The Men Who Took Away Zarkov's Pants, Ben Acker And Ben Blacker Talk King: Flash Gordon

Here is the other half of yesterdays writer to writer interview. Brian Clevinger, writer on KING: Phantom #1, talks with writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker about KING: Flash Gordon #1, both on sale now! And with the way this interview went, I'm surprised one of the questions wasn't asking if it's supposed to be pronouned Gor-Don

KingFlash01CovDIncenSalasColBRIAN CLEVINGER: Acker and Blacker? C'mon, admit it. You guys did that on purpose to sound catchy, right?

BEN ACKER: The rhyming names thing? Of course we did.

BEN BLACKER: Our real names are really boring – especially together as a pair.

Acker: Our real names are Ted Fireworks and Ted Hurricane.

Blacker: Those don't rhyme. Like at all.

Acker: And "Ted?" We'd never get work as Teds.

Blacker: Your name is crazy too "Brian Clevinger!" Why'd you choose it?

Acker: With what or whom does it rhyme?

KingFlash01CovCIncenLiefeldClevinger: King: Flash Gordon #1 was a really fun, dare I say rollicking, space adventure. And Zarkov with no pants?! Where the heck can you go from there?

Acker: This is not a spoiler so much as fulfilling the dreams of everyone everywhere, but we are going to leave him with no pants for a while.

Blacker: And we are going to go to different parts of space with it. With no-pants Zarkov.

Acker: Yeah, they are heading space east with no-pants Zarkov.

Blacker: Magnetic space east.

Acker: Can we get no pants Zarkov trending on Twitter? Off Twitter? In space?

KingFlash01CovACookeColClevinger: Flash Gordon! No, guys, I am NOT jealous!

Acker: Great question. Would you like to handle this, Mr. Blacker?

Blacker: I'm Acker.

Acker: Are you sure?

Blacker: Oh wait, no.

Acker: It doesn't matter.

Blacker: Never mind. I'm Blacker. It's cool. And I'll handle #3 which is obviously Jeopardy style. And the question is: "What are you jealous of? Probably NOT because you're writing The Phantom!"

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.