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Waiting For Tommy XXXVI
By Richard Johnston
 
GAIL: First, have you ever physically met a creator who was pissed at something in your column?

RICHARD: Glenn Fabry. But we ended up talking about Spanish church architecture.

GAIL: Have you ever printed a rumour you knew to be false? I want this in the interview, by the way, so don't try to weasel out of it.

RICHARD: Weasel? Me? Yes, but only when I also stated it was a false rumour. Stomping on something that was going around.

GAIL: Heh. Okay, at one point, you were openly campaigning to take over Marville from Bill Jemas, and I also recall that you pitched to Epic, correct? Can you tell us anything about the status of these projects?

RICHARD: Yes, there was a project that they turned down. And the Marville proposal, I didn't hear anything back from. Shame, it involved Al deciding to worship Joe Quesada and interpreting, then following Joe's messageboard posts as holy scripture. I have one other idea that I'll be sending them this week.

GAIL: I haven't pitched for Epic.

RICHARD: D'oh!

GAIL: Did you think I'd pitched for Epic? I haven't. But I'll be buying Trouble. I have to admit, I'm kind of amused wondering what the response will be after your Bill and Joe interviews!

RICHARD: They're both professionals, and they've treated me very professionally. But it's not like it's the be-all and end-all.

GAIL: Oh, I suspect they like you, Rich. They both have good senses of humour.

RICHARD: Something I value. I do have a comics project coming out from another publisher. But I'm not saying anything about that. Yet.

GAIL: So you're saying no one but you is allowed any secrets?

RICHARD: No, I'm saying the only way to keep a secret is not to tell anyone. It's taken me ten years watching others fail, to learn that.

GAIL: No one BUT you, that is?

RICHARD: I've just learnt well.

GAIL: I think we need a rumour column specifically about you, Rich.

RICHARD: Oh gods. You're going to start one aren't you?

GAIL: Hey, that's actually a great idea. Everyone keep an eye out at comicbookresources. Okay, one last question: Have you ever regretted a story you ran?

RICHARD: A few times, yes. Not often, but it happens. Usually I've tried to make it up to the people affected to their satisfaction. But they're probably not the stories most people have associated with me.

GAIL: Explain.

RICHARD: I probably can't explain without breaking certain trusts. Just it tends to be minor stories I regret publishing. Gorilla revelations, Authority art, etc, no regrets.

GAIL: And actually, I have two more brief questions. first, what do you think is the biggest exclusive scoop you ever uncovered, and second, what is up with you and John Byrne? Didn't he once say that you should be stapled by the scrotum to a fast moving train headed to Antarctica? All right, I made that up, but the point remains!

RICHARD: Biggest? No idea. Does the last-minute-Friday simultaneous fax sackings of the Batman writers count? The Authority art-changes got a lot of coverage. The Bob Harras firing account, fall of the Image non-line, the Joe Illidge departure, Axel Alonso leaving DC for Marvel, they all start to blur... John doesn't like gossip columnists on principle I think. And we disagree on certain points. Probably little more than that.

GAIL: Why do you hang out on his board when he obviously loathes your very being?

RICHARD: I'm not on John's board, haven't been for ages. But the board was a place for people who liked John's work, I'm one of them. It's also a place with a collection of individuals with a mindset unlike anywhere else on the comics internet. Plurality of opinion is a good thing to encounter.

GAIL: I think we're going to have to admit that you're more interesting than I am.

RICHARD: No, because you have breasts. And I have to go down to the hardware store.

GAIL: I do have breasts, but you're the one lactating all over the place, I heard. But as a last drive-by plug, the final issue of Killer Princesses is out this week, thank all the goodness left in the universe. And it's big fun.

RICHARD: Got a link?

GAIL: http://www.onipress.com/titles/titles.php?id=KP1

And with that last minute plug, she was gone. Gail Simone writes comics for everyone. Rich Johnston writes a gossip column for these people. Next week, Chris Claremont. Maybe.

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