Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Q&A: BUZZ DIXON, PT 1


For the next three days, we are posting our Q&A with Buzz Dixon, an accomplished writer in the fields of animation and comic books, with credits that include the popular shows G.I. Joe and Transformers (among many others) and a stint with Stan Lee Media. His latest creation is the manga series Serenity (Barbour Publishing)—two volumes are in stores now, with more arriving over the next few months.

Meet Serenity, a lonely teen from a broken family who just wants to be accepted--but who tends to lash out at others with anger and obnoxious sarcasm. At her new school, the Christian prayer group takes Serenity on as a "project," showing her friendship and love. . .but will even that be enough to crack her hard shell? Sharply illustrated in full color, BAD Girl in Town features realistic storylines and dialogue, and shares a solid biblical message with tween and teen girls. And Serenity's story only starts here--five more books are planned to release every other month starting in January.


Without further ado, we begin grilling Mr. Dixon ...

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PART 1.

Are you an “entertainer” or a “minister”?
"Entertainer," though some people might say "irritainer" would be a more apt description!

Who are your literary influences?
Ray Bradbury would be my primary literary influence since his writing seemed so wonderfully alive and poetic when I was twelve and just starting to become interested in writing.

Who are your spiritual influences?
Obviously Christ, with Paul and the writer of Ecclesiastes rounding out my primary Biblical influences. C.S. Lewis is probably the foremost modern spiritual influence.

What is the best thing anyone has ever said about one of your books?
"Where can I buy one?"

What is the worst thing anyone has ever said about one of your books?
"I don't care if we paid for it -- we're not publishing it!" (Martin Goodman in reference to a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET comic I wrote for Marvel waaaaaaay back in the 1980s.)

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Come back tomorrow for the next part of our Q&A. Find more info about Serenity or join the mailing list at www.SerenityBuzz.com. Find Buzz online at RealBuzz Studios.

Related links:
Q&A: BUZZ DIXON, PT 2
Q&A: BUZZ DIXON, PT 3
BUZZ DIXON AT PW COMICS WEEK

Other author Q&As:
ANNE RICE
TOM BUFORD
JAMES SCOTT BELL
RANDY SINGER
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