Monday, January 05, 2015

BRANDON EASTON, Part B: CONFLICT BETWEEN COMIC WRITERS + ARTISTS (MF GALAXY Episode 007)



Comic book writer Brandon Easton’s original graphic novel Shadowlaw received an Eisner Award nomination for Best Single Issue and won the East Coast Black Age of Comics (or ECBAC) Glyph Award for Best Writer.

For scripting Watson and Holmes #6, Easton won three Glyph Awards, including Fan Award, Story of the Year, and Best Writer. He’s also written Miles Away, Roboy, The Joshua Run, and Arkanium, the motion comic Armarauders, and a bio-graphic novel about pro-wrestler Andre the Giant.

In addition to being the documentary film-maker behind Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century, Easton is a screenwriter who’s worked on Transformer Rescue Bots and the 2011 reboot of ThunderCats.

In part 2 of our conversation, we discuss:

  • Easton’s experience of the US educational system in Baltimore as a student and in New York City as a teacher
  • Why he concluded the system was broken
  • How he attempted to improve kids’ lives and how those experiences affected his work as a writer among other writers
  • The critical importance of science fiction for personal and collective progress, and
  • The reasons for the conflict between comic book writers and comic book artists
Check out Easton's work here and here.
 
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