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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 95

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 95 - Interview with Alan Brennert

In this very special episode, I talk with comics writer, TV writer, and author Alan Brennert about his career both in and out of comics. Alan has written classic stories for BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, DAREDEVIL, DETECTIVE COMICS, and his newest book is PALISADES PARK, available from St. Martin's Press.

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Opening theme, "That Time is Now," by Michael Kohler. Closing music by Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge of The Bad Mamma Jammas! http://www.facebook.com/BadMammaJammas

Alan Brennert's Comicography:
Batman:Gotham Knights #10
Batman:Holy Terror
Brave and the Bold #178
Brave and the Bold #181
Brave and the Bold #182
Brave and the Bold #197
Christmas with the Super-Heroes #2
Daredevil #192
Detective Comics #500
Secret Origins #50
Star Trek #12
Wonder Woman #231/232 (w/Pasko)

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Earth 2 Chris said...

Excellent interview Rob. It was so great to hear Mr. Brennert talk about these stories. These tales went a long way toward cementing my love for comics, and knowing some of the behind-the-scenes factoids is very fulfilling to my inner 8-year old (which I tend to wear on the outside as well).


Count Drunkula said...

It took me a good week to listen to this entire episode but it was terrific. When you mentioned interviewing Alan Brennert on the previous "summit" episode, I knew it would be an extra special treat for your regular listeners and fans of his work.

I loved hearing how he got started and how he collaborated with Marty Pasko, Paul Levitz, Denny O'Neil and Dick Giordano. It was nice to hear him clear the air regarding "Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot" and whether or not he and Mark Waid pulled one over on DC. "It was drawn by the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF!" Well said.

I think my heart stopped for a two seconds when he revealed that he could have taken over Daredevil permanently after Frank Miller left. Unfortunately, we only got the one issue--or episode as he would say.

For purely selfish reasons, I was thrilled to hear him talk about the Black Canary story in SECRET ORIGINS #50. It was great to hear that his favorite part of the story was also mine--the scene where Wildcat tells Li'l Dinah about his missing son. It's kind of a strange little beat in the story, because it doesn't seem like it's about Black Canary at all, but really it is. The story is about choice one makes to put on a costume and the choice to have a family, and whether or not those choices ought to be mutually exclusive. In the end, it's very much what drove a wedge between mother and daughter Canary.

Here's hoping Mr. Brennert's career in comics isn't over. Maybe he could write for The Charlton Arrow.