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Manu: Do you guys ever get instructions from your friends at Warner Brothers, to not do this or to do this because it ties in or helps tie in to a movie? Do they ever tell you, "Oh, we can't make this character gay, because we have a movie about him coming out next year"?

Nybakken: I actually don't know, for the most part, because I'm not part of the official editorial side; collected editions is officially actually part of the design department, so those kinds of decisions occur many levels above me.

Bunting: What about shows that then become comics, or movies that become comics? It's interesting that we happened to bring up Superman starting as a radio serial and then unfolding over many decades, and then he shows up in The Dark Knight [Returns] as this sort of rotted thing that's then killed, and then the movies, and then the new movies, and it's in every medium. But shows that are more modern, like '90s or aughts, shows that become comics: Do you think this is something that we're going to see more of? Is this maybe going to replace novelizations?

Nybakken: Probably not.

Bunting: I don't think Joss Whedon does it as a marketing tie-in, but I can see certain production companies seeing that that's a good way to access --

Nybakken: Joss Whedon I think does it because he just loves comics. I don't see it happening as much, just because comics require a lot more effort than novelizations. It requires a lot more work on more people's part to come up with comics than it does to have one freelancer just write up a novelization. Joss wanted to do Buffy Season 8 as a comic, because he wanted to do it as a visual thing; other series might work better as novelizations rather than comics.

Bunting: What about Lost? Do you think that would make a good comic?

Nybakken: Lost, I really don't see working that well as a comic. I would be more interested in reading novelizations of Lost, rather than as a comic.

Manu: Well, speaking of Lost, Brian Vaughan is now on the writing staff of Lost, there are plenty of writers for TV shows that worked in comics in recent years -- not just famous ones like Joss Whedon, but, you know, Allen Heinberg, and the list goes on.

Nybakken: Yeah.

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"I Sometimes Feel I'm The Only Person In The Company Who Doesn't Actually Watch It"

Manu: Do you guys ever get instructions from your friends at Warner Brothers, to not do this or to do this because it ties in or helps tie in to a movie? Do they ever tell you, "Oh, we can't make this character gay, because we have a movie about him coming out next year"?

Nybakken: I actually don't know, for the most part, because I'm not part of the official editorial side; collected editions is officially actually part of the design department, so those kinds of decisions occur many levels above me.

Bunting: What about shows that then become comics, or movies that become comics? It's interesting that we happened to bring up Superman starting as a radio serial and then unfolding over many decades, and then he shows up in The Dark Knight [Returns] as this sort of rotted thing that's then killed, and then the movies, and then the new movies, and it's in every medium. But shows that are more modern, like '90s or aughts, shows that become comics: Do you think this is something that we're going to see more of? Is this maybe going to replace novelizations?

Nybakken: Probably not.

Bunting: I don't think Joss Whedon does it as a marketing tie-in, but I can see certain production companies seeing that that's a good way to access --

Nybakken: Joss Whedon I think does it because he just loves comics. I don't see it happening as much, just because comics require a lot more effort than novelizations. It requires a lot more work on more people's part to come up with comics than it does to have one freelancer just write up a novelization. Joss wanted to do Buffy Season 8 as a comic, because he wanted to do it as a visual thing; other series might work better as novelizations rather than comics.

Bunting: What about Lost? Do you think that would make a good comic?

Nybakken: Lost, I really don't see working that well as a comic. I would be more interested in reading novelizations of Lost, rather than as a comic.

Manu: Well, speaking of Lost, Brian Vaughan is now on the writing staff of Lost, there are plenty of writers for TV shows that worked in comics in recent years -- not just famous ones like Joss Whedon, but, you know, Allen Heinberg, and the list goes on.

Nybakken: Yeah.

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