CM Punk first rose to fame as a fan-favorite in professional wrestling. Since retiring from in-ring action last year, he's announced new ventures as a fighter with UFC - and several high-profile gigs as a comics writer. Here, he talks about his latest work for DC Comics.
You’ve had a really storied career as a professional wrestler and it’s continuing on into multimedia and now the MMA world. How long have you been kicking around the idea of writing comic books?
I'm a dreamer. Been reading comic books and novels all my life, so I think creating stories goes hand in hand with that. I've always had an imagination, but my outlet was always a different form. Realistically writing a comic book I’d say became more of a reality after the San Diego Comic Con in 2011.
Are there any parallels you’ve found writing comics that mirror your experiences in pro wrestling, or even training for your upcoming UFC debut?
It's all storytelling. Not so much in training, but the real life experiences and people you meet. Lots of stories start off as, "You couldn't make this stuff up!"
You’re writing STRANGE SPORTS STORIES, a new anthology series from Vertigo. What drew you to this project specifically?
I like strange! I like sports (most of them). The idea just takes something that is more often than not classified as "jock culture" and puts a weird (strange!) spin on it. It was too good to pass up.
The story you’ve created is baseball-centric. Why choose a tale revolving around baseball over other sports like hockey or football?
I pitched a few different things, I think it just so happened that my baseball idea had the most potential. I used to play, I go to games a lot, and I'm a Cubs fan.
I’ve heard you rave about Jason Aaron’s SCALPED in the past, but what are some of your other favorite Vertigo series over the years?
PREACHER is essential reading. I wish hotels had Preacher instead of a bible. I feel the same way about Y: THE LAST MAN. Excellent stuff.
If you could write a DC Universe comic, what would you write? Are there currently any DC Comics creators whose work you’re following?
I'd love to tackle Batman. More so for his rogues gallery. Lobo was always a favorite of mine as well. Anything really. I enjoy the challenge of creating a story for characters I never necessarily thought I'd be writing. I read everything Scott Snyder writes. He's one of my favorites.