Off Panel #257: The Energy with Brian Michael Bendis
In this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer Brian Michael Bendis makes his debut appearance on the show to discuss…well, really a little of everything from his entire career. Bendis discusses how his background in art affects how he thinks about comics, working with artists who are friends versus those who aren’t, learning on the job, where Marvel was when he started, his uncertainty in telling superhero stories, the greatness of the aughts at Marvel, what he learned from Avengers Disassembled, longevity, the power of fear in creation, Miles Morales, the importance of change, the unique challenges of the X-Men, the importance of paying it forward, whether certain art styles fit his work better, openness to new ideas, the roots of Wonder Comics, balancing multiple projects, and more.
You can find Bendis on Twitter, Instagram and his work in Action Comics, Superman, Legion of Super-Heroes, Young Justice, and more.
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Header art is from the cover of the first volume of Bendis’ Action Comics run, art by Ryan Sook. Off Panel’s theme music is an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!