By Elias Katirtzigianoglou
First Published in Comicdom #4, Vol.3, Aug 04
E.K: Let me start with a confession. I'm a big fan of your work. I'm sure you've heard these words a million times. What sorts of feelings do these words inspire every time you hear them?
M.V: It's still wonderful. Writers sit alone in a room and have very little idea if what we care about affects others the same way. When we hear from fans how important our work meant to them it's a day maker.
E.K: You write in your official website that you have worked, as a creator
and writer, in comic books, movies, TV, animation, theme park shows, children's books, novels etc. Which one(s) of these fields gives you the biggest creative satisfaction? Where do you feel more at home, so to speak.
M.V: I think of myself as a writer and I love to write everything. My biggest love, however, is still comics.
E.K: Which one of your works in comic books made you feel that
you had reached the highest level of your storytelling talents and
abilities. In other words, which work of yours do you consider your
best, so far?
E.K: Is there any literary movement that has significantly
inspired your writing style and that you believe they show in your
E.K: I'm sure that you must
be fed up with talking about Crisis On Infinite Earths. Nonetheless,
I feel obligated to ask you about this extremely important
chapter in the history of the comic book medium. While you
were collaborating with George Perez, were you aware of the
fact that you were creating a piece of work that would remain
unsurpassed in its scope and magnitude for so many years?
M.V: I think good super-hero comics can be done for kids and for adults. There is nothing wrong with the genre. You just have to write stories with more depth and subtleties for adults.
E.K: During the 80's, the Teen Titans, under your creative
guidance was the flagship team book of DC Comics and -in a way-
the greatest opponent of Marvel's X-Men. What do you feel is the
reason that the glory days of the Titans were cut short in the late
80's & early 90's, while the success of the mutants kept getting
E.K: Do you read the new Titans book? I'm sure our readers
would love to hear your opinion on it.
M.V: Gene Pool is about the victims of genetic manipulation which was designed to save their lives. Unfortunately, someone wants their DNA and is after them. But the people have only recently learned they have special abilities and do not know what is going on.
E.K: What are your creative plans for the future? Any hot new projects we should be on the lookout for?
M.V: I just did an episode of the Teen Titans cartoon show, season 3. I did an issue of The Escapist for Dark Horse and I'm writing a novel based on one of my comics.
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