July 25 - So, I foolishly sent out some quickie questionnaires to a few comic book editors earlier this month. A bit like asking a condemned man his favorite color as he is led to the electric chair, this request came at perhaps the most inconvenient time in any comics editor's yearly schedule; right before the ginormous Comic-Con in San Diego. Dumb. What can I say? I'm nothing if not myopic and inconsiderate. Needless to say, I have not yet received any replies (although I'm still hopeful). Thankfully, O.F.O.WOMP Brent Frankenhoff has once again pulled my fat from the fire! As both a lifelong comics fan(boy) and the Editor of Comics Buyer's Guide, Brent has some unique perspective on the subject of comics editors. So, here are Brentski's answers to the same questions that I asked the comic book editors;
1) What do you think is the most common misconception about your job? That I actually write, draw, or publish comic books. "No, I write ABOUT comic books," is my usual response.
2) Do you have any unusual "Tales of Comics Editing" that you can share with The WOMP-Blog's readers? Not really, since I don't actually edit any comic books. However, I can tell the story about Mike Carlin's reaction when I asked him a couple of quick Crisis on Infinite Earths-related questions a decade ago for that event's 10th anniversary coverage. "I LOVE those kinds of questions," was his first response to my more fanboy-related queries. Beyond that, there was the lunch at WizardWorld Chicago a few years ago where CrossGen's head guy (Mark Alessi) hosted a number of reporters, mostly online bloggers, plus Maggie (Thompson) and me. The online guys were so afraid of offending him and losing their CrossGen comp and any access to the company, that all they did was lob him softball questions or empty praise. When my turn came, I threw a curveball by asking him if he could run Marvel or DC, what changes would he enact? He loved the question and the other reporters were like, "Whoa! I can't believe he asked that!" And, there was the panel at Pittsburgh where the panelists, including Julie Schwartz, outnumbered the attendees, including yours truly. Julie came down off the dais and spent the hour just visiting with us. A truly great moment from a truly great man.
Brent is spending the remainder of this week working the CBG booth in San Diego, rubbin' shoulders with the greats again. That's appropriate, since he's pretty "great" himself! Thanks again, Brent. Speaking of "appropriate," here's your apropos Comic Book Editor of The Day - Julius Schwartz!