Guest Q&A: Greg Rucka

Our headlining guest for 2013, Greg Rucka, should need no introduction to comic book fans. His work on Marvel and DC titles such as The Punisher, Batman and Wonder Woman has been as well-received as his creator-owned works such as Queen & Country, Whiteout and his latest, Lazarus. Rucka is also a best-selling author of almost two dozen novels, and a multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winner. He’ll be the star of a spotlight program on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.

1. What is your greatest fear?

Greg RuckaDisappointing those I love.

2. On what occasion do you lie?

I don’t need an occasion. I do it professionally.

3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to be more generous of spirit and more tolerant of those I disagree with.

4. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

That thus far my two children are kind, intelligent, and caring human beings who put others before themselves more often than not. I’m not sure I can take that much credit, but if that’s my legacy, I can die a very contented man.

5. What do you most dislike about yourself?

The deep-seated resentment I’m capable of harboring over things that shouldn’t bother me at all.

6. What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty.

7. The quality you most admire in a person?

Integrity.

8. What supernatural gift would you most like to possess?

Invulnerability.

9. What is your favorite food?

I’m fond of good BBQ and good sushi. Make of that what you will.

10. What is your favorite color?

I’m partial to greens.

11. Who is your favorite fictional character?

There’s not just one.

12. Who is your favorite person in history?

Probably John and Abigail Adams. Yes, that’s two.

13. Who is your favorite artist?

Are you asking professionally or…? Are you speaking of visual or performance? See, these kinds of questions… they’re problematic as hell.

14. Who is your favorite musician?

I’m very fond of Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and Charlie Parker. I can listen to Nina Simone for hours. I like the Pogues, and Joe Jackson, and Dave Frishberg.

15. Who are your favorite writers?

Rex Stout always brings me joy. Hemingway always teaches me about my craft. Lawrence Block inspires me, as does my wife, Jennifer Van Meter.

16. Who are your heroes in real life?

I don’t know their names. They’re the men and women we don’t see and often never hear about who have dedicated their lives to make our own better – the doctors, the scientists, the engineers and soldiers and spies and civil servants who draw a wage and do a job and make it possible for the rest of us to live and thrive.

17. DC, Marvel, Lovecraft or Whedon Universe?

DC, despite everything they’ve done to change that.

18. What is your present state of mind?

A little annoyed, frankly. I find questionnaires like this problematic, and probably give them more thought than they’re due.

19. What is your motto?

Write now.

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