Have you ever wondered what Harley Quinn and Dean Winchester from Supernatural might have in common? Or maybe Bruce Wayne and Teddy Roosevelt? Honestly, Season 1-5's version of Dean probably would have totally dug the New 52's version of Harley Quinn. Adam Glass, a writer most prominently known for his time spent working on CW's Supernatural. His contributions to The New 52's Suicide Squad, currently co-running Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, and his latest venture with the creator-owned AfterShock Comics in the form of Teddy R's Rough Riders, with artist Pat Ollfie.
When a person reaches these heights, it's only natural to know if he has any secrets about the business, or what exactly does it take to reach that level of success? I recently had the privilege to chat with Adam Glass, and he was everything that a member of the SPN Family has come to expect out of one another. Adam Glass started out writing comics for Marvel, and then soon moved to DC, which is normal in the industry. He worked on numerous television jobs until he reached Supernatural, and he had this to say, "The Supernatural Family has changed my life. I’ve met so many people through it, and continued to meet people through it. I’ll continue to feel blessed to be part of it." Lastly, it's not all roses with Adam Glass -- he stated that he likes Batman over Spider-Man, which is a provocative stance to take on the two most popular superheroes in today's culture.
Adam started out in the comic industry in 2004, meeting Mike Benson, who was currently working at Marvel writing Moon Knight. Before that, he lived out of his car in New York, and he stayed committed to his passion. And now he's currently co-running Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, and has his own comic with AfterShock Comics. For all those inspiring writers out there -- listen up, or read closer, for his advice on what it takes to make it:
That’s one of the tricky questions – it opens the door to so many different answers. I believe writers write. You have to write all the time. Also, you have to be a gigantic fan of writing – you have to love it so much that you can’t see yourself doing anything else. You have to keep writing to get better, and it sounds simple, but I do believe that you will find your layer, and don’t be afraid to take chances, write stories that no one else is writing.
If there was one thing that the critics agreed with during Suicide Squad's theatrical release was the stellar performance from Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. The DCEU is one of the most divisive topics among comic book fans, and yet they're still outperforming every other franchise except Marvel and Star Wars at the box office. Can you even picture a world where Harley Quinn isn't on the Suicide Squad, or even worse; a world without the most dangerous villains that the DC Universe have to offer to assemble Task Force X? We all owe a bit of gratitude:
When I was growing up as kid, I used to read John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad, and I was a big fan of it. DC hasn’t done anything in awhile with it – I thought it would be an interesting book for the fans – and I like Harley Quinn to be in it. At first DC was skeptical, but Harley would give an energy to it, and if we’re living in a real world, and we’re trying to ground things. So, if you were an employee of Arkham Asylum and you were turned by another prisoner, that’s the last place, they’re going to put you in. I wanted to see Harley’s character portrayed in a story that doesn’t pertained the Joker, and she could be more than a love interest.
When some people hear the words, Rough Riders, they may have the tendency to shut em' down and open up shop on people-- or simply have recollections of one of the greatest presidents in United States history. I recently had an opportunity to speak with AfterShock Comics' Editor-in-Chief, Mike Marts, and Adam Glass reciprocated the feelings of the freedom allowed with creator-owned projects, and the opportunities that it affords the creative teams behind their comics. Rough Riders is currently on its sixth issue and the first volume is due out this very December. The whole Bruce Wayne and Teddy Roosevelt comparison is best left to the professional:
I’m a giant history fan; I’ve always been a giant history fan. I study history in college. There was always something about Teddy Roosevelt ever since a certain age. The more I learned about him historically – he was the original Bruce Wayne, he came from incredible wealth, and spent his life as common man. Trying to better his life and he has this amazing journey. He trained his body to survive at a very young age to. He loses both his mother and wife on the same day – his wife from child birth, and they were right across the hall from one another. He then picks up and leaves New York, where he has a beautiful life, and he moves to Badlands of the Dakotas to become a cowboy. He comes back four years later as a changed man. Without Teddy, we wouldn’t have a lot of the things that are around today.
This young man's name is Aidan Glass, and he's probably already cooler than most people you know, interviewing the likes of Ben Edlund (The Tick, Angel, Supernatural, Gotham) and Oscric Chau or a.k.a Kevin Tran. The internet can sometimes be a place where anonymity goes to people's head, or more times than not, there's people doing their best to create something that'll brighten up your day. Also, one must commend putting yourself out there at such a young age -- just think what you were doing at that age?
Ever since my son was very little, he could build a log cabin out of Legos. He then used this as form of therapy for his dyslexia, and this has been very helpful to keep him calm during times that he struggled with certain material. And one day he said that he would like to do his own You Tube show, and within an hour he came back with this idea to interview people while we build with Legos. We then discussed who could be the first guest, and Ben (Edlund) has been a friend of the family for awhile, so it only felt natural. So, with nothing but putting it out on the internet, we got over 1500 hits, and 75 subscribers.
The entertainment industry is a group effort, with most projects' inception being in that of a writer's mind. Imagine if Adam Glass did not have the idea of putting Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad -- would that movie still have grossed over $700 million worldwide without her, more than likely that movie would never get made without the phenomenon known as Dr. Quinzel? Or taking something as unique as comparing a beloved president to second best hero out today? Supernatural is by-no-way small, but he states that it'll be the greatest thing he's ever been apart of in his career. He's currently working on Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, and he's one of the few to actually make it in the industry. Lastly, as part of the SPN Family -- it's always nice to see your family doing extremely well in life!
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DO YOU THINK WE WOULD HAVE SAW SUICIDE SQUAD ON THE BIG SCREEN WITHOUT HARLEY QUINN?