Desperately Seeking Orson Scott Card And Superman

David Nieves went to a Oscar Scott Card Q&A with one thing on his mind. Superman.

This past Saturday, purveyor of words Orson Scott Card held a Q&A at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The University of Southern California Tutor Campus Center was filled with Mormons of all ages eager to ask questions of their favorite writer since Joseph Smith. Maybe we'd even find out about a certain DC comics project.

However this would not be the case, sort of. In a crafty swerve, worthy of a mind of his caliber, Scott Card's panel moderator was his frequent collaborator and other media adapter Aaron Johnston. Also in a plot to distill questions to true tee ball level; attendees were handed blank index cards to write their questions on before the beginning of the discussion. No photos or recordings were allowed outside of LA Times media. My only hope of asking OSC the burning questions was a 3×5 piece of paper, so I did the only thing I could think of. I drew a Superman \S/ on one side and wrote, "when will we see your Superman and how did Sprouse leaving the book affect you?"

Spoiler, Orson never answered that question. Instead he harangued the audience about Ender's Game. He talked about how much he loved Harrison Ford's performance calling him an actor's actor. OSC also talked about his brief cameo in the film as a voice over he did while on set. Much of his thoughts on the film were a disclaimer that Ender's Game the movie will not be a literal translation of the book. In his opinion, it couldn't be because most of the story took place in Ender's head. One interesting thing he did say while talking about film was about how he disliked Martin Scorsese films because in his opinion Scorsese always made the talent over-act their roles. Orson presented his only exhibit as proof; Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York. Card called that Lewis's weakest performance which he credited to Scorsese's style of directing. Gangs didn't showcase what one of the greatest actors of his day was capable of on screen.

His only announcement tidbit was about doing a new volume, due this fall, of the manga series Laddertop alongside his daughter Emily Janice Card.

It was hard to believe I could be the only person in the audience that had a Superman question for Orson Scott Card, but apparently I was and my card wasn't chosen. Most likely, mine was the card that made Johnston slightly pause with disgust as he flipped through them on stage. Either that or it fueled a trashcan fire on Exposition Blvd immediately after it was handed to the moderator.

Send all hate mail to @daveynieves because I'd like my status to be updated from local thug to international hooligan. 


About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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