Look in the credits on any Batman feature of the past 26 years, and you'll see one name on all of them: Michael Uslan. In addition to serving as a producer/executive producer on seven Batman films, Uslan was executive producer on the Swamp Thing movies, Catwoman, The Spirit and, believe it or not, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? Uslan is also a comics writer, with Archie and DC credits including The Shadow under his belt, and a professor who teaches a class called The Comic Book in America.
On Thursday Uslan opened up for a Reddit AMA Thursday, answering a handful of questions using his wealth of knowledge about superheroes, Hollywood and comics history.
If you weren't aware, Reddit has a section called "Ask Science Fiction," which is essentially a space in the Internet for people to ask for explanations of details in fictional stories ("When and why did the Decepticons and Autobots split apart?") or consider fictional "what if" scenarios ("What would cause someone to lose their connection to The Force?").
Last week, someone asked, "If Batman were to operate in real life, how fast would it take for his identity to be revealed?" The answers are pretty entertaining.
When I first started writing online, making the front page of Digg could make my whole day brighter, but as time marched on in the strange world of social bookmarking, I started spending more and more time on Reddit, a baby blue board filled with odd and interesting links, and watched its readership swell while Digg's glory has begun to fade...
Dilbert creator Scott Adams came to our attention last month for the first time since the mid to late '90s when a blog post surfaced where he said, among other things, that women are "treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently...
It's very important that we remember that one need not, you know, write or draw or study narrative or learn about art or really know anything at all about formal graphic storytelling in order to create truly awesome comics...
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