ICv2 has a full report on an appearance by internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie (shown above with his ex, Padma Lakshmi) proclaiming his interest in writing a graphic novel on the Craig Ferguson Show.
Rushdie answered, “Yeah, and actually I got asked recently if I’d like to write a graphic novel. I was kind of keen on it. When I was a kid I was a real comic book nut. I could tell you a lot about superheroes.”
Rushdie then launched into a discussion of Aquaman and segued into Kryptonite, muffing the difference between Green and Red Kryptonite after bragging that he knew what they were. But he circled back to the graphic novel concept and wrapped up with, “So I’m quite attracted to the idea of a graphic novel. I might have a go.”
Okay we get it…comics are cool now! In theory we like the idea of a Rushdie-penned issue of Red Tornado–especially if it dealt with the inner life of Ma Hunkel–but many of these celebrity comics writers are turning in stuff that is generally inferior in construction to the average Ed Brubaker issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA. So study up, people! Pow! Smash! Writing comics isn’t just for kicks!