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Continuing with the “show must go on” theme of the last few weeks, The Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin interviews writer Dan Slott over at MySpace, talking to him about Mighty Avengers, Spider-Man, Ren & Stimpy, continuity and taking the “fun” out of comics:
JM: So I guess you wanna start off by talking about “the F-word.”
DS: Yeah, the F-word. Before any interview or any panel, someone’s always there to remind me not to say the F-word. And by the F-word, I mean “FUN.” With any project, any concept, anything we’re promoting…you’re never supposed to say that it’s “fun”. Take it out. Because somehow “fun” has come to mean “juvenile” or “stupid.” Which is really not the case.
JM: So why does it seem to be the case? Why do you think “fun” is poison?
DS: I don’t know! ’Cause comics should be fun! They are fun! And I’m not talking about “bwah-ha-ha” fun. But if you’re buying a comic, I’ll bet you’re getting some element of fun out of it. Otherwise, why are you doing it? You can read a cosmic book like Guardians of the Galaxy—a very cool book by the way—and to you, that’s fun.
Or some really sadistic stuff like Punisher from the MAX line, and if you’re enjoying it, for you, that’s fun. To me, comics should have that essential spark. No matter what we do—or how we do it—adventure, action, super heroes, kung fu, Kirby monsters, street level, thunder gods—we do it to entertain you. And entertainment is fun.
He also talks about continuity and “personal continuities” — the “If I didn’t read it, it didn’t happen” mentality that some fans adopt. If I dare say it, it’s a fun interview, just like the one with Matt Fraction last week.