuss how Icon works?

    I am under the impression it works somewhat like Image, with the caveat its invitation only of course, that is the monetary investment comes upfront and Marvel simply provides the publishing label. Is that the case? If so does Marvel have any base expectations for the line performances on their end, or is the risk all yours?
  11.  (1719.76)
    You have my welcome sir, albeit belatedly.

    I also take Hard Case on a monthly basis, and the aforementioned Jason Starr had a pair of great books working with Ken Bruen under that imprint, Slide and Bust. Seriously, you don't know whether to wince or laugh through most of them. Incredible characters. Modern noir at its finest.

    And Tim Dorsey is....well he is what he is, which is something to read when you just want to forget anything resembling anything coherent and read about the most deliciously fucked up people ever created. In a good way, of course.

    Anyway, enough.

    Look forward to more of your work
  12.  (1719.77)
    All Icon deals are probably different. I wanted certain things from mine that I asked for. I can't really talk about the details, though saying it's similar to Image is probably close. It all depends on what you want to do and how you want to do it. The most important thing to me was that it offered REAL ownership, not the kind most publishers offer, where they really own half the property and all the control of it. Real ownership of our creation, and being published by the biggest publisher in the Direct Market were key.
    • CommentAuthorbearface
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
     (1719.78)
    Hi Ed,

    My girlfriend, being the awesome person she is, got the Sleeper trades for me at Christmas. It's a really gripping story and has amazing film written all over it. Any chance we'll see one?
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    Remember when I mentioned REAL ownership and control a minute ago? If I had done Sleeper creator-owned, I'd be a multimillionaire by now.
  14.  (1719.80)
    Interestingly, for all the talk about crime and pulp and noir, I think the biggest influence on the three stand-alone issues we're putting out right now is the Hernandez Brothers. I didn't realize it, but then I read the new Jaime book, the Education of Hopey Glass and I saw how much I was still influenced by their stuff.