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Writer Glenn Matchett

1) On what project are you currently working?

I'm cooking a few things at the moment! I'm working on a sequel to the critically acclaimed and award nominated one-shot "Sparks" I did last year. It's called "Sparks: The Way I Was" and will feature art by Sparks co-creator Kell Smith who is brilliant to work with. Like I'm sure many indie writers are doing, I'm going to try my luck at submitting to Oni press. I'm going to throw two sci-fi pitches and a horror pitch which I hope they enjoy.

I'm also working on "The Immortals" with Dan Laurer which is based on an idea I've had since I was in my teens. The concept has evolved so much but basically its about a world where the premier super hero team protects it by ruling it through oppression. The one shot myself and Dan are producing features a look at how it all started and Dan's featured some lovely roughs on his Twitter @dl5315 .

Also waiting on two anthologies I'm doing with Alterna and Outre press being published. Those stories are being drawn by Dan and an artist named Alena Lane and I'm very proud of both and look forward to seeing them both in print!

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

There are a lot of great people I've met in the industry. Some you've heard of and some you've not heard of. I probably admire J.M. Dematteis the most for a few reasons.

He's an exceptionally talented writer who has stood the test of time to have a career lasting 4 decades or so. He's worked on every major character and had some legendary runs. 

He's the writer that wrote the comic that made me want to write comics. He's also such a nice guy who said incredibly gracious things about my work. I think if any of us had half the career he's had, we'd be very lucky.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

Through the Jinxworld message board with an anthology that was set up there.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

That's a tough one. There are so many characters I'd love to write but I don't think you should limit yourself either because you have to sometimes, as a writer step out of your comfort zone. I know next to nothing about say...Green Lantern but I would hardly tell DC to find someone else if I was fortunate enough to write it!

At the moment, I have this pull leading me towards Wonder Woman and I'm not sure why. She's a brilliant character and probably the most recognizable female heroine anywhere but by and large she plays third wheel to Batman and Superman by quite a fair margin and that shouldn't be the case.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I want to get the projects I'm working on out there! 

I just love writing comics so I'll find something to do. I had a crazy idea to do an anthology full of my own stories but that'll take some time and $$$$$ to put together. The former I can always find, the latter? Not so much.

A project I hold very dear to my heart, "Living With Death," seems to be besieged by poor fortune. It's original issue came out two years or so ago now and due to no support from the publisher and issues with the artist and then a replacement artist its just floundered.

I tried a Kickstarter to pay a new artist but sadly, that did not work. It kills me to think of it sitting gathering dust and every day I try to think of a new way to get it back up and running.

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(posted June 1, 2015)