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Waiting For Tommy XXIX
By Richard Johnston
 
Jimmy Palmiotti, still best known in comics for his wide and varied drinking... sorry, I mean 'inking', formed a partnership with collaborator Joe Quesada as the publisher Event Comics. Swallowed by Marvel, Event created the Marvel Knights books bringing some of the best, yet least used by Marvel, creators to a number of titles. They were not expected by many to succeed.

The new approach saw Marvel's star shine again, only for Jimmy to resign. Joe Quesada was later made editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and much of the sensibilities of the Marvel Knights line were applied across the whole division.

Of late, Jimmy's been involved setting up the pornographic pop culture website Brooklyn Bizarro as well as being instrumental in a number of titles for Wildstorm. His work on Deadpool and Superboy also raised his profile - as did being good friends with fellow Superboy writer Dan Didio, now Vice President of DC Comics editor of the DC Universe line.

Jimmy Palmiotti, welcome.

RICHARD JOHNSTON: Jimmy, you were involved in the beginnings of what would become New Marvel, when you and Joe Quesada were subcontracted by Marvel to revamp a number of their titles. Looking at their current output, how do you feel the company lives up to what you and Joe initially brought to it?


MARVEL KNIGHTS #1

JIMMY PALMIOTTI: The comic book part of the company is still in business, so that's good news.

Well, to tell the truth, if I actually read the current stuff Marvel is doing, I would have a better picture what marvel is about these days, but I don't. Garth Ennis gives me the Punisher's that he writes and I read the work of my close friends, which basically amounts to two other titles. Other than that, I really don't read much of the Marvel superhero titles anymore. Once in a while I get a trade from someone and read it, but I wouldn't be able to you what all the monthly books are about anymore, my money gets spent elsewhere.

That said, the thing I noticed that has been the same since Knights, is the Punisher book, as well as the coloring on some of the titles. They are well done. I can personally speak for the Nick Fury and Master of Kung Fu series I did for Axel for the max line, and can say that the production was wonderful on both titles.

The launch of Marvel Knights that I was involved in was two and a half years long and almost every single title we did was collected into a trade paperback or reformatted for magazine and hardcovers, t-shirts, posters, lithos and prints, statues, action figures and even toy cars like I saw this past weekend at Megacon. My name is in the credits of every single one of them and I am proud of them. That was several years ago by date, and twenty years ago in my mind. I am happy that it all worked out for everyone, but it stays in the past at my place.

I tend to look forward with my work.

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