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Tim Seeley on the freedom in making 'corporate' comics and how G.I. Joe sorta inspired Hack/Slash

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Jun 18, 2017, 6:51 PM EDT (Updated)

Writer-artist Tim Seeley is quite entertaining to sit down and talk with. Not just because he's quick-witted and an honest-to-goodness nerd who was brought up on Mego figures, but because of how incredibly diverse his comics career has been. He's done work-for-hire assignments on prestigious titles for the major publishers, and had the chance to launch creator-owned work. Things really got going for Seeley drawing G.I. Joe for Devil's Due Publishing, which was a double-edged sword for him. While he liked penciling the Joes, the restrictions of handling a corporate asset like G.I. Joe were pretty demanding.

In this extensive interview with SYFY Wire Contributing Editor Mike Avila, Seeley talks about the corporate mandates he had to work around. During the conversation, he explains how the handcuffs he had to deal with on G.I. Joe indirectly led to his creation of the highly successful -- and unlikely -- indie book, Hack/Slash. Seeley sounds genuinely surprised by how big a hit that comic turned out to be. One would think that he would be ready to swear off doing "corporate comics," but as Seeley explains, there is a certain type of freedom in only having to worry about your script and your deadline, and not all of the other elements a writer or artist has to worry about when it's a creator-owned book. Plus, he really, really digs working in the DC Universe.

Watch the video interview below, and then jump to the comments and let us know your thoughts.