Stuart Moore (Firestorm, Wolverine, JSA Classified) is the talented writer behind Firestorm right at the moment with artist Jamal Igle. He also doesn’t drink toilet paper and lives in a very old brownstone with the ghosts of the Loch Ness monster and Steve Guttenberg’s career. Yes, I made that last piece about the ghosts up. So sue me (I’m kidding!!!). Enjoy, ducklings:
The Outhouse: Okay, letâ€™s start with the basics. Why did you decide to go into comics? How did you get started in comics? And is it cold where you are right now?
Stuart Moore: I’ve always loved comics, always read them except for a brief period around age 14 when I felt like I’d outgrown them.Â I started out as a book editor, and I published some comics-related prose books and collections of newspaper strips. Then I answered an ad to work at DC Comics. Sounds pretty stupid, but that’s how it worked. Next thing I knew, I was in the office that eventually became the Vertigo imprint at DC.
It’s kind of cold, but it’s really really rainy. I just came upstairs from bailing water out of a barrel in my basement. Hopefully the contractors will fix that problem pretty soon. I love living in a 115-year-old brownstone, but it has its drawbacks.
The Outhouse: Is there any plans for working on Firestorm after Dwayne McDuffieâ€™s story and will artist Jamal Igle return?
Stuart Moore: No, issue #32 is the last for me and Jamal. I think it’ll wrap our story up pretty well. We’ve had a lot of dangling plotlines since I came on in #14, and this will resolve most of them. Of course, we’ll also introduce one or two, too. Because life just isn’t neat.
The Outhouse: After doing the Wolverine issue that happened earlier this year, is there any plans for doing anything through Marvel?
Stuart Moore: Yes. I have a Punisher X-Mas Special coming out the last week in November, drawn by CP Smith, the same incredibly talented guy who drew my Wolverine issue. I’ll also have a story in one of the Heralds of Galactus specials early next year. More to follow, hopefully.
The Outhouse: Whatâ€™s in your iPod/ playlist/ CD player/ or whatever you listen to right now?
Stuart Moore: I actually use a Treo with RealPlayer, and I swap a few SD cards in and out. Axel Alonso got me listening to Ghostface Killah’s Fishscale, and that led me to upload Enter the Wu-Tang and a bunch of that stuff. But I’m also a big girl inside, so I’ve got some music from Instant Star on there too. Oh, and the weird, dreamlike soundtrack to Factotum.
The Outhouse: Whatâ€™s your plans for Halloween? Are you going to go and toilet-paper someoneâ€™s house?
Stuart Moore: You can’t drink toilet paper, my friend!
The Outhouse: Recently, you had Earthlight come out through Toykopop? Whatâ€™s it about?
Stuart Moore: Earthlight is about being fifteen and being uprooted from everything you know, taken to a dangerous place because your parents have accepted jobs there. It’s about a world sixty or so years from now that’s on the verge of self-destruction, and the moon colony that, improbably, holds it together. It’s got beautiful art by Christopher Schons and I’m very, very proud of it. You can read the first chapter here: http://www.tokyopop.com/P-45/ .
The Outhouse: So, what are you currently working on?
Stuart Moore: I’m dividing my time between superhero stuff for Marvel and Teshkeel, a Kuwaiti-based company. I also have a two-part Batman story coming up sometime in the next year. Oh, and a new prose novel from Games Workshop called Dark Future: Reality Bites, out in November. Also in November, Ait/PlanetLar will reissue my political satire Giant Robot Warriors, just in time for the election, or maybe the recount. Plus a few short comics pieces for small presses, and some crazy personal projects that will see the light of day one of these days.
The Outhouse: Lastly, any Outhouse-exclusive Stuart Moore news you’ll like to tell the Outhousers?
Stuart Moore: Watch for that Heralds of Galactus story in February…
Posted originally: 2006-10-29 00:39:27