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    4) Do you follow continental Europe's comic book market?

    Not closely, but I read a lot of European comics. I recently managed to find all the old Catalan editions of Torpedo from the 80s. Which I guess were pirated editions, but it's the only way to get them in English.

    5) Have you ever been to Italy? Have you ever read or seen an italian comic book?

    No. Yes.

    do you know A) where I can find the Lew Archer novels, and B) which one's the first one? I've been itching to read them, but I'd really like to do it in order. I realize they probably don't have a firm order, but I'm very obsessive that way.

    Try alibris for old paperback editions, or amazon. They reissued a bunch of them in the last 5 or 8 years, I think. Start with the Doomsters, which came out in 1957 or so, and read all the ones after that. The previous ones are before he found his groove.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Gorgeous.
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      CommentAuthorJohn Keats
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    yes the book looks good I totally agree, I had it in my hands this week, but I have all the previous issue in english, I haven't bought anything coming from the US in french translation since last century! bah maybe at the end at the month in Paris I'll find the missing issue, I want to know the end of the story.
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    I'd be curious to know how good the translation is.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008 edited
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    Hi Ed! Read Criminal 2 #2 last night and totally loved it (as always). When the whole Criminal Saga is over and done, it's going to be one gloriously epic work of fiction.

    Anyways, I've only just got back into comics last summer (having since stopped buying monthlies back in the 1990s). After I realized how much of a fan I was of your work, I started picking up Daredevil at issue #100 (as good of a place as any, I suppose). Can you talk at all about what you have planned next for Matt Murdock? I'm trying to par down on my mainstream Marvel books, and a hook or two about the upcoming arcs for DD could work wonders for reasoning in staying with the book. (Sorry if I sounded like an asshole just there).

    Keep up the awesome work, and say "Hi" to Fraction for me (my mancrush)! (Ok, now I really sound like an asshole).
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    The next DD arc is a legal thriller that I hope moves him to a slightly different place, emotionally, and that leads into about a year and a half of craziness.
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    Ed:

    I might have missed this, but do you have a planned ending point for Criminal?
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      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Hi Ed, I consistently like the stuff you write, cheers.

    Another DD question if you don't mind. Was there any editorial direction given to get Matt back to Hells Kitchen, being a lawyer by day and fighting crime by night or was it just where you wanted him to be?

    I know Brian Bendis' run wasn't the first time Matt's been outed, but it was certainly the best and it felt like the development had the potential for 'sticking' (as these changes sometimes do). I wondered when you started your run if you wouldn't explore some different terrain, right now DD's in a 'tap half on' situation, he's back on home turf and most folk 'kind-of know' who he is, do you see this as a big change to the template?

    By the way, really excited to see Brubaker, Rucka and Lark on a cover again.
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    I might have missed this, but do you have a planned ending point for Criminal?

    No. The only way it'll end is if we can't afford to keep doing it.
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      CommentAuthorJohn Keats
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    by the way thank you to make me discover Out of the Past, I've become a huge fan of noir movies.
    Delcourt is a fine publisher, their translation are usually good, there is some kind of improvement in this field in France. in the 90's it was terrible!
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    Out Of The Past was also an excellent picture I watched because of Criminal. Only reason I didn't mention it the first time was 'cause I already had it in my collection of DVDs when I watched it. But yeah, great, great film. Thanks for the recommendation, Ed!
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    Ed,

    What do you feel is you greatest strength as a writer? What's an storycrafting area you'd like to improve in? And is there any part of your craft that you obsess over more than anything else?

    And hell, why not: What do you think is the purpose of art? And do you separate artistic work and entertainment work?
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    What do you feel is you greatest strength as a writer?

    I have no idea. That I hate myself if I'm not getting writing done almost everyday?

    Maybe, if I had to really pick something, empathy with my characters. I try to make sure I understand all the characters, even the assholes or psychos.

    What's an storycrafting area you'd like to improve in? And is there any part of your craft that you obsess over more than anything else?

    I don't know. I write mostly from instinct. I think my work is really structured, but I don't use a formula or any tips that I've learned. I read a lot of books about writing, often from writers I don't like, but who are successful. They all seem to mostly worry about making sure they write every day.

    And hell, why not: What do you think is the purpose of art? And do you separate artistic work and entertainment work?

    I have no idea what the purpose of art or anything is. I think good fiction writing is exploring questions more than giving answers.

    And for the second question, no, I don't see any difference between "art" and "entertainment." It's like Raymond Chandler said, "There's no high art or low art, there's just art, and precious little of it."

    People only read books that keep them entertained, no matter what the aim of the book is, or the author's intent. I read Kurt Vonnegut because he keeps me reading and turning the pages.

    Whenever I hear art snobs diss genre comics or movies or books, I just feel bad for them. Entertaining people isn't a small thing, and there are very few people who can do it well enough to earn a living doing it. And then I remember that Shakespeare was his day's equivalent of a pulp writer, and I laugh a little.
    • CommentAuthordeadhuman
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Just watched Micheal Clayton because of you. Thanx.

    Not sure about the intro, I woulda done it chronologicaly but thats just nobody me.
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    No, it was brilliant to get that out of the way early. It completely changes the dynamic of the story. Now you want to know how he gets to that, but you also know he survives, so it's not a thriller. It's not fake drama.
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    Hello, Mr. Brubaker.

    Two days ago I turned in my 91-page senior undergrad thesis on Captain America, and I have to confess that I owe that success entirely to you. If a friend hadn't handed me the first issue of your Cap run on a fateful day two years ago, I probably would have written said thesis on something completely boring (though possibly more relevant to my English degree). So, thank you. You made my stressful senior year of college infinitely more fun and interesting than I ever could have hoped for it to be.

    On that note: what is your favorite thing about Cap as a character - or, at least, your favorite thing about writing him? (And I mean Steve Rogers here, however much I love Bucky-Cap and what you're doing with the current storyline.)
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    I like that Steve Rogers was a man of two worlds - he great up a skinny kid with artistic sensibilities during the Great Depression, and yet he spent the majority of his adult like in the military and fighting in wars. So he could never be either conservative or liberal. He had to be his own man, and try to live up to that responsibility. Was it Thomas Jefferson who said "Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism?" That's something I think Steve Rogers would agree with.
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    Its excelent! Personally I'd never seen a Movie like that before. So I'm in to it as hell but I like the true life feeling so much that i would do every good story like that. I've you read the unlock journal?
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      CommentAuthorSoulcraft
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2008
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    I'd be curious to know how good the translation is.


    Honestly its not bad. Delcourt does a great job at translating comics. And the quality is top notch. Its actually better then your average american comic quality, which is sad.

    As far as question, I was a big fan of Deadenders and always wandered what you really had in mind for the serie. I know it got cancelled but were you able to finish the story close to what you had in mind or was it completely different? Is there any cool stuff you had to leave out that you could explain here?