FOR TOMMY: PETER DAVID
Warren Ellis is doing his Year Of Whoredom. If even that mad
bastard can do it just for the money, I expect to see Dave
Sim on Transformers, I really do. So spell out your decision
making process - what are the projects you've turned down?
Given that, right of now, no non-aligned DC series has yet
made it convincingly as an ongoing series fro a very long
time, is there really merit in taking a Don Quixote stance?
And couldn't Wolverine fight Don Quixote? Might make a good
PETER: Last thing I turned down was some years ago when
I was offered "Thor." Haven't passed on anything recently,
since I've had the good fortune to be interested in whatever
was offered to me. As for merit in taking a Don Quixote stance...there'
s always merit. Hopeless battles are the ones most worth fighting.
Military generals may disagree. Is that any more than a truism,
handy to end a rousing speech on Buffy? Surely hopeless battles
are the ones you run away from, regroup and have another go
at when there's actually some hope going spare?
PETER: Do you have any idea how many people (including,
to some degree, me) told Harlan Ellison that his legal fight
against AOL was hopeless? That they had far deeper pockets,
that they could paper into oblivion, that there was no way
he'd get what he wanted. He couldn't win. It was hopeless.
And we were all wrong. Not bad for a hopeless fight. If others
can soldier on in the face of overwhelming difficulties, so
Well. maybe the tide's turning. Why do you reckon Joe Quesada
asked the San Diego audience if they'd like to see you back
on the ongoing Hulk series? Is his mind aglow with whirling
transient nodes of thought? Or is he teasing you from afar?
PETER: Well, I was hardly afar; I was in San Diego.
Best thing to do is ask Joe for the whys and wherefores. Me,
hey, I'm doing the mini, I'm content. Now granted, when Joe
asked the fans if they wanted to see me back on Hulk, it got
a huge roar of approval. But I've been to these Joe panels.
If Joe said, "Hey, my wife's thinking of taking up all the
carpeting in our house and we're switching entirely to hardwood
floors, whattaya think of that?" he'd get a huge roar of approval.
Fans aren't that discriminating in these situations.
I think any two points in San Diego were afar this year.I
don't know, there were a fair few mumbles and grumbles in
response to some calls for responses. And there was a increasing
degree of difference in response between asking about your
current Hulk project and the thought of you returning to the
series. Kind of like if he's asked them "and after the flooring,
how about we get Elektra to come round for a date?"
it seemed a good con... hey, you got name checked by Sarah
Michelle Gellar. And it was probably a line that Freddie wrote
for her. With the whole tattoo thing going on down as well,
did you get a few more ego puff points this year than usual?
PETER: Name checked by SMG...yeah, that was nice, although
I wish I'd heard it. On the other hand, I've had lunch with
Amber Benson, been kissed by Mercedes McNab, and hugged by
James Marsters, so, y'know...
the old ego got seriously stoked this year. The one frustration
was all the people who told me eagerly, "We love all your
work. We love everything you write." And I'd say, "Are you
reading 'Fallen Angel'?" And almost every single one looked
at me blankly. Had no idea what I was talking about. It wasn't
just that they ignored it; you have to know about it to ignore
it. They simply hadn't heard of it. The number of untapped
readers for this series is just staggering.
Yeah. You know, right now, there are thousands of people screaming
your name in jealous hate? Are your ears burning (because
someone may be dropping acid onto them from above you).
thought about wearing a sandwich billboard at these events?
PETER: That says what? "Hug me, girls. It's one step
away from hugging Spike."
I bet you'd get a queue. Would you fancy writing any tie-in
novels with the Global Frequency TV series? Ever channelled
Warren Ellis before?
PETER: You know, fans always said to me, "You always
write Star Trek novels. Why don't you write for the TV show?"
And that never happened. So when I wrote episodes of Babylon
5, I figured, Okay, well at least that's a question I won't
get asked this go-around. So what did fans ask me? "When are
you going to write "Babylon 5" novels?" Which I eventually
did, but the point is, if a new TV series is starting up,
I'd rather write for the series itself than novel spin-offs.
Do you think the image people have of you as a novelisation/novel
spin-off writer is a fair one? In numbers and output alone,
it seems to be a fair reflection... is it a distorted one?
Do you believe you have the public image you deserve? Have
you ever actively tried to change it?
PETER: Yeah, it's a distorted one. I've written over
a dozen "New Frontier" novels...but also over a dozen original
fantasy and SF novels, not to mention I co-wrote over twenty
episodes of "Space Cases," a Nickelodeon TV series I co-created
with Bill Mumy. I've written a bunch of movie novelizations...but
so has Max Allan Collins. Have I written tie-ins with a major
SF franchise? Yes. So has Kevin Anderson and Timothy Zahn.
Nobody tags them as novelization/spin-off writers. I've written
episodic TV, created a TV series, written for film, SF novels,
fantasy novels. Gee, why doesn't Peter David write an ongoing
comic series with original characters. Hello? "Soulsearcher
and Company," ten years running. It's like the more I've dedicated
myself to be in as many writing venues as possible, the more
determined some people are to pigeonhole me. They literally
have to go out of their way to ignore my track record.
comic book companies ballyhoo that they have a comic being
written by a "New York Times bestselling author." How spiffy
for them. Me, I'm merely New York Times bestselling, Locus
bestselling, USA Today bestselling, Eisner Award-winning,
Wizard Fan Award-winning, CBG Fan Award-winning, GLAAD Media
Award-winning, International Haxtur Award-winning, Cable Ace
Award-nominated author Peter David. So it'd be nice if people
started thinking of me as something other than "that media
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