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I Interviewed Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Boy, did I have a good time in Chicago. I usually just wander around, say hi to some friends in artists’ alley and see the city. Generally, the less I’m at the show, the more fun I have (and the more local cuisine I sup up). But this year I was interviewing creators for my day gig at CBS Man Cave Daily. So I was press, which is new. And I hit up more panels and even bought some merch. On the weekend, I ended up pitching a couple of books successfully enough to get requests for full issue. All told, I was more journalist, fan, and creator than I’ve been at a show in forever.

One of the best experiences in the foremost of those was talking with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Because for as long as I’ve been in the outer ring of comics as a reader and indie creator, they’ve had a reputation among both fans and pros as everyone’s favorite people. And though I’ve been in their company at many parties I’ve never actually met them.

I’m a lifelong Punisher fan. I think Punisher Annual #4 was in the first dozen comics I ever bought. But the character hit some rough times. When Garth Ennis was brought in to work his magic, the title, “Welcome Back, Frank” was far truer than returning the character to his basic concept. The Punisher, the actual person, was back in the book. So in probably…1999? I wrote a letter to Marvel Knights about how incredible this scene was:

Frank makes Matt understand.

Frank makes Matt understand.

Just your typical fan letter in a time when letter columns were dying out (I believe it was important to Jimmy and Joe Quesada when they took the Knights gig that letters stay). It never ran but I received three emails in reply from the two of them thanking me for taking the time to write and share my thoughts.

Stuff like that goes a long way. I’m not sure what its emotional effect is in a world where the internet’s become ubiquitous, but back when we were still paying AOL for 100 hours a month, having access to the people who make the dreams concrete was an entirely new and joyous thing. It meant a whole lot to me that they’d take the time to reply to not only me, but surely everyone else who was writing in. They genuinely appreciated the readership, that someone was enjoying their labors.

So yeah…this. This was a really great interview.


Offline and out of time

So here’s what’s going on in recent weeks ’round New York and Connecticut.

Moustache Man back?

Moustache Man back? Sure looks like his handwriting

Albeit very tiny

Other examples from the same subway station seem much less likely to be his work

Other examples from the same subway station seem much less likely to be his work

Doesn't seem like him at all, actually

Doesn't seem like the real Moustache Man at all, actually

Meanwhile, those wasp eyes are terrifying

Nice job on the terrifying wasp eyes, vandals!

Meanwhile, the proles are revolting

Meanwhile, the proles are revolting

And pointing out malarkey wherever it rears its head

And pointing out malarkey wherever it rears its head

It'd have to by definition, wouldn't it?

It'd have to by definition, wouldn't it?

A wicked wind was blowing through Connecticut

A wicked wind was blowing through Connecticut

But it made for some great visuals

But it made for some great visuals

 

The deer in my neighbor's yard didn't seem to mind

The deer in my neighbor's yard didn't seem to mind

Then it was back to New York, where it snowed for 13 hours and left no sign the next day.

Then it was back to New York, where it snowed for 13 hours and left no sign the next day.


Everyone loves Zooey Deschanel

Four graffiti and a fail. I kind of dig how the graffitors make a monster of Zooey and then add “We actually like her.”

I suspect “Here, me roar” is much more clever than grammar Nazi picked up on.

There’s been a feminist and naturalist working the Dyckman A stop (I believe at one point he/she indicted the Smurfs for male hegemony). Here’s a sampling.

The manatees one just delights me.

And using 133t in its campaign line about fewer numbers is clever on the MTA’s part, but maybe too clever. It’s going to go over a lot of heads. Man, with all the service shutdowns, schedules & reroutes, and then disregard of same (nothing hurts like watching the train you wanted but were told wouldn’t be in service go roaring by from your local stop), plus the price hikes…I could do an all-anti-MTA graffiti post. People are really aggrieved around here. Plus they disabled one-day unlimited ride, meaning a full week is your shortest option. On top of that, Metro North just clipped tickets’ lifespan from six months to two weeks, which is a jerk move for anyone but commuters.