FOR TOMMY: ED BRUBAKER
Looks like I'll have to resort to shoplifting then. You've
written a fair few crime comics in your time. Does crime pay?
That depends on your definition of crime, I guess. Corporate
crime sure seems to, as does sleazy government cronyism. The
kind of crime I prefer just seems to keep everyone barely
afloat and awash with guilt and regret at the same time.
Crime is like sex?
Well, anal sex, certainly. At least in Texas.
Any desire to write porn comics? I hear Avatar are putting
together a very interesting line...
I thought this was supposed to be a funny interview?
That's very debatable. From small press writer/artist of books
like Lowlife to Vertigo slice-of-nasty-life to superhero writer...
what advice would you give your former selves? And how do
you think you'd have taken it?
I'd tell myself in my early to mid-twenties to stop caring
what the Comics Journal says and just enjoy whatever you enjoy,
regardless of genre or artistic goals. Raymond Chandler said
it best -- "There is no high art or low art, there's just
art, and precious little of that."
the eager Vertigo break-in me to stick to the stuff I knew
best and not worry about trying to please everyone. Not to
second-guess what felt like the right thing to do for what
they tell you they want you to do.
both of my former selves would've told me to shut up. As Lewis
Carroll said, "I give myself such good advice but I rarely
seldom follow it."
What's with all my quoting famous writers all of a sudden?
I swear I don't have a Bartlett's Familiar Quotations in my
house at all.
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