From The Pogues to Peter Bagge: Six random questions with Brian Wood
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.
Joining us today is Brian Wood, writer of Star Wars, The Massive, Conan, Mara, Demo, X-Men, DMZ, Local, Northlanders, Couriers and many more.
Now let’s get to it …
2. What was the last good book (not comics) that you read?
Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family. I read about 70/30 non-fiction, and often it has to do with work. These days my fiction reading is either old sci-fi or spy thrillers, but I took a break to tear through this book. It’s a great window into such a weird world, one that you sort of can’t believe is real, in this day and age (and country!) Invaluable research, and a total page turner.
10. Who is your favorite band/musical performer, and why are they your favorite?
Probably The Pogues, which is a band that satisfies my teenage punk rock itch (I bought my first Pogues record in the ’80s when I was deep in the throes of all of that), and since I grew up, literally was raised from birth with Celtic music and American folk playing in the house, it really speaks to my heart, my soul in a way that nothing else does. Rounding out my top three are probably Sonic Youth and Jesus and Mary Chain, two band that I’ve also grown old with, but nothing anywhere near Celtic music. These days when I work its the Bothy Band, Johnny Cunningham, early Chieftains, Clandestine and the like.
16. What’s the best part of being a creator?
Making stuff that will last. Working from home, having freedom to organize my own days, working with great people. And working from home, this is pretty important to me.
25. Do you have any pets and if so, what do you have and what are their names?
Right now, two cats named Cupcake and Sleeper. They are really my daughter’s cats. Both my wife and I had several cats of impressive vintage, but in these last few years they all kicked the bucket.
30. What hobbies or interests do you have outside of comics?
Mostly being a dad, which is neither a hobby nor an interest, but it takes up so much time that there’s not room for much else. I do Crossfit, and my persistent, eternal goal is to have just 30 minutes to lay on the couch with a book. Really, that’s all I ever want.
36. How old were you when you started reading comics, and who introduced them to you?
Well, I know I read comics as a small kid, but I really didn’t care. I didn’t buy any, so I maybe read them at the dentist’s office or something. An older cousin of mine dumped a huge collection of DC comics on me around the time I turned 18, and as I recall he was under orders from his new wife to get them out of his house. I read a few, including Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, but honestly I couldn’t really care less. When I moved to New York for college, I gave them back. And then, some years later I discovered Peter Bagge’s Hate, which spoke to me, and that led to Minimum Wage and Dirty Plotte, and then a short time after that Vertigo comics. I was around 25 when I can say that I started regularly buying and reading and educating myself, and that was also the same time I decided I wanted to make it my job.