Saturday, November 27, 2010
Getting to know Brandon Whaley
Who is your favourite comic character?
I'm calling a tie here.
First up, you have my old standby, the Silver Surfer. He soars the spaceways making the galaxy safe. He's humble and noble, but wants to be understood. He's selfless as well. Plus, he just looks dang cool. It says a lot about the character that a naked silver man on a surfboard could be so likeable, but what can you do? He's just plain awesome. Not to mention he starred in the first comic I ever purchased, Silver Surfer #60.
Secondly we have relative newcomer Atomic Robo. He's the creation of Tesla, a scientist at heart. However, Robo doesn't balk from adventure either. In fact, his organization, Tesladyne, has a team of Action Scientists to get the job done, whatever it may require. Part snarky robot, part millionaire playboy, Robo entranced me from day one and hasn't let go yet. Expect to see him pop up here one of these days.
What is your favourite comic?
If we're going by series, its easily Atomic Robo again. This book is better with every issue. Plus they printed one of my fan letters, so it must be good. Its a bit of pulp, a bit of noir, and a bit or gritty war action all rolled up into one great little package.
Who is your favourite comic writer?
Oh geez. Without appearing to be a broken record, I'll start by saying Brian Clevinger (writer of Atomic Robo) but I will branch out as well. I love Jason Aaron's work that I've read, and am currently in the process of devouring anything of his I can get my hands on. Grant Morrison is pure genius, and even though I don't like everything he's done, the majority of it is insane fun. Jonathan Hickman is currently rising to that Morrison level with me as well. I'd be remiss not to mention Fred van Lente and Greg Pak, who are stellar writers as a pair or alone. And finally, we have Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who have provided me with much amusement for the past few years.
Who has been the most fun to write so far in 26 weeks of thoughtballoons?
I've not be able to participate with every character that I've wanted to, but of the ones I have written, Mephisto has been the most fun by far. Writing someone that deliciously evil is way out of my comfort zone, which is probably what lead me to have him in his current state in my script.
Which character do you most dread having to write?
Pretty much anything indie or non-superhero. I'm not a fan of those kinds of comics for the most part, so its a lot harder for me to get into the character's head. Why I chose Rick Grimes this week is beyond me.
Also, I gotta say I too am not looking forward to writing Green Lantern. I've already decided I'm writing Denny O'neil-era Hal Jordan if he's chosen.
Which non-comics character would you most like to write?
Link, from The Legend of Zelda. I'd like to try to keep it true to the games and not have him say a word, which would be fun and challenging. I'd also like to try my hand at Eddie Drood of the Secret History novels by Simon R. Green. He's like a supernatural James Bond, and it would be a fun noir-esque tale.
Which script do you think has been your best so far?
Not a lot to pick from here, but I'd have to say my Mephisto script is the one I'm most proud of. Other than that, my Silver Surfer script with the Daredevil cameo was fun, and I thought it turned out pretty well.
Which script in total do you think has been the best on the site?
As far behind as I am on writing, I'm further behind on my reading. That said, my absolute favorite that I have read has been Max's Noir as Heck. Just read it again, and its tons of fun. Plus, I like the use of the word DAYUM.