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Monday, November 7, 2011

International Exchange: JLI #3

Russ Burlingame's latest "International Exchange" column with Dan Jurgens will soon be live at The Outhouse. A preview of the column is already posted at Comic Jurgens seems to be everywhere right now -- in addition to last week's two linked interviews, Jurgens is also interviewed at Comic Book Movie -- but Burlingame still finds a way to get some good information from the typically tight-lipped Jurgens, even if it isn't strictly Booster Gold related. Hey, whatever happened to thought balloons? You never really see them anymore, and I always kinda look at Guy's monologue at the end [of Justice League International #3] and think, "If only he'd been quieter...!".

DJ: Thought balloons have largely disappeared from comics, in general. There are circumstances where they work, others where they don't. My general approach is that if one member of the team has thought balloons, let's say Rocket Red, then they all should. And Batman never should, in my view.

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I suspect that Booster's last thought balloons appeared in Extreme Justice, 16 years ago. These days internal dialogue is almost always replaced by first person narrative boxes. This isn't necessarily a narrative improvement as much as it is an artistic convention.

That said, it is awfully hard to image Batman showing thought balloons in a team setting in 2011, isn't it?

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Friday, October 7, 2011

International Exchange: JLI #2

Russ Burlingame is getting fast with his "International Exchange" interviews with Dan Jurgens at The latest column was published yesterday afternoon.

IX: Booster seems much more receptive to Godiva this issue than he was last time around. Is that my imagination, or the heat of battle, or something more?

DJ: The something more is simple: When a pretty girl bats her eyes at Booster he immediately softens a bit. Besides, any question of receptiveness in #1 was due more to a lack of familiarity.

Could there be love in the air? Say, didn't Time Masters: Vanishing Point reveal that Booster's future wife is a blond? Hmm?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

International Exchange: JLI #1

With the cancellation of Booster Gold comes the cancellation of Russ Burligame's monthly "Gold Exchange" column at Comic Related interviewing the series creators. Fortunately, like the phoenix rising from the ashes of the DCU, Burlingame now presents us with the "International Exchange" column at The Outhouse. New site, new name, new series; same old Dan Jurgens. Isn't it nice to know that some things don't change?

IX: The comment about the basement-dwellers is kind of begging for a response, isn't it? I know some people on the Internet seem to have gotten their nose bent out of shape over the comment, but I read it as Briggs being the devil's advocate and Booster speaking your position for you. Did I misunderstand?

J: You didn't misunderstand at all. I wrote that line right around the time that DC's plans had become public. I'm always fascinated by a response from people who claim to despise product before they've seen it or really know anything about it.

Do I understand fans having a tremendous allegiance to a previous universe and timeline? Of course. Hell, I wrote a lot of that so I have a fondness for it as well.

However, I think it's still fair to ask them to be a bit openminded and receptive about what we're trying to do.

So Briggs' comment address a very, very small group that reacted in that way. Frankly, it's good to have a sense of humor about some of this and read it with that in mind.

So Jurgens was talking to me! There's plenty in the full interview to indicate that so far as Jurgens is concerned, little has changed for Booster Gold in the DCnU.

You can find the full article here. You might want to bookmark it, as Justice League International and therefore the "International Exchange" will be around for years to come.

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