Marvel editors reveal how 'The Wolverine' movie will affect the comics
Actually, one of my favorite Wolverine books right now IS the MAX title. How do you decide when it's the right time to launch an out-of-continuity title like "Wolverine MAX?"
Schaefer: So glad you like it! Jason Starr is doing a great job building a new character for Logan using familiar blocks. As for the timing, it's one of those things that we can build to over time -- we have frequent Creative and Editorial retreats where we talk out plans up to a couple of years out, so we can see opportunities like this coming -- or it's something that we can do on the fly, because the time just suddenly seems right. So we try to stay in position to react to those kinds of moments! "MAX" was one of those titles that falls into the latter category.
mr_infinite has some goofy questions about Logan's days off and a sandwich variant cover. What does Wolverine do on his days off? Does he even have days off? It seems like he's pretty busy.
Schaefer: He probably reads a lot. Catches up on "Mad Men." Drinks some beer. Scrapbooks.
Smith: He's developed a real liking for making those paper doll chains.
There was once talk of a variant cover of Wolverine making a sandwich. I know it was a joke, but I'd really love to see that piece of art. What would it take to get something like this made?
Schaefer: I don't know what this is, Mr. Infinite, but I do like sandwiches! Tell me more!
Wrapping up the Q&A session is Linda, who wants to know more about coordination between the upcoming "The Wolverine" movie and the comics. Wolverine has an incredibly vast following already, but with "The Wolverine" movie coming out next month, do you as editors try to encourage your writers to make the July issue a good jumping-on point for readers to pick up with the character in comics?
Schaefer: That's a great question, Linda! We do try to make sure that there's stuff for new readers to access around movie time. Starting in July, we're doing something super cool with a weekly Infinite Comic that you can get through the Marvel Comics App, which will see Logan on a mission in Japan. And then in August, we have a new Wolverine event kicking off, called "Killable."
Finally, here's our Behind the X question: Other than Wolverine, which X-Men character would you most like to work on for a possible solo series of books?
Schaefer: That Rogue series from the '90s was one of my favorite books. I'd love to do a Rogue solo series, where she's on her own, kicking ass and solving crimes! Maybe it could be the Rogue and the Badass Ladies of the X-Men line!
Smith: I've always thought Storm could hold down her own series! Half weather battles, half using thieving skills for great justice. I’m sure she'd fit right into that Badass Ladies of the X-Men line.
Special thanks to editors Jeanine Schaefer and Jennifer M. Smith for taking on this week's questions! As X-Position transitions out of Wolverine month, it's time to get some more interconnectivity with the rest of the X-Men universe as X-Po welcomes back "Wolverine and the X-Men" writer Jason Aaron! Got some questions about the current "Hellfire Saga?" What about "Battle for the Atom?" Send 'em over in an e-mail with the subject line "X-Position" to firstname.lastname@example.org if 140 character questions are more your speed, try Twitter. Either way, make sure those questions are in by Friday! Do it to it!
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