The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff: Jason Aaron

The WOLVERINE: WEAPON X writer discusses his background and joining Marvel’s newest creative initiative

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By Kevin Mahadeo Certain people just have "The Write Stuff." Marvel proudly announces its "The Write Stuff" promotion, which will shine the spotlight on a quartet of up-and-coming writers in the same "Young Guns" has highlighted some of the industry's top artists over the past several years. Over the next four days, Marvel.com will unveil the names participating in this initiative and introduce you to the writers of tomorrow.
 

WOLVERINE #73
cover by
Adam Kubert

Jason Aaron never once stopped being a comic book fan—and that commitment helped drive the Alabama-born writer to become one of the hottest names currently at working at Marvel Comics and a key member of Marvel's "Write Stuff" quartet. "I've been buying [comics] consistently for a long, long time," Aaron admits. "I've always stayed a fan. I've also known for a pretty young age that I wanted to write. I remember in sixth grade I wrote a story called, 'Charlie Brown and the Chainsaw.' I wrote stuff back then that would maybe get you expelled in today's society. But I had some great teachers who always encouraged me to keep writing and I always stuck with it." Through fiction writing courses in college, drafting short stories in his free time and even a stint in journalism, Aaron continuously honed his craft to become the best he is at what he does, all while consistently consuming comics. And although it took a while for Aaron's two worlds to collide, once it did his rise to stardom went faster than Quicksilver on a coffee binge. With his four-issue "Get Mystique" arc in WOLVERINE, the writer clawed his way into the minds of readers and gained enough popularity to receive his own ongoing series starring the ol' Canucklehead, WOLVERINE: WEAPON X. His time writing GHOST RIDER has combined continuity and comedy into an over-the-top run that showcased the penman's ability to ride alongside some of

GHOST
RIDER #35
cover by
Arthur Suydam

the best in the business. When informed of his "Write Stuff" status, the writer expressed nothing but joy and appreciation of not only the honor, but also at his recent and upcoming assignments. "So far the workload's been great," says Aaron of his multitude of Marvel projects. "This past year or so I've been able to balance a couple of sustained runs with short stints. I did a BLACK PANTHER story, a couple of Wolverine ones here and there and I most recently did a Fat Cobra one-shot [as part of the IMMORTAL WEAPONS limited series]. It's good to mix things up—focus on the ongoing [titles] but mix in a few other things here and there. It always keeps things interesting. I've never had time to get bored with anything that I'm working on." Coming up, the always busy Aaron finishes a two-part story with artist Adam Kubert that began in WOLVERINE #73, on sale now, and concludes his GHOST RIDER stint with the six-issue limited series GHOST RIDER: HEAVEN'S ON FIRE beginning in August. However, despite already tackling characters like Wolverine, Ghost Rider and Black Panther, the Kansas City scribe readily admits to two comic characters he especially wants to write. "I'm a huge Fantastic Four fan in general, but in particular I love Ben Grimm," enthuses Aaron. "I get to write him for just one panel in WOLVERINE #73. I managed to wedge him in to one panel with his regular poker game. I would love to write the Thing in an

WOLVERINE:
WEAPON X #2
cover by
Ron Garney

extended story. Maybe I can have him swing a guest spot in WEAPON X at some point. That'll be really cool. Another character I would love to write is Longshot. I'm a huge fan of the old Ann Nocenti and Art Adams miniseries. I would love to put him back to the Mojoverse and back to his roots. [I like] the manic energy of it, the craziness of that world." As his star continues to rise, Aaron's chance at writing those two characters doesn't seem like such a long shot. But as for the definitive future, while readers won't be seeing the aforementioned "Charlie Brown and the Chainsaw" any time soon—although the writer jokingly suggested he call the Schulz representatives to work it out—Aaron admits to a big fall project involving him and his fellow "Write Stuff" writers and leaves readers with a little, but extremely exciting tease. "I'll just say that I'm getting to live out one of my biggest comic fantasies and I'm getting to play with some Grant Morrison toys. I'm a huge Grant Morrison fan, and while I can't say what those toys are going to be, it'll definitely be a lot of fun." Come back tomorrow as we reveal another "Write Stuff" writer here on Marvel.com! Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now! Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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      16 comments
      scotland-the-brave
      scotland-the-brave

      Heard of Chesterquest - the multi-country Marvel talent search for new artists?Heard of Comic Book Idol where Marvel and DC editors judge artists where the winner gets the chance to work on a Marvel comic?Marvel sponsors artist talent searches but has no way for writers to get their start at Marvel unless you're the friend of someone working there. They won't even look at your work unless you have some sort of connection.Any artist can show their work to editors at Marvel and get feedback and help.Writers are told to take a hike.

      lost_fables
      lost_fables

      Has anyone head of Marvel young Guns? The fact people thought this was a writing contest is laughable, and it shows how young most people posting here are. Take a look at the stock market or CNN for that matter. Marvel isn't gonna hire Hey Protein boy for his awful Peanuts plot. Hey protein! Have you ever heard of copyright.(ie: peanuts, I'm sure Marvel doesn't own that. Nor do I think you could buy those rights.) Before you try to publish anything you should check that out. Anyways a marvel writing contest sounds like a complete waste of time. If everyone here thinks their that good you should publish yourself and let nature take its course. ONE LOVE The Founder of Lost Fables

      notapotatoe
      notapotatoe

      @squirrel :I'd like you to know I appreciated the way you reacted.Thanks .

      notapotatoe
      notapotatoe

      @michaelblake:I'm not an insultive kinda type of guy, I apologized for my syntax and my lack of vocab and I could not do more to not offense protein' aesthetic sense. I just can't stand these kind of people' reaction: I KNOW that one day my pitch ( 'Peanuts : Twenty years after'..to this point, I've to say the title again ) WILL ONE DAY FIND HIS AUDIENCE and get the success everybody can already sense in it, and this is what I'm calling being 'narrow-minded', which is realizing that another person had a wonderful idea, but not admitting it openly..

      MichaelBlake
      MichaelBlake

      @notapotatoe - Calling people "narrow-minded" because they don't see the "genius" of your story is not the way to handle it. You have your opinion and he has his. If your story is good; then people will notice - it just takes time. The way to not get your story published is by insulting random people on the internet. Stay professional and people will notice.As for the Write Stuff - I would also like to see a writing contest, but this is neat as well. Gives some spotlight to some modern writers. Everyone knows Stan Lee, Frank Miller and Allan Moore, and now people will know get to know the new guys. I think this was a great idea, but perhaps they should have given us a heads up on the first post about The Write Stuff. Just a simple communication error, but it’s done and over now.Also, now that Marvel sees how many people want a writing contest; perhaps that will be put into motion as well. I hope so and am personally looking forward to it.

      bulgarianyogurt
      bulgarianyogurt

      I'll just say that I'm getting to live out one of my biggest comic fantasies and I'm getting to play with some Grant Morrison toys. I'm a huge Grant Morrison fan, and while I can't say what those toys are going to be, it'll definitely be a lot of fun."Maybe Mr Aaron is talking about 'Skrull kill krew', which could be good news...the current ongoing is a little too light-hearted to me : Skrulls just went on loosing a massive invasion, I'm surprised to see them partying like they do in each episodes ( I 'd have wished something a little more dark and opressive like ' The Invaders' ); the book where he is now try to stay too close of the tone of 'Avengers: The Initiative' when Stephano Caselli was on it. Which is not the case....at all.

      notapotatoe
      notapotatoe

      Maybe you had notice English isn't my natural langage...I have sure to apologize for my syntax and my lack of vocab but I can see you have the easy joke...My pitch is great and you have to be really narrow-minded to don't see the genius trough it...save the hurting and show us what you have to say, I'd like to see if you can be creative in a different way than jerking about other people...I'll be the first to be glad if you could find another way to differenciate yourself...so long s.cker,

      gameboy530
      gameboy530

      [quote@WadeGarret [quote@cody44 We Want a Writing Contest![/quote] With what goes for talent these days, I agree...lets have a writing contest.Marvel could use some new blood, maybe people with backbones so movies like Wolverine wouldn't see the light of day.It was a craper Marvel. Give others a chance.Writing Contest.[/quote] I agree that THERE SHOULD BE A WRITING CONTEST!but get over the fact that you didnt like Wolverine, because it was better that x-3 will ever be. Let alone the fact that it was able to start a new continum and maybe give fox a chance to do something like the avengers movies with the xmen ones.Get over yourself.

      WadeGarret
      WadeGarret

      [quote@cody44 We Want a Writing Contest![/quote] With what goes for talent these days, I agree...lets have a writing contest.Marvel could use some new blood, maybe people with backbones so movies like Wolverine wouldn't see the light of day.It was a craper Marvel. Give others a chance.Writing Contest.

      squirrel
      squirrel

      I dunno, did anyone think that the get mystique story arc was so laudable? I really did enjoy the first Wolverine: Weapon X installment, but then again I'm into most things wolvie/maverick related. This Fat Cobra one shot better be good. I'm always in favor of writing over art, but if the writing doesn't stand up to David Aja's work, I'll be hugely disappointed. Oh yeah, that I think for that notapotatoe dude, English might not be his first language, so... don't make fun.

      pineappleprotein
      pineappleprotein

      Read the post above mine to see what I mean about the "Horrible writing." WOW!All we need is Josh from IFanboy showing up with his crappy writing ideas too! Haha.

      pineappleprotein
      pineappleprotein

      HAHAHA people thought this was a contest! Good thing it wasn't, I don't think we could handle all the HORRIBLE WRITING people would submit. Believing "This is my chance!" And bleh it would be bad.I bet Jason Aaron is writing "Dark Reign: Marvel Boy" and using the characters from the original mini. Maybe he'll forward their stories.

      notapotatoe
      notapotatoe

      me too I have the 'writing stuff' :I have for years a pitch for a short-movie, who can be the pilot for a tv-serial about 'Peanuts' too. That's called 'Peanuts...Twenty years after' :Snoopy died in a mysterious accident in front of Charlie Brown, and things had never be the same since. The story begins where he's ended his third desintoxication cure and try to pull his life assemble, and looking for old friends but everybody had their life already driven in assymetrical directions ( I know but it sounds like a good title also... ): Patty is still four years older, Lucy has some strange new friends and part-time dominatrix kind of lifestyle and Linus...Linus -who was also very affected by Snoopy' tragic end disappeared completely of the surface of the world, despite Charlie has some ideas about a computer society...me too I have the writing stuff....

      scotland-the-brave
      scotland-the-brave

      It sucks that Marvel got everyone excited with speculation that "The Write Stuff" was a writing contest and instead it turned into just promotion for new books.It's so easy for artists to be able to show their work to Marvel with profolio reviews, Chesterfest and Comic Book Idol and be able to break-in. But with writers you have to be friends with someone at Marvel to even get anyone to look at what you've written.

      cody44
      cody44

      We Want a Writing Contest!