FROM THE CO-PUBLISHERS DESK: EDITING KEVIN SMITH
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 12:30pm
You know, when David and Austin asked me to write a blog post about my experience working on THE WIDENING GYRE with Kevin Smith, two things popped into my mind. The first was that Kevin was so excited about this project that he turned in all six scripts before the first issue was fully drawn. This allowed us to get the full scope of the story with all its twists and turns (by the time I put down the sixth script, I was just as excited about the story as he was). The second thing I remembered was…. A bit more off color. I thought I probably couldn’t write it in the blog, but then I thought, hey, I’m Co-Publisher, I can co-approve anything I want (not exactly true, but what the hell, I ran with it).
There are certain things you expect from a Kevin Smith script, deep characterization, smart dialogue and well, slightly off color humor. Needless to say with this project, he did not disappoint on any of these. It's just that with the third one, we have to be a bit more “judicial” about what we can actually produce/publish.
It was in the book, during the scene where Aquaman turns up to help Batman after a couple of passing dolphins mistakenly identified Bruce’s amorous cries as calls for help. (Talk about lost in translation). As scripted, the exchange between Batman and Aquaman is possibly one of the funniest things I ever read, so naturally I knew there was no way it could ever see print. Of course this lead to one of my more interesting writer/ editor discussions on how to best describe Batman’s encounter in the course of the dialog. Almost as funny as the script, and as a result can’t see print either. Still, I think this scene ultimately worked great, as did so many things in that story.
So while you read part one, I anxiously await part two. I can only imagine what he has in store and can’t wait to read it. Every once and a while, after all, I get to be a fan too.
Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher, DC Comics