Hi Paul. Your old friend Eli Friedman here, wishing you great good luck with the website. It looks pretty cool. My question is: How directly did your work as a fanzine editor/publisher contribute to your career path. I feel like a lot of kids coming up feel like they should get hired by the majors without ever honing their skills at the amateur level. Any thoughts? 22. October 2015

Hi, Eli! Great to hear from a survivor of the basement headquarters of TCR. Thanks for all the trips round the collating table.

Everything kind of adds up in life, I guess. The fanzine days certainly opened the door to my professional life by introducing me to the people who made comics, and letting them get to know me. I’ve had the rare life experience of never really ‘applying’ for a job as a result.

But maybe more to your point, some of the tasks I did as a fanzine publisher directly prepared me for things I was able to do as a comics professional. I told the story of DC’s annual production schedule a day or two ago, and thinking over it in terms of this question, recalled how I used to type up complicated (needlessly complicated, I must point out in retrospect) annual schedules for TCR and its sister publications.

Everything you do can help you learn. (Maybe those unless walks around the collating table made us all learn some patience?)

DC is doing a good job in bringing back in trade paperbacks some good materials from the last decades. As a fan, what would you like to see republished to a broader audience? Greetings from Brazil! 20. October 2015

Most of what I wanted as a fan that’s plausible to reprint already has been. Sadly, the other goodies (like Shelly Mayer’s SUGAR & SPIKE or some of the more interesting art that appeared in DC’s war titles) feels unlikely to ever be commercially viable. Of course, I’d love DC to finish off runs of all the Golden Age super hero material that I never collected, but having read most of those stories, even I can’t claim the world’s missing out on much by not having the pile of GREEN ARROW short stories under new covers.

Interested in being a guest at the 2016 Gem City Comic Con April 2 & 3 2016, in Dayton Ohio? 17. October 2015

I’m not working on my spring travel schedule yet, and my only con commitment for 2016 so far is San Diego, which is a unique joy for me because of the number of friends I can see in one swoop. Try me again a bit closer to Christmas?

What would it take to get a “Complete Scribbly and the Red Tornado” collection published by DC or licensed for publication by another publisher? 17. October 2015

Much as I love Shelly Mayer’s work, I could never figure out an economic model that could make this work for DC. Maybe someday.

Do you have any input in getting your awesome Legion runs reproduced into hardcovers. I thought DC did a great job with the James Robinson Starman run in terms of its hardcover format. Omnibuses (Omnibi?) are just took big. 17. October 2015

Not really. Best off writing them directly, or better still, getting more folks to buy copies of the existing ones and then asking for more.

What do you feel is the best part of your work on Legion of Super-Heroes? 17. October 2015

I defer to the audience’s choice of THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA, but a quieter tale that I think might have been as well or better executed on my part was THE UNIVERSE PROJECT.

Just because it’s not on your website yet: What’s the best way to contact you to request an interview? (blogs, podcasts, websites, etc.) Time permitting of course! 17. October 2015

You can reach me this way. Interviews/publicity about my current DC work has to go through DC’s Publicity team, of course, so contact them first. Historical/philisophical conversations can start here.

What character, from any company, did you wish you could have worked on? 5. August 2014

I got to work on so many of my favorites, and with so many of the artists I grew up reading. Of the opportunities I missed, I loved The Avengers and never got a chance to play with them.

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