Batman: The Long Halloween's Tim Sale Talks About Working with Jeph Loeb (Emerald City Comic Con)

ECCC 2018: Batman: The Long Halloween’s Tim Sale on working with Jeph Loeb

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Mar 3, 2018

Eisner Award-winning artist Tim Sale has been in the comic book business for more than two decades where he has been producing some legendary art work for both Marvel and DC Comics.

He’s also widely known for his long-time (and fruitful) collaboration with comic writer and Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb, with the comic book duo producing some amazing work over the course of 20 years; including the 13-issue limited series Batman: The Long Halloween, as well as Marvel’s “color” books Spider-Man: Blue, Daredevil: Yellow, and Hulk: Grey. Just to name a few.

During this weekend’s Emerald City Comic Con, Sale took the time to stop by SYFY WIRE’s Live Stage (which, as you know, we are streaming live) where he chatted with us about his long-time collaboration with Loeb, revealing the writer’s early work process.

"When we started working together, he had never written a comic before, and I’d done some work but never worked in the superhero field before,” Sale told us. “He lived in L.A., I live in Seattle, and he would call and describe a comic to me. I learned later that what he did was get a legal pad and take a credit card [and draw around the card] and that would be a page, and he’d make notes in there. And then he would call and say ‘okay, page one,’ and I would do kind of the same on my end—not with the credit card—and that allowed us to learn each other’s way of thinking, how many frames of references we shared."

Sale then went on to talk about them liking much of the same things growing up, adding "Over the years, that became he could write a full script for me but it’s much lighter than what other people would consider a full script. There’s just barely any description." Don't forget to dig into our exclusive interview above for more and chime in with your thoughts in the comments below.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.

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