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Cavan Scott

Cavan Scott | Author & Comic Writer

We recently caught up with Cavan Scott to talk robot sharks, Peter Capaldi, and what it’s really like inside the world of comics. Cavan has written for such series as Doctor Who, Star Trek, Adventure Time, and more, and is the author of DK’s LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes The Awesome Guide.

Your work in four words:

Living my childhood dream.

Your favourite DC Comics Super Hero:

Has to be the Man of Steel.

Three objects you couldn’t do without:

My iPad, the coffee machine, the radio.

What makes the perfect villain?

An evil laugh. And remote controlled robot sharks. Definitely remote controlled robot sharks.

What’s the best part of your day?

When that line of dialogue which has eluded you for days, finally clicks into place...

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the comics industry since the start of your career?

The internet has changed everything. It’s never been so easy for fans to talk to creators, or vice versa, or to get your work noticed. And then there’s digital comics. My iPad is always packed with new comics to read, so wherever I go I’ve got part of my comic collection with me.

What’s the single strangest day you’ve had on the job?

Going on the Doctor Who set to meet Peter Capaldi while writing Supremacy of the Cybermen. One day I’m writing lines for his Doctor, the next I’m standing in the TARDIS having him show me how the console works. It was wonderfully surreal.

What would be your dream collaboration?

I’d kill to work with John Romita Jr. Not literally, of course. Unless remote controlled robot sharks are involved.

What’s one thing most people wouldn’t expect about the world of comics?

That it’s a smaller world than you'd think. A real community. Comic creators are the best.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

The ability to create more hours in the day.

Do you have any advice for aspiring comic writers?

Don’t wait for someone to tell you it’s okay to start making comics. Make your own anyway. Show them to people. Share them online. Team up with friends. Just. Make. Comics.

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