Like, i know it’s not entirely true and only based on a true story (the basic characters, like aragorn really existed) but i was going to do it in my modern history class for our in class essay. I can’t do it if it’s older than 200 years old but the movie doesn’t look that old? And what country is middle earth?
Hiya Mark, I backed Dracula on Kickstarter - in total awe of your work. I wanted to ask as a fan, do you have a favourite classic Captain America moment? From Hitler-clocking to true blue speechifying, what do you think of when you think of the character and why?
First, thanks so much for backing DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON! It’s a labor of love and I could not be more thrilled with what salgood is doing with it. I just sent him lettering corrects on the first chapter, which should be appearing in the next issue of Salgood’s REVOLVER anthology very soon. I’m now doing some research for some extra pages that Salgood suggested we add for the 2nd chapter (which is otherwise already written and laid out). Some perks have already gone out, and others should soon. Nathan Fox’s prints just arrived - I’ll have to post pictures soon.
CAPTAIN AMERICA…I suppose my first thought is the old, old cartoons from the 60s that I saw as reruns in the 80s, which were great despite the terrible animation of Kirby’s work. I still remember the theme song…”When Captain America Throws His Mighty Shield”. And making a shield out of a paper plate, which was to scale with my childhood self.
(I also remember some contest Marvel had about giving a superhero a new power, and I wrote in suggesting Cap be able to shoot beams from his gloves like Iron Man.)
Later on, I think I went through a period where, like Superman, I felt I couldn’t relate to Cap because he was so perfect. Brubaker and Epting’s run changed all that for me…it was Captain America but set in the world of modern espionage which, if you’re familiar with my work you know I’m fascinated by.
I also loved a mini that Mark Waid did that came out just after Obama was elected that retold the story of Cap waking up in contemporary America. Waid has a way of making seemingly perfect characters relatable and that really hit a great note for me.
I’m sure I’m leaving some great Cap moments out. And like you said, it’s him nailing Hitler in the face. Maybe one of the greatest single comic images of all time.
“He could still be wild and self-destructive, and the psychiatrists had been no help. All he knew was that within him, simmering in the smithy of his soul, were confusion and conflict, and they were probably all linked somehow with Ireland and the Church, with his smashing up so many cars that his license had to be taken away, and with marching in Ban-the-Bomb parades, with becoming obsessed with Lawrence of Arabia, with detesting cops, barbed wire, and girls who shave under their arms; with being an aesthete, a horse player, a former altar boy, a drinker who now wanders streets at night buying the same book (“My life is littered with copies of Moby Dick”) and reading the same sermon on that book (“…and if we obey God, we must disobey ourselves…”); with being gentle generous, sensitive, yet suspicious (“You’re talking to an Irish bookie’s son, you can’t con me!”); with devotion to his wife, loyalty to old friends, great concern over the uncertain eyesight of his three-year-old daughter, now wearing very thick glasses (“Daddy, Daddy! I broke my eyes!” “Don’t cry, Kate, don’t cry—we’ll get you a new pair”); with theatrical genius that is equally moving whether performing pantomime or Hamlet; with anger that can be sudden (“Why should I tell you the truth? Who are you, Bertrand Russell?”) and with anger that quickly subsides (“Look, I’d tell you if I knew why, but I don’t know, just don’t know…”); and with the as yet unrealized contradictions in the Peter O’Toole who, at this very moment, was about to land in Ireland…where he was born thirty-one years ago…where he would have his next drink.”—
Hey there, Mr. Sable. So I picked up Graveyard of Empires this past Friday at the NYCC. It was a very fun read. I loved the artwork a lot. I believe that the guy who sold it to me might have been Paul Azaceta. My only regret is that I didn't take the time to speak to him. This book has influenced me greatly. I'm a student at the Joe Kubert School in NJ as well as aspiring comic book artist. Well, just wanted to say to keep up the great work! Oh, my name's Cassy Dale, by the way.
Hey there Cassy! Thanks so much for the kind words about GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES. I’m not sure there’s a greater compliment than to hear our work is an inspiration to someone.
If the guy that sold you the book at NYCC was tall it was probably Paul. He is hard to miss. He’s got a tumblr as well at paulazaceta.tumblr.com and a blog at lazypalooza.blogspot.com.
Good luck at the Kubert School…a lot of great artists came out of there, and you seem to be off to a great start - really dug the Humvee you drew.
“Walt somehow captures this guy and shackles him in a basement. Walt then sets up a shotgun across the basement pointed at this kingpin with a trip wire. Ultimately, Walt wants this guy to kill himself. Then Walt starts “lopping off bits of this guy” very precisely, starting with the toes and working his way up, “cauterizing with a blow torch.”
Walter works very systematically, returning each day at the same time to torture the bad guy. The guy is such a badass that he won’t trip the wire, and the torture continues for weeks. Walter Jr. was going to stumble upon this place and discover this “poor guy.” Junior was going to try to help him, lean in and give him some water. Somehow, the kingpin realizes this is Walter’s son, and only then does he pull the trip wire to kill both Junior and himself.
Gilligan pitched this idea in person to AMC and Sony executives. He admits that everybody in the room sized him up with a look that said: “You are seriously f*cked up.””—