mark waid, writer
When Gareb came to me with this Black Bull idea, I said I wasn't interested unless he paid me a lot of money. A whole SHITLOAD of money! Did I just say that? Don't print that. Print this: When Gareb first came to me with this Black Bull idea, I said I wasn't interested unless he wanted me to really write. For money. A shitload of it! Wait. Skip that last bit. Just put the bit about me really writing. For money. Don't put that last bit in.
On the other hand, in this market, isn't taking the money really the brave thing to do? I mean, I COULD do the easy thing and only do the books that lose money, but I've never been the kind of guy to take the easy way out like some of those creators who think it's fun to starve and be homeless. Never let it be said that Mark Waid was afraid to take a book just because he got a shitload of money for it. Frankly, the money doesn't even enter into it, assuming it's a shitload. In fact, I took this book DESPITE the fact that it's such a tremendous great amount of money. That huge paycheck was something I had to OVERCOME. Writey writey, five dollar! Me write you long time, Joe!
But the money is a side issue. No, honest. The truth is, I just REALLY wanted to work with…to…heh…seriously…haha…give me a sec…heh. Okay, I'm ready. I just really wanted to…hee…work with Gareb Shamus. Heh. Don't print that face I'm making. Seriously. I want to…heh…work with…heh. Don't print that I had to get up and go to the bathroom.
amanda connor, artist
"Yer kidding me, right?" is what I said when the Black Bull guys first told me they wanted me to draw their first title. "I mean, this is a joke, isn't it?" is what I said when they said they were serious. "But, you guys print a comics news magazine!" I said when they said no, it wasn't a joke. "And it isn't even a GOOD magazine anymore!" I pointed out when they said yes they publish a news magazine but they were branching out. "Well, why don't you DO something about it?" I queried when they admitted the magazine had been insufferable for at least two years. "But what do more titty jokes have to do with me?" I asked when they said they had a plan to improve Wizard by adding a lot more titty jokes.
Then I remembered that I'm really talented and this would be a high-profile book and I'd probably be cut in for a percentage the merch rights, and I suddenly fell in LOVE with the concept even though I hadn't heard it yet. And I only loved it MORE when I realized that Mark Waid and Gareth Shamine would be working on it, having been a big fan of both of them for years, no kidding, I'm not making that part up at all. And what sealed the deal for me was being able to help create a whole new world and the money!