On Thursday of this week, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York and guest star in the Action Comics #14 backup story I drew (just in case you missed my last few posts), invited a group of reporters to his office to explain how and why he came to be involved in the creation of the comic. The meeting is detailed at Slate.com, but what I really enjoyed was the following photo that accompanies the piece:
Also, Space.com has posted Superman Meets Astrophysicist, a gallery of images from our story which includes three full pages in color plus the following caption which amused me greatly:
Tyson said he was pleased with the finished comic, especially because the artists were able to honor his one request in portraying him. “I said, ‘If it makes no difference one way or the other, could you shave a few pounds off me?'” he recalled. “They said, ‘Dr. Tyson, these are the comics. Everyone looks good.'”
If you’re a fan of having the ending of a story spoiled before you read it, check out the DC Comics official blog today to see what happens at the end of Action Comics #14!
And, finally, there’s a really, really nice review of our little story over at PopMatters.com, but I would urge you not to read it until you’ve read Action #14 (or clicked on the DC link above).
Behind the scenes trivia: most of the images seen on the computer monitor screens in our story (including the final page, which is shown at the DC Comics link above), as well as some of the data streaming in front of Superman’s face in one panel on page 7, was provided by the Hayden Planetarium staff and Neil deGrasse Tyson himself…
Bonus: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweet about the story
…and an NPR piece on Action Comics #14 (with audio).