Here's a video of Saturday's Keith Giffen Roast at Terrificon. We were supposed to be insulting and degrading Keith (all in the name of humor, of course), but, as you'll see, we have such respect and affection for the guy that this was less a roast than a celebration of an extraordinary forty year career.
That said, there is quite a bit of profanity flying around, so forewarned is forearmed.
Roasted Giffen? Say, isn't that a delicacy in Canada?ReplyDelete
Tastes like chicken.Delete
That was just bliss.ReplyDelete
So, so great to see so much incredible talent up there.
Glad you enjoyed it, Karlos. I was very happy to have an opportunity to pay (somewhat twisted) tribute to a guy I've worked with, and profoundly respected, for almost thirty years.Delete
A tribute untwisted would surely be wrong!ReplyDelete
Giffen is a legend, Mr D, for sure. As are you!
Thank you, Karlos!Delete
My wife Angela Dawn has said a legend begins when people start telling the stories with some of the facts wrong :-D Keith really sounds like a pistol- DAK said similar things about working with the fount of Giffen creativity, and he's of that school where the most off-the-wall insult can be a term of endearment (DAK quotes Flo and Eddie for his favorite pet expression). It's all very humanizing, which is a treat.ReplyDelete
I could see Keith holding off on his reflexive mania a bit when dealing with someone who's made sincerity such an identifying creation point!
I found "The Man I Never Was" again after so very many years, in JLI Ann. 3- it was an enlightening contrast, what you and Keith can do in an introspective mood, obviously inspired by your own work individualizing J'on J'onzz. Martian Manhunter epitomized your quote about finding ourselves even in the alien- is there a mainstream DC character you worked on that ever reflected your inner life better? (Rhetorical or inquisitive, take your pick on that one :-D)
I remember that J'onn story well, Cecil. As I recall, Keith had a wonderful, rock-solid plot which allowed me, via the script, to dive into J'onn's head and heart and build on what I'd done in the MM solo mini-series.Delete
J'onn's an all-time favorite DC character and I'd love a chance to write him again.