Kelly Thompson talks the comedy and tragedy of ‘Birds of Prey’

AIPT Comics

Jul 30 2023 • 1 hr 23 mins

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Our Top Books of the Week


  1. Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor #1 (Mark Waid, Bryan Hitch)
  2. X-Men (2021): Hellfire Gala 2023 #1 (Gerry Duggan, Adam Kubert, Luciano Vecchio, Matteo Lolli, Russell Dauterman, Javier Pina, R.B. Silva, Joshua Cassara, Kris Anka, Pepe Larraz)


  1. Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor #1 (Mark Waid, Bryan Hitch)
  2. Hellcat #5 (Christopher Cantwell, Alex Lins)

Standout KAPOW moment of the week:

Nathan - BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness #1 (Keanu Reeves, Steve Scroce, Dave Stewart)

Dave - Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1 (Dan Watters, Riccardo Federici)


  1. Dave: Astonishing Iceman #1 (Steve Orlando, Vincenzo Carratu)
  2. Nathan: Doctor Strange #6 (Jed MacKay, Jonathan Hickman, Valerio Schiti, Juan Gedeon)


  1. Dave: Fantastic Four #10 (Alex Ross)
  2. Nathan: The Sacrificers #1 (Tula Lotay)

Segment: Interview - Kelly Thompson

FOC (August 13 Release Date SEP 5TH, 2023) Artist: LEONARDO ROMERO, Jordie Bellaire

Black Canary, Cassandra Cain, Batgirl, Big Barda, Zealot, and Harley Quinn,

Black Cloak #6 out next week!

  1. We can already tell Birds of Prey is going to be a blast, if you were to describe the vibe you’re going for in a sentence or two, what would it be?
  2. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a book that means a great deal to me: Jem and the Holograms. I can’t help but see some parallels! How did your work on that series about a girl gang with a badass lead vocalist prepare you for Birds of Prey?
  3. With a few issues under your belt at this point, I’m sure, is there a character that floats to the top of most fun to write? Follow up, who is a character that surprises you the most?
  4. We all know Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire are gosh darn gifts to the comics community. Were there particular visual moments that impressed you or surprised you in the first issue or two that you’d like to shout out?
  5. Something that always impresses me is your dialogue, particularly with groups! I’ve come to learn after interviewing different writers the approach to writing good dialogue can be different. Is there a particular technique you use in writing dialogue, or feeling out how different characters will approach one another?
  6. We’re greatly enjoying Black Cloak at AIPT, which presents a fully realized new world. How do you approach worldbuilding? Is there a Black Cloak Bible? (Folks should definitely check out the finale next week.)
  7. You also have The Cull coming out from Image Comics on August 16th, described as horrifying and delightful with a group even the press release calls reminiscent of the Goonies. When creating an entirely new friend group, how do you go about crafting their personalities and making them a unit, but separate?
  8. Anything else you’d like to promote today? Where can people find you?