5 Questions with… Writer Doug Wagner

1) On what project are you currently working?

That’s a loaded question for a writer. We’re typically working on several things at once, so hold on to something. Currently, I’m finishing up “Beware the Eye of Odin” with Tim Odland over at Image Comics. The final issue of that one hits stands in just two weeks. Image Comics also just announced “Plush” with Daniel Hillyard is hitting stands in November, so I’ve got some work there to finish up. Past that, I’m also in the middle of working on yet another mini-series with Daniel Hillyard, another one with Doug Dabbs, and another one with Stefano Cardoselli. Okay… you can let go now.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

Oh, man, that’s a tough one and a very long list. Today, I’m feeling Bill Sienkiewicz. The guy has been able to stay relevant for decades now, and somehow just keeps finding a way to become more and more incredible. Add to that, he’s one of the nicest, most humble, impossibly positive people I’ve ever met. And after all these years, he still has this burning passion to learn, improve, and experiment with art and story. No bitterness, no hate. Just a love for art.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

Rejection. Years and years and years… and years of rejection. I started pitching work back when I was 17. It took me about 15 years before I was good enough to write something half decent. I was lucky enough that Keven Gardner, Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze, Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, and Jason Pearson thought I was good enough to work with them on Image Comics’ “The Ride.” The book changed my life. The one key thing I learned from that experience was to just start writing and publishing my own work and not to wait for permission from an editor or company. I’ve been doing mostly creator-owned work ever since.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

If you’re talking childhood dream, that’s “Uncanny X-Men.” That was hands down the most influential comic book on my younger self, probably for about 20 years. Outside that one bucket list item that I believe is most improbable now, I’m actually working on the books I want to work on. I mean, I get to work on creating new characters and universes with some of the industry’s top talent. I can’t ask for more than that.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I can’t really discuss any projects that haven’t been announced yet, so all I can talk about is “Beware the Eye of Odin” and “Plush.”

To learn more about Doug Wagner and his work, go here, here, and here.

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