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    1. 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 mean this as respectfully as possible.)


    Here's the thing; it's no longer relevant. Her first description on panel was this:

    TIGER’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, a voluptuous belly dancer of a fighter. Her entourage is made up of courtesans equally voluptuous. One woman, is curvaceous like the Venus of Willendorf-- TIGER MISTRESS.


    So there's a bit of me and david at play there. But the root was a warrior-courtesan class of fighter.

    but... like i said upthread, i had all of their stories. i knew where they all came from, how they got there, and everything. But there was no space for it to exist in the comics, so it never made it on to the page and out into the world. Now you've got the really wonderful IMMORTAL WEAPONS series that IS putting it all to page, so my thought process is irrelevant.


    2. As a fellow Chicago Cubs fan, do you think your child will see the Cubs win a World Series in his lifetime?


    the law of averages suggests yes, right? even a stopped franchise should be right once a century...ish...
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    By the way, did somebody notice the 33 on the cover?


    david i literally point this out to everyone that brings it to me to be signed i love it so much.
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    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.


    "Uh. Yeah. Touch my tits with your claw..."

    "Is that a fax machine or a tank?"

    "I've never shied away from experimentation, Father. Do your worst."

    shit, i'm amazed how much of that i bet i remember verbatim.
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      CommentAuthorDavid Aja
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
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    a round of applause for Warren Simons

    Warren is great. He is the one who has bring back Nocenti again, as well and he got Severin and Heath and on and on...
    In fact he is the one who gave both Matt and me our first Marvel work, I think.
    Guy has good taste!
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    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?


    nah; i think i'm just shallow. a working vocabulary is definitely important but, at the same time, i'll be fucked crooked before stomaching TWILIGHT or whatever. Very much a personal influence-- I come from the sampling generation.
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      CommentAuthorDavid Aja
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
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    now i'm trying to remember who came up with the tattoos on cobra. probably david.

    Yep, was me, Greenawaway's Pilow Book gave me a clue there.
    In fact I always have thought on them as paints, not tattoos.
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    How it is like for you to write such an interesting character as Iron Man? Why him from all of others?


    i love it; i have a special affinity with the guy.

    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?


    oh yeah, of course! And salva's great. he's a machine. he's a beast. he's a one-man cinema.

    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.


    it's a bit like how FIVE NIGHTMARES worked with SECRET INVASION. It's not a back and forth, but one very much sets up the other and it's all... well, more than that would be giving it away.

    i did the one one-shot issue; it was fun. i expect i'll do more.
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    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?


    "Who the hell is Doctor Donald Blake?"


    it was actually part of my pitch, in the room, when i got the book and was riffing on the fly.
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    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?


    hell yes i am.

    When was the last time you took a one month vacation?


    never. ever.
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    I will eat my words as soon as I see some kid zooming around calling themselves RESCUE


    me and rescue

    i already met my first RESCUE cosplayer!
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      CommentAuthorDavid Aja
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
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    Matt, just in case you had not noticed it, I answered about Tiger's BD upthread.
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    Yep, was me, Greenawaway's Pilow Book gave me a clue there.
    In fact I always have thought on them as paints, not tattoos.


    ah, that's right. that's right, that's right. i forgot.

    /sickandold
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    Matt, just in case you had not noticed it, I answered about Tiger's BD upthread.


    yep. just wanted to put my bit to rest.

    okay: i am going to go die now. please keep asking questions and i will respond from beyond the grave.
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    i already met my first RESCUE cosplayer!


    Very cool, but she's not a kid, words uneaten. I will continue to call RESCUE, The Iron Pepper, Iron Potts, or Pepper Iron Nightingdove Lapinski.

    Always thought of "The Pillow Book" as the best comic book movie in its use of simultaneous panels playing out across time.
    • CommentAuthorgregmce
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
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    Feel better quickly, Matt, and remember -- Kim Deal wearing a sweater vest will cure all ills. Don't let it keep you from the show!
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    Feel better quickly, Matt, and remember -- Kim Deal wearing a sweater vest will cure all ills. Don't let it keep you from the show!


    And, dude, i have an in! i might actually get to MEET them and stuff.

    assuming i don't, yknow, die.
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    Die later - Deal today.

    Thanks for the As.
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    I love DOMU more than AKIRA and i don't give a fuck who knows it; Domu is a better piece of work


    It is isn't it. And I love the structure of the story, and actually how fast it is.
    I think that was one of the few stories where you can actually taste the atmosphere in the air.
    (A perverse part of me would love to see this on the big screen, but I can't think of anyone who would do it justice)
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    @matt

    That one line you wanted to write was probably the most entertaining single line in a Marvel comic in a while. It was the punchline to so many months of 'serious shit' and general downward spiral that I chuckle every time I think about it.
    • CommentAuthorpaulpaik
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
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    I just wanted to thank you for hooking me up with the run of 'The Order' at this year's Baltimore Comicon! Will we ever see the return of Mantooth? Even a cameo?