Comic Book Resources just posted an interview between Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian M. Bendis and director / screenwriter / playwright David Mamet, who recently added comic book writer and artist to his long list of credits. Mamet recently released a new collection of superhero comics he wrote and drew entitled The Trials of Roderick Spode: The Human Ant and from the sound of it, the thing should be pretty damn funny. I mean, we're talking about the guy that wrote and adapted a film version of Glengarry Glen Ross and more recently wrote a scathing insider's look at "the Hollywood system" called Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Hollywood System. It's fitting that Bendis should talk to Mamet as his style of terse, ping-ponging dialogue is an acknowledged direct descendant of Mamet's writing. Here are some highlights from their conversation:
On what Mamet enjoys drawing so much: "To be able to go to the desk in the morning, when I have so much work to do, and instead of doing something that's work - which is writing - to be able to put all that crap aside and take out a sheet of paper and some colored pencils, that, to me, is the fun. And it's also challenging, since my abilities are limited, to figure out with those limited abilities if I am or am not capable of expressing and idea graphically."
On the comics he enjoys reading with his son: "I introduced him to the early 'MAD' stuff and the early 'Captain Marvel' stuff. Reading not only the "Captain Marvel" strips from back in the '30s but those little books that are like two inches by three inches - the Captain Marvel novels. And now he has a huge vocabulary, and it's basically thanks to Bill Watterson and 'Calvin and Hobbes.'"
On an upcoming short film he directed for Funny Or Die: "It's my favorite film, and it's a piece called 'June Crenshaw: Sex Kitten To The Supreme Court.' It purports to be - Ricky Jay comes out and introduces it as "lost masterpieces of pornography," and he says, 'These prints were found in the woodworking shop of a Beverly Hills dentist. They represent a time gone by.' And then we have what purports to be a pornographic film shot in 1938 and just now discovered. Of course, everything in the film goes wrong. The door sticks, and the girl can't get her bra undone. The set falls down. It was great fun."
Read more of Mamet's interview at CBR .