I had a moment to interview one my favorite Deadpool writer’s Victor Gischler. He is an award winning Novelist and a freelance comic book author writing for Marvel, Darkhorse, and Dynamite.
Mikel: You are known for doing novels as well as comic books. Some of your more famous novels are Gun Monkeys, Shotgun Opera, and The Deputy. Do you have a specific novel you are most proud of? Was there one that you enjoyed writing more than any other?
Victor: “A fair question but a bit hard to answer. Different novels represent different things to me and different stages of my career. GUN MONKEYS was nominated for an Edgar Award and launched me as a novelist, and GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE was me just letting it all hang out and saying “screw it, I’m going to write the most fucked up novel I can.” Still … my first love as a reader (when I was a kid) was the fantasy genre. So my novel INK MAGE was a book that was years in the making, something I’ve been wanting to write ever since it occurred to me to even be a writer. I knew eventually I wanted to try fantasy and I finally did with INK MAGE.”
Mikel: You have done many comic books for Marvel such as Deadpool: Merc-With-A-Mouth, Deadpool Corps, X-Men, Punisher Max. You have also done some books for Dynamite and Dark Horse such as Buffy, Conan, and Noir which you are still on. What are the main differences in a large company like Marvel compared to a smaller more independent company like Dark Horse or Dynamite? Do you like working with one more that the other?
Victor: “Sometimes an editor keeps a pretty tight grip on what I’m doing … other times they turn me loose. But I’ve found that changes from book to book, not publisher to publisher. No matter the size of the publisher, they still want to put out the best, most professional product possible. I will say that working with Dark Horse has allowed me to put out some creator-owned things like CLOWN FATALE and KISS ME, SATAN, and that’s been very rewarding.”
Mikel: As a huge Deadpool fan that is how I was introduced into your work, do you find that many people associate you with your run on Merc-with-a-Mouth and Deadpool Corps or do people recognize you more for your novels? Does that bother you? Which would you like to be known for more? Comic Books or Novels?
Victor: “People seem to recognize me more for my comic work, but that’s usually because I’m at comic convention or a store for Free Comic Book Day or something like that. So it’s natural. I don’t really do a lot of book events anymore. I’ve had people say “Oh you also write comics and not just novels?” and vice versa. It just depends on how readers first stumble across my existence. I’d like to be know for good, entertaining stories … be they comics or novels.”
Mikel: Okay final question you have been nominated for the Edgar and the Anthony Awards and you have a PhD from Southern Miss in English so you are well acclaimed. If you could have one job in the world other than being an author What would it be and why?
Victor: “Mayor of Epcot”
Mikel: What projects do you have coming up that you are excited for?
Victor: I’m currently the season 10 writer for Angel & Faith which is an exciting challenge, and I have a irreverent B-movie post apocalypse book forthcoming from Titan called Sally of the Wasteland.