CBR’s Steve Sunu picked up Valiant Entertainment exclusive writer Joshua Dysart for a tour around the outskirts of Comic-Con International in San Diego aboard CBR’s mobile transport vehicle and the two engaged in a wide ranging discussion about Dysart’s work on “Harbinger” and the rest of the Valiant Universe, attending San Diego without a booth or official signing schedule, his upcoming creator-owned book “Helmet Girls” with artist Camilla d’Errico and his love of Jim Henson and “The Dark Crystal.”
On being responsible for “Harbinger” and a big corner of the Valiant Universe: I feel really good about it. It’s not the kind of responsibility that’s threatening, like for instance I’m moving in with my girlfriend and that’s terrifying. This is way easier than that. I do feel that, but so far I very naturally approached this process and people are liking it so I think that as long as I don’t overthink things and I continue to work with great people like Christos Gage and Warren Simons — and Duane [Swierczynski] — I feel like we can really do no wrong, hopefully. So I’m trying to just approach it like that, keep doing what’s exciting to me. This is the first time anybody’s entrusted me with this level of responsibility in the industry and I like it, man. It’s fun, it’s great. I used to write about child soldiers — this is way easier.
On his love of Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal”: We live in an age when the best and brightest imaginations in our media are operating in CGI, and that is exciting and we see some incredible stuff — “Pacific Rim” had some amazing robot on monster action that practically pornography, it was lovely. However, Jim Henson was a cat who made these things with his hands. He envisioned it with his designers and built it, and when you look at that movie — we don’t even have time to go into the themes of the film, you know, why it’s important as a work of art other than the craft — but when you look at that movie you see the foam that they modeled in the faces, you see the fabric in their clothes, you see the sets — somebody built this stuff with their hands. This was a group of young, imaginative, excited, mostly high people who came together and they built something truly beautiful and they did it in the name of Henson’s overall vision which was about inclusiveness and about our place in nature and our place in the universe. And it’s just something we don’t see anymore.