Monday, May 7, 2012


Andrea Hurst and Katie Flanagan of Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management interviewed me for their AUTHORNOMICS series.

A few excerpts:

on cartooning

We all start off as cartoonists because we all have access to the simple tools needed for it—pencil (or crayon), paper (or wall), and imagination.

on Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman

Oh, man, it was a long, often bleak, always unmarked route! I conceived, researched, and wrote it after I sold Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (2005) but before it came out (2008). My Boys of Steel editor turned it down—three times starting in 2007. She didn’t feel it had the same fuzziness as the Superman story—and she was exactly right. However, the Superman story is actually dark, believe it or not, and the Batman one—perhaps appropriately—is even darker.

advice to aspiring writers picture books constantly, read books on the craft of writing, strive to tell stories with vibrant and well-drawn characters, and revise till your fingertips chafe. Do homework before submitting and devote as much energy and cleverness to your queries as to the works themselves.

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