When I discuss comics with people who started reading earlier I did, when it comes to Marvel Comics, they normally talk about the legendary writers they grew up with like Chris Claremont, Jimmy Starlin, and other writers who defined Marvel Comics. But I started reading comics in the late 00’s, so the name that always comes to mind when talking about character defining writing is Brian Michael Bendis. The first Spider-Man comic I read was Ultimate Spider-Man #1, so to say that Bendis holds a special spot in defining my comic experience is an understatement.
And I got to interview him.
Listen as Brian Michael Bendis and I talk about his series The Ones available now from Dark Horse Comics. The first volume dives into a group of characters who were all “the one” at some point in their lives. It’s an incredibly funny story with one of the funniest iterations of the Satan I have read. If you love Bendis’ humor, this is that but off the leash of big 2 comics.
We get into a discussion about the way books he works on do their crediting pages with the artists being co-creators. Bendis talks about how he approaches working with artists to create original series such as long-time collabroater Michael Avon Oeming.
Brian talks a bit about his love of the craft while citing some things he loves to get into the nitty gritty of. He talks about character backstories and the such that he works out off the page and just how deep he gets into those.
I also had to ask about Green Goblin in Ultimate Spider-Man. We discuss the reasoning for making him into a monster which has a very interesting idea behind it.
I also got a chance to ask a unique question about siblings! Brian’s brother Jared is someone I follow on TikTok whose content about tabletop games brings me a lot of joy. I didn’t realize they were brothers until recently so we chat about that as well! Follow Jared here!
Make sure to listen to this interview wherever you listen to podcasts!