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INTERVIEW: STARTING WITH CHARACTER: MATT KINDT AND JEFF LEMIRE DISCUSS ‘THE VALIANT’
Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, the co-writers of the upcoming miniseries The Valiant – a prestige-format miniseries featuring Bloodshot, Geomancer and Eternal Warrior — have each done superhero work in the past, but they’ve really made their names with creator-owned work that they wrote and drew. Kindt’s Mind MGMT has taken off, and Lemire struck a chord with series including Sweet Tooth and Trillium.
Those credentials are part of why Valiant invited the two creators to work on the new miniseries — one that’s being touted as an entry point for new readers, but also as a turning point for the whole Valiant Universe. They’ve been given some wiggle room to develop a character-based story and put their creative voices to work. The result is something both writers seem really proud of, not to mention a story that’s bound to look good, with artwork by Paolo Rivera.
We sat down with Lemire and Kindt at San Diego Comic-Con International to ask them about their collaboration, how their backgrounds in cartooning inform their superhero work, and how Valiant’s universe differs from others.
ComicsAlliance: Both of you guys, I mean, you’ve done more mainstream super hero comics lately, but, you’ve both kind of made your names as writer/artists who do independent comics that you write and draw. You still do that, but you now transitioned into this other thing where you’re writers for superhero comics. So I guess I have a two part question. One; what do you think that background that you both have brings to your work on super hero stuff? And two; have you ever thought about doing some art in your superhero work?
Jeff Lemire: For me I think what we bring, the good thing about coming up in indie comics, and writing and drawing our own stuff, and doing all the stuff that we did outside of superheroes and mainstream comics, is that, when we did get into the mainstream stuff we’d already developed a voice fully, each of us.
So then you bring a unique perspective to the characters as opposed to, maybe, a young writer who just breaks in early not having done other things, and then their voice just gets lost in the universe, in the concepts that already exist and things. We already had a point of view and a voice that we can then take characters and bring a new perspective to them.
Matt Kindt: I mean, I think it made it easier to transition from my own stuff to bigger characters like this because, you come into the project not filling in a gap, like, “OK, write Bloodshot like Bloodshot is written.” You’re hired to write Bloodshot like you write. Bring your voice, bring your character, your insight to those characters. Make them work.
JL: Normally when you do an event at one of the larger companies, it’ll be, “OK, this event is about…” some high concept, and then you work from there. Whereas this one was about Bloodshot and Kay’s relationship and then we built out of character. That gets you doing more personal sorts of stories you know?
MK: Yeah, we just talk about the character first and then the story comes out of that.
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