Wherein we talk to Dan
about his new project Young Heroes in Love,
his work editing for DC, how he got into comics, and lots
of other stuff. We would like to thank Dan for his time
and encourage all of our readers to check out Dan's work.
Tom - Who's idea
was it to do a romantic type superhero book?
Dan - It was mine.
Tom - What made
you decide on a different approach like this?
Dan - Because
there is a lot of very similar stuff out there, some that
is great and some that isn't, but I didn't want to do
more of it. What I wanted to do was something that was
more fun, more personal and so that is why I chose to do
it that way. It was something that I thought would be fun
for people to read and for me to work on.
Tom - Are any of
the characters in the book inspired by real or fictional
Dan - Everything
is sorta inspired by life experiences. So if a character
acts cold, then it is based on people I know who might be
cold or people in the world who might be cold. No one is
supposed to be identifiably based on anyone in reality.
Like Hard Drive isn't based on a comic book character or
anything like that.
Tom - With the
book already into a second print and doing quite well,
were you surprised by it or did you expect it?
Dan - I
certainly didn't expect it, I didn't know what to expect.
The whole damn thing is an experiment. I'm glad at how
well it has done and how people are into it. I have been
getting extremely positive mail. Very, very gratifying.
Tom - Will they
be part of the regular DC Universe? Will they interact
with other DC heroes?
Dan - Yes, they
are part of the DC Universe. Some of the characters are
quite knowledgeable about the other heroes. Superman
shows up in issue 3 & 4. They participate in the
major crossover in issue 5. So they are part of it. As
far as their part in the universe, think of it as if the
Justice Leagues is U2, these guys are like a garage band.
Tom - Do you
have a favorite character out of the book?
Dan - That is really
tough. I think Junior is getting the most positive
response, which is really cool. I have a soft spot for
Thunderhead, but I like them all.
Tom - What made
you choose that particular art style?
Dan - I didn't
really choose it, the editor chose it and I am really
glad he did. I wanted something distinctive because it's
not a mainstream superhero title, so I wanted something
special. I didn't immediately hit on a animated style,
but the editor at the time, Bret Reese was poking around
with Dev Madan. Dev's stuff is so extraordinary. His
ability to do body language is extreme due to his
animation and computer animation background. He really
was able to bring it to life.
Tom - With the
unique approach, were you targeting a certain
non-traditional comic audience?
Dan - Not
necessarily, I was hoping that a more non-traditional
audience would be into it. But I am also hoping the
mainstream guys will turn to this for a change of pace,
dessert. Certainly, it is right in the middle of the DC
Universe. Hopefully with its tone, and it is a light
tone, they won't have any problems with it. The subplots
and stuff should keep people interested.
Tom - I noticed
in my store, a lot of female readers have been buying
Dan - Excellent!
Tom - ...Have
you been getting a lot of feedback from female readers?
Dan - Yes, we have been
getting a lot of response from female readers. Do me a
favor and tell them (female readers), that if they write
to the letter column in the book, we will publish their
Tom - You are
also an editor, what titles do you edit?
Dan - JLA,
Tom - For some
of the people out there who aren't familiar with what an
editor does, could you give a brief description of what
an editor does and why they are so important as some
books have realized by not having them.
Dan - An
editor's job is to make the creators look their best. We
function as story editors, we function as copy editors,
we function as art directors, we function as the
creator's spokesman in house. We're basically the
producer, if you want to call it that. The writer and the
artist are the directors.
Tom - How did
you go about getting into the business of comics?
Dan - I applied
for the job, ten years ago.
Tom - What
position did you start off at?
Dan - I was an
editorial assistant and have been working my way up.
Tom - Was there
any certain qualifications they were looking for?
Dan - The
ability to type.
Tom - Have you
written any other comics?
Dan - Yeah, some
Captain Atom, Secret Origins, some Legends of the Dark
Knight, some other stuff, fill in stuff. This was my
first major project.
Tom - Being an editor,
how did it feel to be on the other side of the table?
Dan - Totally,
totally different experience. It is something I think
every editor should experience. Sometimes it is really
gratifying and sometimes its really frustrating.
Tom - Any other
projects in the works?
Dan - I want to
do a Junior spinoff. I haven't even announced it yet.
Tom - Would you
like to see a toy line and/or cartoon show based on the
Dan - Yes, both.
I would love to see a Junior toy. A Totenjaeger figure
would be really cool too. He is a villian that appears in
the second issue (the interview was done before issue #2
came out), you haven't seen him yet.
Tom - Are there
going to be any crossovers from any other villians in the
Dan - Caliban
from the New Gods. We also just got approval for the
Tom - How about
as far as them (Young Heroes) appearing in other titles?
Dan - They'll be
part of the big crossover. Resurrection Man, I heard
something like that. There will be more.
Tom - Thanks for
the taking the time for the interview and good luck with