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At this past weekend's Pittsburgh Comicon, the convention promoters set aside some time, as they do every year, for George Perez to talk with fans and get some questions answered. This year was special, though, as Pittsburgh marked George's last official convention appearance in the United States, and one of the last two total, until 2009. Perez explained this at the beginning of his panel, noting that he's got one more commitment abroad before unpacking his convention bags for a while.
The reason for his departure from the convention scene is twofold. While he loves meeting fans and getting feedback during his show visits, he's taking the time off to focus not only on his work, but his wife. Perez explained that for a number of years, his wife has been patient and put up with his focus on touring to show after show. Now she, with a new position in a touring dance troupe, will be the focus of his life, and he said he just wants to devote his time to her now, following her around the country and watching her perform while he continues his work for DC Comics.
"I don't want her to have to ask me if I'll able to come to a show," explained Perez. "I want her to know I'll be at the show."
|"Brave and the Bold" #3 & #4|
To catch everyone up, Perez outlined the plans for "Brave and the Bold" through the remainder of his run, or at least so much so as they've been laid out. Currently, Perez has been at work drawing an issue featuring a team up of Batman and the Legion of Super Heroes, as well as completing the trade paperback cover for its forthcoming release. Following the wrap-up of the current multi-part storyline in issue six (which will feature a very special guest star hinted at in issue #4), Perez and Waid will start working on a series of "done-in-one" stories or two-parters.
Doing stories this way allows them to get around to more of the DC Universe, as was the original intent of the book, and to avoid "stretching coincidence," as Perez put it: the longer a storyline goes, the farther you have to stretch coincidence to get more people involved and still have it be a two-person headline each month. Perez spoke with Dan DiDio about handling the book in this way, and the big kahuna agreed, so it's off to more stories and more characters for Waid and Perez.
To paraphrase from everyone's favorite new show, "Heroes," "So who's on the list?" Well, even though there's no story in the drafting stages yet, Perez has requested Waid draw up a Power Girl and Wonder Woman storyline, giving fans a chance at seeing Perez draw Wonder Woman one more time and giving Power Girl some props to acknowledge her new status in the DCU. The only other request, nay, demand that Perez has put to his partner in crime is that issue #12 be a team-up between Green Arrow and the Martian Manhunter. As old-school fans will remember, it was these two characters that were the first ever team-up in the pages of the original "Brave and the Bold," so Perez would like to provide an homage to that, as he and Waid did with the Batman and Green Lantern team-up in issues one and six, since the Lantern was the first person Batman teamed up with when the title began to solely focus on Batman and another character.
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As the talk moved on, Perez covered everything from his position on the "Teen Titans" cartoon (which he didn't like until he saw how it drew children to comics) to the detail he puts into his work to his contract with DC (it expires in 2010. It was supposed to be 2011, but the executives at DC thought 2010 looked cooler), to the mountains that Joe Quesada tried to move to get Perez over to Marvel. All in all, the panel was a fun time for everyone, and Perez summed it up nicely before heading out of his last U.S. panel:
"There were times where you called yourself a cartoonist or an illustrator, but that's not what I am. I'm a comic book artist, and I'm damn proud of it."