Superman writers and artists talk of the character’s enduring legacy and his return as The Man of Tomorrow
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First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
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#Superman #WonderWoman #Kiss #Love
It was more than a kiss. They were equals and at that level, equals are hard to find. It was a “Superkiss”. Superman and Wonder Woman.
Made of recycled magazines on canvas.
Collage by Maura Lucchese
Q:WHERE CAN I BUY THESE SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN WRIST BANDS?
Hot Topic did sell Superman and Wonder Woman wristbands, unfortunately when we checked them on-line this morning. Out of Stock.
Maybe fans can tweet them to let them know we want/love our Superman/Wonder Woman merchandise.
Once in a while we step outside our narrow focus.
Davis Ashura is a longtime friend and member of our extended community, and now a published author. He has graciously given us a interview.
HYSM&WW: Davis, many of us may remember you from such fanfic stories as Angel Mine, and The Corrosive. Where you wrote a wonderful Diana and Clark. Can you describe your relationship with comics – and Superman and Wonder Woman in particular?
Davis: I’ve always wanted to write, but early on I was really struggling. I tried everything I knew to make my stories shine, but nothing seemed to work. I needed practice on everything: plotting, creating characters that lived, narrative flow, and writing believable romance. I came to a point where I needed to try something different.
That’s when I saw Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
Of course. Just use my favorite superheroes. I know them well. All I have to do is come up with a plot. Best of all, writing the romance would be a breeze since everyone knows that Superman and Wonder Woman belong together. Simplicity itself!
At the time, everything I knew about Superman and Wonder Woman came from the Christopher Reeve films, the Superfriends cartoons, Lynda Carter’s TV show, Smallville, and the DCAU. That’s it. I knew nothing about the comics. I figured all I needed would be a quick perusal of Wikipedia to get up to speed on the latest in the SM and WW mythos.
You might see where this is going.
Face. Meet palm.
The process of exploring Clark and Diana was quite humbling. I had no idea that Kingdom Come even existed or Distant Fires or Red Son. It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s the truth.
After admitting I was an idiot, I had to do some reading, and as a result, I gained a much deeper appreciation of both characters. Especially Diana. In many ways, for me, she was a blank slate, but after reading Perez, I had a much better sense of what she could do. There came a point when I figured I’d learned enough, and for this I have you and Hellacre to thank. I had questions, and you two had answers. It shortened my learning curve by months.
My first fanfic, Angel Mine, is set in a world influenced by Smallville. There were meteor freaks galore as well as other heroes and villains whose powers were unrelated to kryptonite. But I wanted something smaller in scope; intimate. So I decided there would only be five hundred metas - heroes and villains. I also wanted something that seemed to lacking in the Superman mythos at the time: a sense of fun; how cool would it be to fly anywhere and hang out with WW or vice versa. Laugh a little, crack a smile, enjoy life, play some music, and dance.
Next came The Corrosive. I won’t give away many details about this story other than to say that this was a novel I wrote as a challenge to myself. In literature, there exists the idea of the ‘the unreliable narrator’. Basically, as a reader, we trust the narrator to tell us what’s going on, but what if he lies to us? That’s what I wanted to accomplish with The Corrosive. It’s up to the reader to see where my lies might be.
Finally, I wrote a sweet, little story titled First Meeting. It’s about Clark taking Diana over to meet Martha Kent for the first time.
With these stories, I learned to incorporate themes into my writing, ideas I have about the nature of morality, war, justice, punishment, and especially faith and love. I’ll always be grateful for that, and I loved writing Clark and Diana. One of my biggest regrets is that I don’t have time to continue doing so. I just have too many other stories demanding to be written.
HYSM&WW: Can you tell us about your novel A Warrior’s Path?
Davis: The Castes and the OutCastes is the title of the trilogy. Volume One - A Warrior’s Path is a kick-ass action tale with sword fights, duels, battles, and the threat of utter annihilation.
The story takes place on mythical world of Arisa where two millennia ago, a demon named Suwraith thundered into the skies and cast down the First World. In a single horrific night, a glorious age of enlightenment was ended, leaving the world in fearful darkness. Humanity survives by a thread, only surviving in cities protected by an Oasis, mysterious places impervious to Suwraith’s power. Throughout the rest of the world Humanity is an endangered species, fodder for Suwraith’s deadly Chimeras.
So, yes, this is a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s also different than what many might expect. For instance, despite the hardships Humanity faces, optimism and beauty still exists on Arisa. For example, the city of Ashoka, where much of the action takes place, is intended to be drop-dead gorgeous. Imagine a Roman Santorini with the colors, spices, and antiquity of India. That’s Ashoka. Also, I wanted characters that are decent and fun and undeniably good. These aren’t hard-bitten jackholes out to get what they can, be it by rape or by pillaging. I wanted something better. I wanted people who are uplifting. This is where Clark and Diana probably rubbed off on me more than I realized, and there are certainly aspects of them, especially Diana in one character in particular.
The idea of Castes have always fascinated me, and they are a recurring theme and element in my story. Despite the rigid hierarchal structure, I wanted to highlight the growth I firmly believe we all can accomplish. The idea of service as the highest form of leadership is also an idea I explore. And of course, there have to be relationships. A story isn’t complete without relationships. All kinds of relationships. I wanted deeply felt family ties; love of parents and siblings; bonds of friendships; and an open heart willing to love those who have been the worst but seek redemption. And of course romance, or at least the possibility of romance.
HYSM&WW: Can you tell us a little about your Writer’s Journey?
Davis: I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was fifteen years old. It was right after I read the Belgariad by David Eddings. I was so caught up in the adventures of Belgarath the Sorceror and young Garion that I promptly came up my own world. And dropped it. I started another one, and dropped it, too. I stopped and started a number of stories over the next few years, always flaming out about a hundred pages into the writing.
Eventually, I gave up. I mean, come on. Writing is hard work, and it’s a lot more fun to do other things like read, watch TV, go to the movies, play video games, etc. Then there were my other interests such as school, career, and family – you know, normal stuff.
After some time, I tried my hand at writing once again. I started and completed a fantasy novel titled Salvation. Success! Except that Salvation was awful. Godawful. Thankfully, no one will ever learn just how godawful since I lost it in a fire.
But at least I knew I could complete a novel. So, with great confidence, I attempted to fix that first, terrible book. Thus was born draft 2 of Salvation. And it, too, was horrible. I lost that version in the toilet.
Two drafts of a book, and they both sucked. I probably should have quit right then and there, but instead, I rewrote Salvation yet again. Some would say I’m determined; others, a masochist. Or maybe I’m a determined masochist. I lost that draft in a landfill, but hey, that’s progress.
That’s when I decided I just didn’t have the skills needed to tell the stories I wanted to tell. Thus, I wrote Angel Mine and The Corrosive.
After the fanfics came a novel for NanoWriMotitled The Sand Witch, another try at Salvation - this time it was only bad, and a screenplay, which I still like quite a lot as the concept is awesome.
The universe for A Warrior’s Path was something I’d thought of since the late 90s, but it didn’t breathe into life until a long car ride in India where I finally figured out the motivation for the main villain. Suwraith was born and so was A Warrior’s Path.
The first book is Volume One of a planned trilogy, The Castes and the OutCastes Volume Two, A Warrior’s Knowledge, should be out late this year. I’ve also got a set of short stories set in Arisa and featuring many of the same characters ready for release in August.
HYSM&WW: Can you tell us about your future projects?
Davis: After The Castes and the OutCastes, I’m going to expand on the screenplay I wrote into a series of graphic novels, and I’ll return to Salvation. This time it’ll be a series of 4-5 books rather than a stand alone. This time, I think I can get it right.
After that, I’m going back to The Sand Witch. It’s a short novel, but there’s so much world-building I’ve already invested into it, and I hate wasting work.
And if DC was willing to give an unknown a chance to write the novelization of SM/WW, I’d likely drop everything to get that done. Or maybe I won’t be an unknown at some point.
HYSM&WW: What tips to you have for budding writers, be that writing for fun, and or profit?
Davis: There are different kinds of advice for those who write for fun and those who write for profit, but there are also some aspects that are similar for both.
Writing is writing, and in order to write, you probably should love to read. If you don’t love to read or love the act of creation, writing won’t be for you because it is tedious and hard.
But just writing isn’t enough. You have to know your characters, your world, your plot, your themes. And sometimes at the beginning, you only have the vaguest idea of any of them, but it’s ok. That’s how George R.R. Martin started A Song of Ice and Fire. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment because if the make-it-up-on-the-fly style doesn’t work for you, then try an outline. I know of one fantasy/scifi author who narrates his novels on nature walks. He then goes home and transcribes what he wrote. Go with what works; not with what some book tells you to do.
Finally, the most important thing, is never quitting. In the beginning you will fail. So much of what you write will not be good, but if you trust yourself, the words will come. What you write will eventually reflect the thoughts in your head, closer and closer with each story.
The key to all this will eventually be editing. This is where writing for fun becomes writing for profit. To write for profit means you have to be willing to look at your work as critically as possible and make it shine as much as you can. It means putting in extra time on something you thought was done and making it even better. It means letting people who are good at critiquing, read your work and find the flaws. The same is done in writing for fun, but not to the same intensity. That aspect can be very humbling.
Finally, when you write for profit, there are so many avenues available to be published now. Hallelujah! For all the grief Amazon gets, without that company, I would never have a career as a paid writer. Independent publishing is hard, though. You have to do so much more, such as hiring a professional editor (if you can afford one), finding a great cover artist, and doing all the marketing. That was the path I took, and even then, it is no guarantee for success.
In the end, to write means taking a leap of faith. You hope that what you put on paper or the computer screen will resonate with someone and you sometimes have to push past the point of rationality to get the story to meet the thoughts and emotions in your mind. But it sure can be a blast!
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