Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Francis Manapul's Big Adventure

Comic Book Resources brings a big piece of news:

NOTE: DC Comics announced today that Francis Manapul and Geoff Johns will conclude their "Adventure Comics" run with issue #6 and move on to a new ongoing Flash title.

Well, wow... that was quick!

And an interview with Francis Manapul:

“Adventure Comics” has a large cast. Is there a character you’ve really gravitated towards as a favorite?

Krypto, definitely. I based him on our family dog. He’s so much fun to draw. After drawing the Legion and drawing so many superheroes, it’s cool to draw non-people like pets.

What do you love about drawing Superboy?

I think what makes him really cool is that it’s the knowledge that one day, he’s supposed to be Superman, but obviously we’re never going to see that because Superman’s not going to stop being Superman. So the knowledge of him eventually becoming Superman makes him such an interesting character, especially with him being half-Superman DNA and half-Lex Luthor DNA. There’s this real struggle about him.

And what’s neat about his character is that I actually like his t-shirt and jeans thing. It’s a little more street level, I don’t know if that’s the right word for it. But it’s a little more grounded, it’s a little less fantastic but it seems so much cooler and suited for Smallville. It doesn’t feel extravagant or like something more suited for Metropolis. If you lived in Metropolis, you’d expect to see glitz and when you are in Smallville, you have this quaint farmland and there’s this guy who’s a superhero who’s just in jeans and a t-shirt. That’s the American way. You’re wearing your Levis and your cowboy boots.


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