MINUTES WITH. MICHAEL AVON OEMING!
Oeming is the co-creator of the Eisner-award nominated series,
Powers, with writer Brian Michael Bendis. He's also been a
driving force in such series as Hammer of the Gods, Bastard
Samurai and his recently complete run on Thor
Oeming started his career at the tender age of 14 inking books
for Innovation Comics. He then went on to ink titles like
Avengers and Daredevil for Marvel Comics.
Recently, the prolific writer/artist/creator took 5 minutes
out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions.
Now that you're several months into your new relationship
with Marvel publishing Powers via the ICON imprint, how're
things going? Any regrets leaving image?
OEMING: Well, we haven't really left Image. Not only
is all of our huge backstock there for Powers, Kabuki and
other Jinxworld books, but my new creator owned books are
there as well. Things are good at Image, we continue to have
a good relationship with them, and Marvel seems to be a company
that is going places :)
What's coming up in Powers? How much say do you have in the
direction of the book?
OEMING: Its pretty much he [Bendis] just hands me the
script and I draw it. We talk about story arcs and the general
direction of the book, but other than that, everything is
said in creative subtext. As far as the book, I probably have
more input than I think, but Brian and I are so tied to the
hip on this book I don't pay attention to it. I would be happy
drawing only Brian's books from now on, way after Powers.
word on the Powers movie?
OEMING: Movie word is re-write. They should just let
Brian write it and I think all the concerns will disappear.
did your Thor gig come about?
OEMING: Basically Marvel was looking for some fresh
Blood. It was myself, [Robert] Kirkman, and [Mark] Ricketts.
Bendis introduced us to Marvel, they took a look at our work
and hired us.
your favorite Thor story? Thor Writer? Thor Artist?
OEMING: My favorite run on Thor is a cliché - Simonson.
You'll see a lot of homage in my run to Walt, and obviously
I love the Thomas/Buscema run.
did you decide that you'd like to try writing, as well as
drawing, comic books?
OEMING: I've always wanted to tell my own stories,
so becoming a full on writer was an extension of that.
other Marvel books coming up that you'll be writing? Favorite
characters at Marvel? DC?
OEMING: Yes, there are more plans on writing at Marvel.
Right now I'm working on Beta Ray Bill. We are talking about
other stuff. I really don't have favorite characters that
pop out at me, I'm more interested in the stories. So if it's
Catwoman or Hercules -- if I find a story - that's what I
want to tell. Not the character.
plans to go back to Hammer of the Gods? We are doing a trade
of Hammer Hits China, with a new short story and a statue.
The movie is coming along nicely, the first draft of the script
is done, although I haven't read it yet.
Sell the fans on Quixote, your new project coming from Image.
OEMING: 300 pages for Ten bucks :) Hundred of illustrations.
It is an original story using the Quixote mythology as a backdrop.
In the modern world, a madman who thinks he is the immortal
embodiment of Don Quixote tackles real devils and monsters
in the streets, alleys and rooftops of an American City. Guns,
swords and monsters, what else can you ask for?
long has the Quixote project been in the works?
OEMING: It goes back pre-Powers, but the novel has
been in the works for 2-2 1/2 years!
finally, what are you reading these days? Listening to? Watching?
OEMING: I'm reading a book on Shamanism called FIRE
IN THE HEAD, listening to Proto Kaw, a pre-Kansas, Kansas
Album and right now I'm watching myself type on a keyboard
We highly recommend
you check out Quixote, which can be pore-ordered from DF here
as well as checking out the fristv volume of Powers, available
and the collection of Oeming's Thor arc, here
You can check Michael out on the web at his very own website:
www.mike-oeming.com where art for Quixote can be seen and
he's even got an e-newsletter you can join for free.
See you next week,
when we spend another 5 minutes with one of today's best comic