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Interview: Ron Garney

BookGateway (Scott Asher and David Mason) had a chance at Comic Con Nashville for a quick interview with Ron Garney one of the most iconic artists in comics since the 90s. From Wikipedia: Ron Garney is a comic book writer/artist, known for his work on books such as JLA,The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Daredevil and Captain America. Garney has worked on JLA,The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Ghost Rider volume 3, Wolverine, Captain America, X-Men, Silver Surfer and Hulk. He has also written for Hulk in collaboration with Jerry Ordway.

BookGateway.com: I’d like to ask you about a couple of your older runs. Captain America with Mark Waid (1995-1996). Did you guys know when it changed over to Heroes Reborn… did you know that was coming?

Ron Garney: No. It was a… it was a surprise to both of us. We were um in the middle of a run and it was going really well and we both got a call from the editor and he told us that the book was leaving house to Rob Liefeld. So we were pretty shocked.

cap445BG: After that run, you guys came back for a few more for Heroes Return (1998).

RG: Yep.

BG: That lasted like 4 or 5 issues with you.

RG: Yeah that lasted like 4 or 5 issues then they wanted to start the new book Sentinel of Liberty (1998).

BG: You wrote that and drew that, right?

RG: I helped. It was [a collaboration.] But um, yeah, after that I went from Cap to Silver Surfer (#123 cover) to Heroes Return. Then to Sentinel of Liberty. I can’t remember what I did after that. It’s been a long career.

BG: That sorta segues to another question. You’ve had a very long career – right now it’s Uncanny X-Force (2013), I believe –

thorRG: I did Uncanny X-Force then I did Thor, God of Thunder (2012). Now I’m working on a creator owned with Jason Aaron, Men of Wrath (2014).

BG: Through Icon?

RG: Through Icon. It’s the first book they’ve put out in a while. So we’re excited about it. It comes out in October.

BG: What would you credit to your longevity in the business. You don’t see guys in the business like that. You’ve been on some big books throughout your career.

RG: That’s a great question. Um, You know just persevering and grinding it out you know? I think you get a reputation for being pretty dependable. Within reason. It’s a hard industry to be dependable in.

BG: You seeing that more and more? Not meeting deadlines?

Uncanny_X-Force_Vol_2_1_Garney_VariantRG: You know, I mean, to be really excellent like a lot of these guys are it takes time. God bless John Buscema, you know. For a guy like that who can draw as well as he can. No, it’s much more developed sensibility now than it was back in the 70s. Or the 60s. So I think artists are artists and they tend to do their thing. There is a certain type. I am fortunate that I’m a… can be a workhorse if I have to be. So that’s probably why. And I’ve also been successful, like with Cap. You have a successful run like that, you know, it lasts a career. People remember you for that. They appreciate it so they give you other opportunities that other people might not necessarily get.

BG: Another run you did with J. Michael Straczynski on was on Spider-Man (2006). That also happened to be right before they made a big change. Is that something you knew was coming? With One More Day (2007-2008) and all the changes?

RG: As far as changing the marriage and the Mephisto thing? I didn’t know about that either.

mofwBG: How was that working with J. Michael Straczynski?

RG: Honestly, to be perfectly frank, I couldn’t tell you because I didn’t speak to him once. I have my personal opinions about that that I’ll keep off record. We’ve never spoken.

BG: So what’s Men of Wrath about?

RG: It follows a lineage of hit men back to this old farmer, sheep farmer, who ends up accidentally mixing his sheep with another farmer and they get in an argument about it and this guy Wrath stabs the other farmer in the neck. Just over the argument. His little kid is watching, his son, and it starts a succession of violence through the generations and it ends up where we end up with this hit man in the mafia in modern day is sick and ultimately contracts a hit on his own son. So the story goes from there. We learn the history fo all this and all the incidences that led to this being just a complete bastard and wanting to kill his own kid.

BG: Limited run or a series?

RG: Five issues. It was a story Jason wanted to tell and he asked me if I’d be interested. When he told me the story it appealed to me because it wasn’t superhero. It’s more real. I’ve been doing superheroes for so long I felt like I wanted to do a real movie in a comic book, you know? Not just the superhero thing. Something like Road to Perdition (1998)…

BG: Image Skybound has a whole mess of books that are not superheroes, like Thief of Thieves and so on where it’s basically like a movie. I think they’re going for that…

RG: That’s kinda what we’re doing. I’m enjoying it.

BG: It’s exciting. Aaron’s on a big roll right now.

RG: It’s a good time to be friends with Jason Aaron.

BG: Thank you for your time!

RG: I appreciate it.


RAW audio of Ron Garney interview with BookGateway.com (Scott Asher, David Mason) 9/27/14. (c) BookGateway.com / Scott Asher. Attribution Required.


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

David Mason has been a comics aficionado since the late 80s and is passionate about the creators in the industry. David, his wife and six kids live in in Middle Tennessee. He loves Jesus and was wet t-shirt contest winner at Smyrna High School in back to back years (1997, 1998).

Interview: Mike McKone

BookGateway (Scott Asher and David Mason) had a chance at Comic Con Nashville for a quick interview with Mike McKone one of the greatest artists in comics over the last 20 years. From Wikipedia: “Mike” McKone is a British comic book artist. McKone’s first published works for the major companies included DC Comics’ Justice League of America and Justice League International for DC Comics and The Punisher War Zone for Marvel Comics. However, it was his work on Marvel’s Exiles which brought him instant attention, and led him to work on two of DC’s Teen Titans and Marvel’s Fantastic Four.

BookGateway: I’d like to ask you about your Teen Titans (2003–07) experience with Geoff Johns. How did that all begin? How’d you get on the book?

Mike McKone: [laughter] Oh, I was drinking heavily. [laughter] I knew Eddie Berganza the editor and he asked me to work on the book. I’d spent two years on Exiles (2001–03) so I was hired.

BG: At that time Teen Titans had kinda failed over and over again. It wasn’t doing very good until you guys took over… You remember Dan Jurgens did Teen Titans (1996-1998) and it just didn’t work. Did you guys have any idea how it was teentitans1gonna [take off?]

MM: Actually they wanted me to work on Outsiders.

BG: Because they launched at the same time.

MM: Yeah. They wanted me to work on Outsiders.

BG: With Judd Winick?

MM: Yeah. Because Judd Winick was writing Exiles.

BG: How was that working with Geoff Johns?

MM: It was fun. Yeah. He was very receptive of ideas. Very funny. That was in the days when we still talked to each other. Writers and artists. Now it’s email.

BG: How much did you and Johns talk about Teen Titans?

MM: Oh wow. Quite a bit. He likes to go over scripts.

ImpulseBG: Was it always planned to take Impulse and make him Kid Flash? How’d that evolve?

MM: I think so. It’s not Teen Titans without Kid Flash with the yellow and red costume.

BG: You guys came out with Superboy in jeans and a t-shirt, right? Was that your idea or Johns? How did that evolve?

MM: I don’t remember. I know that I did a lot of costume designs for Superboy. I know that the black t-shirts are very popular.

BG: How was your time on the new Justice League (Unlimited)?

MM: It’s been great. I was on for issues 0 to 5 (2014).

BG: What’s your upcoming project?

jluMM: I’ve been working on my own books. I’m writing it…

BG: Gonna publish with Image?

MM: I’m not sure. I’ve got a couple ideas to play with. I’ve been on the road at hotels a lot so maybe I’ll write a story about that. I’ve just got to figure out what I’m going to write.

BG: One other question. Recently it’s been kinda a big deal with the Spider-Woman cover by Milo Manara with the over-sexualization of the female character. How do you feel about that? Marvel said we aren’t gonna use Manara on a couple other covers they had planned because of the backlash.

MM: Oh they did?

BG: Yeah. But after 20 or 30 years of Marvel coming out with things like X-Men Swimsuit issue does that mean anything?

MM: You have to appreciate that comics do represent the idealized body – male and female. But there is a line of good taste that shouldn’t be crossed. And I’m not saying that Marvel and Milo crossed it…. I think everyone who works in comics has been guilty of it at times.

BG: Yeah, everyone is super buff and wearing skin tight clothes. So there is a certain expectation that they will be sexy.

MM: Yeah. But there is a line for good taste. It’s not really what they are wearing but how they are posed. I think people are starting to be more aware of this.

BG: It’s a little bit harder to get away with this because there is so much more immediate scrutiny on the internet.

MM: Yeah, finally the internet is good for something!

BG: Thank you for your time!

MM: I appreciate it. Take care.


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

David Mason has been a comics aficionado since the late 80s and is passionate about the creators in the industry. David, his wife and six kids live in in Middle Tennessee. He loves Jesus and was wet t-shirt contest winner at Smyrna High School in back to back years (1997, 1998).

Live Blog: Day 2 #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

Welcome to BookGateway.com’s Wizard World Comic Con Nashville live blog! Join me (Scott Asher @ashertopia) and David Mason as we blog everything that happens on day 2 of Comic Con Nashville! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BookGateway and #WizardWorld! On tap tonight: Q&A with creators and actors for the Walking Dead, Star Trek, WWE, interviews with artists and writers, and cosplay photos. Coverage starts 9/27 at 1 pm Central. Tune in for updates!

Live Blog: Opening Night #WizardWorld Comic Con Nashville

Welcome to BookGateway.com’s Wizard World Comic Con Nashville live blog! Join me (Scott Asher @ashertopia) and David Mason as we blog everything that happens on opening night of Comic Con Nashville! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BookGateway and #WizardWorld! On tap tonight: opening ceremonies, cosplay and a bunch of quick hit interviews with artists and writers. Coverage starts at 9/26 at 7 pm Central. Tune in for updates!

Wizard World Comic Con Nashville Coming!

Ron Garney, Peter Bagge, Ethan Van Sciver, Phil Ortiz Top Comics Creators At Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, September 26-28

BookGateway.com will be there live! Pictures, interviews and all the events. Watch BookGateway.com and BuddyHollywood.com for live coverage!

Arthur Suydam, Tom Raney, Roland Boschi, Kevin Maguire Among Leaders Of 50+ In Artist Alley At Music City Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 5, 2014Ron Garney (“Thor,” “Uncanny X-Force”), Peter Bagge (“Hate,” “MAD”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”) and Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”) are among the leading comics creators scheduled to attend william-shatner-68Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, September 26-28 at the Music City Center. In all, more than 50 writers and artists will populate Artist Alley at the show.

Other superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Arthur eliza-dushku-3Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Tom Raney (“AVX: Consequences,” “Avengers Academy”), Roland Boschi (“Wolverine MAX,” “X-Men”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”), Greg Horn levar-burton-13(“Walt Disney,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”) and many others.

Additionally, Wizard World Nashville VIP attendees will receive a free copy of the God of Thunder #25, limited-edition variant cover drawn by Raney, at registration.

ron-garney-10Wizard World Nashville Comic Con is the 12th of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). It will also feature leading celebrities such as tom-raney-4William Shatner (Star Trek, “T.J. Hooker”), Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries”), WWE® Superstar Kane®, WWE® Divas The Bella Twins™, Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause (“Charmed”)and Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” 42), and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizd.me/NashvillePR.

About Wizard World: Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Full event information can be found at http://www.wizd.me/PR.

Wizard World Remaining 2014 Schedule

September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con


Press release (c) Wizard World.