The raucous, loud, and passionate Sex Criminals fanbase was in full effect for a hilarious and revealing panel with Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction. We’d love to say there were a few big news bombs dropped, but 95% of the panel involved dirty jokes (mainly about Applebee’s), Zdarsky telling stories, and the love that Matt and Chip share. This was showcased by the cloudy variant cover for issue #1, a fan favorite wherever it goes, and Chip simply saying “that’s love.”
There were, however, a few insights about the series and the process involved with creation. The following remarks are from the live fan Q&A.
Q Did you get the rights from Queen? Will it be in the trade?
A Matt told the disappointed crowd that they weren’t able to get the song rights, and it went down to the wire for the new hardcover TPB being sold at the convention. There are some brand new post-it notes, so it’s worth picking up the hardcover if you haven’t yet.
Q- Was having no “fourth wall” completely planned? Is it fun narrating to the reader?
A There wasn’t actually any planning. It came out after the very first page. “Don’t judge us” was the first instance, and Matt said it “snowballed from there.” Their inspiration for the technique came from Grant Morrison’s seminal Kill Your Boyfriend. Issue #6 begins a new arc with John taking over primary narrator duties.
Q Do you have an ending planned? Or an issue number?
A Matt said “we have an ending planned. The final issue will be a flash forward profoundly far in time.” Chip jumped in with “It’s basically Terminator with boners.” Neither of them seemed to know the amount of issues, as nothing has been planned for that so far, but they’re going to continue as long as the fans love it and they love it.
Q For the writing process, how do you keep it funny but not get too juvenile?
A “It’s not juvenile?! We call it Cumworld!” Both creators agreed that as soon as it stopped becoming a book about John and started to tell the story of Susie, they had something more grounded and profound. Matt said they can “get away with all those feelings if they’re stuck in a joke-packed world.”
Matt: “I think I love Susie…”, Chip: “I think I do too…”. They went on to talk about how close and protective they feel about all the characters, so don’t expect anything too awful to happen to them in the near future.
Q How much of the visual humor is attributed personally to either Matt or Chip?
A Chip talked about “discovering the jokes as they go” and that they never second guess each other, only themselves. Matt said that creator-owned stuff tends to give in a bit more to the artist, and he was fine working with that. Chip likes to do everything, including the lettering. Chip starts most jokes, and then they collaborate and bounce ideas back and forth.
There’s definitely a lot of trust between the two, which shines pretty brightly throughout the pages of Sex Criminals. They ended by showing a never-before-seen teaser for the new arc:
“Sex is just a word. Love is a sentence.” The new issue #6, releases June 18, 2014.
Alex Smith is a news and reviews writer for Capeless Crusader. When not wasting away in class, he spends all his free time with comics, movies, and video games, and has been since birth. He can spend hours discussing Saga, Hawkeye, or Game of Thrones. Lying Cat’s number one fan. Random brain thoughts: @imapensfan