To coincide with today’s release of "Amazons Attack" #1 from DC Comics, CBR News and our friends at Atomic Comics present this interview with writer Will Pfeifer. Pfeifer spoke about the challenges of bringing together this event, on recent happenings in "Catwoman" and had some fun along the way.
In addition to these two books, Pfeifer also has a "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" one-shot called "Cut" coming up, as well as a short story in the upcoming "24/7" anthology from Image comics.
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The "Amazons Attack" event is spinning out of the pages of "Wonder Woman." What got the Amazons’ panties in a bunch?
Well, first of all, I’m not sure exactly what the Amazons are wearing under all that battle armor (and no, you won’t find out in this mini-series, kids – sorry), but I’d be damned surprised if they could be described as "panties." Unless they’re some sort of mystical, magical, take-no-crap-from-a-man special Amazon panties. As to your actual question, I hate to play the "wait and see" card, but… wait and see. It’s not something obscure – it’s been the centerpiece of a lot of DC continuity for awhile. And, in the end, what sparked this war isn’t really that important, in a big picture sort of way. It’s the blaze that follows. (Did you see what I did there? I started the fire metaphor with "spark," then followed it up with "blaze." Now that’s writing, my friend. That’s writing.)
Follow up question: Dude, what is up with chicks, huh? Am I right?
If I knew that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Ask my wife. Or my daughter. Or any other woman on this planet. You’ll get no answer from me.
Between the chronically late early issues and the announcement Gail Simone will be taking over in the future, "Wonder Woman" is passing through a lot of hands, including your own. How difficult is it to collaborate on a big storyline like this with a book that’s in flux like that?
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This is where I credit my editors, Matt Idelson and Nachie Castro. I can’t keep all the changes and various storylines straight by myself, especially when I’m busy adding to them (and complicating them) with my contributions. From a trip to New York in Novembers (hey, thanks DC!) where we hashed out the entire six-issue plot to the nonstop emails and phone calls where we talk over what’s changed in that plot (i.e. – almost everything), Matt and Nachie have been invaluable.
Jodi Picoult is currently writing "Wonder Woman," but she’s new to the medium having built a career as a novelist. Does her limited experience in this medium make this any more challenging?
I’m not really working with her on this series, but I did appreciate that she had her scripts in insanely early, meaning I was able to see what she had happening in "Wonder Woman" and plan accordingly. Made things much, much easier.
You’re also currently working on "Catwoman," which has a lot of people wondering: How is Will Pfeifer’s Catwoman different from Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman?
Really the only difference is that there’s one less "f," otherwise, pretty much the same character.
|DC’s only “Civil War” tie-in|
In the recent "Catwoman" #65, Selina meets herself from four minutes earlier and warns this doppelganger of the approaching Lex Luthor robot. However, arrangement of speech balloons might lead one to believe she is referring to a "Thor robot." Was this merely a coincidence, or was it your subtle request for a return of the fan-favorite "Civil War" character Clor? What is your opinion on the cloning of Norse gods in general?
First, congratulations on spotting the only DC tie-in to "Civil War." It wasn’t easy, but we did it! Second, I believe the cloning of Norse gods is something that should be kept a private matter, between a man and his god. In this case, of course, I’m talking about his Norse god.
How much time did you spend watching old movies as "research" for your previous "Catwoman" story arc with Film Freak?
The sad truth is I didn’t have to do any research. I’m that big a film nerd. It was all off the top of my head — even that reference to the Jimmy Cagney movie "Taxi!," which isn’t on DVD, but which I did watch a few days earlier on TCM. I should probably think about getting out of the house once in a while and getting a little sunlight.
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Fans picked out numerous references to old movies and movie stars (i.e.: Buster Keaton, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari") in that story arc. Are there any references that readers may have missed?
Being the film nerd that I am (see previous answer), I tried to arrange the references in vaguely chronological order. Issue #59 opened with un homage (as the French say) to "The Great Train Robbery," where the gunman shoots at the camera (see also the end of "Goodfellas"). Then, like Film Freak himself says (and the only character I’ve ever written who was more autobiographical than him was Wally in "Finals," a bit of a Film Freak himself), you get Keaton, Cagney and Kong. That’s followed by un homage to "Citizen Kane" in #60, a little nod to noir with Slam Bradley, the bomb from "Dr. Strangelove" and (in #61) "Network," "Bullitt," "The French Connection," "Viva Knievel," "Alien," various buddy cop movies, "The Atomic Café," any movie with a bomb that needs to be defused and, finally, Porky Pig. Sort of lost the whole chronological bit by the end, but it was worth it for the "That’s All, Folks."
In addition to your high-profile comics work, you are also the assistant features editor at the "Rockford Register Star" in Illinois. Do you encounter any difficulties balancing your comics work with your "day job?"
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Actually, to tip that balance a little more in favor of the comics gig, about a year ago I stepped down from the assistant features editor post and became a simple copy editor/page designed. Less pressure, fewer hours and a lot more fun. It’s still tricky to get it all done (and to have time for my lovely wife and daughter), but so far I’m managing it. I figure I’ve got a few more years in the newspaper biz, then I’ll leap into comics full time. Cross your fingers that plan works out.
Finally, we have to know, roughly what percentage of people spell your last name with a "Ph" in your estimation?
I’d say about ninety percent. When we got married, I told my wife "Honey, get ready for a lifetime of correcting people about how to spell and pronounce your last name."
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