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Greg discusses social commentary in comics with Newsarama

Art by JH Williams III

Greg, along with Denny O’Neil and Judd Winick, talked to Newsarama about considerations in approaching social commentary as comic book writers, and why it’s not done more. Here’s an excerpt:

“I think publishers are more frightened of political backlash than they are of issue backlash,” Rucka said. “I do think that yeah, if you introduce political stances for your major characters, you have opened up a can of worms there. If you’re telling stories in a shared universe about heroism, you don’t want to imply that X hero is only a hero for the Republican party, and is therefore not going to be doing heroic and noble things for everybody else You never what to establish a risk of status quo that makes them less heroic.

For more, see the full article at Newsarama.

Greg talks Last Run with Tim O’Shea

The Last Run

Robot 6′s Tim O’Shea has an interview up with Greg about The Last Run, the writing process, and vacations (or lack thereof) at his blog, the aptly named Talking with Tim. Here’s an excerpt:

O’Shea: Your James Lucas Jones anecdote is enlightening, and prompts me to ask another question. When embarking on a project–be it in prose or in comics–how important is it to you to be paired with an editor that respects and understands your work, while still being able to challenge you?

Rucka: The author/editor relationship is a very crucial one for me, personally. I know writers who pretty much want to be left alone to do their thing, but for myself, for the way I work, I need a sounding board; not necessarily someone who will direct me as much as someone who will listen to me, help me talk out my ideas. A lot of where I begin tends to be rather… amorphous, and I take great pleasure in working out the actual beats of a story as part of the process. A great collaborator – whether it be an editor or artist – is always worth his or her weight in gold to me.

For more, check out the full interview at Talking With Tim.

Greg earns more 2010 accolades

G4‘s Blair Butler named Batwoman: Elegy the best superhero book of 2010!

Creative Loafing‘s Calrton Hargro named Stumptown one of his top ten favorite comics of the year:

A more real-world take on private dicks, Stumptown pulled me in with writer Greg Rucka’s trademarked flawed female heroine and artist Matthew Southworth’s heavily researched illustrations.

The Amelia Bloomer Project named Batwoman: Elegy to their 2011 list of recommended feminist literature:

Batwoman, gutsy, strong and courageous, stands up to enemies and institutions in this visually captivating book.

And Comic Book Resources put Stumptown among their top 20 comics of the year:

Rucka gave the comic industry what it can always use more of — a strong female lead character in the form of Private Detective Dex Parios. The series is a pop culture descendant of the 1970s TV series “The Rockford Files” with a gritty vibe thanks to artist Matthew Southworth. Oni promises we’ll get more stories down the road, and I can hardly wait.