As previously revealed, DC Comics is no longer granting The Outhouse access to their creators until we stop making fun of DC in our articles. We were obviously, hurt, offended, and more than a little chagrined. But the embargo didn’t stop us from reaching out to this particular DC creator, nor did it stop him from talking to us.
Thanks for agreeing to speak with us today, Brian.
It’s my pleasure, Jude. Big fan. I read your site regularly, along with Bleeding Cool and The Beat and others. Sorry it took me so long to respond. I was working on the script for the last issue. But that’s finished now, so I’ve got time.
The last issue of what?
Um… well, of The Last Zombie. Isn’t that what this interview is about?
What’s The Last Zombie?
Ah, this is some of The Outhouse’s trademark humor, isn’t it? The Last Zombie was a post-post-apocalyptic series, set in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. The idea was that the zombies have all rotted away and humanity is trying to rebuild. You really never heard of it? Jesus, it ran twenty-five issues!
Was that through DC Comics?
No, Antarctic Press.
Well, we wanted to talk about your work for the big boys, instead.
You mean Marvel?
You wrote for Marvel?
Yeah! That Devil Slayer series for the MAX line.
That was several years ago. Why didn’t you do anything else with them? Did you troll Steve Wacker online or something?
No, nothing like that. In truth, I’m not sure why they didn’t ask me to write anything else. It may have been the incident with the llama, the prostitute, and Tom Brevoort’s hat, but I apologized several times for that.
So then you started writing for DC?
Well, not right away. I went back to writing novels. And then one day I was talking to Keith Giffen, and he asked me if I’d like to write for DC, and I said, sure. So I went to New York and had lunch with Mike Siglain, who was an editor there at the time. We talked about doing something for the Batman line. I had ideas for one-shots focusing on Killer Croc and Man-Bat.
And Siglain hired you?
No, he left DC shortly after our meeting, and I went back to writing novels again.
But you did, eventually, end up writing for DC?
Oh sure! About a year after that, Liz Gehrlein brought me in to co-write an issue of Doom Patrol with Keith. That was awesome. Doom Patrol were always some of my favorite DC characters, and of course, it was an honor to work with Keith. And I’m told that issue even had a bit of a sales bump, so that was very gratifying, as well.
Obviously, with an increase in sales, DC must have then asked you to write more.
Not exactly. Liz left the company shortly after I turned that issue in.
But then Janelle Asselin had me write a back-up in the 2010 DC Universe Halloween Special. And then she left the company, too.
I sense a pattern. Was that all of your work for DC?
Well, I just finished scripting the Masters of the Universe: Origin of Hordak special with Keith—but other than that, yeah.
Have you met with Bob Harras yet?
No, I’ve never had the opportunity. Why?
Oh, no reason.
Do you think I should pitch him something?
Absolutely. Repeatedly. We will pay you to meet with him.
Hmmmm… I don’t know. Every time I work with an editor, they seem to leave the company soon after.
Indeed. Well, thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Brian. We appreciate you defying the blacklist.
Blacklist? What blacklist?
Sorry, Brian. (makes static sounds)
Hello? Jude? What’s this blacklist you’re talking about? Are you there?
We must be driving through a tunnel or something. You’re breaking up.