GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB: Mark Waid on KINGDOM COME and the most important year in comics

How Alex Ross and Mark Waid came together for this landmark story.


The Beat is a proud sponsor of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs, which bring comics fans a curated mix of the best of new release graphic novels and conversations with the creators who make them. Each month, the staff of Comix Experience votes on three sets of upcoming books they are most excited about—one gets presented to adults, another to middle readers, and the third is a classic. Each club provides swag like original signed custom bookplates for adults or buttons and magnets for the kids (in this case, the former, to support the featured Comics Masterpiece book, Kingdom Come).

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Most excitingly, the Graphic Novel Clubs bring in the creators of selected books to talk exclusively to GNC members in interviews conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs, who brings 30 years of experience in comics to the table. These talks are livestreamed to members all over the country and are a fun and informative mix of conversation on craft and form, as well as on the business of making comics. The Graphic Novel Clubs make a point of being inclusive, inviting creators from a wide variety of age, race, sex, and cultural perspectives to speak to members.

Membership is what propels these conversations, so if you like what you see, please support these discussions of comics, and the creators who make them, by joining the club.

Today: Brian Hibbs talks to Kingdom Come writer Mark Waid. In this clip, Waid discusses the time period in which he arrived in comics – shortly following on the heels of Watchmen – and his gradual journey to becoming a DC editor. Then, he gets into the nitty-gritty of Kingdom Come, recounting artist Alex Ross’ initial ideas for the story and their eventual meeting. Finally, we get some insight into the story’s final scene and why Superman putting his glasses back on was the key to Waid’s understanding of the story.

Make sure to check out the full interview on Comix Experience’s official YouTube page.

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