Filed under: Interviews | Tags: Batman, Captain America, Heroes, Jeph Loeb, Thought Bubble, Tim Sale
One of the big highlights of Thought Bubble for me, and for many of the people I spoke to over the weekend, was the many big-name American guests in attendance. The CA gang were fortunate to speak to a few of them, including my personal favourite, artist Tim Sale.
Tim’s desk was permanently busy over the weekend, with Sale gladly signing and selling both an exclusive Elephantmen print and his Black And White Hardcover filled with plenty of his amazing sketches. He was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time for a chat before he started a busy day meeting fans. Here’s what he had to say:
You’ve obviously got a good history with Batman – is he a character you would consider going back to?
Absolutely, I love the character. I love drawing him, I never get tired of that. I’d love to go back and do Batman sometime.
Would you do it without Jeph Loeb?
That would make me sad! If I had to I would. Jeph is a big shot at Marvel now, so I don’t think he’s going back to DC any time soon.
Can you tell us a little about how you started working with Jeph and why you’ve had such a strong working relationship all these years?
Well it took a long time for us to figure out how to work together, and over the first five years of working together we tried maybe ten different ways. Primarily, for the early Batman stuff, it was over the phone and he would describe pages to me – this was before fax machine and certainly before computers. That allowed us to become friends because it allowed us to shoot the shit or refer to “remember that time in that movie when …” or “..when Neil Adams used to do that, let’s do a riff off of that..” kind of thing. We got to know each other better that way, so it was beneficial in that respect. We did become close friends, and that’s different from what a lot of comic teams have been in the past, in fact it used to be discouraged by editors and publishers, that everyone who worked on a comic together would know each other – they didn’t like that. I’m good friends with Richard Starkings now – Jeph actually has it written in his contract now that Richard is the only person who can letter his book.
You did some work for the TV show Heroes – do you think that was a good way of raising the profile of comic books?
No, I don’t think it did anything for comics. In fact I don’t think most of the movies do a lot for comics – they make a lot of money for the publishers, but I don’t think it leads to bringing more people into comic book stores.
Have you got any thoughts on the UK Comic scene in comparison to the US?
I don’t know much about it I’m afraid – ask Richard Starkings [sat at the table next to Tim] he is the UK comic scene!
What are you working on just now?
Captain America: White – I’m still working on that. I just finished an issue, so it will definitely come out. It’s with Jeph. It goes with Spider-man: Blue and Hulk: Grey. Issue #0 came out a while back, so you should see it late this year, early next year.
Tim Sale is probably most well known for his work with Jeph Loeb on several incredible Batman stories, including The Long Halloween, Dark Victory and Haunted Knight – if you haven’t read any, then I highly recommend them all. Together they’re also responsible for Superman for all Seasons and the Marvel colour books including Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-man: Blue and Captain America: White.
All photos courtesy of Fiona Watson Photography.
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