Welcome Back Matt Brady

Matt Brady, the long-running Newsarama editor who left the site in July 2009 and retired from comic journalism, is back — as a writer. He’s working with former Newsarama columnist Troy Brownfield as co-writers for Buck Rogers.

Matt Brady

I’m not the audience for most Dynamite comics, and I was never a follower of Newsarama, but I admire the interview at that link for addressing directly several questions that come up when journalists become comic writers. As interviewer Albert Ching says, “it’s no secret that a lot of people out there who write about comics also have aspirations to write comic books themselves.” That’s true but unfortunate, since it gives the wrong impression to many people about how dedicated journalists are to their craft and why they’re pursuing certain kinds of coverage.

The last question runs “Are either of you at all concerned about the inevitable reaction of people saying that you are only getting published because of connections you’ve made covering comics? Or maybe worried that press focusing on your backgrounds will overshadow the content of the comic itself?” Well, I’ve followed the last one, haven’t I? But really, I never knew that Brady always wanted to make comics. I’m glad for him he’s finally getting a chance, and of course it’s easier to get someone’s attention if they already know your name. But if you don’t want to read about that Brady, the other Matthew Brady has been going all this time with excellent reviews.

3 Responses to “Welcome Back Matt Brady”

  1. Russell Lissau Says:

    I’m one of those journalists who went from writing articles about comics to writing comics. I can only speak for myself, but at no point did I scheme, “I really want to write comics, so I’m going to ingratiate myself by writing about the industry for a while first.” I’m a journalist, and sometimes we get to write about things we like in our personal lives: movies, food, comics, music, etc. For me it was comics. And after more than a decade writing about comics for my newspaper and magazines and webzines, I got the itch to try writing comics. And after studying scriptwriting and comic-book mechanics for more than a year, I started pitching. Eventually, I got work. And then more work. And that led to this second/simultaneous career for me. I bet it’s the same thing for Matt, and I wish him good luck.

  2. Grant Says:

    I really love Project Superpowers and all the PS spin offs like Madame Masque, Daredevil and Black Terror. Even though the interior art alternates between decent and so-so, it’s a entertaining and ambitious attempt to create a new and fairly original Superhero universe populated solely by defunct Golden Age characters.

    But I really don’t care for any of their other books. I tried hard with Buck Rodgers but I just couldn’t get into it. I tried with the new John Carter Warlord as well (since the first issue was only a buck)but couldn’t get into that either.

    I think Dynamites Avengers/Invaders series had a lot of promise, but instead of doing a stand alone story it got tangled in the godawful mess that was Civil War.

  3. Albert Ching Says:

    Thanks for the link and the kind words, Johanna.




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