Kindle Daily Post spent some time at San Diego Comic-Con with DC Comics writer Dan Jurgens and artist Corin Howell. The two are currently collaborating on the six-issue "Bat-Mite" series, and Jurgens is writing the new "Batman Beyond" title, as well. Both "BAT-MITE #3" and "BATMAN BEYOND #3" are available today.
BAT-MITE is a very different comic book, tonally, than much of the DC Comics line. Was that what drew you to the project, and is it something you’re having fun with?
DAN JURGENS: Well, prior to this I had been writing FUTURE’S END, which was an intense weekly, and some of the CONVERGENCE story, which was also very layered and very intense. I kept telling our co-publisher, Dan DiDio, that I wanted to try something different. I just needed to do something totally different from what I had been doing.
We were talking about themes and at one point I said, what if we did it with Bat-Mite? So we were off and running at that point and, for me, after spending the last two years in that really intensive stuff, to do something loose and crazy has really been a lot of fun.
Is there a freedom that comes from knowing it’s a six-issue mini-series, versus having to craft it as an ongoing? Or would you like to see it become an ongoing title?
JURGENS: If people want to see more BAT-MITE, it would be fun to do, certainly. In the meantime, it really has been enjoyable to know that it’s something that has a beginning, middle, and end. What I envision one day is a nice little trade paperback, Corin will have drawn every page in it, here’s BAT-MITE. It’s a great presentation of the character.
Corin, BAT-MITE is your first work for DC. How have you found the experience?
CORIN HOWELL: It was a little intimidating, especially working with big names like Dan here. But it’s actually turned out to be very informative. I’m learning a lot, especially with Dan, but it’s really fun, too. I’m getting like, “I can do all these expressions!” and make it incredibly animated, so it’s really a lot of fun.
Are you interested in doing more with Bat-Mite specifically, or the DC Universe in general?
HOWELL: I really do want to do more with Bat-Mite. I keep thinking, who can we pair him up with next? The other day I was thinking, what if he teamed up with Bizarro? What if he went with Green Arrow? Or what if he did this? I’ve been watching a ton of Justice League cartoons lately, and getting that idea in my head like, “I want to do this. I want to do more.” But I definitely want to do more BAT-MITE down the line.
Switching gears for just a second, Dan, you’re also writing BATMAN BEYOND. As you mentioned, you worked on CONVERGENCE and FUTURE’S END. So how far out did you know who was going “back to the future”? And what is it like, writing the canonical future of the DC Universe?
JURGENS: When we were in the early planning stages of FUTURE’S END, we knew we were going to have Terry McGinnis come into the story, and that he was not going to make it out the end of the story, and that it was going to be Tim Drake. That was the loose plan, right from the beginning.
A previously-seen future, or something brand new?
JURGENS: We were able to build it more and more and get to the point where it’s the DCU classic sort of future – “Great Disaster Future,” we call it – along with the Batman Beyond animated timeline, and blend them into one cohesive storyline. That’s really what it’s been all about, and it’s been a lot of fun doing it.
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