16 Jul, 2013
Posted by Raphael in Blog
Bloggerinos! Raph here, with a conversation with Friend of Midtown, Matt Fraction! We talk mostly about his Marvel work, but I also got a peak at Satellite Sam, which is his latest series over at Image Comics! Enjoy!
RAPH: Your career has taken an interesting arc at Marvel: First there were the small, character-driven books (Iron Fist), then the large team book (X-Men), then the keys to two of Marvel’s pillars (Iron Man, Thor) and now finally, back to the character-driven (Hawkeye, Fantastic Four), how do you feel about your path through Marvel?
RAPH: Going back to Hawkeye, how much research did you do to capture Brooklyn? I grew up near Brighton Beach and I always chuckle when I see the guys in the track suits screaming “BRO!”, just because I know people like that. Also, the Hurricane Sandy issue was particularly touching, do you have a secret contact in Brooklyn? A bro, bro?
MF: No, but i’ve lived in the city and i have friends there and know those guys too. Or knew. That whole subculture has a name, a Russian name, but I can’t remember it now. Anyway I didn’t make the Tracksuit Draculas up. And I love Brooklyn, so.
RAPH: Touching on Fantastic Four, I sense that a lot of your inspiration for Fantastic Four comes not just from the sci-fi groundwork laid by talented creators from Kirby to Hickman, but also a heavy focus on the family, maybe the best since the Waid/Wieringo run, do you draw from your own experiences for that?
MF: Oh, of course. Every day. My daughter sleeps like Val, for example.
RAPH: Finally, Kate Bishop is running around with the Young Avengers, what does that mean for her role in Hawkeye, bro? Can she come back to NY while she’s trekking around the world with her buddies?