CBR TV’s Albert Ching welcomed Tom King, best known as the co-writer of “Grayson” and writer of the upcoming “Omega Men” for DC Comics, to the world famous CBR Tiki Room at WonderCon 2015 in Anaheim, CA. They discussed King’s first year working in comics, how reading comics inspired King to create them and how his past life — working for the counterterrorism unit at the Central Intelligence Agency — has informed both his approach to comics and the stories he tells.
“In terms of the emotional realism, I’m a guy who has lived, sort of, with a secret identity,” King said of how he channels his work for the CIA into his stories. “I’m a guy who knows what it’s like to be in danger in somewhat of a way and to make sacrifices — to be away from, to have to be removed from your family for a long time.
“I’m in my 30s, and I’m living with this whole generation — this post-9/11 generation — where like a ton of us had to go overseas in the aughts, and still have to, to Iraq and Afghanistan and we all sort of have this experience of living is dangerous,” King continued. “I want to put that emotional resonance that this generation has gone through and put that in the books. Emotionally it’s very connected. Factually it’s not connected.”
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