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 Tor.com
0:38 Dave and John introduce the show
Interview: Marjorie M. Liu
00:45 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 (www.johnjosephadams.com) 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 (www.davidbarrkirtley.com) 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.