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    Yeah, Frank is a big part of Bad Night, actually.
    • CommentAuthordeadhuman
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
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    Awesome! I was missing those.
    Criminal is my perfect book. And I buy pretty much everything that comes out. except DC.
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    oh shit, i totally forgot about those! kafka is a great part of the book!
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    Ed,
    I really enjoyed "A Complete Lowlife" (with thanks to ye olde artbomb for pointing me towards it). Will there ever be a continuation of your pseudo-autobiography? Perhaps "A Comic Highlife" (lame, I know), which would chronicle your outstanding success?

    Anyway, Criminal is fantastic. I've immensely enjoyed every issue.
    • CommentAuthornickellis
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hey Ed,

    Iron Fist and Criminal are top of my list right now, both brilliant.

    Question:

    How do you get through writing these things without jumping off a building? Do you find writing depressing subjects affects your outlook?

    I'm remembering an interview with Grant Morrison where he said that writing X-men was ridiculously tough as he found himself thinking like a hormone riddled, freakish teenager (of course, he may have been overstating) and I know I can't get through more than a couple of episodes of The Sopranos without feeling like I'm an overweight depressive...

    -n/e
    • CommentAuthorAgent-Ice
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
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    Ed, you and your artists are the reasons why I look forward to reading Uncanny X-Men month in and month out. Also, your Cap from what I have read is super incredible. Much love for your fantastic work, good sir.

    Now, CBR has Uncanny's #500 cover up. And my jaw just dropped. I can't wait for this. What can you tell us about #500, or what I should ask, what can you tease us about? And it'll be double-sized, no? Looking forward to this and much more.
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    How do you get through writing these things without jumping off a building? Do you find writing depressing subjects affects your outlook?

    I don't know. I'm a pretty pessimistic person in a lot of ways, I think. Maybe that's why I was so drawn to noir in the first place. Every story is on some level a tragedy. But you know, follow anyone's story long enough and you'll get to that tragedy eventually.

    What can you tell us about Uncanny X-Men #500, or what I should ask, what can you tease us about? And it'll be double-sized, no?

    It'll be double-sized. Co-scripted by me and Fraction, and co-drawn by Greg Land and Terry Dodson.

    It has lots of stuff happening, and some fighting and some funny and some drama, and a lot of hints about the future.
  5.  (1719.108)
    Hello Mr. Brubacker

    I live in Brazil and just now we're reading the great stories you've writen last year (Death of Captain America, Daredevil, Iron Fist is starting this month and Uncanny X-Men). But I keep up with some of the things that's happening in US and London.
    When you start writing any kind of comic, do you ask for total freedom of what you going to do with the character or is this something that's planned with the editors?

    Thanks
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    Hello Mr. Brubaker.

    How did Warren blackmail you onto Whitechapel?
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    Ed,

    I love Criminal and though superheroes aren't usually my thing I picked up the omnibus beast of Captain America and that was a fantastic piece of work. Thanks and thanks for coming on here.

    I wanted to ask your opinion of the late, great show "The Wire". I gather as a fan of Homicide you were also a fan of the show?

    Also, have you considered putting out a scriptbook from Criminal? Process is a great thing to read and from the bit you posted here I can imagine it would be very fun.

    Thanks again for all the great books.
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      CommentAuthorEcksearoh
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hey there Ed, ever read any of the older stuff such as Ross MacDonald's Blue City, or his Lew Archer novels like Sleeping Beauty or the Underground Man?
    • CommentAuthorMark W
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Hello Ed, love yours and Matt's work on Iron Fist, and I'm sad to see you go, but one thing I have to ask you is when you and Matt were bouncing things back and forth on IF was there any idea that made you think along lines of "ok, whatever you're on, I want some"?
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    Hey Ed,

    Big fan of your Cap, Iron Fist and X-Men work.

    But enough groveling, I just have a quick Cap related question:

    Is Baron Zemo (Helmut) ever going to make an appearance?

    Lame question, I know, but I'm curious.

    Thanks.
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    I don't know. I'm a pretty pessimistic person in a lot of ways, I think.


    Which for some reason leads me to ask:

    In the last few years you have worked with two other exceptional writers. One's work is easily described as, lets say, full of mad energy. The other somewhat darker and pessimistic. How has working with Fraction and Rucka, respectively, in your mind, impacted your own style and tone?
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    Welcome,

    Which show is cooler, The Shield or the Wire?
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      CommentAuthorEd Brubaker
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
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    How did Warren blackmail you onto Whitechapel?

    He didn't tell me there was an option.

    have you considered putting out a scriptbook from Criminal?

    Not really. I don't know that my scripts would be that interesting without the art.

    ever read any of the older stuff such as Ross MacDonald's Blue City, or his Lew Archer novels like Sleeping Beauty or the Underground Man?

    Yeah, Macdonald's Archer novels were like going to college for me. I learned almost everything I know about writing just reading those books. Everything from the Doomsters until he stopped writing is great.

    when you and Matt were bouncing things back and forth on IF was there any idea that made you think along lines of "ok, whatever you're on, I want some"?

    Maybe when I saw all the new immortal champions he'd come up with and their names.

    quick Cap related question: Is Baron Zemo (Helmut) ever going to make an appearance?

    Not soon, but probably not never.

    How has working with Fraction and Rucka, respectively, in your mind, impacted your own style and tone?

    Honestly, I have no idea. I enjoy working with both of them, but it's different. Greg is very much about structure, and Matt is about moments and imagery more. I like to think I bring something to what they do that makes something a bit different than what any of us would have done seperately.

    But, anytime you write with someone else, it opens up a different part of your brain. Sometimes you really need someone there to tell you if an idea is great or terrible.

    Which show is cooler, The Shield or the Wire?

    The Shield is probably cooler, but the Wire is better. And I love the Shield. But the Wire is the finest television series ever made, I think.
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      CommentAuthorOnomatopoeia
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
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    Hey Bru,

    I love DD and Criminal. Criminal's trade dress alone is worth the price of admission. I agree with you regarding the added content being reserved for the monthly serials as this keeps the book going. There isn't a word or illo that is wasted from the dramatic wraparound cover to the additional back matter which serves to "infotain" us. There's so much about the crime genre in the various media you have covered that I've not known about. Books like Criminal and to some degree Daredevil (which to me is a Criminal-lite version coated in spandex and myth) have made it cool to like crime-themed books. (I've heard about 100 Bullets but I'm not sure if it's along the same vein as Criminal). The introspective looks into Gnarls is off to a really great start. I love how you focus on a particular character in each story arc. Can't wait to see how they all are interconnected years from now...it's cool seeing this already unfolding as the dots of these various seemingly independent lives start to slowly connect.

    Regarding DD, I can't believe what you've put him through, man. I thought there'd be a respite of sorts after what Mr. Fear did but guess not...and I'm lovin' it in a sadistically voyeuristic way. Given that half of Hell's Kitchen believe Matt to be DD, I don't think the vise around his life will ever let up. I love Urich's protective portrayal of Matt and Milla in the latest ish. This is another conflict I'm looking forward to see unfold and bring to resolution...(or will it?) Unique in it's perspective but just as daring as putting on the red tights swinging on a thin cable with everyone knowing your name. In my view, Ulrich's protectiveness could validate Matt/DD identity that they are one and the same. Ben's treading some thin ice.

    Any new or old villains we can look forward to in DD? Do you plan on sticking with DD waaaaay down the line? This is the first time I've bought DD on a regular basis since Miller sneezed on him. Also, I absolutely love Michael Lark's DD. He ranks up there with other memorable DD arteests like Colan, Miller and Jansen. As much as I love Lark, any plans to do an arc or story with the great Gene Colan? This would be a dream collaboration for me. I have most of the Colan DD's from my older brother's hand-me-down stash.
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      CommentAuthorRudi
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Bru,

    I'll be another one to mention my love of Criminal and Sleeper, and also Point Blank. Thanks for stopping by.

    As someone who's made some drastic changes to some of comics biggest icons, how do you balance the respect for what's come before you with the opportunity to tell your own story and make your own mark?
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
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    Ed--

    Thank you for making Mr. Fear cool. Your Daredevil stuff has, simply said, been fantastic. I felt that Bendis' stories were excellent if you average them, but there was a little reciprocation of quality from story to story, but so far, there's not been a miss on your part. And I am very finicky with my Daredevil.

    I don't really have a question. I just like your work.
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    hey, did you know that your name is now used as comic shop rhyming slang for making a cup of tea?
    ed brubaker
    head brew-maker.
    it's not very clever, but my other friends out side the comic shop world have even started saying it.

    any way CAP Arocks as does criminal, both tend to do well at the shop i work at, oh and by the way is that guy at the end of the last issue of cap a the same bloke who died in the fire that "killed" sharon carter?