Q&A with Comic Book Entertainment Writer Josh Wilding

Josh Wilding is a writer and Jr. Editor for comicbookmovie.com. He recently attended the premiere of the 3D trailer of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in London, which also included interviews with stars of the film Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. His review can be found here, while the new trailer is now online and can be found here.

 

How long have you been actively contributing to comicbookmovie.com?

I started contributing to CBM back in 2009.

What got you interested in comic books/comic book movies?

Watching the animated Spider-Man series back in the 90’s as I was growing up was what got me interested in Spider-Man, but it wasn’t until the release of his movie in 2002 that I started buying comic books. From there, the obsession has grown – I now pick up probably close to 100 comics a month and as a movie lover, it’s unbelievably satisfying to see these characters brought to life on the big screen. When the adaptations are handled well of course…

How did you decide to start writing about comic book movies, and why did you choose this site to start on?

CBM is a fantastic site. It’s owners, Jim Littler and Nathan Best have opened it up to everyone and anyone. Its content is entirely user contributions, and this has allowed me to not only make some useful contacts and meet some great people, but also interview some of my favourite comic book writers and artists (not to mention attend events like the London Kapow Comic Con). I am now a Jr. Editor on the site and also make up to £800 a month from what I post with Google AdSense.

How many hours a week to you dedicate to your writing/reporting?

Well, more than I can count to be honest! I’m currently at Cardiff University (Wales) studying English Language and Journalism so I usually spend the evenings hunting down news – I’m not a big sleeper either so search right into the early hours some nights!

When putting articles on the site, how do you decide whether something is worth putting on the site and what’s not?

One of the responsibilities that comes with being one of CBM’s Jr. Editor’s is judging what should and shouldn’t be on the main page of the site, bringing it up to a quality where it can be displayed there and deleting any old news which is posted. We’re a good team, and with the guidance of Jim and Nate, we do our best to make CBM a fair and quality driven site.

What’s been your most memorable moment while writing for the site?

Attending the first Kapow! Comic Con last year and seeing both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston present never-before-seen footage from THOR was fantastic. Just the other night I was in London representing CBM by reporting on The Amazing Spider-Man sneak peek…that’s probably my most memorable of the two.

The genre of the comic book movie has only become popular within the last decade or so. What do you think has changed during that time that has allowed super heroes to flourish in Hollywood?

Thanks to movies like Spider-Man and then later on the likes of Iron Man, The Dark Knight and recent releases such as Captain America: The First Avenger, I think superhero movies have now reached a certain level of quality that means even people who have never read a comic are looking forward to these things! We had to endure some bad adaptations to get to this point, but just look at the three big comic book movies out this year. The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises all have incredible talents in front and behind the cameras. These days, comic books are COOL.

What advice would you give to people who want to write about comics, comic book movies, etc.?

Come and pay a visit to CBM! The site has allowed me to hone my craft and hopefully opened up a lot of doors for the future. Otherwise, I think the most vital quality you need to have is the ability to be passionate about these characters without letting it interfere with how you present the news you write about them.

What are your plans for the future?

Well, whatever happens, I plan on sticking around CBM. The has, well, changed my life! I know that sounds over the top but this time last year I was at a completely different university studying an entirely different subject. My work on CBM convinced me to pursue an English/Journalism degree. Once I graduate, I hope to be able to write for any of the big film magazines out there, although I’m well aware that it will take a lot of work to get to exactly where I want to be. Print appeals to me a lot more than online journalism.

Finally, the most important question. Marvel or DC? 

Marvel hands down! Their heroes are way more relatable and while the recent relaunch over at DC has resulted in a handful of fantastic titles by great creative teams, none of them match up to Stan “The Man” Lee’s brilliant creations. ‘Nuff Said!


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