METRO'S FREE AUTOGRAPH SIGNING WITH
OCTOBER 18th STARTING AT 12NOON
Matt Fraction is a pretty cool guy, ask anyone at Metro. None of us have hung out with the guy to get to know him, but we like to think we have through his body of work. One of Marvel's prolific writers at the moment, Matt Fraction has his hands on a variety of scorching hot characters for the House of Ideas, including the X-Men, Punisher and a little someone we like to call Iron Man. Recently, he's been seen traveling to Hollywood to help Jon Favreau with the feel of the next Iron Man movie.
Catching the store's eye and imagination with the Immortal Iron Fist revamp (co-written with Ed Brubaker), we haven't stopped reading him since and are proud to invite you and Matt Fraction to our humble comic shop.
He was also nice enough to answer a few questions by email for us, presented here in their entirety:
1. Did Marvel come to you to write Invincible Iron Man or did you go to them for a shot at the character? If the latter, what drew you to the character?
2. From your four year career in comics anniversary post on your blog last year, you seem to have a clear idea as to where you’re going with a particular title while you’re writing it (i.e. when and where you’d like to stop doing WAR JOURNAL, the year you had blocked out for THE ORDER). Do you think having a destination helps or hinders you? Possibly both? Cancellations aside, do you change your mind a lot as the end of a story arc comes near as to when you’re ready to leave?
3. What comics are you reading, if any? Do you find it easy to keep up with event books like SECRET INVASION or have your editors been lifelines to the ever-changing Marvel Universe?
4. You’re co-writing with both Ed Brubaker and Rick Reminder on UNCANNY X-MEN and PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL respectively. Both writers hardly live next door; how do these collaborations work? Via phone calls, emails, X-Box Live, trading rough drafts?
5. As a successful independent creator working with a major company, have you ever come up with an story or concept for the House of Ideas that you’ve ever saved for a personal project, or even vice versa?
6. How are the two projects you mentioned taking notes for, THE AMERICAN and THE EMPRESS OF JAPAN, coming along? Both are historical in nature, what caught your eye on the two topics?
7. Your wife also works in the comics industry and is a successful writer in her own right. Who is whose muse? Have you ever thought about collaborating?
8. Marvel Comics has been cycling through these major events (House of M, Civil War, World War Hulk, Secret Invasion, etc.) nearly twice a year, with banner titles to carry us through the ongoing story. Do you think you could ever take the reigns of an ‘event’ book, one of the big ideas that reshape the Marvel Universe?
9. What did you do before comics? Any horror stories from past jobs?
10. Have you ever stood in line for someone's autograph? If so, who and how'd it go?
So, here’s a funny story. A long time ago, when I went to my very first comic convention, I brought a small handful of books for one of my favorite writer-artists to sign. Now, I’ve never been big on autographs, so for me, at a con, getting books signed was really just an excuse to shake someone’s hand and shoot the breeze for a little while, thank ‘em for their work, and pretend, just for a second, that we’re buddies, y’know? Just a little moment, a slice of time for a tiny human interaction... that’s what I was looking for.
So I find my guy and he’s standing in front of his table, talking to a cluster of fans. Great!, I think, we’ll just shoot the breeze! And I waited there for like twenty minutes-- literally, standing there, a foot away, for twenty minutes, clearly waiting to say hello. And I’m waiting and I’m waiting and then one of the guys turns to me and says, “He’s DONE for the day,” the message being scram, kid. This was at, like, three in the afternoon. The guy didn’t even work the whole day! I couldn’t believe it. I was embarrassed. I was kind of heartbroken, in that weird way that someone you admire can so easily and thoughtlessly crush someone that admires them.
I stomped off, stomp stomp stomp, and threw the guy’s books away in the nearest trashcan. I’d never, ever pay a dime for that guy’s work; I would never, ever again afford that guy any comforts AT ALL. He had, in one dickish moment, lost me as a fan forever.
That guy? Totally wasn’t you.
But the next year? I met YOU at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. We talked about Madman, about Kyle MacLachlan, and how great he was in David Lynch movies. You even did an impression of MacLachlan’s chicken walk from BLUE VELVET. Your issue of SANDMAN had just come out, so we talked about that a lot, too, and you signed it THHHHHWWWEEEET DWEAMS, MATT. It was the first time any pro I’d talked to ever personalized anything for me. And I came away from your table on cloud nine, and you’d made a lifelong fan of me.
As a kid that kinda knew that one day I wanted to be on your side of the table, as it were, you gave me as valuable a lesson in being a stand-up guy in this business as much as Other Guy was a jerk. Nowadays whenever I do a signing, you’re always the example I hold in the back of my mind; you’re the guy I want to be for whatever people I might meet on that side of the table.
So thank you for being a stand-up guy all those years ago, Mike. It meant the world to be then and it means the world to me now. That I’m writing something you’re drawing melts my face off.
Metro is super proud to have Matt Fraction at our store and hope everyone comes down to meet and greet one of Marvel Comics' top writers! For more information on the event, please see our store flyer.