James Asmus is a five-time Harvey Award-nominated writer who's worked with a wide range of publishers and popular titles including “X-Men,” “Quantum and Woody,” “Transformers / My Little Pony,” “Kong of Skull Island,” and many more. His most recent projects include his original action-satire “Survival Street” for Dark Horse, a comics relaunch of “Bill & Ted,” as well as “Rick & Morty” comics and the “Rick & Morty: Official Cook Book” for Insight/Warner Brothers.
What Do You Want From Me?!
Make sure to join us at Clark County Library on November 5 to see James along with Ray-Anthony Height for a step-by-step look at how to stop tripping over each other at each step in the creative process and get that comic stick-a-fork-in-it done! Look for "What Do You Want From Me?!" on the programming schedule from 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. in the classroom.
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Q&A With James Asmus
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Leisure time in close proximity to both loved ones and nature.
What is your greatest fear?
My kids suffering some fatal accident.
On what occasion do you lie?
Trying to calm my kids’ fears (if ‘bad people ever break into houses at night’ or ‘are bears gonna come to our tent’) with categorical ‘no’s.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I envy the endlessly motivated.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Successfully finding work / life balance that seems to keep me, my family, and my career pretty solid.
What do you most dislike about yourself?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Nothing comes to mind
What is your most treasured possession?
I can’t think of one item that has that much more meaning than others. I get plenty of happiness from things that bring memories, but no big #1.
What do you most value in your friends?
An openness with their joy/humor.
The quality you most admire in a person?
Genuine desire to learn / grow / understand.
What supernatural gift would you most like to possess?
Superspeed or bending time (both in service of getting more done, while still having time to zen out.
What is your favorite food?
Tragically, the baba ganoush from one particular LA restaurant that no longer exists, and thus, I will never enjoy again. All others have proven just ‘okay’.
What is your favorite color?
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Mike Allred’s MADMAN aka Frank Einstein
Who is your favorite person in history?
Who is your favorite artist?
Who is your favorite musician?
Who are your favorite writers?
Douglas Adams, Aimee Bender, Jose Saramago, Steve Martin, Oliver Sacks, Jennifer Wright
Who are your heroes in real life?
My high school theater teacher, my childhood buddy Rory O’Malley, and any people I encounter who prove/remind me it is possible to achieve all you want while still treating people with kindness, acting with integrity, and fighting for a better world.
DC or Marvel? Star Wars or Star Trek?
Make Mine Marvel. And I’m a cherry-picking, fair-weather fan of both Stars -- I prefer Hitchhiker’s Guide!
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Humor can let us get closer to the things we don’t want to think about.