Comic Book Resources just posted an interview between Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian M. Bendis and director / screenwriter / playwright David Mamet, who recently added comic book writer and artist to his long list of credits. Mamet recently released a new collection of superhero comics he wrote and drew entitled The Trials of Roderick Spode: The Human Ant and from the sound of it, the thing should be pretty damn funny. I mean, we're talking about the guy that wrote and adapted a film version of Glengarry Glen Ross and more recently wrote a scathing insider's look at "the Hollywood system" called Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Hollywood System. It's fitting that Bendis should talk to Mamet as his style of terse, ping-ponging dialogue is an acknowledged direct descendant of Mamet's writing. Here are some highlights from their conversation:
On what Mamet enjoys drawing so much: "To be able to go to the desk in the morning, when I have so much work to do, and instead of doing something that's work - which is writing - to be able to put all that crap aside and take out a sheet of paper and some colored pencils, that, to me, is the fun. And it's also challenging, since my abilities are limited, to figure out with those limited abilities if I am or am not capable of expressing and idea graphically."