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    • CommentAuthorAdam K
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009 edited
    Edited for new question that isn't stupid:

    Matt: Favorite word bubble in Kill Your Boyfriend? My mind instantly jumps to the first in the last panel, but that seems almost too easy.
      CommentAuthorDavid Aja
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    When working on the visual style for the Iron Fist book, were there any particular influences you drew upon? The way you drew the martial arts action felt very unique -- in particular, the technique of zeroing in on a strike's point of impact on the target with a circle of color or whatnot. I'm not aware of any other action comic that used that technique, manga or manhua or western or otherwise, and I rather liked it.

    I have a lot of influences, as all the names I wrote before and a hundred more (not only comics, designers, painters, movies..), but there was not any particular one for Iron Fist and to be true, no one specifically related with martial arts.
    Before doing Iron Fist, I did not like martial arts too much, so I had to look for a way that will turn it into something I would love and something I would had fun with. And I had a lot of fun doing Iron Fist.
    About the technique, well, I'm not that original, they are just some graphic tricks as panels, balloons, sound fxs or cinetic lines, people is using in this medium since the very beginning. When doing a comic you have to think in 2D, it is a graphic medium where you have infinite tools that only owns this medium.

    When designing the new characters for Iron Fist, the other immortal weapons in particular, did the ideas start with one of you and then fleshed out by the other, or was it a balanced collaborative all the way down the line?

    Balanced collaborative for sure. And add Ed here, of course.
      CommentAuthorDavid Aja
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    I'd just like to reiterate that I find your work completely amazing & often find myself marvelling at it way more than is probably healthy. Oh well.

    Oh fuck, thank you dude, thank you.

    can you tell us anything about what what we can look forward to seeing from you?

    Right now I'm doing a one-shot with David Lapham which I'm not sure if I will finish before having Matt 's script, but yeah, this two one shots will be the first thing.
    Then I have round seven projects on my desk and I still do not know which one I will choose, but i think I will move to something longer than a one-shot, maybe a mini or something. If they are for Marvel, Dc or creator owned, well, I still do not know.
    My world domination project is still on process, though.
      CommentAuthorDavid Aja
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    I've been wondering for a while your thought process behind Tiger's Beautiful Daughter (from Immortal Iron Fist) being scantily clad except for carefully placed belts. Is there a lens or reference or a piece of culture or larger conversation you had in mind when designing her character?

    I will answer this one as I did that.
    On last Iron Fist issue we had some problems with Bride of Nine Spiders showing her chest, I could not understand it because she had not tits, she had a nest of spiders instead, and I thought her nudity was just as a dinosaur nudity there.
    So I said, cool, now I'm gonna do a girl just with a couple of belts hiding that forbidden parts in marvel pages and lets see what happens. Nothing. At all. Everybody was agree.
    Also I thought that semi-nudity could help to intensify drama of the fight turning Davos more into a kind of rapist while winning.
    I'm sick, I know.
    • CommentAuthorStin
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009

    Pop culture, and more specifically the cult stuff found within pop culture, have always seemed like an important influence on your work. Do you think it's important for comic writers to have strong pop culture backgrounds to keep up with the pace of the industry or do you find that it's more of a personal influence?

    Thanks to all involved with this thread.
    • CommentAuthorIrOnMaN
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    Sorry for the first stupid question mr. Fraction, of course, visiting Moscow isn't in your plans))

    My real question is: How it is like for you to write such an interesting character as Iron Man? Why him from all of others?
    Do you admire any old Iron Man storylines from Kurt Busiek, Len Kaminski or Bob Layton? Salvador Larroca - what it is like to work with him?
    Will "Stark: Disassembled" storyline interract with the Siege event? Will there be any issues in Invincible Iron Man, that will be just issues and not a new arc.
    • CommentAuthorpetes12
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    Matt, I remember you did an interview saying there was a line you'd been waiting to write for a long time in the last issue of Iron Man. Was just curious, which line were you referring to then?
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    Matt Fraction
    hey look everybody! it's the amazing Fábio Moon, who is HARD AT WORK while his brother the useless GABRIEL BÁ is FUCKING OFF ON VACATION FOR A MONTH.

    You're just as envious as I that he managed to plan a vacation, open up the time and actually execute it, aren't you? I think this is probably the hardest part, Once you start working on books you love, it's very hard to have all this time of vacation.
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    So, I guess my next question is (and I think this will give aspirants a good notion of the world of the creators):

    -When was the last time you took a one month vacation?
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    Well, thanks David Aja for all of the thoughtful responses and for your role in bringing Anne back to the stage.

    A comic is for being read, so I tried to do pictures for being read not pictures for being looked, does this have any sense?

    Yes it does. It's the crucial difference I discovered in going from a life-long comic reader to a novice comic creator. Your work shows the synthesis of your aforementioned influences and I wholeheartedly endorse (probably to an editor's chagrin) your continued exploration and balance of all of the design elements a comic has to offer. There are plenty of talented people working on any given book and often the goal is that the design is invisible so that we can be immersed in a, as is more likely the case today, photorealistic film. In your case, design IS the narrative. I believe I heard Mazzuchelli endorse the idea of a comic that is ALL design. Check out Michel Fiffe's latest "Zegas" strip on the act-i-vate website for a completely different style but kinship to this approach.

    Did you see the Tiger's Beautiful Daughter issue of "Immortal Weapons" that just came out? Drawn by Khari Evans, that last panel (and most of the issue) is the most erotic I've seen out of Marvel in quite some time.

    One last note, a round of applause for Warren Simons. I imagine that it was his hand in coordinating the talent and fill-in artists and one-shots for "Iron Fist." As opposed to other books, very little ever felt tacked on to me. He seemed to allow major talent the room and time to do their thing while enriching a moribund franchise/ myth in the process. Cheers and happy trails!
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    What piece of work has incited the strongest fan reaction/feedback?

    CASANOVA, no doubt. Although I suspect (duh) there's a vocal corner of the internet convinced i'm ruining the X-Men as people at shows will, from time to time, say to me "Well I don't care WHAT they say on the forums, I love your X-Men run," or whatever.

    And how different is the feedback you get from readers who read your creator owned stuff vs. WFH?

    Well, nobody speaks to me with the subtext of i know how to write this better than you w/r/t my creator-owned stuff; i don't have to suffer through the almost-unbearable awkwardness of other pros that can barely hide their derision and contempt at the thought of me writing CASANOVA whereas, clearly, there are dudes out there that think i've taken their job, etc etc.

    i'm supersick. i can't sleep as someone has driven corkscrews into my legs. let's see how lucid this all stays.
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    For Matt:
    - Have you had a chance to catch Iron Man: Armored Adventures? I'm pretty certain it's the best boarded show on television and the stories fit their take on the characters, even if the character animation can be stiff.

    Nope; the move has eaten everything. I was lucky to have stayed almost caught up on MAD MEN this season. nothing new in the hopper.

    - RESCUE, huh? I believe I slipped you the names Iron Dove and Nightingale at the NYC Comic Con when you were panhandling for suggestions. Any other names nearly make the grade? Either way, your work with the character is a boon to the MU.

    Iron Dove and Nightingale were terrible names then and they're terrible names now. I'd like to commend your courage in 'saying them' 'out loud' as it were.

    there was one i fought for but was voted down, ultimately; i didn't agree, subjectively, but objectively, i got it (it wasn't a "real" word).

    - Have you seen the portrayal of The Ghost in Thunderbolts? I'm really into this revival of the character and I was curious if you're looking to utilize him.

    Yes, and yes. Thanks Jeff Parker.

    Do you ever consciously write in terms of rhythm, almost musically maintaining beats across a short or story arc?

    oh sure. all the time.
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    When designing the new characters for Iron Fist, the other immortal weapons in particular, did the ideas start with one of you and then fleshed out by the other, or was it a balanced collaborative all the way down the line?

    No; I wrote 'em all up with thumbnail descriptions and stayed out of David's way. there's another question, later on, about Tiger's Beautiful Daughter, that I'll get into this more on. I'll try to dig up my write-ups that went to david.

    but, spoilers!, i had all of their stories, origins, powers, etc., worked out in my head. not much of it made it to the page and continuity has subsequently moved on, but i knew who they all were. i knew what their cities were, how long they were on earth for, all of that.

    now i'm trying to remember who came up with the tattoos on cobra. probably david.
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    Is this character by chance his former sidekick and daughter-figure, Jubilee? If not, do you have plans to use her in the near future since she is rejoining the X-Men come January? Thanks :)

    no, but i think she's... i think she's popping up soon SOMEWHERE. don't quote me on that, but it's not in Uncanny.
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    It's recently been revealed that Emma Frost (and also Professor X) are Omega Class telepaths. What does that really mean? Is it the same as the old "omega-level mutant" term meaning infinite power power potential, immortality etc, or is it just a way to say she's one of the most skillful telepaths around?

    I don't know that it's ever been precisely quantified, but yeah-- it's the top-of-the-line, upper-echelon, no-mutant-has-ever-been-better, Michael Phelps-ian/Multiple Michelin Star-winning cream of the crop.

    Will the X-Men still be associated with the city of San Francisco now that they have relocated from Graymalkin Industries to Utopia? It feels as if their stay there would have been cut too short otherwise.

    yes-- utopia's just offshore, don't forget, but a lot of NATION X is about reconciling what the island means to SF and what SF means to the island. They're not sequestered there or shut in, and as we move along in the arc we'll be seeing tensions on both sides rising and falling accordingly. I like 'em in San Francisco. They ain't leaving.

    As you also write Iron Man, is there any chance for a crossover with that title? Or some guest starring perhaps?

    if i could find the right story.

    How far ahead do you plan your upcoming stories? I assume long-range plans might be difficult due to the many X-writers working on connected titles?
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    dammit, i did it again

    How far ahead do you plan your upcoming stories? I assume long-range plans might be difficult due to the many X-writers working on connected titles?

    they're plans in the way that someone might, from Boston, decide to drive to, say, Los Angeles, and stop in Chicago, Austin, and Vegas along the way. Like... the big destinations are there, and some notion as to how we'll get there is there, but there's room for improvisation and recalibration. and, too, we talk about this stuff all the time so everyone has vague notions about what's coming up. we'd all heard about NECROSHA long before we knew about BLACKEST NIGHT, for example-- not suggesting anybody stole any ideas or anything remotely like that-- just, for like three years, NECROSHA was on the boards to happen at this point in time and X-FORCE has been building to it almost since day one. So... so, like, there were characters I knew I couldn't use because they were in NECROSHA in a big way. Know what I mean? It's vague but... we have enough of an understanding of the geography, even if we don't have a precise map.
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    Seeing that you were rereading the work of Los Bros Hernandez made me wonder how you weighed in on LOCAS v. PALOMAR. Of course, they're both brilliant works, but do you favor one over the other? Any single story that you think stands out above the others?

    nope;' they're the perfect apple and the perfect orange to me.

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    Am I alone in thinking that Mandarin is this cool martial arts villain/criminal mastermind who was ruined by giving him cheesy zapper rings?

    you've just never read the right story. trust me.
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    At what point did you feel it was necessary to get an agent (I assume from Kelly's 'not for a while, anyway' comment you have one now) to exploit venues outside of comics?
    And was getting agent representation a horrible task or were you familiar with being repped during the MK12 days?

    i don't have an agent or a manager or anything like that. i have a lawyer, that's all.