ECCC 2019: Getting Intimate With Chip Zdarsky & Sex Criminals

by Gary Catig

Much like last year, Syfy hosts a live stage at Emerald City Comic Con where they hold mini-panels to highlight various comic creators and entertainers. On Friday afternoon, writer and artist, Chip Zdarsky took the stage to discuss his creator owned book, Sex Criminals.

At first, Zdarsky was hesitant to fully talk about the series due to its graphic adult nature and the presence of minors in the audience. Sex Criminals involves characters who can stop time when they make love and use that opportunity to rob banks. He brought the crowd up to speed on how the fifth arc ended. All the main characters, good and bad, come together to confront a common enemy, an evil Elon Musk type who is up to no good and collecting all the sexual energy.

Zdarsky then made himself comfortable on the couch and the moderator, Dany Roth joined him and became the big spoon. He recently received the script for issue #26 from writer, Matt Fraction, and this sixth arc will be the final act. Unfortunately, it takes him roughly seven weeks to illustrate an issue so fans might have to wait a little longer for the conclusion. The creators want to ensure this last arc comes out in a timely manner so the next issue might not be released until the summer.

Despite pushing the envelope with such a mature read, there are times when the creators hold back. Zdarsky remembers one scene where Matt and him talk about the story and he had to change the dialog fearing the original text may cost him his job at Marvel. He also recalled drawing a 64-panel spread showing the routine a normal woman goes through before leaving home including interesting waxing procedures. If anyone viewed his browser history for the research he’s done, he’d be ashamed.

Overall, it was a fun interview and hopefully it didn’t make people too uncomfortable. Other interesting notes include if he had the same time stopping powers, he would use the time to catch up on his comics work. The character of Douglas D. Douglas, or Manime as Zdarsky calls him, is loosely based off of a friend. In the comic, they try to be inclusive and show a wide range of sexuality so after they were approached by asexual fans at shows, they included an asexual character. Finally, because of his work on Sex Criminals, Zdarsky jokingly thinks he’d never receive a chance writing Captain America for Marvel because he’s Canadian and the character is so pure.

Gary Catig

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.

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