U R Sofa King We Todd Did: Preference of "indie" comics or "mainstream" comics? Differences in art, quality, restrictions, etc.These distinctions really need to be re-defined. I don't think of comics like SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN, MARTHA WASHINGTON or METABARONS as analogous to esoteric art house flicks, yet they still get lumped into the "indy" category. What we're really talking about here is superheroes vs. every other genre. Myself? I like everything, even though there are pluses and minuses on each side. With superheroes, you get reliability - - both in production quality and plotting. Indy comics can be more of a roll of a dice - - they can be a lot more frustrating or a lot more rewarding, but that's part of the fun of discovery.
I do wish readers would be more willing to step outside the ol' comfort zone and try comics that don't necessary fall under the umbrella of the familiar. Especially they''ve been complaining about an established title they've been reading since they were 14, but haven't been enjoying for years. You're really better off breaking your habit and trying something new.
Still, whether they're willing to admit it or not, most indy creators' interest in the medium began with mainstream titles. 90% of the "shop talk" vocabulary's going to be informed by them - - and there's a reason for that. Which brings us to the next question... == TEASER ==
The Dark Huntress: If you were told that you could write any book you wanted from either DC or Marvel, what would you choose?
Hands down, I’d love to do a story about Noh-Varr. The Marvel Knights MARVEL BOY mini hit when I was 14 and, to me, it was like rock personified in a comic. You could simultaneously update the Captain Marvel legacy and make a lot of the Kree's well-established mythos feel like a fresh, far-out cosmology. He's adventuring with the Avengers, right now, but I could easily see some insane Steranko-esque "untold tale" pitting this conquering braggart against an horde of bizarre revamps of the Sentries and Dire Wraiths.And I'd love to do a spin on the 80s incarnation of DOOM PATROL. There's just some endlessly intriguing about putting this blue collar Robotman into aggressively-abstract scenarios he can't even begin to grasp. I'm a huge fan of Morrison's earlier work,if you hadn't guessed...
CATMANEXE asked something similar to this and, since we’re talking about dreams, I figure this next question's especially fitting for Thanksgiving weekend…
CATMANEXE: How has doing what you love now changed the quality of your own life and outlook?
I'm definitely very grateful to be in the position I'm in, right now. Having gone through a period questioning how much time and involvement I've put into this stuff (and figuring it might've all been of waste of time) it does feel tremendously validating. Actually, I'd say it's gotten me to keep everything in life in the proper perspective; realizing that, as long you're in touch with who you are and what you want, all obstacles will look small and insignificant when you're eventually past them.