John Byrne Interviewed

I just finished listening to Around Comics’ interview with John Byrne. I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong… it was a great conversation that tackled most of the topics I’d expect to hear brought up when talking with that particular creator, but there were two things I questioned:

  1. The interviewers were very fannish at times, talking about how amazing his work was (which, to be fair, probably reflected a lot of their audience and helped get them the interview).
  2. Byrne sounded completely rational. I found myself agreeing with a lot of his points. Which makes me think he should get off the internet, because clearly it doesn’t present him well, and it plays into his concerns about lack of context (like verbal and physical presentation).

Where were the outrageous statements that would get the net buzzing and listeners sputtering? Seriously, good coverage that caused some rethinking. I was also surprised to hear my note to them included, after I met some of their team at the Chicago Con earlier this year. We’re talking about my appearing on their show sometime in the future.


4 Responses to “John Byrne Interviewed”

  1. Ray Cornwall Says:

    In the TwoMorrows book, he’s also quite sane and considered. I think Byrne the Internet presence and Byrne the writer/artist both have the same problem- both need an editor.

  2. Barry Says:

    I thought the same thing when I watched his brief interview on the first Spider-Man movie DVD as well as reading the TwoMorrows book. Perhaps like Ray suggests, he just needs someone to say “maybe you shouldn’t post that abusive/inflamatory comment, John”. But that’s not likely to happen. Nor will he be leaving the Internet any time soon.

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    You’ll likely also dislike the Indie Spinner Rack interview with Dave Sim for all the same reasons.

    Podcasting is a new medium. I’m sure if we looked back at the earliest days of “internet journalism,” we’d find a lot of fannish interviews, too. I enjoy the youthful exhuberance of the medium for that. (The ISR guys went through Canadian phone books or something to find all the people named Dave Sim they could, in the hopes that one of them would be CEREBUS’ daddy. Surely, there was an easier way to get his number, through a professional associate who’s on-line or something. But, hey, that’s fandom for you! It led to a great bit, if nothing else.)

    And, yes, I know a lot of internet journalism is still fannish, but it tries hard to pretend not to be, if you see what I mean. The podcasters wear it on their sleeves.

  4. Sal Says:

    Well to be honest, we are fans, not journalists. While we try and do our best, at times, it’s impossible to hide the fact that we are just three guys who like comics. If I wanted to be a jounalist, it wouldn’t be in the comic book industry.

    Thanks for listening.

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