From Fairbanks to 'Darkhawk': Six questions with Brandon Seifert

Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.

Joining us today is Brandon Seifert, writer of Spirit of the Law, Doctor Who, Hellraiser: The Dark Watch (with co-writer Clive Barker) and Witch Doctor: Mal Practice, which wraps up this Wednesday.

Now let’s get to it ...

1. At what particular point in your career -- a specific comic, job offer, convention, etc. -- did you realized you'd gone from wanting to be a comic creator to knowing you're a comic creator?

I still have to remind myself about that sometimes. But the time that really pointed out that things were coming together was when we signed the publishing agreement for Witch Doctor with Skybound. We signed it on a Friday. The next Monday, we did an interview with the New York Times about it. The week after that, we went to San Diego Comic Con for the big announcement. I couldn’t afford a hotel room, so I just went down for a day, stayed up all night and flew home the next day. We had our first panel, our first signing and our first party with, like, famous actors and stuff at it. It was all really crazy!

12. What comic was your "gateway drug" and made you a comic fan?

Darkhawk, from Marvel Comics in the ‘90s. I’d read other comics before that, but Darkhawk had a couple things going for it that the others didn’t. For one, it’d just started, so I felt like I was there at the “ground floor.” For another, the character was only a few years older than me, and I could identify with him better than I could a character like Spider-Man, who had more in common with my parents than with me.

I still have a soft spot for Darkhawk!

13. Where did you grow up? Tell us something about where you grew up that we may not know.

I’m from Fairbanks, Alaska. On the winter solstice, the sun sets at 1:42 PM — after being up for only three hours.

People ask me why I don’t go back more.

20. What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?

Huh. No idea. Horror movies frequently gross me out, but they don’t often scare me.

As a teenager, the only horror movies I found that actually scared me were Hellraiser, A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Necronomicon film from 1993. (The final segment of the Necronomicon film involved a woman waking up to discover her arm and legs amputated. It disturbed me more than almost anything I’ve ever seen.)

In college, the only movie that really scared me was The Ring. It was the ending that got me. The scariest thing about the rest of the movie was the acting.

24. What did you dress up as the last time you dressed in a costume (whether that's Halloween, a convention, or wherever)?

I think the last time I dressed up was Halloween — but living in Portland, I dress up often enough that it can get hard to remember! For Halloween this year, I was Arthur Dent. I wore pajamas, my bathrobe, and carried around a tea cup (with saucer) and (of course) a towel. Much to my chagrin, I ended up leaving my towel somewhere and had to go back for it the next day!

29. Can you play an instrument, and if not, what instrument do you wish you could play?

I can play a few melodies on guitar, and a few on piano — stuff like the Imperial March and the Inspector Gadget theme. When I was young, I really wanted to play guitar in a band. Now, I’d really like to play piano. I keep meaning to go pick up a keyboard at a thrift store...

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