Friday, January 08, 2010

Marc Bernardin & Tommy Lee Edwards mentioned in year end wrapup on the PW's The Beat

PW's The Beat concludes their Annual Year-End Survey, 2010 edition with the last installment here.

In their words,
It’s the biggest year-end survey ever! We’re going to keep going until it’s all done though. People from EVERY walk of the comics industry sounds off on what they hope for in the new year, and along the way there’s lots of news, and a few previews, too. Previous installments: one, two and three.

The Beat took some time out to ask Marc Bernardin and Tommy Lee Edwards some question:

Tommy Lee Edwards, artist
2010 projects:
TURF, my creator-owned Image comics series with Jonathan Ross.
THE BOOK OF ELI, the Hughes Brothers film I designed
PRINCE OF PERSIA, graphic novel from Disney Press

What was the biggest story in comics in 2009?
The amount of talented comics people shifting their priorities to creator-owned material.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2010?
Iron Man 2

What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2010?
Riding my motorcycle on the twisty roads of the Smokey Mountains.

Marc Bernardin, writer

2010 projects:
The Authority (Wildstorm), Nightcrawler: Origins (Marvel), Genius (Top Cow)

What was the biggest story in comics in 2009?
Disney buying Marvel, by a long shot. Intellectual property has always been valuable, but it’s never been made more explicit and overt than this. My favorite sad-but-obvious anecdote of this year: a buddy of mine was pitching a big time, big budget movie producer. The producer loved the pitch, but asked “What’s it based on?” Nothing, this buddy replied. It’s an original idea. “Can’t do anything with it. Can’t get any money for it. These days, everything’s gotta be based on something, no matter how small.” In that light, the Disney-Marvel deal is a masterstroke.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2010?
Before Oprah ends her talk show, she’ll feature a graphic novel. Which one is anyone’s guess, but I think whichever one she chooses will break huge.

What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2010?
The Expendables. An action flick with Stallone, Lundgren, Willis, Statham, Li, Rourke, and a governor? Sign me the hell up. To bad I’ve gotta wait until next August.

When I think of comics in the 00s I think of:
Two things: the resurgence of the “Event” and Y: The Last Man. Sometimes those events worked incredibly well, creatively — like Blackest Night or Civil War or Secret Invasion — and made you glad for the serial web that only comics can weave. Other times — and you know the ones — they seemed like poorly thought-out and even worsely (is that a word?) executed cash grabs. Sure, events have been around since Secret Wars, but it felt, to me, like the ‘00s took them to a new level. A level where both good and bad could exist simultaneously.

And Y: The Last Man was, for me, the ‘00s’ zenith of long-form storytelling. The characters were phenomenal, the science in the sci-fi was valid (enough), and the cliffhangers were just fantastic. Sure, it had some lulls — what 60-part saga doesn’t? — but when it was firing on even most of its cylinders, it was inspiring work.

Source: The Beat

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