Aasif Mandvi of the Daily Show interviewed Bosch Fawstin, creator of the Infidel comic book a couple of weeks ago, which aired last night. And with judicious use of editing, totally pwned him.
Bosch: In a time of war, when we're facing Jihad,I think its the last thing DC Comics out to be be doing. Recruiting a muslim.
Asif: What's wrong with Batman having a Muslim ally?
Bosch: Nightrunner could be a jihadist.
Asif: Has he done anything that's jihady?
Bosch: He hasn't done it yet. But you don't know. And how could you tell. Unless it's too late.
Asif: Might I remind you that Nightrunner is not real.
Asif: So I just want you to be aware of that
Bosch: I mean.. it doesn't matter.
Asif: Let me understand this, so I get my head around it, All muslims, even me, could be jihadists?
Bosch: Yeah. Some muslims as far as you know they're muslims one day and then commit a jihadists attack and at that point, yeah, they are jihadists… Batman's not immune from what's going on down the real world. Batman has never faced down jihad.
Asif: You don't really have that much to worry about with Nightrunner I think because he does Parkour
Bosch: That's right. That;s true.
Asif: The most he can ever do is be in a sneaker commercial
Bosch: He hides the reality of what we're facing
Asif: Tell me your origin story
Bosch: My origin story…
Asif: Were you bitten by a bigoted spider or something
Bosch: I was raised Muslim.
Bosch: I created a superhero called Pigman
Bosch: A former Muslim
Asif: Like yourself.
Bosch: Right, he's ultimate superhero to fight the jihadists.
Asif: Now when you say jihadiosts
Asif: Do you really mean your parents?
Bosch: When a jihadist hears Pigman and knows he wears pigskin leather
Bosch: That's a pretty good weapon to have against them
Asif: I was raised Muslim and I'm pretty sure Muslims can't eat pig
Asif: But they can kick its ass
Bosch: Well, not Pigman's ass
Asif: Why, what are his powers
Bosch: He's good at killing jihadists and he can sniff out trouble
Asif:What does he do when he finds the truffles.
Asif:Trouble? He's sniffing out trouble?
Asif: Since when do pigs sniff out trouble? Pigs don't sniff out trouble. They sniff out truffles.
Bosch won't mind too much. His comic got a whole lot of airtime and lots of shots on screen. He's already preparing for a flood of interest (with moderated comments of course) with the blog title Don't Judge a Comic Book by its creator's appearance on The Daily Show. And then Asif takes to the superhero parkour look himself..
Also featured is Comics Alliance's Chris Sims, who once really had a go at me when I mispelt his name "Chris Sim" in a review. I wonder if I can use my own Daily Show influence to…
It's magic! Chris tweets;
Dear @TheDailyShow: Thank you for having me on! If you need more information on Batman, or My Little Pony, don't hesitate to ask. Sincerely Yours, Chris Sim(m)s.
After 28 years of liberalism, this is what finally turns me conservative. CURSE YOU LIBERAL MEDIA!
Oh look, DC Comics still haven't put out a Nightrunner comic.
UPDATE: Just realised, Aasif was in Spider-Man 2 wasn't he? The pizza parlour manager who fires Peter Parker for being late. If only Peter had known parkour…