FOR TOMMY - HEIDI MACDONALD
By Richard Johnston
So what, rare, comic books do you see as "making you see your
own world in a different way"?
I just read the Gilbert Hernandez collection PALOMAR, and
that's one of the greatest things I've ever read. LOVE AND
ROCKETS is definitely my all time favorite comic of any kind.
In recent books, SAME DIFFERENCE and other stories by Derek
Kirk Kim amazed me. Kim is astonishingly talented, both in
art and the ability to tell a story. If he were more prolific
he'd be the great hope of comics. BLANKETS. KRAMER'S ERGOT
#4. Older stuff, FROM HELL, HUTCH OWEN, anything by Eddie
Campbell. SANDMAN, INVISIBLES, PREACHER.
On a completely
different tip, ONE PIECE, by Eiichoro Oda is a lot of fun
- it's a wacky pirate adventure, with a real sense of storytelling
and character. IRON WOK JAN by Shinji Saijyo is one of the
great guilty pleasures of comics. These are both entertainments,
but really well done.
comics, not too much really catches my eye. I still love PLANETARY
on the rare occasions it comes out - sorry kids, I guess It's
coming out more often again.
We see the bizarre things people say on message boards in
public. do they get worse in private e-mail?
Not really. A couple of times I've called people out in email,
and they just whimper or don't even answer. I don't know if
it's just that I'm intimidating, which some people have told
me, or that they have to have an audience. I get a few weird
emails, but they are mostly from my friends. Hoo hoo haw.
I only find you intimidating because you're a loud American.
I get this feeling you're going to invade something any second.
Um. Are you?
As long as Tony Blair plays Muttley to Dubya's Snideley Whiplash,
you guys are safe.
How involved do you get in your subjects? Or do you preserve
a hard sheen of cynicism?
I guess I'm pretty cynical about everything, but not in a
judgmental way, I hope. It's my job to try to approach everything
on its own level. Which is impossible for any single human
being, because we all have our little prejudices. Jen and
I have are always trying to get a little more hard-hitting
with the Pulse, just because it's way more interesting that
way. I will say that as an antidote to my innate cynicism,
I always try to do research for any story I'm working on,
and it gets very time consuming When you're dealing with a
daily newssite that has four or five stories a day, it gets
to be a balancing act between how much you can really devote
to any one thing. Hey the internet is transient, right? No
one is going to care about stuff you write today tomorrow
or even be able to find it, for crying out loud ;)
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