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Robot Roulette | Chris Samnee

Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.

Today we welcome artist Chris Samnee, who you know from his work on Daredevil, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Captain America and Bucky,Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, The Mighty and more.

Now let’s get to it …

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2. What was the last good book (not comics) that you read?

I’ve been so busy with work and a baby I actually haven’t much time for any fiction outside of a
few comics here and there. That said I have slowly been working my way through Meanwhile… The Milton Caniff biography by R.C. Harvey.

14. What is your “guilty pleasure”–it can be a comic, a TV show, a food, etc.?

A lot of folks like to pick on the Daredevil movie but I actually quite enjoy it. It’s certainly not perfect but it’ll always hold a spot in my heart since it was one of the first movies my wife and I ever saw in the theatre together– gosh, ten years ago!

16. What’s the best part of being a creator?

Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1

There are loads of great things about being a creator. Talking with fans, collaborating with great creators, seeing your hard work on stands or in people’s hands. But as far as I’m concerned the *best* thing is when I’ve been at the board for a few hours, finally gotten warmed up and hit a groove where my whole world is just the page in front of me for a few years. I just call it “The Zone”.

20. What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

Umm… I’m not really sure. I don’t usually watch scary movies. There are certain things in movies that I love now that gave me nightmares as a kid. The creepy talking hands in Labyrinth, just about every puppet in Dark Crystal… Jaws made me afraid to use the toilet for fear of a toilet shark but yeah, not really a horror film guy.

22. What’s your morning routine like?

I usually get up around 7, get my daughter changed and fed, read her a few books while I brew up the first pot of coffee for the day, pack up and head out to the studio by 10 AM. Well, ideally.

27. What are you proudest of so far in your comics career?

I’d say Thor: The Mighty Avenger is my proudest achievement. There a lot of things I’d do differently artwise if I were to approach it fresh today, but I put so much of my heart and soul into that book, and had such a wonderful time collaborating with Roger Langridge, that just thinking back on drawing it puts a smile on my face. And I’m still incredibly proud of the work the whole T:TMA team (Roger, Matt Wilson, Rus Wooten, and Nate Cosby) put in.

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While I greatly enjoy ALL of Mr. Samnee’s work, I have to agree. Thor the Mighty is my favorite too.

Chris Samnee is not just a great talent, he’s a great guy too. Fun to talk to and just a pleasure to hang around with. I love the guy and am so glad he’s getting the attention he deserves and has deserved for a very long time.

Also, I love the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. Especially the director’s cut version which is far, FAR, superior to the regular cut

Roger Langridge was always a favorite and Samnee impressed me very much with Devil Slayer, so yeah, going into Thor was a good time. It’s been over for a while now but they’re both still doing great work (Popeye and Daredevil) and funny enough, two different Rocketeer books.

But uh…. Affleck Daredevil was probably the worst comic movie ever.

worst comic movie ever? It’s not even the worst Marvel movie ever.

I’d say that Elektra and the Ghost Rider movies were significantly worse. Also the Fantastic Four movie, Blade: Trinity, and the Dolph Lungren Punisher movie. So may debate this, but I’d also say that Spider-Man 3, X-Men: the Last Stand, and Ang Lee’s Hulk were also worse.

Thor: The Mighty Avenger was absolutely sensational work…pretty much perfect.

Any Thor fan still on the fence about picking up the trade(s) for this should stop being a silly sausage and go get it.

Keep up the great work Chris.

P.S. The Daredevil movie was pretty decent I thought.

Put me down as another who loves the DD film. Affleck was a fine choice – the film wouldn’t have been made without him. And if you read the Wikipedia entry for it you can clearly see the love for the character. I actually thought the film was one of the most faithful comic movie adaptations. And the scene in the bar was awesome.

Worst Marvel movie? Not counting the early attempts (like Captain America 1990 etc,) I would have to say Punisher: Warzone ( Dolph’s film was better than both actually), Elektra, Blade Trinity, Man-Thing, and the first Fantastic Four were poor efforts. Never understood the dislike for Ghost Rider either – a perfectly fine adaptation of a 3rd tier Marvel character that didn’t have much characterisation in the first place. GR 2 was a travesty though…

Samnee’s a great artist too. I really enjoyed his Captain America run.

It seems pertinent to note that the entire run of Thor: The Mighty Avenger is being collected in a single trade out in a few weeks.

The guy is a machine aswell. He’s been consistently excellent on Daredevil.

Samnee is one of my favorite artists right now. I picked up the first issue of Thor, The Mighty Avenger based on Langridge’s work on the Muppets and was blown away by Samnee’s art. I’ve been a fan ever since. Loved his work on Rocketeer, Ultimate Spidey and Cap. I’m so glad he’s getting a long run on Daredevil. He’s picking up cover duty starting with issue 24 and although I love Paolo, I’m glad to see Samnee taking full control over the art. That book is my favorite on the stands right now and I’d love to see Samnee and Waid go for another 30-40 issues. They’re such a great team.

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