Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex Machina and more) did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with artist Fiona Staples (Northlanders, Mystery Society, and more) on the social news site, Reddit. Reddit’s forum-isk style of posting and commenting allows registered users to submit questions to anyone doing an AMA (someone posts their occupation/what makes them interesting) and people fire away. Although the main subject was their upcoming new ongoing series Saga from Image Comics a lot of topics came up; such as an update on Runaways, the rumored movies to some of his work, his experience in comics, his work on LOST, and tons more.
We’ve gone ahead and given you some of the highlights in anticipation for the release next week. And because Mr. Vaughan is a legend.
Question: Do you have an end point in mind for Saga? (I.e. a set number of issues it will run?)
I do indeed have an ending in mind for SAGA, but ideally, it won’t be until the distant future. If there are enough of you out there to support our ongoing journey, I hope this be the most epic story I’ve ever written, longer than Y and Ex Machina combined.
Q: Brian, you’ve spoken about how you felt you had to be true to the earlier version of yourself with the ending of Y, though the then-version of yourself may have preferred an alternative. Do you have any message to the far-off future version of yourself about the ending of Saga?
My message to my far-off future version of myself is, “Don’t fuck this up, old man. I know you think you’re wiser and more experienced, but Slightly Less Bald You came up with a pretty lovely little ending for our story back in the day, so kindly stay the course.”
Q: If you had to sell Saga to a new reader of comics in one sentence, what would it be?
Saga is a new ongoing series for “mature readers,” a sci-fi/fantasy epic about Marko and Alana, soldiers from opposite sides of a brutal galactic war who nevertheless fall in love and start a family, a decision that could cost them their lives.
I know, a little unwieldy for an elevator pitch, right? I’ve worked on a lot of “high concept” stories like Y and Runaways, but with Saga, I wanted to tell a bigger, more complex story in the spirit of rich, dense ongoing series like Cerebus and Sandman. Not that we’ll be as good, but you know what I mean. Those were comics that felt like they could probably never be anything BUT comics.
So I hope Saga will be about a lot of things: sex, war, parenthood, space helicopters. And the artwork from co-creator Fiona Staples is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The series might not be for everyone, but our first issue is 44 pages long for just $2.99, and if you don’t love it, you can always send it back to me for a refund. Speaking of which, Saga could use some physical letters for our old-school letter column if any of you Millennials happen to collect stamps ironically or something:
TO BE CONTINUED 4335 Van Nuys Boulevard – Suite 332 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Q: Given the number of publishers who offer the opportunity to put out creator owned works (Vertigo, Icon, Dark Horse, etc.), why did you decide to publish Saga through Image?
Without getting into too much detail on how the sausage is made, I think Image is the only comics publisher left that can offer a contract that I would consider to be truly “creator owned.”
Q (for Fiona Staples): Do you try to stay as true to the writer’s words as much as possible, or do you add your own spin/twist on their ideas?
I always try to stick closely to the script because I think it makes the final product tighter! In Saga, Brian has this style of direction that is precise but sparing. It’s clear which elements are going to affect the story, which are for world-building, and which are just scenery. Because his descriptions are usually brief, it’s easy to stay true to them while at the same time embellishing and elaborating on them. So… both!
Q: Is there any way you’ll ever bring back Runaways?
I really miss those kids, but no, no plans to return RUNAWAYS at the moment. I’m very excited to see what Christos Gage does with them in AVENGERS ACADEMY though. That dude’s an unbelievably awesome writer.
Q: What’s going on with the Runaways and Y movies? Are they just no longer a thing?
No new news on any adaptations to share at the moment, but I hear there are many hidden paths out of development hell.
For now, comics!
Q: How much of Y the Last Man did you script out from the start? It felt very cohesive, but I can’t tell how much of that is good planning or just being good at tying things together in the end. Either way, it’s excellent.
Thanks! I always knew how Y was going to end, and I had a pretty detailed roadmap to get there, though co-creator Pia Guerra and I would occasionally diverge from it. I think SAFEWORD was one of our best arcs, and that story came almost entirely from Pia’s excellent suggestions, not from my original bible. It’s good to be prepared, but it’s even better to be adaptable, especially when you work with collaborators who are way smarter than you.
Q: I’m curious to know what are your thoughts on DC New 52. Any favourite titles?
WONDER WOMAN is definitely my favorite 52 title. Cliff Chiang is just a living legend.
There is MUCH MORE in the entire thread at Reddit.com.
Saga #1 comes out next week, March 14th. For a guy as good as Brian K. Vaughan is, if he says it’s some of his best work we can’t suggest picking it up enough.
Also, we’ll review it here. (plug)
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