Matt Fraction has been a pretty big deal in the comic-book world for a while, dating back to his Uncanny X-Men days and his Eisner-winning work on Invincible Iron Man at Marvel. By the end of 2013, though, he was an even bigger deal thanks to the dual successes of Hawkeye at Marvel (we're still waiting for that final issue!) and Sex Criminals at Image. The latter book absolutely exploded when it debuted. It was named the best comic of 2013 by Time magazine, it inspired a massive fandom known as "Brimpers," and sales of the series are still going very strong.
Thanks to that continued success, Fraction got to up his national attention level a little bit this week with an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Comic-book writers don't get to do talk shows much, but Meyers is a major comics fan. He had Brian Michael Bendis on his show a few months back to talk about everything from Miles Morales to Secret Wars, and last night it was Fraction's turn to chat about Sex Criminals, Hawkeye and sex tips.
After explaining the premise of Sex Criminals (two people who can stop time when they have sex use this ability to rob a bank, then it gets much more complicated) to the studio audience, Fraction and Meyers dove into Hawkeye, and Fraction explained the appeal of the book all over again.
"The book was really about what Hawkeye does when he goes home to do his laundry," he said. "It’s like Hawkeye on his day off. To me, he’s like the human heart and soul of The Avengers, so it was fun to do a book like that about someone who kind of compulsively can’t stop helping people, even when he is a human c***sack.”
The main focus of the appearance, though, was Sex Criminals. The first omnibus collection of the series, Big Hard Sex Criminals, is out now, and after explaining the dynamics of the book, Fraction took a moment to tenderly read some sex tips from the series aloud to the audience.
"Our readers are amazing, and they started to write in and ask us for advice," he said. "So yeah, we wanted to do what we could to help out."
You can watch Fraction's full interview on the NBC website (click to about the 35:30 mark for just his stuff), and check out a clip (which includes the sex tips bit) below.