Day two, mo’ questions. Keep them coming if you are so inclined.
What are your top five prose books about superheroes (fiction or non)?
…I don’t really have any? I mean, I haven’t gotten around to reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and looking over my heavily loaded-down bookshelf there’s a lot of various fiction (some fantasy, some sci-fi, some just plain ol’ fiction), and non-fiction, and nothing that really screams out “superheroes.” I mean, maybe you can make a case for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in a sort of Gaimanesque sense, but…
…oh, wait, the Kingdom Come novelization. Where the hell did I get that and why do I still have it? It kinda sucked, even if it was by Eliot S! Maggin. Still, by default I suppose it is my top prose book about superheroes.
Squirrel Girl – yea, or nay?
There’s, like, this kind of progression in comics fandom to latch onto relatively obscure and usually weird characters until they get played to death. Squirrel Girl was a while back, MODOK is the current hobbyhorse, Mogo was a bit previous to that, et cetera. I don’t really have a problem with the phenomenon, and Squirrel Girl’s been used well enough in her spurt of ironic popularity to comment on how stupid certain trends in comics are, so I suppose I’ll go with “yea.”
That having been said, I hereby proclaim 2008 to be the Year of Multi-Man. Make it happen, people.
The Erie Doctrine – the hell?
Oh wait…you’re not from here…
No, but the doctrine, while not technically applicable in Canadian law, is something we’ve studied as we also have a federal system, and it’s one possible solution for determining legal differences between sub-states in a federal system. We don’t use it here, though, because the majority of serious Canadian law is implemented at the federal level (most notably the Criminal Code of Canada) and our Constitution is designed differently from yours. What I get from the Erie Doctrine is that it’s very much the product of a nation where federalism was, at one point, a really big deal to people other than Ron Paul.
You’ve posted about American politics from time to time- do you have an endorsement to make? If so, who?
I’ve said before that any of the Democratic candidates would be good enough, but there’s good and then there’s best outcome, and that’s Obama. Clinton is simply too moderate and cautious; I think she’ll do a reasonable job, but her first instinct will always be the small move, and right now we need big moves. Furthermore, in the general election Hillary just isn’t going to have coattails – regional Democrats will get no added traction from Hillary the way they potentially can from Obama. More importantly, Obama can be a gamechanger for progressive politics in the same way that Reagan was for conservative politics; he’s really amazing at restating his opponents’ arguments to make them agree with him in much the way that Reagan could do it.
Furthermore, I can’t state enough how transformative simply having Obama as your president would be for your foreign image. A Democrat in general at this point is, I think, a necessity for America to regain credibility – you need to run away from Bush as fast as humanly possible for perception reasons, let alone all the others – but Clinton would just be “good enough,” whereas Obama would be a “holy shit, America did that? I forgot how awesome America can be” moment. I would genuinely love to see you guys have a moment like that again. I’m not even slightly kidding.
And besides, you have to love a candidate who can gracefully comment on his protestors in this manner or who, during a Presidential campaign, finds time to try and help resolve the political and ethnic strife in Kenya.
(John Edwards is done. I’m not happy about it, but he’s done. It’s time to move on, folks.)
Obviously, you’d really like to write LoSH; what would you write if you could write something at Marvel?
The idea of team books generally appeals to me more than “single” books, so I’m going to say Runaways. There’s a whole lot to do there which interests me.
That having been said, I can also think of a lot I’d like to do with Dr. Strange. And on a DC note, yes, Legion, but also Frankenstein. Because Frankenstein is awesome. He fights evil bug-men and speaks in Gothic prose.