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    That's also what writing Northlanders is like, so I can sympathize.


    shit, it's gotta be even worse for you-- i at least have SOME degree of photography to fall back on. i have no idea how you write that book, i really don't. and that you make it all so effortless is more than just a skill, it's a real art. anyway, hat's off to you.

    did you get the Dré cans?
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    ow's Portland treating you? We going to be seeing you at any shows in the area soon?


    i love it so far. not gonna be at the thing this weekend-- this week is INSANE-- but i'm doing an X-Man X-Mas thing at Excalibur in december...
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    Matt, are you aware of the David Lynch Nikola Tesla project and does said project make you giggle the way it makes me giggle?


    I'm not; i hope he makes it happen.
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    sorry if this has been asked already but I was just wondering if there's anymore Rex Mantooth stories out there?


    as above: andy and i started joking about it at shows over the summer. so, maybe! but i want it to be supersucky, like, CRYSTAL SKULL sucky. He'll be all fat and lazy, there'll be some Poochy style kid running around, etc etc.

    well it makes ME laugh anyway.
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    Did you ever get any response from Pynchon on Xeno's speech in the Cass #14?


    no; i remain hopeful that the eventual collection will catch his eyes and we'll be Best Bros Forever.
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    do you already have the artist finalized? or will it be both? i havent heard that anywhere, i just would love to see them both on it.


    You will; Gabriel for 3, Fábio for 4. etc.
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    Paramore: Great band or GreatEST band?


    who?
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    You're gonna make me buy Casanova Vol. 1 for the fourth time. And for some reason I don't really mind. Christ.


    no-- you are making yourself buy it. you are mentally ill. *I* am trying to publish a non-superhero comic in the direct market. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.

    I will add that if there isn't a Casanova Vol. 4, I might possibly maybe cry a little bit.


    Me too. It's the orson welles arc.

    PS. Totally tangent commentary: loved the Mountain Goats reference in Iron Man.


    hey, thanks! they did to, which blew my mind. i'm seeing them on wednesday.
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    What's your favourite Vertigo series? I don't care if it's finished or not, and saying Transmet is totally allowed (even if I'm leaning towards 100 Bullets, myself).


    The Invisibles.

    And in a peachy keen & perfect world that allowed for something like this to happen, would you ever consider writing something for Vertigo? It's a shame we'll probably never get a series from gentlemen like yourself, Brubaker & Bendis.


    um... why? i mean, why vertigo? that's like saying it's a shame i'll never have a TV show on ABC as opposed to NBC or something to me.
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    How do you go about your work? Do you plan yourself a number of hours per day when you concentrate on your writing, or do you just hit the keys as long as the ideas flow or until your fingers bleed?


    As much as I can have, as much as I need. Sometimes you eat the b'ar, sometimes the b'ar eats you. Today I cranked out pages with total ease and am gonna dick around some tonight on xbox. other days it's blood from a stone. water fills the space you give it to fill.

    I find it hard work, especially as my day job involves some knakcering (do American's have that term? Tiring, then) physical labour ... it can be difficult to just get the chance to connect with my ideas and make sure they come across right on the page.


    my dayjob had me sitting in front of a computer all day long; the last thing i wanted to do at night was come home and sit in front of a computer. but, yknow. baby steps. a page a day adds up.

    So how do you do it now? How did you do it when you were starting out; are there any changes?


    i did it when i could; i loved my day job though so I didn't go chasing after every odd thing; i wrote what i wanted when i could and let it take its own pace. now i just try to write as much as i can so i can hang out with my wife and son as much as i can.



    What would be your one practical piece of advice for getting shit done?


    Also, how far ahead do you write your scripts? For, say, a six issue mini, do you just crack out all six issues, editing them over time, or complete one issue, gear it up for release, and work on the script for the next?
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    okay murder time. gnight motherfuckers!
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    oh, oops, i missed this part:

    What would be your one practical piece of advice for getting shit done?


    write everyday. if you want the job of being a writer, do it every day. even a little: treat it like a job, not a hobby. i wish i'd done that sooner.

    Also, how far ahead do you write your scripts? For, say, a six issue mini, do you just crack out all six issues, editing them over time, or complete one issue, gear it up for release, and work on the script for the next?


    it all depends. every project, every artist, is different.
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2009
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    Thanks! That was really helpful.
    • CommentAuthordanhill
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2009
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    I don't even know what I meant by my first question (it was late, I'd been studying too long) so I'm going to let it quietly die and ask another.

    On WB recently you mentioned 'The Prisoner' as an influence and the fact you discovered it at the right age.

    What other pieces of media do you feel have been your primary influences?
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    i love it so far. not gonna be at the thing this weekend--
    Shit, I keep forgetting that exists! Thanks for reminding me.
    this week is INSANE-- but i'm doing an X-Man X-Mas thing at Excalibur in december...
    Sweet! Good to know. I'll definitely stop by.

    (BTW, did you hear from the Stumptown Comics Festival folks yet? I think they're meaning to talk to you about the festival next April...)
    • CommentAuthorJohnPopa
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2009
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    At Heroes this past year, you told me the Indians wouldn't trade Cliff Lee.

    Why did you lie to me?
    • CommentAuthorBrohara
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    FANZINE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS REMOVED -- W
    • CommentAuthorxfire
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2009
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    Hi Matt I really like your X-men so far

    I have a few questions
    Will Storm be in Second Coming? Will the X-books feel the effects of Doomwar?
    Could you give an hint on what Storm's status will be after the event?

    Thanks!
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    Hi Matt.
    Why did you kill Dr. Takiguchi? He was the cutest and looked like Pat Morita. :(
    Can you confirm that Salome from UXN #512 is Sage(Tessa)'s grandmother?
    Do you think Dazzler should show up singing a Lady Gaga song? Yes please.
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    Hey Matt--

    Quick question re: your schedule/daily output. It was something that was brought up way back in the big-ass Bendis board writers Q&A, if you remember that 3000 post monster--
    As I recall, Brubaker asked about it-- mentioning that he writes for 4 hours a day (b/c Vonnegut said people should only be smart 4 hours a day)-- As I recall, he said he usually goes from 11am to 3pm. Bendis writes at night, and I presume Warren keeps some sort of schedule.

    I realize that deadlines probably screw things up-- but what's an "average" day for you? How many hours do you usual keep at the desk? How many pages (again, on average) are you pushing out per hour? Or do you even track in those terms?

    Cool, again, thanks for this Q&A-- I gotta say, hands down you're one of the most generous dudes out there for this type of info.