[Multiple Eisner Award winning cartoonist Matt Wagner has long been known for his sure hand with adventure comics; the breadth of imagination for his signature creations Mage and Grendel and his distinctive re-imaginings of Batman in various titles over the years. Now he’s imagining for the first time John Tower, a new character created by Legendary Pictures studio head Thomas Tull and debuting this week as part of the new Legendary Comics line. THE TOWER CHRONICLES: GEISTHAWK #1 is being published in the “prestige” format—a squarebound 64 page comics—well-known to 90s comics readers but not much used today. But it seems appropriate for the story that Wagner is telling, along with artist Simon Bisley, inker Rodney Ramos, and colorist Ryan Brown. In the following interview Wagner walks us through the process of developing John Tower and talks about his entire approach to making comics. We previously talked to Legendary’s COO Tim Connors here. ]
THE BEAT: So how and why and where? [Legendary Comics editor] Bob [Schreck] brought you on after he and Thomas had been talking about the concept of John Tower?
WAGNER: He and Thomas had been talking about a concept and Thomas said, “You know, find me a writer who you respect, who is well established, and also isn’t afraid to tell me when my ideas aren’t any good.” And Bob said, “I got the guy.” So they flew me down to Burbank, we had an initial meeting and it all just went swimmingly. I pulled the plug on a couple aspects of the character, but then we started hashing out other aspects and the story just continued to grow and grow. [Read more…]