Now that production of NBC’s pilot for a CONSTANTINE series is well under way, it’s probably no surprise that journalists, podcasters and even bloggers are looking to interview the comic book characters creators. Not surprising — but it is a bit problematical.
See, John Constantine was created in the Saga of the Swamp Thing comic book by artist Stephen Bissette and… uh, a writer who doesn’t like to talk about DC Comics anymore, the man/legend/myth called Alan Moore. Now, as anyone who knows anything about comics knows, Moore would rather have his brain extracted with a rusty fishhook via a hole in his big toe than talk about/publicize DC Comics. He has distanced himself from all his work and refuses to accept a penny from ancillary sales like movies and TV.
That leaves only Mr. Bissette available via social media. So he posted on his Facebook, asking DC what, if anything, they would like him to say about Constantine and how the character came to be. Well, you can read it for yourself after the jump.
Dear DC Comics:
How are you this morning? Nice to hear.
Look, I’m the ONLY original Constantine co-creator active online.
And with CONSTANTINE getting so much attention lately, and me being the only original co-creator online, I’m getting a lot of requests for this and that—interviews. Podcasts. Etc.
So, in your corporate mind, what should I do?
Every time you ramp up the Constantine or Swamp Thing whatever, someone at DC apparently resents anything I might say—or so I’m occasionally told—but I have no idea what’s going on from your end.
Well, anyhoot, I sincerely hope all is well with you, congrats on the spiffy new TV show upcoming, everyone really seems so excited about it, and since all I see out here is all everyone else sees out here, and it begs so many obvious questions, which people then ask me, directly, I just thought you should know what a conundrum all this is.
And it gets to be more of a quandary daily now.
PS: I appreciate you have “bigger fish to fry.” I mean, your NY offices are fighting winter, while you CA offices are in a major draught. It must be hell.
Thanks and take care—stay warm, or have a bottle of water (Hydrate! Hydrate!), and nice per usual to hear from you…
“Steve” aka Stephen Bissette