In the L.A. Times’ business section, there is a handy feature run called ‘How I Made It.’ This week, reporter Alex Pham talked to comics writer extraordinare Matt Fraction.
The gig: Professional comic book writer.
Matt Fraction, the 33-year-old author of “Invincible Iron Man” and “Uncanny X-Men” comics for Marvel Entertainment, has a job that’s coveted by thousands of boys, not to mention grown men who daydream at their desks.
Lately, Fraction’s ratcheted his career up a notch by landing a gig to write the script for the upcoming Iron Man 2 video game. It will be published next year by Sega Corp. alongside the debut of the movie sequel. That means his dialogue is very likely to be read by Robert Downey Jr., who plays the title character in the upcoming movie and who also provided the voice talent for Sega’s first Iron Man game, released in May 2008.
Now that Marvel will be purchased by Walt Disney Co. in Burbank, Fraction is about to go from college dropout to one of the star writers for the House of Mouse.
We asked Fraction about his unorthodox career path at July’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego, where he has earned his minor cult status among comic fans for his graphic novel, “Last of the Independents.” His work with Marvel artist Salvador Larocca for “Invincible Iron Man” won the 2009 Eisner Award for best new series…
– Alex Pham
Photo: Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times