Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Comic Book Wednesday - Saga Survey



There’s a new comic out called Saga. It is written by Brian K. Vaughn and arted by Fiona Staples. It’s really, really good and you should go buy it. There was a survey in the back of issue 2 that I decided I would fill out, mail in, and also post here. Because that’s the sort of thing I do. And that image is from issue 1, not 2. I used 2 last week and wanted something different.

Dear Ms. Staples and Mr. Vaughn,

I had no choice but to type out my answers to your survey. First, my handwriting is not-so-super. Second, there simply was not enough room on the page provided. In the interest of fairness, I did still pull the page out of the comic.

Also, I just wanted to let you know I’ll be using all of this for a blog post. I’ll use pretty much anything for a blog post and I’m certainly going to get all of the mileage I can out of this. I’ve never actually written to a comic before and saw your survey as a sort of challenge. Plus I really like your comic book.

Here are my responses to the survey in the back of Saga #2 (which I really liked):

1) If you don’t mind me asking, how old are you? – Thirty-five

2) And where are you from? – Mostly Georgia in the United States

3) What are you reading these days? - All-Star Western, Angel & Faith, Animal Man, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Batman, Batman & Robin, Batman Incorporated, Batwoman, Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Catwoman, Danger Girl, Deadpool MAX 2, Demon Knights, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., IDW’s GI Joe titles, Green Lantern, Hack/Slash, Huntress, Invincible Iron Man, Justice League Dark, La Mano Del Destino, New Mutants, Nightwing, Punisher, Saga, The Shade, Star Wars: Agent of the Empire, Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing, Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Venom, The Walking Dead, Wolverine & the X-Men, Wonder Woman, X-Factor, almost anything that Steve Niles writes (as of right now)

4) Do you buy your funny books from your friendly neighborhood retailer, or from an online site like Comixology? – From my neighborhood shops.

5) Important: who would win in a fight, the Hulk or Rorschach? – The Hulk, though I’d like to hear an opposing viewpoint. I will avoid the obvious Rorschach as an inkblot jokes.

6) If a member of the Saga creative team were on the run from the authorities, might he or she be able to crash on your couch for a bit? – No, sorry. Maybe in my younger days.

7) What is the worst recreational drug? – I have only ever used alcohol and marijuana (though I don’t do the latter anymore). Marijuana is awesome. Alcohol is pretty great, too, but hangovers suck. So I guess from personal experience alcohol is the worst. Outside of what I have actually used it sounds like crack and crystal meth are pretty bad. I also recently heard about this one called Krokodil that quite literally makes your skin turn scaly and rot off (do not do a Google image search for this). That sounds awful.

8) Why won’t more people accept the fact that Haywire is Stephen Soderbergh’s very best film? – Oh man, I really wanted to see that. I’ll get back to you on that one. Maybe because people just didn’t see it?

9) What is your second greatest regret in life? - Giving up on those piano lessons? – No, I should have pursued voice acting more seriously.

10) Seriously, what is wrong with my eye? – I don’t know, but I have never, ever typed the word “seriously” correctly. Except for just then, oddly enough. Maybe you need Lasik. I just had it done in both eyes and it’s amazing. No more glasses. Although, everybody was all like, “It’s this miracle where you get up after the procedure and you can see everything totally clearly immediately!” and that’s a bunch of horseshit. I mean, it is great, but it takes quite a while for your eyes to level out. Like, months. They don’t tell you that.

11) What is the only excellent Mexican restaurant in New York City? – I don’t know. I have never been to New York City. I’ll ask Carlee.

12) Ian Fleming once wrote that James Bond liked sex best when it had “the sweet tang of rape.” Does this change the way you feel about this character and/or life on this planet? – You know, I’ve heard that before and I don’t think I really considered it. I have never thought of James Bond as being a hero or a role model (well, not since I was a kid), but I do love the character. I think he is essentially a bad man that happens to work for the side we like. If you look at him as a real man who is doing the things he does on a consistent basis – lying, cheating, stealing, murdering – is it so surprising that his moral compass would be skewed that way? Are all of those other sins so much more taboo than rape? And keep in mind – based on this question Bond is not actually raping, he just likes things to feel a bit rapey. I think your perspective might be a bit screwy if that’s the thing that puts you off the character. As far as life on this planet, that particular item doesn’t have a whole lot of impact for me.

13) If you had to permanently give up either chocolate or cheese (in each of their infinite varieties), which would you choose? – Chocolate

14) When was the last time you watched a stage play, and what was it? – My wife and I went to see Wicked back in maybe 2006. It was okay. This question made me remember there was a play about Dragon*Con that I wanted to go and see and totally forgot about. Dammit.

15) What do you think Image publisher Eric Stephenson’s darkest secret really is? – That he hates letting the creators own the rights to their properties. Dude totally wants a bigger piece of that sweet, sweet Walking Dead pie.

16) Which of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is most assuredly an atheist? – Donatello

17) Have we dated? – No.

18) Would you rather be trapped on the island from Lost with your mom or your dad, and why? – My dad. I love my mom very much, but she’d be useless. My dad was in the Army in Vietnam and knows his way around a jungle. He’d yell at me a lot, but at least we wouldn’t die. Unless we’re on the island with all the characters from the show. Then I choose my mom. Everybody loves her. Somebody would end up killing my dad if I were with him in that instance. He’s kind of… abrasive. But he has mellowed with age. For instance, that whole Bill Cosby routine about his parents and his kids – so true. Who are these people?

19) When was the last time you were naked in front of someone in a nonsexual context? – Probably when I was a kid. I’m not quite a never-nude, but I’m close.

20) Are you Banksy, and if so, can we do anything to help? – No

21) Who had a greater impact on your upbringing, your favorite librarian or your favorite coach? – I can’t honestly say I had one of either. I never felt strongly about any librarians. There was a coach I really liked, but only because he was my U.S. History teacher my sophomore year of High School and didn’t make us do anything. I suppose he taught me that tenure might not be such a good thing for teachers to be able to get. So he had the most impact.

22) What are you working on these days, anything creative? – I try to post five days a week on my blog – Needless Things at phantomtroublemaker.blogspot.com – and usually do. I write about toys, TV, movies, wrestling, comics, partying, and pretty much anything that I think I can wring at least 1,000 words out of. I am also co-hosting a Doctor Who podcast on the Earth Station One Network. That’s a big deal for me, as I am actually using my voice and my brain/writing skills. Oh, and I’m working on three different full costumes right now. One for Timegate, one for some con in Knoxville, and one for Dragon*Con. I actually don’t think I’ve ever been quite so creatively focused in my life. I was working on a piece of fiction for a while. I hit around 20,000 words before I stopped. Maybe I’ll get back to it.

23) Wait, why did you abandon it? – It seemed like I didn’t really have an audience for it anymore. I was majorly inspired for a while, but it’s hard to maintain passion for something like that when it just doesn’t have any outside interest.

24) Relax, I’m sure it’s great. Listen, why not put down this comic and do a little work on your thing RIGHT NOW? – Well, I am, really. This will go up on the blog.

25) Cool, but before you do, if you were to be reincarnated as an inanimate object, what would it be? – Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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