Name: Troy Hickman

Bio: I write funnybooks. Among them are the Eisner-nominated Common Grounds, the Pilot Season-winning Twilight Guardian (the first issue of which just came out; for the love of Zod, run to the comics shop!), City of Heroes (and I've also written for the game itself), Witchblade, the Incredible Hulk (in ACTOR Comics Presents), Turok, and a bunch of other stuff. I also teach at a college, but that's not nearly as much fun...

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    April 23, 2011 3:48 pm Actually, I'm glad that you did, Mac. I've already posted a thread on Facebook about it that has spawned a lot of interesting comments, and I'm thinking about doing a piece about it for my column at Newsarama.

    Here's one of the things that I find most interesting: literally less than two days before you posted your review, I heard from a big fan of the TG comic who was very disappointed that I had used TG #4 to "preach" my pro-objectivism politics! So depending on who's reading it, I'm either doing a crude, insulting, slanderous hatchet job on Ditko and his philosophy, or I'm using the comic as my pulpit to proselytize the gospel of Rand! Ha! It's really amazing what two pages out of an eighty page story can bring out...sort of a...(wait for it)...Rorschach test, might we say? ;)

    And I think it's probably because politics are such an inflammatory topic. I assume it is, because no one accused my Punisher-type parody in TG of being an indictment of gun violence, or my British/Vertigo parody of being a scathing criticism of boiled meats and dark beers!

    I'm just happy you recognized it as a parody of Mr. A. What I'm afraid is that far too many comic fans these days are unfamiliar with Ditko's objectivist stuff, which, while not as accessible as his mainstream work, is the best example of his ART in its pure form, unrestrained and unedited. Believe me, I'm the last person in comicdom who would ever take a shot at Mr. Ditko and his work that has meant so much to me.

    Anyway, though, thanks so much for your comments, and the fact that you went into such depth with them. It means a lot, sincerely.

    Oh, and if by "issue 0" you mean the Pilot Season issue, if you don't want to wait for the trade, you can read it here:
    April 23, 2011 9:25 am Sorry it didn't grab you as much as some folks, Mac. I'd go into detail about some of what you talk about, but I'd rather not ruin it for those who haven't read it yet (though if you'd like to discuss it in private, that's no problem). The only thing I'll say is that my viewpoint is not in opposition to you put it, "far from it"... ;)
    April 20, 2011 1:51 pm Touche, good sir! And y'know, there's probably a good story in there...
    April 19, 2011 6:36 pm What if we blow up her world? Ha, gotcha there, eh?
    April 18, 2011 7:49 pm I'm curious as to how Twilight Guardian will finish up, too. I'm putting my money on the entire area being hit by a meteor and TG will just patrol a nine-block crater from now on...
    March 26, 2011 5:39 am As I recall, PG's first appearance was in All-Star Comics #58 back in '76 (I remember buying it when it hit my local drugstore; yes, I'm decrepit). She was part of the "Super Squad." She showed some cleavage back then, but it was reasonable cleavage. She didn't start smuggling beanbag chairs under her shirt until a bit later...
    March 19, 2011 7:48 pm She's covering a flaming head with that hoodie...
    March 18, 2011 9:19 pm It's the nature of comics; you never realize your mistakes until the book is on the stands... ;)

    No, I'm glad you caught it. I wonder if it's possible for them to change it before the TPB. If not, I'm still going with my first excuse!

    Good to hear you dig the book. I hope you like the big conclusion, when we find out that Twilight Guardian is a Skrull, and...

    March 18, 2011 3:47 pm

    Meagan, I believe you asked me about this in an email, but I'll answer it here, for all the world to see: I screwed up! Yeah, that am/pm thing happens at least once an issue, and usually either I catch it or my editor does. But not here. Mea culpa.

    HOWEVER, in classic Marvel No-Prize fashion, let's see if I can fix this. See, the captions appear EXACTLY like they do in TG's journal, and as you've read, she's not been thinking clearly of late, so MAYBE she wrote down "pm" when she meant "am"...

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

    P.S. Hey, at least I didn't have Hercules tow Manhattan back into place, backwards, with a chain...

    March 17, 2011 10:35 pm In fact, I wrote the damned thing as a litmus test for cool...