Adam Lawson, who has worked in film and TV for quite some time, and who recently finished his crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his own comic book creation, The Eighth, which we reviewed in this blog. We were interested in knowing about the process behind that comic, and so we contacted Adam to do an interview. We had a very friendly discussion about comics, writing, how to use crowdfunding, and a lot more. I hope you enjoy it!
The Punisher is not an outdated character. In fact, he is timeless. He is the perennial story of a man seeking revenge and justice. He is an example of a broken man that will do what the law didn’t’ do for him. And if he makes you feel uncomfortable or out of your comfort zone as far as morals go… then good. He is meant to do that.
Fear is the death of a writer. Regardless of the format, if you want a story to succeed, you must be willing to write without fear and believing in what you’re writing. This is an element that has become more and more complicated in the world of comic books because modern writers seem to be afraid of going beyond what has been stablished as politically correct and are too worried of potential backlash if they step outside said limits.
But that’s not how art works. Art has been defined throughout years, decades and centuries as being politically incorrect, challenging people’s boundaries and promoting creative freedom, thus creating a work that may have a considerable impact on your audience or at least proves to be an entertaining story, at that.
Being Superman in the comic book industry hasn’t been easy at all in the last thirty years or so. Despite sharing times of commercial and artistic success in various points, there has been a constant effort to deconstruct Superman, trying to add “depth” to the character and changing elements that made him what he was: the archetype of what a superhero is.
Many writers, Brian Michael Bendis being the last one in a long list, have been trying to deconstruct Superman as if there was something fundamentally wrong with his character–that an individual could have power and influence and could not be a good man at the same time. As criticized as Batman vs. Superman was, that line from Lex Luthor about God being incapable of being both all-powerful and all-good seems quite appropriate when analyzing many takes on the Man of Steel in recent times.