SYFY WIRE's very own Mike Avila sat down with one of comic's busiest writers — Josh Williamson — at New York Comic Con to get a brief rundown on what to expect from him in 2018 and figure out how he hits all his deadlines without going mad.
The Dark Knights Rising series Williamson is attached to co-write was announced at New York Comic Con. Members of the Justice League and Teen Titans searching the Multiverse after the events that take place in Dark Nights: Metal. The Flash, Cyborg, Raven, and Detective Chimp will have to outrun the Dark Knights. The creative team includes Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, and other creators to be announced.
If that wasn't enough work, Williamson is writing a new creator-owned mini-series that will be drawn by Riley Rossmo, titled Deathbed, under the Vertigo imprint. The story accounts a former opportunist that abruptly left the public eye and has re-emerged 20 years later.
"This guy was a world traveler," Williamson described. "He had many different careers. "He was a rock star, baseball player, an assassin, a dinosaur hunter. Every few years he got bored with what he was doing and he would do something else. He'd almost reinvent himself each time and become a myth. One day he disappeared and locked himself away, kinda like Citizen Kane. "One of the things that's most important to him is his story. He wanted to make sure it was very big and dynamic."
"When he realizes he was on his deathbed, he wants to make sure his story has the best ending possible," Williamson said.
The story starts when a reporter visits the Howard Hughes-type character to write his obituary. "She goes into it thinking she's going to meet this old man," Williamson said begrudgingly. "She enters this world of insanity that he's lived in this whole time, and so she finds out what happened to him and why he was gone."
Avila questioned how Williamson keeps track of his storylines and writes all these massive stories while keeping his editors happy. "I keep a really tight calendar on my phone and computer. There are times I get a little email and text that says this script is due tomorrow, and I'm like I know! I'll cuss at my phone and throw it across the room," Williamson joked. "How do you go from character to character and keep those voices straight," Avila asked. "I try not to do it on the same day," Williamson started. "I go for walks. While I'm walking, I'll record myself talking to myself. I'll try to play out a scene or whatever. Almost like a method actor. When I get home I'll listen to it, and I think I'm a crazy person," Williamson confessed.
"That's what your neighbors are saying," Avila quipped. "They're used to it now," Williamson answered.
Additional reporting by Henry Barajas.