SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila caught up with Orlando and Russell on the red carpet for details about DC's Justice League of America/Young Animal crossover (Young Animal is a DC imprint curated by Gerard Way) "Milk Wars" and reinventing Hanna-Barbera's Snagglepuss as a gay Southern playwright in 1950s New York.
"I'm still doing Justice League of America and Supergirl, but Justice League is crossing over with Gerard Way's Doom Patrol in January for an event called "Milk Wars." The first time the Young Animal's crossed over with the DC Universe," Orlando told us.
Calling it the strangest event book DC's done in a long time, the comic writer explained how they up with these wacky ideas. "It's a microcosm of every conversation Gerard and I have: 'what if we do an event and the villain is a malevolent dairy corporation because isn't milk just weird?' and I'm like 'yeah man, milk is weird.' And then I go away and find of way to sort of… we figure out how to make that a narrative."
Following his stint on The Flintstones, Russell is now putting an intriguing fresh spin on Hanna-Barbera's anthropomorphic pink mountain lion Snagglepuss in Exit Stage LEFT: The Snagglepuss Chronicles. The writer explained how he came up with the pitch for this new comic, which originated on social media. "I started out on Facebook. I was just kind of writing funny lines of like Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss kind of talking as sort of southern gothic playwrights," Russell said. "My editor said 'you know you could actually do this as a comic."
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Additional material by Nathalie Caron.