Somehow it’s largely escaped notice that David Mamet has released a comic book.
Yes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony- and Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter responsible for such works as Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, Wag the Dog and more. That David Mamet. But don’t worry, Brian Michael Bendis is way ahead of us!
“Just talked to David Mamet for a half hour,” the avowed Mamet fan tweeted this morning. “Yeah? And I only half embarrassed myself. You’ll see it on @cbr soon. He made a comic book! […] My Mamet interview was not exactly The Chris Farley Show but it was pretty close! Fun fact — he just directed something for Funny or Die”
Released last month by Chicago-area independent publisher Sourcebooks, Mamet’s The Trials of Roderick Spode (“The Human Ant”) is a 32-page hardcover described as “a clever and postmodern take on the world of superheroes and ordinary life.” It chronicles the bizarre adventures of Roderick Spode, an ordinary man who confuses a photo booth with a device that doles out special powers, transforming him into an ant half the time: “Follow Roderick as he hangs out with his friend Cocky Cockroach, freelances as a comma, and fights his nemesis: the European Sourdough Rye!”
Bendis’ interview with Mamet will appear next week at Comic Book Resources.