The guys over at Tall Tale Features scooped another e-mail interview with Opus, Outland, Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed. Here’s an excerpt. Visit blog to read all eight questions and answers.
Question the First, from Chip Skelton, “Broken Things”
Mr. Breathed, a good many artists tend to be loners. You’re very active physically and deeply committed to causes and ideas outside yourself. In your opinion, does a creator become a better storyteller if he/she moves beyond the books, movies, comics, video game, etc, and lives their lives beyond the fantasy and into the real world?
Your question belies the answer, Chip. Related to this, when I have spoken to college audiences, I ask them how many in the audience want to write in one fashion or another. Half the hands go up. I ask them what they’re majoring in. Usually communications, or journalism, or Film. Then I tell them they’re all the same idiots that I was in school. History is what every writer should study. Whether they be a novelist or a comic book creator. Study the world and it’s resident species. The rest is learned in an afternoon.