A Super Villain Faces His Own Mortality in Bastard's Waltz

This is "Went to Tell Everybody," where I spotlighted different cool independent comic book series based on submissions from the indie comic book creators themselves via a set Q & A with the creators themselves. Essentially, the creators speak for their own work and "Went to Tell Everybody" will give them a place to do so!

This is a ostensibly an ongoing weekly feature, so if you would like to see your work spotlighted, as well, there's no time limit or anything like that. So you can submit at any time. It's not a first come/first serve thing, ya know? However, sending your comic in isn't a guarantee that I'll run a spotlight on it. I'm not gonna just promote anything on here, ya know? So if we go a while without an edition of this feature, it is because I don't have something that I'm okay with putting my name on a spotlight of it. Click here for the current submission guidelines.

Today, we look at Bastard's Waltz by Mark Bertolini and Giovanni Guida, about a super villain facing his own mortality who tries to turn state's evidence before he is killed.

You can pick up the issues (or the trade collection) here.

What is your comic about?

Bastard’s Waltz is the story of John the Bastard, the world’s most dangerous supervillain, a man who has been terrorizing the world for 30+ years. But age is catching up to him, and he finds himself in the cross hairs of a dangerous upstart villain. For the first time ever, the Bastard is scared for his life, and he has to turn to Secret Service protection specialist Ezekiel Sweet to protect him while he gives up all his dirty secrets.

What made you choose to use the comic book medium for this story?

This is peripherally a superhero story, but the focus is on the villain and his exploits. It examines the way the world perceives this incredibly dangerous man who is getting old and slowing down. The visuals, the characters, it all makes the most sense to be a comic book. It’s inspired by comic books. It’s like that old Harvey Pekar line says “Comics are words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures.”

What aspect of your comic are you most proud of?

I’m incredibly proud of the production of the book. Darby Pop, in conjunction with artist Giovanni Guida, have made a beautiful package, and I’m beyond proud to have my name on this book with everyone else who worked so hard to bring it to life.

What's the one piece of philosophy and/or advice that has informed your comic book work the most?

Don’t be a jerk. No matter what. Form relationships with like-minded creators, and see things through to the end, and don’t be a jerk. Nobody wants to work with a jerk. Nobody wants to buy things from a jerk. Nobody wants to support a jerk. Be the kind of person you would like to work with.

Since this is "Went to Tell Everybody," tell everybody about another current comic book series that you would like other people to know more about.

I love books like Injection (Image), East of West (Image), and Lazarus (Image), as well as Black Hammer and all its spinoffs.

I also love the books the Vault is putting out, as well as Black Mask, these publishers are taking chances on some very cutting-edge stuff.

Again, if you're interested in Bastard's Waltz, you can pick up the issues (or the trade collection) here.

And of course, once again, if you're interested in seeing YOUR independent comic book spotlighted in this feature, click here for the current submission guidelines.

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