Over on Slate, I wrote a semi-fictionalized account of a conversation I had with my editor during the writing of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, in which I lose my valiant fight to devote several pages of the book to the arrant awesomeness that is Krypto.
I can understand Normals not getting Krypto. I mean I pity them, but I understand them.
What I don’t understand — what I will never understand — is how people who love comics could find the notion of a flying, super-strong, heat-visioned dog in a cape anything but awesome.
It’s the kind of idea a kid would have — wildly impractical, silly, nonsensical, an idea that implicitly asks the reader to stop taking superheroes so damn seriously. To lighten up, Francis.
In a very basic way, Krypto is comics. He — and they — are awesome.
By now lots of you have read YA #4, which came out this week, and there’s been a lot of talk about the double page spread on pages 2 and 3. So I thought I’d use that to talk a little about the collaboration process of YA. Kieron mentions in the AR segment for the book that when you make comics as a team you’re really trying to pretend to be one person making the whole thing. That’s why we believe the best comics come out of close collaboration, and not just a production line. Spoilers after the cut.
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