Monday, January 31, 2011

Questions 26: Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction is a founder of the influential motion graphics design studio MK12 in Kansas City.  According to Matt, “MK12 spelled d-a-y-j-o-b.” and in July 2006, Matt  left MK12 to focus on his work as a comic book writer.   Fraction wrote two columns for Comic Book Resources: "Poplife" and "The Basement Tapes" with Joe Casey.

Fraction started creating comics with the smaller publishers, like AiT/Planet Lar and IDW Publishing. He is known for his work on Last of the Independents, Four Letter Words: Fate,  The Five Fists of Science and CasanovaCasanova is the science fiction/espionage adventures of Casanova Quinn and was originally published in 2006 by Image Comics.   Casanova is being re-lettered and remastered in color by Marvel’s Icon label.    The fourteen-issue series was divided into two seven-issue "albums," and the first trade, Luxuria, was just released.  The second, Gula, is currently being re-released and  Fraction, Bá and Moon are currently working a third volume.

Matt Fraction worked on many great series such as The Immortal Iron Fist with Ed Brubaker and Punisher: War Journal to name a few of his Marvel works.   Fraction is currently working on Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, Thor and Invincible Iron Man, the latter of which led to his consulting work on the set of the film Iron Man 2.    He also was in Wootstock in Portland and in San Diego at ComiCon in 2010.

Watch for his new event “Fear itself”.   It looks good.

What projects are you working on currently?
I write INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, THOR, and co-writing UNCANNY X-MEN and spearheading Marvel Comics' giant publishing event for spring/summer 2011, FEAR ITSELF. And then there's my creator-owned sci-fi/espionage book CASANOVA.

What is your writing Process?
Like running around and catching numbered butterflies with a stick coated with honey. And then turning lists into scripts.

What is your process working with the artist?
I try to write specifically towards all of my collaborators' particular strengths. It differs from artist to artist, but it's not one-size-fits-all.

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
Depends on the person and the situation.

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
Something by Gilbert and/or Jaime Hernandez.

What skill would you like to learn?

What's the most important thing you've learned?
Do better next time.

Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
Not really; I tend to sell it all off when money gets tight.

What is your favorite genre of Comics?
Spies/espionage. Romance. Science Fiction.... Hard to say.

Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.
I do; keeping my son from completely spazzing out when eating in public.

What is your favorite TV show/ movie?

How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work?
It's nice to have access to so many great stores.  It's easy to keep my head fed out here.

What characters do your kids like?
The boy is just getting into superheroes-- Iron Man, Wolverine, Reptile and MODOK are all favorites.

What was your first comic convention?
Heroes Con 1992, Charlotte, NC.

What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Thanking the people that afford me the chance to make the living i do. it seems, quite literally, like the least i could do.

If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
Probably slogging it out in an ad agency.

Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
Still too new to town. Loved Pok Pok and Urban Farmer though.

How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
A little more than a year now; I like trees, rain, coffee, and readers.

What is your favorite part of Portland?
The mist in the trees.

Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
The coast again, to feed the seals.

Would you like to write/Illustrate for another media?   Or write a character from another media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
I think that'd depend on the day the opportunity arose; I'm always struggling to stave off boredom so who knows?

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