Marvel may have a new Captain America, but Publisher’s Week Comics Week knows what the big news of last week was judging by their interview with Brian K. Vaughn:
PW Comics Week: You’ve talked about how Y is the story of the last boy becoming the last man. What do you know now that you wish you’d known six years ago, when you started writing it?
Brian K. Vaughan: I like to think I’ve grown a lot as a writer and as a human being, but… have you ever read “Twilight,” that Alan Moore proposal that he wrote for DC? There’s a very clever bit in there about young John Constantine [the magician from the Hellblazer series] battling with old John Constantine, and young Constantine is taunting his future self. That’s kind of what this series has been like—the ending is largely what I came up with when I was a dopey kid who first pitched the idea to Vertigo. I’ve always wondered: “Shouldn’t I come up with a better ending? Why do I have such allegiance to this younger kid?” But he was the one who was smart enough to get this story off the ground. So if I could go back in time and tell myself something, I think I’d just say, “go, fuck up, and it’ll turn out when I pick up the pieces down the line.”
Also in this week’s newsletter: A look at Japan’s (and by extension America’s) lolita subculture; Amy Reeder Hadley talks about her Fool’s Gold series for Tokyopop (not to be confused with the Kate Hudson movie opening Friday); a new book uncovers comics trailblazer Jackie Ormes; Archaia debuts the “Mayan cyberpunk” book The Long Count; and the best-seller list for February (Naruto, Naruto, Naruto and Diary of A Wimpy Kid).