Category Archives: interviews and podcasts

Family Law Insider Podcast

Last week I was the guest on the Family Law Insider podcast, which is produced by the Hernandez Family Law firm.  Family law is not the most frequent topic on Law and the Multiverse (perhaps unsurprisingly that honor goes to criminal law), but it has come up several times.  Thanks to Wendy Hernandez for a fun interview!

(I’ll go ahead and own up to not being as familiar with Hank Pym’s relationship with the Wasp as I should have been.  Also, I completely blanked on naming any homosexual characters, which was especially a shame in this context given the controversy over Batwoman’s (non)-wedding.)

Lawyer2Lawyer Podcast

[Spoiler Alert for The Dark Knight Rises.  If you haven't seen it yet, you should.]

Last month I was invited onto Lawyer2Lawyer to discuss legal issues raised by the end of The Dark Knight Rises, as originally discussed in this guest post by Mike Lee. Lawyer2Lawyer is a podcast that analyzes contemporary news topics from a legal perspective on the Legal Talk Network. Normally they cover serious news stories, but this time the question was “is Batman legally dead?”  I was joined on the show by Michael Baroni, General Counsel at Palace Entertainment and a long-time Batman fan.

Listen here: Is Batman Legally Dead?

Comic-Con International

I’m excited to announce that I will be at Comic-Con International with the psychiatrists from Broadcast Thought, with our panel and mock trial about zombies, psychiatry, and the law.  Ryan will not be able to make it, but we have an excellent guest attorney in Jeff Trexler, who writes The Legal View column at The Beat.

The official schedule has not been announced yet, but our panel should be Thursday, July 18th from 8pm-9:30pm in Room 7AB.  As I understand it, Comic-Con has long since sold out, but we hope to see many of you there!

Also, parts two, three, and four of our interview at Something Deeper are now up, so check those out!

Interview at Something Deeper

We were interviewed by Linda Thai at Something Deeper, a blog about anime, manga, and comics.  The first part of the interview went up today, with the rest of the interview to follow in the coming days.  Check it out!

Skepticality Podcast Interview

Back in December Ryan and I recorded an interview with Skepticality, the podcast of Skeptic Magazine and the Skeptics Society.  Skepticality normally records interviews quite a ways in advance of publication, and ours was no exception, but today it has gone live, so check it out!  Thanks to Derek for a great interview!

This Week in Law

Ryan and I were on  This Week in Law today to discuss a variety of current legal topics.  If you missed the live show you can watch the video online.  Thanks to Evan Brown for a great show!

Metro UK Interview

Ryan and I were interviewed for the Metro newspaper in the UK.  Thanks to Ross McGuinness for a great interview!

Huffington Post Article

Ryan and I and the doctors from Broadcast Thought were interviewed for an article in The Huffington Post on zombies and the insanity defense, which is also part of our presentation at WonderCon tomorrow.  Check it out!

Comedians at Law Podcast

And now for a different kind of legal comic: the Comedians at Law interviewed me for their podcast this week. Check it out!

Our Interview with Mark Waid

We are very excited to present an interview with Mark Waid, the Eisner Award-winning writer of Daredevil and many other excellent comic books (including Kingdom Come and its follow up The Kingdom, both discussed here) as well as the co-founder of digital comics site Thrillbent. We met Mark at New York Comic Con last year and he was gracious enough to let us interview him for Law and the Multiverse.

Law and the Multiverse: As a writer, what parts of the legal process offer the most dramatic potential? What kind of scenes do you most enjoy writing?

Mark Waid: As a writer, it’s the trial itself that offers the most dramatic potential—but as a COMICS writer, it’s actually the LEAST dramatic, because it’s just dialogue and talking heads and people in ordinary street clothes, so I have to keep the actual courtroom stuff in Daredevil to a minimum. That means the real drama—and the scenes I enjoy writing the most—are the ones where Matt Murdock is using his super-senses to assess the claims of his clients, whether by screening their heartbeats and chemical tell-tales to see if they’re being truthful, or by investigating their claims in his super-hero guise.

LatM: Sometimes comics explain away tricky legal issues with fictional laws (e.g. DC’s fictional Twelfth Amendment allowing superheroes to testify in costume). We haven’t seen a lot of that in Daredevil, but are you free to do that? If so, are you ever tempted to, or does it feel like taking the easy way out?

MW: I’m not above using those fictional laws if backed into a corner, but honestly, I worry that it gets a little boring sometimes to work that hard to ground EVERYTHING in reality. A little suspension of disbelief is part and parcel of the entire genre. Remember, if you envision the entirety of the super-hero conceit, all 75 years of it, as an inverted pyramid, it all rests on one point—that a pair of eyeglasses is an effective disguise.

LatM: As an aside: there does not seem to be an explicit, canon explanation of the legal status of intelligent non-humans in the Marvel Universe (e.g. the Skrull). So if you ever wanted to create a fictional law or Supreme Court decision addressing that issue, it would answer a lot of questions for us!

MW: I will be in touch to help get it drafted. That IS a nifty idea.

[Ed. note: gasp!]

LatM: Do you ever see Matt Murdock working in the district attorney’s office? Or would trying to prosecute a villain that he fought as Daredevil be too much of a (personal) conflict of interest?

MW: It seems like too much of a conflict of interest–and it also grates against what I believe to be a huge conceit of the book and of the character, that Matt Murdock fights for the underdog. In fact, if it hasn’t already been done—and I fear that it may have—I’d love to do a story where Matt was forced to DEFEND someone that Daredevil brought down.

LatM: Along those lines: would he take a job at a big firm? Maybe Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway?

MW: Again, underdog. Scrappy li’l underdog. Also, Matt’s billable hours are DEPLORABLE.

LatM: And speaking of GLK&H, will we ever see Matt and Jennifer Walters together in the court room?

MW: I’ve been trying to get to that point for a while now! Still talking to Dan Slott about his thoughts….

LatM: Might we learn more about Murdock’s time at Columbia law school at some point? Possibly meet some of his old classmates?

MW: Yes, absolutely. We’ll be doing more flashback material in Year Three.

LatM: Where did Murdock and Nelson go to college? Did they know each other there? And how did they get from college to law school? Was that something they had planned all along?

MW: I’ve fudged continuity a bit now to establish that Matt and Foggy met in law school. I look forward to your angry letters.

LatM: Do you ever incorporate things from the news or current events into your stories? What’s the process of translating something like that onto the page?

MW: Oh, dear God, do I ever. My Evernote and Pocket files are FULL of those kinds of stories–wrongful termination suits (which begat issues 4-6), stories of cruel and unusual punishment (issue 10.1)…and the entire Omega Drive story arose directly from the Julian Assange charges…every week I see some story of justice gone wrong or someone trying to game the system and I can’t wait to fictionalize it, amp up the stakes a little bit to make it a little more “super-hero-ey,” and throw Matt at it. Illegal geoengineering and anti-bullying mob justice mistakenly targeting the wrong perp and destroying his life are two examples of things I’ve clipped from the web in the last month and will find a use for.

LatM: Which comic book attorney would you rather have for a lawyer: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Jennifer Walters, or someone else?

MW: Dude, Matt’s awesome in the courtroom but lousy at research and at keeping reliable hours. Foggy has problems of his own right now. And Jennifer Walters would be great, but she scares me. Give me the Earth-2 Dick Grayson–you can’t get more reliable and forthright than a lawyer who used to be Batman’s partner!

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Thanks again to Mark for a great interview.  And as always we look forward to the next issue of Daredevil!