In this episode to the Dollar Bin, joined by Henry Eudy, discusses everything from 2010 they are thankful for: Boom! Studios, IDW, Marvel, AdHouse, Dark Horse, Image,Buenaventura Press, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Zatanna, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, Parker: The Outfit, Set to Sea, Red Moon, Crogan’s March,Francesco Francavilla, Brian Bolland, Tim Sale, Mark Brooks, Walking Dead, Pat Lewis, Ed Piskor, and more.
A recent Comics Reporter article by Ng Suat Tong on “Writing, Collaboration, and Superheroes” (and a rebuttal to it from Chris Allen Online) got us to thinking: Do modern writers give sufficient instruction to artists? How much of what you see on the page came from the writer, and how much from the artist? Are some artists not carrying out the writer’s suggestions, and is that because the artist had a better idea, because the writer’s instructions were impractical, or because the artist is simply, um, not that good?
To explore these questions, Kumar, Mulele, and Tim chose four scripts from the Comicbook Script Archive site, and read them alongside the finished comics that resulted from them: Punisher Max #39, by Garth Ennis and Leandro Fernandez; Y: the Last Man #18, by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra; Daredevil 28, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev; and (the ringer of the lot) Batman: the Killing Joke, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Here’s the resulting discussion!