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Richard


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My first-ever "real time" interview, you can see what a dumb idiot I am during this one... have a great Christmas, all, I hope you enjoy it:

http://www.fantasticfourheadquarters.co.uk/blog/tom-defalco-interview



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Great interview. I had forgotten all the hats he was wearing when he did the FF and of course Lyja will ALWAYS be my favorite girl for Johnny. Of course if Marvel were to ever get Ron to lure him in again I'd want to see more of his Thunderstrike. What a great legacy-legacy character.




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Thanks CC, glad you liked it.

I did have some questions prepped specific to his run, but when it became clear it was a long time ago for him I adjusted on the fly. But I think we still managed to cover a number of bases, and there were definitely things he said that I wasn't aware of, in regards the behind-the-scenes.



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The big take away.. he put it right there HOW to write the FF.. as well as a well deserved swipe at the modern decompressed story telling that's infected the industry. So would you say you prefer the live, interactive interview process to the electronic type, now?




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Very well done. It has a great flow and tone and seems like you both enjoyed that interview. Having spoken with Tom weeks ago, I recall him not really being big on decompressed storytelling (*Hickman* *cough*).




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    Very well done. It has a great flow and tone and seems like you both enjoyed that interview. Having spoken with Tom weeks ago, I recall him not really being big on decompressed storytelling (*Hickman* *cough*).


Oh yes, one thing I forgot... to give you a shout out. When I read your "I met Tom, he was a friendly guy", I added him to my list of people to try.

I was a bit nervous because my write-ups of his run were less than flattering, but I've now taken them down to revise, taking on board things mentioned in this interview.



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Just got my phone bill.... £61.33 for the call.

That was worth it, right?



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Just got my phone bill.... £61.33 for the call.

That was worth it, right?



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You should have done Skype. Much cheaper.




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    You should have done Skype. Much cheaper.


Sorry about the duplicate post there, must have had a glitch.

I was too embarrassed about anyone in the house overhearing, so I booked a hotel room for the night... with no wi-fi in the room. It was a cheap hotel, what can I say?

That's a point, that was £35. Altogether I forked out over £90 for this... but I think it's worth it, somehow, in the name of FF love.



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LOL! Why?!! What's to be embarrassed about?




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    LOL! Why?!! What's to be embarrassed about?


It saves awkward explanation of "don't mind me for an hour, just off to talk to someone about comic books for a website."

Besides which, due to the time difference, this was a late call for me.



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Finally got around to reading your interview with Tom. Great job. Definitely worth it. Two of my favorite Tom Defalco MTIO issues were discussed. He clearly understands what ingredients are needed for a successful FF run in the future. Hopefully Marvel will take note.

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    Finally got around to reading your interview with Tom. Great job. Definitely worth it. Two of my favorite Tom Defalco MTIO issues were discussed. He clearly understands what ingredients are needed for a successful FF run in the future. Hopefully Marvel will take note.



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Thank you Mark, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I did want to get into specifics in some cases (like did he hate Reed's character? Why was Dr. Doom a drug dealer? for just two examples) but as the conversation went on, it was clear that this wouldn't be something he'd remember that well.

(Although the interview is written up to something like a 95% representation of the conversation, it's not verbatim. Some of the dumbness of my questions have been cleaned up for clarity - I got nervous, what can I say? - and lots of Tom's "errrrrrrrrrrr..." have been removed for the same reason. But each "errrrrrrrrrrr" told a story, and I had to react accordingly)



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