Project Tempest
Project Tempest
Sep 15, 2021
Fabian Nicieza, comic book writer and novelist
Play • 1 hr 29 min

Fabian Nicieza is a writer of long-standing in the comic book industry. With over a thousand credits in a 30 year career, he has worked on Marvel titles such as X-Men, X-Force, New Warriors, Cable, Deadpool, and Thunderbolts, and is likely best known as the co-creator of Deadpool; his work on DC titles includes Robin, Superman and the Justice League

More recently, Fabian’s debut novel, Suburban Dicks, a mystery wrapped in a comedy, has been called an engrossing and entertaining murder mystery, and a ceaselessly funny debut novel. 

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(00:00) - Introduction 

(00:58) - Formative experiences: The Amazing Spider-Man #91, learning storytelling through art

(18:41) - Early career: Berkley Publishing, Marvel

(21:43) - Becoming a writer: working up the ladder, pitching ideas, developing relationships, writing stories 

(31:27) - Professional vs. amateur 

(37:08) - Suburban Dicks: understanding difference through religion, institutions, immigration. The cynical-optimist axis 

(44:01) - Human desire for belief and religious acceptance. Self-destruction via social media

(49:35) - Suburban Dicks: 25 year long process from 1995. Racial diversity, caucasian fear and demographic change 

(58:50) - The process of editing and refining work

(1:05:49) - Personal experience as an inspirational shortcut. Adapting from comics to prose writing. James Ellroy & Hunter Thompson 

(1:11:49) - Writing in a cocoon, chapter-break cliffhangers the slow reality of book publishing 

(1:23:51) - Advice for young creators

(1:27:45) - Author website, twitter, newsletter 

(1:28:26) - Finishing up

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Producer for this podcast is Kearin Armstrong, production assistant is Prea Millar.

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