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Darwyn Cooke on Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

by Matthew Price Published: June 13, 2012

Darwyn Cooke talked to The Oklahoman about his work on “Before Watchmen,” including “Minutemen” and “Silk Spectre.”  “Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre” No. 1 is on sale today.   Look for more from Cooke in a future Weekend Look edition and here on Nerdage.   Here are a few excerpts from the interview, in which Cooke talks about working with his longtime friend Amanda Conner on “Silk Spectre.”

Nerdage:  How has it been working with Amanda Conner on “Silk Spectre”?

Darwyn Cooke: We’re good friends, and have been for a long time now.  Amanda and I have always kind of quietly watched one another do our thing, and think, yeah, you see? He gets it. She gets it.  We kind of approach things in the same obsessive way.   And this just was an ideal opportunity.   They had asked me to look at Silk Spectre as a character.   And while I could look at her as a character, I couldn’t in full confidence say I’m the guy to write a 16-year-old girl.  And once I had an idea, which I really was in love with, I kind of made it a condition that we bring Amanda in.

Nerdage:  Amanda Conner has done a lot of well-regarded work.  Do you see “Before Watchmen” as something that will raise her profile going forward?

Darwyn Cooke: That was kind of the point, to me, actually, when the book was offered to me, was kind of like, this would be perfect for my friend.   So how can I convince them that between me and my friend, it will be perfect for them?  I don’t know how much of this you hear this in this day and age, but ‘Silk Spectre,’ a big part of taking it was that I knew it created the opportunity for Amanda.  … I have some really firm ideas about what we’re doing, but I’m putting her in the driver’s seat, day to day, and that’s paying off, big-time. … It’s very foreign to me. I usually work in a very closed-off environment.  So this has been fun.

- Matt Price


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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