Jan 25 2010 5:58am

GGG#004: Superheroes! Romance! Sea Monsters! (Guest: Marjorie M. Liu)

Marjorie M. Liu—writer of comics NYX and Dark Wolverine (Marvel) and author of the novels in the Dirk and Steele and Hunter Kiss series—is our guest this week. She tells us about attending Clarion and writing for Marvel, and Dave and John discuss comics, then and now.



0:00 Introduction by

0:38 Dave and John introduce the show

Interview: Marjorie M. Liu

Marjorie M. Liu00:45 About Marjorie M. Liu

02:00 Interview begins

02:14 Early influences and the decision to write full time

05:38 On her first novel, Tiger Eye, being turned into a video game by Passion Fruit Games

06:27 On leaving law for fiction

08:03 About the Dirk and Steele and Hunter Kiss series

12:35 Asia, science, and seeing the world through the eyes of a traveler

14:34 The state of science fiction and fantasy in China

17:21 On fan fiction

18:58 Writing for Marvel Comics

21:26 Clarion Writers Workshop

23:16 Current favorite authors, and meeting Robert Jordan

25:02 What’s out and what’s next: novel A Wild Life, a short story in the upcoming anthology With Great Power, and a new Dirk and Steele novel, Stars Below

26:34 Upcoming comics and Dark Wolverine

29:41 The Five Cat Death Squad and a taxi service for poodles

31:29 End of interview

Dave and John talk about Comics and the legacy of the Spinner Rack

31:45 Dave and John discuss their own introductions to comics

36:18 Barriers to entry in comic book reading, and how graphic novels and the internet have changed the landscape

38:33 The vanishing home town comic store

41:06 Superhero movies, and Dave has some advice for movie makers

44:47 Getting kids into comics

46:31 People in costumes

54:13 The Tick and Too Much Coffee Man - comic book parodies

57:52 Show wrap-up

Next week: Brian Dunning of Skeptoid!

Thanks for listening!

John Joseph Adams ( is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), Seeds of Change, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He is currently assembling several other anthologies, including Brave New Worlds, The Living Dead 2, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and The Way of the Wizard. He worked for more than eight years as an editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and is currently the fiction editor of Lightspeed Magazine, which launches in June 2010.

David Barr Kirtley ( is a writer living in New York who has been called “one of the newest and freshest voices in sf.” His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales, and in anthologies such as The Living Dead, New Voices in Science Fiction, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition.

Show notes compiled by podtern Christie Yant. Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Ragi Gonçalves
2. TheRagi
Those indeed are some great show notes.
Janice Hopper
3. Archergal5219
I don't have nearly enough geek in my life. Thanks for helping to remedy this lack! All the shows so far have been great.
David Barr Kirtley
4. davidbarrkirtley
Hi Archergal5219! Thanks! And thanks for taking the time to post a comment.

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John Joseph Adams
5. johnjosephadams
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Boris Keylwerth
6. Boris Keylwerth
Hey guys. Just want to say Thank you for your Podcast. I saw a recommendation on Twitter, listened to it and just love it.
The format of having an interview in the first half and you discussing it in the second half work fine.
Greetings & Keep up the good work.
Boris Keylwerth
7. J Peterson
I think that this is the episode where I was thinking "Why do you want libraries to charge a fee?" One of the hosts wanted a place where you can go, pay a couple dollars and just hang out and read books and trade paperbacks... ;)
David Barr Kirtley
8. davidbarrkirtley
Hi J Peterson. That was me. Libraries are great, of course, but in my experience they don't tend to have the same sort of selection of new graphic novels (which is what I was talking about) as bookstores. Also, at least in the places I've lived the past few years, the bookstores have been a lot more conveniently located, and I prefer places I can walk to. Of course if we were to massively increase library funding so that there were more branches that all stocked all the latest graphic novels, that would be great, but unfortunately that's not likely to happen, so I don't think it's unreasonable to propose ways that bookstores could provide a library-type service to customers and be financially compensated for it. Thanks for your comment!
Joe Peterson
9. jeepeterson
(I'm J Peterson. I wasn't logged in before, for some reason. I thought it was weird that it was asking me for name, etc.)

I guess I must be lucky, the libraries I've had access to have had pretty decent graphic novel section (I still call them trade paperbacks out of habit, even though I know that has another meaning in publishing). It's not always as current as I'd like and doesn't have all the indie stuff, but it's pretty decent.

I also live within easy walking distance of our library and it's one consideration for our new house location too. For us, a trip to the bookstore is a a trek measured in miles instead of blocks.

The problem with asking bookstores for that service is that bookstores won't want to store the books for long times. If they were to provide that service, they would need to find a way to sell or give away the books when they get too old for them to sell. I know I wouldn't want to buy the "used" comics in most cases.

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