I was approached by an interviewer not long ago with some questions about the end of my run on X-Men Legacy. It was the nature of the story I chose to tell that there were certain ambiguities and uncertainties programmed into the closing of the tale. It’s arguably the nature of many (most?)…
Do me a favour — don’t spoil it for those who haven’t yet read it? I love that so many people have been so moved, but payoff < anticipation < agony. Splurging the details will only make it less resonant for those who haven’t yet got there.
There will be thoughts on XML in these parts soon enough….
A little off topic but…
Since you love when people give your work praise I am gonna bite. I have been with David’s and Your story since Issue 1 and was hooked. Yours was the first story that featured Legion in any way, shape, or form I had ever read and I have never once regretted or questioned purchasing the entire series. The characters, the plots, the witty if occasionally wordy dialogue, Huat and Davidson’s art, all of it was drawing me in like a moth to the flame. While it saddens me that the end is in sight, I look back on your previous posts, interviews, quick bits, ect. and It makes me unable to wait for this conclusion and the end of a wonderful story.
With all of that said however, what’s the fate of your work-blog here?
Wow, am I that rampantly and famously narcissistic? Yes. Yes, I suppose I am. Thanks for the soulchow.
No big shakeup plans for the XML tumblr. I’m not going to delete it, but nor shall I be pouring huge effort into keeping it fed. I’ll keep an eye on it, I expect, to curate questions and fan art (which has been of a very high standard since I started this book).
Frankly I’ve found tumblr works a lot better when you can set stuff out in a more centralised way anyway, so I’ll be using my main blog - http://sispurrier.tumblr.com/ - as the hub for thoughts on my replacement gig with Marvel, X-Force, as well as my other projects.
Q:Si, you did great with Pixie. It's probably asking a bit much to include her in your new X-Force endeavor, but here's hoping you get to write her again very soon. Thanks.
Thanks very much. As you will have gathered - and I know I’m addressing a similarly-discerning mind here - I’ve got a big soft spot for the young Taff. You’re probably right about the X-Force starring role, at least for now, but don’t rule out the odd cameo if I get me way.
Q:I wanted to thank you for pretty much the entirety of X-Men Legacy Volume 2. I'm a person who's had to deal with DID since I was a kid, so to see a character like David get portrayed sympathetically, not a victim of his condition, but actively working to deal with it is refreshing. Do you know if Volume 2 is gonna be collected into a single book, or will I have to buy the TPB's?
Really pleased you’re digging it. As you may by now have gathered, a la episode #22, it was always a very central part of the plan to make David’s ‘struggle’ against his (nebulously defined, for obvious reasons) mental illness a very key part of the climax. I’ve slung those inverted commas round the word ‘struggle’, incidentally, because I tend to believe it’s often not a case of Winning or Losing against these things, but of sufferers reconciling themselves to their conditions and finding strategies to Deal.
I know that’s an odd sort of message for me to be peddling in a superhero comic, where all too often the assumption arises that Victory! or Defeat! are the only legitimate outcomes. But some things are more important than narrative convention, and I happen to believe this is one.
Mind you, “merging with a gold-skinned father-aping nihilistic supervillainous negavore as a metaphor for learning to live with one’s own mental illness” goes so far beyond the realms of narrative convention, I concede, that it starts to look a tad contrarian. Consider me busted. Anyway, I think it turned out pretty well, all in all, and I’m blown over by how many people have reached out to say it’s given them a little extra strength. That’s all I could’ve asked for.
Anyway. I digress. That’s basically my job. I don’t know whether there’ll be a collected volume of all 24 eps, but you can bet I’ll be poking and prodding the powers that be just in case. x
…the prestigious AV Club, part of The Onion empire, named X-Men Legacy one of its top comics of 2013. We’re rubbing shoulders with some really amazing titles in there, so I’m a tad breathless.
A lovely surprise.
Simon Spurrier, Tan Eng Huat, et al., X-Men: Legacy(Marvel)