Chris Cantwell on jumping genre at Marvel, Vault, and BOOM!
Comics writer Christopher Cantwell joins us to discuss his latest works at Marvel Comics--including Iron Man and The United States of Captain America--along with indie works at Vault Comics and BOOM! Studios.
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Segment: Interview: Christopher Cantwell - Iron Man, United States of Captain America, Blue Flame.
- Christopher Cantwell, thank you for being on the AIPT Comics podcast. I’d love to start first with the recently announced, Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1, can you tell us a little bit about this new series and how long has this been in the works?
- Okay, we’re admittedly conspiracy theory junkies. Is it safe to say you enjoy getting lost down those kinds of rabbit holes? What is the research process like for this series?
- With Regarding the Matter of Oswald, She Could Fly: Fight or Flight on the way in October, and two Marvel titles ongoing atm, it’s fair to say this is the most comics writing you’ve done at one time. I was curious now that you’re a year out or so from Dr. Doom, how does writing in the comics format compare to writing for television?
- At the same time, it feels like you’re just getting started, are there any bucket list titles you’d like to work on?
- There’s a certain cosmic entity that shows up in Iron Man #11 (Living Tribunal but don’t say to avoid spoilers), how rad was it to write such a huge character, and was he always in the cards to use in the story arc?
- With The United States of Captain America, what was the new Captain America creation process like? Did you have a hand in curating the creators who would make these Cap’s Steve Rogers meets on the road?
- US of Captain America has a very “road movie” vibe to the pacing and overall tone. What are some of your favorite road movies, and did you throw any on while cracking this story?
- The Blue Flame is incredibly impactful in how juxtaposes the cosmic superhero story and smaller real-world story. How did scripting of this series shake out and was it always these two concurrent stories going at once?
- With Blue Flame, did any series inform how you wrote the cosmic scenes, like Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers?
- The look of the cosmic scenes in this series are so memorable. What’s the collaboration process been like with Adam Gorham, Kurt Michael Russell, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhau?
- This series has an original soundtrack written by your friend Aaron Fischer (who one of the many Caps has been named after)! How did that come about?
- Substack has taken over the comics news airwaves, what are your thoughts on the platform?
- What comics are you reading right now?
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