ComicsVerse spoke with Daniel Kibblesmith at New York Comic Con 2017! We discuss QUANTUM AND WOODY and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert!

This transcript has been edited for clarity.


ComicsVerse: We’re here live from New York Comic Con 2017, with Daniel Kibblesmith. QUANTUM AND WOODY, why should people read it?

Daniel: I mean, if you love superheroes, if you love comedy, if you like family drama QUANTUM AND WOODY is a title that has always had all those things. And we’re starting with a new #1, that I would say is a great jumping on point for new readers, but it’s also the same in-continuity Quantum and Woody that the fans know from previous volumes. So we’re gonna try to do everything you love with them, a lot of new things with them, and maybe answer some big unanswered questions.

ComicsVerse: So you’re also a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which involves comedy writing. How much of that experience do you infuse into the comic and vice versa?

Daniel: Well, if you think of a joke you think of a joke. I mean, it’s definitely similar in some ways, but the big obvious difference is that writing for Late Show it’s very observational and political, and sort of… we’re all the protagonists of that cause it’s about what’s going on in our world. QUANTUM AND WOODY or, you know, any comic book or screenplay, the humor’s going to be in the context of a narrative and it’s going to be character driven. So, especially with these guys, cause their personalities are so complete and like opposite of each other- yeah, a lot of the comedy comes from… you kinda know what they’re gonna do in any given situation. And sometimes you wanna see them, you know, do that thing or sometimes you want them to surprise you, act out of character. So a lot of it is just the bantering with each other and the absurdity of the universe they inhabit.

ComicsVerse: Now is there any difference, at least for you- because obviously when you’re doing something like The Late Show there’s a lot of editors, there’s a lot of input. Where, when you’re writing your own book it’s kinda just you and maybe an editor and the artist. Is there a huge difference for you in creative restriction in that manner or you don’t really feel so?

Daniel: Not really, it’s actually really similar. Because they’re both total collaborations from the very beginning, you know? Like you establish the tone and the sort of basic framework with the editor right up front, so you’re always working with another person. And then, as soon as the artist comes into the equation, especially we have Kano drawing this arc and when you have somebody that talented you want to incorporate every gift that they could possibly give you. And the pages he’s turning in are just mind melting.

ComicsVerse: How do you work together, on those pages? Is that something you meet up to do? I know most writers do the email thing, but is that something you ever get to do in person? And how much time do you guys spend back and forth? Do you send a full script, do you send a page? A panel? And then kinda break it down from there? How does that work for you guys?

Daniel: Well everything’s being facilitated by the editor. So they get to kinda keep everybody on the same page and, you know, organized and on schedule. So I write full scripts and I’ll put in jokes or story beats that I think are important. And then, you know, everything goes to an editor and then, when the pages start coming in, I get to see the decisions that he’s making and then build on those. So I think we kinda just feed each other the stuff that we think would be cool in a QUANTUM AND WOODY comic. And it all just sort of happens moment to moment to moments to moments as you build that universe together.

ComicsVerse: Now is this series something that you actively sought from Valiant or something they looked for you at? How did you become the writer of QUANTUM AND WOODY?

Daniel: Well the last Valiant thing I did was comiXology original called VALIANT HIGH, which was a high school alternate universe story about the Valiant characters. I got to play with everybody a little bit and got to like- even though they were in a different context, I got to sort of try out their personalities. But I knew James Asmith(?) sort of through friends from Chicago and comedy, and QUANTUM AND WOODY was my first Valiant book because people told me that because- especially at the time, they were sort of a little bit off to the side of the rest of the Valiant Universe. You could read QUANTUM AND WOODY and you wouldn’t really have to know anything else about X-O MANOWAR, HARBINGER or anything like that. So I definitely had my eye on QUANTUM AND WOODY for a long time and, as somebody coming from comedy, with a, you know, similar biography to Asmith(?), thinking “hey if they ever wanted to start that up again I’d be very, very interested.” And then one day, out of the blue, I got an email saying “hey you ever think about QUANTUM AND WOODY?” So like “oh… have I? Yes, occasionally I’ve thought about one day turning to QUANTUM AND WOODY.”

ComicsVerse: Now for any young writer, young creator what advice would you suggest to them trying to break into the industry? Kinda, building their brand, building their work, how do they get to the point where they have a booth at New York Comic Con? Which, might we add, this is Daniel’s first time here!

Daniel: That’s true, I have never been on this side of the table before. The advice that I give to writers or comedians or anybody who wants to do something similar to what I do is just to find your people. Find your community. The people that you’re willing to stay up all night working for free, and making each other better, because no one is going to take a chance on you professionally unless they know that you love what you’re doing so much that you’ll be doing really really good work just for the sake doing really really good work.

ComicsVerse: Do you find any difficulties in switching between different mediums, since you write comedy, you write for The Late Show, you write comics, you also do screenplays. You do a lot of stuff. Is that taxing? Is that difficult? Is that…

Daniel: No it’s very easy and I’m never tired! No, yeah, it’s a lot of like… it’s different muscles, you know? Sometimes it’s like playing two different video games. You really get into the rhythm of one and the next one is still technically a video game but, all of a sudden, you know, the rhythm and the muscles and the instincts are like totally different. So it’s nights and weekends a lot of the time with comics. And it’s good to sort of put in your headphones, take a walk, let your brain reset before you start doing something else creative in another medium. But it’s just budgeting your time and like setting a lot of deadlines for yourself.

ComicsVerse: Alright, awesome! Thank you very much for the interview.

Daniel: Thank you very much for having me, I appreciate it!

ComicsVerse: Thank you to Valiant. You can find ComicsVerse all over the web and at, all the social media handles. Daniel, where can we find your work?

Daniel: I am @Kibblesmith on everything. And you can see a lot of my work at

ComicsVerse: Once again thank you, and we’re signing out!


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