writes about nerdy things celebrates those things as an English teacher, and is the co-founder of the production house ADK MOGUL. He lives in the mountains. Thanks for reading; feel free to leave a message, and please don't ask if he's D(e)Press(e)d.
Laura (who works with HarperBooks) and Danny first met at an event/reading that Justin Taylor did for Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. They went on to date for a few years, and then last weekend Danny proposed! He got Laura’s grandmother’s ring from Laura’s dad, hid it in their well-loved copy of the book that started it all, and surprised her on Saturday morning. Sometimes “Hey, I marked a passage that I think you should read,” turns into “Will you marry me?” and I just can’t stand it.
The best part is obviously the proposal (books! literally bringing people together!) but the second best part is Laura telling this story to Justin’s editor down the hall. Of course you always think that a book is going to change someone’s life, but rarely does your book actually introduce your coworker to her future husband and hide the engagement ring!
In which I get engaged to the most amazing woman, ever. And all kinds of happiness breaks loose.
Welcome to Panel Syndicate, where artist Marcos Martin and writer Brian K. Vaughan deliver original comics directly to readers around the world, who pay whatever the hell they want for each DRM-free issue. Our first new storyline is THE PRIVATE EYE, a forward-looking mystery we created with colorist Muntsa Vicente. Set in a future where privacy is considered a sacred right and everyone has a secret identity, The Private Eye is a serialized sci-fi detective story for mature readers. You can download our 32-page first issue right now, for any price you think is fair. 100% of your payments go directly into our greedy mitts and will help fund the rest of a story that we’re both very proud of (we hope there will be around 10 issues total; an old-school “maxiseries!”), so thanks for reading…
The thing that I love about Waid is he never fails to get me fired up and trying to stay consistent with my mood and excitement with comics. He’s literally the root of the reason I got into comics and…yeah. Read this and get infected.
You mentioned that you also have a long history of popularizing science for young children working with DC Comics, Sesame Workshop or your own company, MediaKidz. How important is it to be true to real science, whenever possible, when writing comics and/or fiction in general?
The bottom line answer is that I do think it's important to try and be as true to life as you can regardless. On one level, from the standpoint of just telling the stories, and telling the stories well, if you can have a solid grounding in the real world then it makes the fantastic stuff pop all the more. It's one thing when you have a hero that can move mountains with his mind and it's set in a world where anything can happen as opposed to having a hero that can do that in a world that follows pretty much the same that the real world does. It becomes much more striking in that case. And it helps with the suspension of disbelief.
If you are in a world where anything can happen at any time, then if something happens, you go, "Oh. Okay." But if it's in a world that you know is following some rules, then it has that much more impact.
From the other side, as you said, I've spent an awful lot of years trying to help kids learn all sorts of things through media. And I've worked on a lot of science stuff. At the moment, actually, one of my many jobs is as an education consultant on the PBS "Cat in the Hat" show, which is a science show for preschoolers. I feel strongly -- and I know the same thing holds true for Dr. Tyson, which is why he got involved with this in the first place -- anything that we can do to help bring a little bit of science into people's lives and do it in a way that makes them care about it, that's just good for everybody. It's good for education and it's good for stimulating people's interest to try and find out more about this stuff. It's good all around.