Comic-con characters: Brian Michael Bendis

Writer: 'There is no road map for success in comics'

Brian Michael Bendis is a definite contender for top writer in comics. He pens four popular series for Marvel (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Daredevil,” “Alias” and “Ultimate X-Men”), and his own series for Image Comics about detectives who investigate superhero crimes (“Powers”).

“There is no roadmap for success in comics, but if there were one, it would start with Comic-Con. Anyone you’d need to meet is there,” says Bendis, who earned his Marvel gigs after years of drawing his own black-and-white crime comics such as “Jinx” and “Torso.”

Bendis also has a footprint in Hollywood, having thoroughly skewered it in the hilarious true-life comic “Fortune and Glory” and is an exec producer on MTV’s new animated “Spider-Man” series.

“The best thing about Hollywood is that they’ll option stories, giving money to writers and artists who might not otherwise have a dime,” Bendis says.

He’s also pleased with the quality of the current crop of comicbook movies, noting, “Special effects have finally caught up with imagination.”

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