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WAITING FOR TOMMY: JAY FAERBER
By Richard Johnston

RICHARD: So how do you make those want the new work that you produce? Apart from putting out the best work to your ability, what tricks of the trade have you learnt to draw a crowd to your new stuff? With my own comic coming out, I need all the help I can get.
JAY: That's the million dollar question, man. I have no answer. I'm naive enough to still believe it's all about putting out the best work that you can, and hoping people respond to it.

 

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RICHARD: Fingers crossed. Image seems to be your current home - do you find they treat your projects, Noble Causes and Strykeforce any differently? How much does working for Top Cow vary from working for Image Central?
JAY: They treat the two projects VERY differently, since I own one, and not the other. Image Central doesn't really have any involvement with Strykeforce. I deal solely with Top Cow on that book, and working on it is very much like working on any DC or Marvel book. I turn in a script, it gets read by my editor, and I get some notes. I make a few changes, re-submit the script, and it's off to the artist. I don't see the book again until it's done. With Noble Causes, I'm very involved, in every step of the process, since I'm working both as writer and editor. I'm seeing the art as it comes in, I'm reviewing the colors, I'm proofing the lettering, I'm keeping everything on schedule, and overseeing the letters page and the overall pagination of the book, as well as the layout of front and back covers. Working on the two books is as different as night and day.

RICHARD: While one might seem creatively more rewarding, is the hands-off approach less taxing on your mind? Aside from keeping a healthy balance between the two, is there one approach you favour over the other?
JAY: The work-for-hire stuff is actually more taxing, in a lot of ways, simply because I'm a control freak at heart, so I have to fight the urge to try and be involved at every step. It's too easy to become a pain in the ass, if I'm pestering my editor to see the pencils as they come in, or the cover sketches, or whatever. As a member of any creative team, my job is to make everyone else's job as easy as possible, and on a work-for-hire book, sometimes that means just sitting back and shutting up.

RICHARD: Ah. I'm glad I work in advertising then. Stryker has three arms on one side, one on the other. Is he a terrible tightrope walker? Does it get in the way of touch typing or playing the cello? What are the practical difficulties, do you see, of such multi-limbed individuals?
JAY: First of all, I'm writing this book specifically to appeal to multi-limbed individuals such as Stryker. I think this readership demographic has been overlooked for far, far too long. Plus, my upcoming Stryker 12-issue maxi-series is designed to explain exactly why he isn't constantly losing his balance, and ... Okay, I give up. Yes, he's got three robotic arms on one side of his body, and yes, that can tend to look quite silly. But it's a big adventure comic. It's all about crazy characters and visuals, so just go with it, y'know?
 

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