Bend It Like Bendis! - Part II

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Bend It Like Bendis! - Part I

BF: What’s the deal with Portland? It seems like everybody’s moving there, like it’s the hot spot for creators or something.

BMB: It is an awesome town. The people in Cleveland were very cool, and Cleveland was very good to me. But it’s a bit of a cultural cesspool, there’s not much culture. And if you’re in Cleveland and you’re reading this and you think I’m being mean, come visit, and you’ll see the difference. It’s shocking, the difference. I mean, I would spend literally all day looking for a CD and never find it. And that same kind of CD, there’s piles of it here. There are more Mom and Pop record stores and independent bookstores.

It’s amazing. It’s something about the weather and the attitude, it just makes you want to write, and draw and make bead necklaces or sell drugs in front of Ben and Jerry’s, something, I don’t know what they do here. But it really is a cool town. I just found out that Gus Van Zant lives like three houses away from Alex Maleev.

BF: Oh, I didn’t even realize that Alex lives there too.

BMB: Yeah, Alex lives here. Alex, Rucka, Matt Wagner, Randy Bowen, the Oni guys, the Dark Horse guys. They all live here.

BF: I talked to Craig Thompson last year and he was living there too.

BMB: Yeah, he doesn’t live that far from me actually.

BF: That’s crazy. So do you guys throw block parties and stuff like that?

BMB: No. There are a bunch of little comic book cliques, but I am note a member of any of them. I have kept clique-less. But there’s a big studio with Terry Dodson and David Hahn and Matthew Clark and they’ve got this big comic book studio—I forget what it’s called—and they get a lot of press here in the city. There are poker nights and gatherings and stuff like that though. I’ll show up to one of them once in a while.

BF: It sounds interesting. I might just have to move to Portland myself.

BMB: It’s cool, the comic stores? MWAH! Oh my god! Yeah. It’s really amazing. My comic store is tremendous.

BF: I’m sure one of the reasons you’re doing so many interview right now is because of House of M coming up. Let me ask you a couple things about that and the stuff happening in New Avengers. With Spider-Man now a part of the team, to what extent will his stay on the team impact the next few years of his own titles?

BMB: We’ve already kind of went public with that a little bit. What’s exciting about Spider-Man in the Avengers is it impacts his life. And now there are new kinds of Spider-Man stories. What we’re always looking for, and what a lot of readers are always looking for, are new angles. Instead of, “Oh he’s beating up the Goblin again,” here’s something new. And this is Spider-Man trying to change his life and in front of that all of a sudden here come all of these new kinds of interactions.

You know, he’s got new friends, new people in his life. So yeah, it’d be silly to only having him reference the Avengers in New Avengers. You know Superman would reference that he’s in the Justice League in his book. It’s the same thing. Even in Captain America, there are references to the Avengers; it’s an important part of his life.

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BF: While the projects can’t be compared in terms of content, maybe they can in scope, so let me ask you, will House of M have the same kind of effect on the Marvel U as Countdown and Identity Crisis had on the DCU?

BMB: You know the feeling when two movies are coming out the same weekend? Well, those people that made them had nothing to do with each other. It’s entirely different groups of people creating something in the same medium. The same thing is happening here.

What I think you’re getting here is two legitimately gigantic events that affect their respective universes in a major way. I can’t speak for Identity Crisis because I haven’t read anything but Countdown. But yeah, ours does have a major effect on Marvel. The aftermath is very well plotted out. Actually, what I am most proud of is the aftermath having a point. Not just for stories, but also in terms of “here’s why we did it, and here are the kind of stories we can tell because of this,” stories which we haven’t told before.

It’s so funny because people think that because [the two projects] are coming out around the same time that they’re rubbing up against each other. But it’s not that way at all. I hope you buy both, I really do. I’ll be buying Infinite Crisis. I got to tell you, the guys at Marvel and DC, we’re big fans of each other. We’re gigantic fans of the characters in the books. There’s no war going on or anything.

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BF: I heard some rumours though that there was a little bit of animosity between the companies because of Wha Huh?

BMB: That was totally made up internet stuff. It was absolutely not [the case]. One of the parodies we did, which people see is What if the Identity Crisis in the Marvel Universe. I sent it to Meltzer before I sent it into Marvel. And if Meltzer doesn’t find it funny I am not having it published, because I’m not picking on him. It’s a love thing. He loved it. It’s got a little Meltzer thumb up on it. We’re friends.

There was some hostility with higher-ups that went public and somehow people think that filters all the way down, but that’s not the case at all.

BF: Well, I think it’s just natural for people to imagine that two giants are at each other’s throats.

BMB: They certainly are fighting for our market, and there’s two ways to do it and it really has little or nothing to do with the actual creation of the comics.

BF: So, are you excited about DC’s All-Star line?

BMB: Oh! Frank Miller’s back on Batman? I’m the first one in line! Me and Mark Millar or Joe Quesada were talking about it and I literally went back and I picked over all my scripts for June, or whatever month it was, because it’s the first time that I’ll be in mainstream comics when Frank Miller’s in mainstream comics and I don’t want to suck that month more than usual. That’s what it did for me. Because I still can’t believe I’m in comics, let alone that Frank Miller’s going to be doing it at the same time, that’s amazing. He’s why I’m in comics.

Concluded tomorrow...

- JP Dorigo

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