This is the Wonder Woman that I grew up with. Here’s what I noticed when I saw this today: 1) she has boobs, but they aren’t gargantuan; 2) she actually looks like she’s having a good time, rather than being all dark n’ serious n’ post-Nolan. I miss this Wonder Woman.
‘THESE HAVE TO BE STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT’: KELLY SUE DECONNICK ON DARK HORSE’S NEW ‘PROMETHEUS’ COMICS
By Matt Wilson
Dark Horse Comics is bringing back its Alien comics franchise in a big way this year with a set of four mini-series set immediately after the most recent movie, Prometheus. The company has revealed the names of the four series writers: Aliens will be by Chris Roberson, Predators will be written by Joshua Williamson, Paul Tobin will write the Prometheus series, and Aliens vs. Predator will be by Christopher Sebela.
The company’s been teasing a “fifth writer” on the franchise, and she’s actually holding down the position you might call head writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick. DeConnick will be writing a double-sized “wrap-up” issue to close out the initial run of books, and she oversaw a lot of the goings-on in the writers’ room as the series were being put together. We chatted with her by phone to find out how that experience was different from other comics writing jobs, and just what readers can expect from the first full-on Aliens/Predator/Prometheus comics crossover.
ComicsAlliance: To start, I wanted to ask what got you interested in doing a comic about Prometheus. Licensed comics aren’t always something that you hear about a creator doing at the stage where you are in your career, where you’re established and doing a lot of creator-owned work. So what attracted you to this property, this licensed project?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: I went to my council of consigliere. I went to [Matt] Fraction and [Brian Michael] Bendis and Warren Ellis about the gig. I was really dismissive of licensed properties. Ellis particular was like, oh contraire. “The guys who did theAliencomics for Dark Horse, [Mark Verheiden] made his bones doing theAliencomic.”
There was that, and the thing about it that was super tempting for me on a personal level was they were doing it—theAlien,Prometheus,AVP, and Predatorbooks—were all going to be done in a writers’ room. They were offering me a semi-editorial position in that writers’ room. And I had been jealous, frankly, of Matt [Fraction]’s room experiences. Both at Marvel and in the TV work that he’d done. I wanted to see, what’s that like? Can I do it? I think I’d be good at it! Let’s find out.
Well. I had not heard about that. And now I am very excited.
This started out as a stream-of-consciousness exercise i was using to get over some creative block (and practice some comic page layout) and turned into a 5 page little comic!
The problem i was facing, rather than simply not knowing WHAT to draw, was WANTING to draw but realizing… i DIN’T want to. I wanted to want to draw. It’s intensely frustrating. I started thinking about it like suddenly finding yourself in a seemingly endless field. You want to go somewhere, but with no visible landmarks there’s nothing that makes you want to walk in any particular direction.
But since walking anywhere is better than staying nowhere, you pick a direction and force yourself to start walking because you know you’ll find something eventually. You don’t know what to draw, you’re not even sure you WANT to draw, but you make yourself draw something in the hopes it’ll jog ideas loose and you’ll get back on track.
That’s kind of where the metaphor ended, as i had visualized it, but at that point i had two pages of comic that i was kind of pleased with. When i was younger i used to think i’d go into comics. I’d draw comics in my sketchbooks all the time and they were pretty dumb, but i loved (i still love) the medium. I wound up in storyboarding, which i also love and is KIND of like comics, but there’s something about drawing for boards that dulls my motivation to make “finished” art. “Does that drawing read? Do i not totally hate it? Okay, it’s done”. Comic pages have the potential to be so rich and beautiful when care and effort is put into them.
So i used this as an excuse to make myself actually finish something that was just for me. Some visual shout-outs to Paul Pope and Vasquez Rocks, an artist/place that inspire me.
"But since walking anywhere is better than staying nowhere, you pick a direction and force yourself to start walking because you know you’ll find something eventually.”
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What a great idea.