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SDCC: Interview with Matt Kindt

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Postby LOLtron » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:11 pm

SDCC: Interview with Matt Kindt

Sure, we talk a little Mind MGMT, but we also cover the important stuff like how he takes his coffee.

The Outhouse: There are seven comics in September coming out with your name on it.  When will it come out that you're the only face for a commune of writers that write under the name Matt Kindt?

Matt Kindt: That would be great!  I wish I had an army of people at home writing for me, that would be awesome and so much easier.  Even just an intern would be awesome.  But I swear it's just me.


OH: How do you do it?

MK: My daughter saved me a couple hours of work by working on screen colors for the latest issue of Mind MGMT I was working on.  So you just have kids, put them to work, give them an allowance.  But unfortunately, she's too busy to help me next month, she has a tight schedule. (laughs)


OH: What can we look forward to next in Mind MGMT?

MK: I think thirteen should be coming this month.  It's the start of a new story arc and every issue will be centered around a different character.  The first issue of the arc features the homemaker and she's a character I've been waiting to get to.  So each issue will be self contained and feature a different character.   Issue 18 will be a double sized issue with extra pages and explosions and stuff because I couldn't get it all into one issue.  And it will be the same price as a regular issue because I didn't want it to cost more.


OH: What's your response to the current theory that you will be writing every comic for the big two by year's end at your current rate of output?

MK: (laughs) Yes, actually, it's going to be the new53.  I'm adding another one because I think they could use one more. 

Honestly it's just a quirk of the schedule.  Like the Marvel Knights Spider-Man thing has been done for a while and they tell me not to talk about it until they are ready to put it out.  All the villains titles have been done for a while.  So it just looks like my schedule is busy, but it's not that bad.


OH: How many hours a day to you usually work?

MK: About twelve hours.  But it's split up. I take breaks to spend time with my daughter at various points.


OH: Do you have a private work area, or is it more communal?

MK: We just finished a little area on the back of the house that's now my studio, but everybody can come and go.  I think it's important for my daughter to see me having fun working.  Growing up, I assumed I'd have to get a regular job in some office, so I didn't want her to think you can't stay home and do something fun for a living.


OH: Does she have any aspirations of following you into comics?

MK: I don't know, we just make sure she has art supplies, books, comics, everything she might be interested in to play with.  One morning she was up a couple hours ahead of me and when I go into her room, she had built an entire city out of cardboard and duct-tape, with everything drawn out.  She doesn't really play video games, but we read together a lot.  None of us have read Harry Potter, so we are working on the books together now and then we'll watch the movie after.


OH: How do you take your coffee, and how many cups do you drink in a day?

MK: That is a super serious question and very important.  Usually I wake up around eight, unless I sleep in and I make coffee and have two mugs of coffee.  One thing of sugar and then cream until it's like 50%.  I can't tell you exact numbers, but I can tell by the look.  Nothing fancy, unless I go to Starbucks or something.


OH: What's your go-to Starbucks drink?

MK: My favorite is venti, three-pump ice mocha, non-fat, no whip.  Sometimes extra shot when I'm in San Diego.


OH: Anything else you want to touch on?  Any rumors that have popped up perhaps?

MK: I read something on line this morning about me and Sinestro and it was my personal photo that my friend took because I saw the Mind MGMT banner and I thought awesome and wanted a picture in front of it.  My wife has been making these embroidered t-shirts and I just told her I want all villains, so I just happened to be wearing that.  Then this whole rumor sprouted out.


OH: So no truth to the rumor?

MK: It's cool that people care enough, plus I like conspiracies.  So I'm not going to say yes or no, how about that?  I'll leave it open.


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Postby xaraan » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:10 pm

Also, I have to say, Matt is a pretty cool guy. Great to talk with and just nice.

We asked him to sign our Mind MGMT HC and he did a sketch too, which was awesome

A lot of the creators are pretty cool. David Petersen did the same thing when I asked him to sign Black Axe. And all the guys from Elephantmen did drawings in all the trades I bought from them as well when I just asked them to sign one of them.

Pretty cool when you see how crazy and busy SDCC is.

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