We’re excited to have Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, joining us at our fall conference, On the Road to Sparkling Literature. Marc will be “pulling back the cape” to reveal secrets he uncovered and mysteries he solved while researching his books about two of the world’s most enduring icons, Superman and Batman. A real-life detective story featuring surprises both uplifting and heartbreaking, engaging even to those who couldn’t care less about superheroes (an even more so for those of us who love them!).
As a bonus he’ll let us in on the story behind his “kidlit authors read bad reviews” videos that went viral earlier this year! So what’s next for this superhero of an author? Two new books: Thirty Minutes Over Oregon and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra. Can’t wait until they come out and want to keep up on all the news both about and by Marc? Then follow his blog noblemania! Still want more? Lucky you – we caught up with him for coffee and a chat…
I wanted to reach as broad an audience as possible, especially since neither the Boys of Steel (Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster) nor Bill Finger had a book to themselves yet. I want superhero fans to grow up knowing whom they have to thank! Plus both Superman and Batman debuted in comics—a visual medium, of course, and a cousin to picture books.
Random Batman question! So many versions of the Batman character have been presented to the public through books, tv and film. Being a Batman fan myself, I have to ask, what your favorite “revisioning” of Batman is?
My favorite Batman story is Batman: Year One. My favorite movie incarnation is Michael Keaton’s.
So what’s the deal with “The Girl in the Video” series (which is brilliant by the way!) on your website?
Isn’t it a logical companion to picture books on superhero creators? No? : )
In seriousness, music is another passion of mine, and you already know that I like to share stories that haven’t been publicly told before; the “girl in the video” series is a blend of that (and with respect to the “untold” aspect, actually IS a kindred spirit to the superhero books). It’s interviews with 50+ women who appeared in iconic music videos of my formative years (the 1980s), which coincided with the Golden Age of MTV—almost none of whom had been interviewed before. For such a culturally significant period, it was not well documented, and I was honored to do my part before it’s too late.
Well, I for one thank you and am a huge fan! So what was your favorite book as a child?
Where the Wild Things Are.
Mine too! Let’s follow that up with what your favorite book is as an adult?
Morality Play by Barry Unsworth.
You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)
Best answer to that question – ever!
If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?
Bill Finger, of course.
Of course 😉
What’s your favorite motivational quote?
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?
Start today. Never stop.
Thank you Marc for taking time out of your day to hang with us! We look forward to seeing you this September!