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Update #25

7 Questions with D.J. Kirkbride

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Here is the final writer interview, with D.J. Kirkbride: 

1. What drives you to write?
The need to lie to others in a socially acceptable way. No, wait. Not really. Maybe kind of. Mostly, there are ideas floating around in my head, and I want to get them out in the safest, most fun way possible. I love entertaining people as well as being entertained, and I figure no one thinks quite like me (or the dreaded, unholy combo of Adam P. Knave and me, as we often co-write). Plus, there's no such thing as too much good reading, so I might as well throw some of my words into the pot. The pot of stories. Uh, story pot. 

2. What are your favorite kinds of stories to read?
While I tend to gravitate toward work with at least some sense of humor and fun, there is no specific genre. I love adventure, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, a bit o' romance. Honestly, the moment I start thinking I don't like a genre, I'll find something that proves me wrong. I think I'm done with the whole vampire genre, then read I, VAMPIRE from DC Comics and realize I still like cool vampire stories. As a kid I hated DOCTOR WHO for some reason, but now it's one of my favorite shows ever. Those are just two of many examples of how I don't actually know how my brain works. So many kinds of stories are surprisingly fun to read or watch or experience once I give them a shot. 

3. Are those the same kind of stories you like to write? If not, what do you like to write?
Definitely that sense of humor and fun I mentioned. With Adam, we have made a concentrated effort to write stories with a little bit of hope. Before we started collaborating on scripts, I wrote a mini-series that has yet to be drawn called SOULLESS, MAN WITHOUT A SOUL. I dug it and still dig it, but it's a story about a hitman that, despite a mean, weird streak of humor throughout, is chock full of darkness. When coming up with various projects to co-write, I mentioned to Adam that I wanted to write something a little lighter and fun. We're both huge fans of the aforementioned DOCTOR WHO as well as SUPERMAN and whatnot, so we've been injecting loads of fun and hope into our work. It leaves us in a better mood after writing. 

4. What are you reading now?
Comics, mostly. I have an addiction. iZOMBIE, SWEET TOOTH, SKULLKICKERS, ANIMAL MAN, BATMAN, DAREDEVIL, MORNING GLORIES, ACTION COMICS, THE FLASH... I've left too many titles out, but, yeah, huge comic reader. The last book I read was SUPER GODS by Grant Morrison that was about... comics. Can you recommend any good prose work, actually? I need to read more. 

5. Who are your favorite writers?
I'll miss so many, but... Steven Moffat, Chris Roberson, Grant Morrison, Aaron Sorkin, JD Salinger, David Eggers, David Sedaris, Joshua Fialkov, Kurt Vonnegut, and, of course, Adam P. Knave. To name ten. 

6. You work in both comics and prose. When you are working on a story, how do you decide which way it will work best?
Right now I seem to be concentrating on comics more, though I really want to write more prose. I usually starting thinking about a story for a certain medium, really. So far, I haven't had much luck transferring a story from one medium to the other. I wrote a film script that languished in a useless option for a couple years, and while I don't think the movie will ever get made, I want to get the story out there. I tried a prose version and have kicked around a comic version, but so far no luck. It's usually just about going with my big ol' gut.

7.  You have published a book of ninja poetry, "Do You Believe in Ninjas?" How did this happen?
Way, way... waaaay back when I was in college I kind of babbled through my first ninja poem -- which was "Do You Believe in Ninjas?" -- really late one night to make my friends laugh. Then I wrote it down and just started writing more here and there. They appeared in some print and online magazines over the years, and a collection was something I always kind of wanted to do. Adam helped make that happen by introducing me to Pete Allen, the head honcho at Creative Guy Publishing. Pete heard the words "ninja poetry," and basically said, "Let's do this." And when I said those magic words, "ninja" and "poetry," to my super-talented artist friend Chris Moreno, he said he'd love to do the illustrations. It was one of the easiest and most fun publishing experiences I've ever had, and it's an amusing little book.

D.J. Kirkbride is one of the editors and a contributing writer for all four volumes of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning POPGUN comic book anthology from Image Comics. Recently, he and co-writer Adam P. Knave collected their stories from POPGUN 3 and 4 into a 28-page one-shot comic called AGENTS OF THE W.T.F. drawn by Matteo Scalera. He’s also an editor for the SmarterComics line of business and self-improvement books. In addition to his comics work, D.J. went and wrote a book of ninja poetry called DO YOU BELIEVE IN NINJAS? from Creative Guy Publishing. Twitter: @djkirkbride Website: djkirkbride.com

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