Editors Rich Handley and Lou Tambone stop by to talk about their new essay collection, “The Man Who Laughs: Exploring the Clown Prince of Crime”, new from Crazy 8 Press.
We talk about the long history of the Joker and his many faces and interpretations, and how The Killing Joke by Alan Moore changed the nature of the character and how comics writers and readers see him forever. The writers contributing to this collection — many of whom have written for DC Comics — weigh in on how they see Joker, how they feel about his shifting modus operandi, and more. In addition to thoughts from Rich and Lou, we hear from Jo Duffy, Bobby Nash, Valentina Rossi, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Paul Cornish, John Trumbull, Tom Mason, Jim Beard, Glenn Hauman, Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, Michael Jan Friedman, Alan J. Porter, LaMarrison Forte, Alex Galer, Joseph F. Berenato, Duy Tano, Brian Cronin, with a foreword by Bob Rozakis, and an afterword by Steve Englehart.
The next book coming out from Rich is Born on the Bayou: A Pre-Flashpoint Chronology of Swamp Thing and Hellblazer from BearManor Media, which I can’t wait to get into, being a fan of both those characters myself. The next for Lou is a science fiction novel which I’m curious about.
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