Move over, Batman. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey fights crime 140 characters at a time in his very own comic. Crave's Bonnie Burton talks to writer Patrick McCray.
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Leaping buildings in a single bound? Not quite. Wearing a latex costume complete with a cape? Nah, that's not his style. But Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey does end up joining forces with Dr. Kane and battling his arch-nemesis Dr. Zott. Oh, and there's a giant robot spider too.
Written by Patrick McCray and drawn by Jason Moser, the "Jack Dorsey: Co-Founder of Twitter" comic portrays this social-media guru as much more than a founding father of Twitter. The comic, published by Bluewater Productions, shows Dorsey in a way most of his fans have never seen -- as action star.
"From what I could tell, Jack Dorsey is a mellow, thoughtful, level-headed guy," writer McCray told Crave. "I'm not sure how much that sane reason will sell as a comic book. But he also has a dashing quality. The idea occurred to me to have as much fun with it as possible, and to do so in a way that would be flattering, but not fawning."
McCray acknowledges that "writing full biographies of complex people is very tough in five panels a page for 22 pages, with about one word balloon a panel." It's tempting, he said, to have the characters be blunt and awkward in delivering exposition, "and that is a temptation we normally avoid."
But McCray used this approach to his advantage in this case. Instead of writing a typical biography comic, he transformed Dorsey into a secret superhero who believes in the power of social media.
"I was very influenced by the movie 'Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,'" McCray said. "In that movie, they made that awkwardness part of the bike. So, as the adventures go on, I'll really torture the flow of the dialogue to work in biographical tidbits that no one would realistically reveal in speech. It was fun, and I think it worked. We told Dorsey's story, I got to write an adventure comic, and we satirized the pitfalls of the bio-comic art form."
While the comic is clearly a satire, Dorsey does indeed go on one amazing adventure complete with a giant robot insect. "I liked Jack's duel with the robot spider, Killbot 9000," McCray said. "He defeats Killbot using exactly the kind of philosophy towards life that Dorsey actually has. So, in the midst of the ridiculousness, there is still truth."
McCray has yet to hear any feedback on the comic from Dorsey himself, but he does believe fans of Twitter will get a kick out of the work, even if some reviewers don't quite understand the humor.
"It was done with great affection," McCray said. "I must admit to being a bit confused by some of the media coverage, because it seemed as if certain commentators didn't get that it was a joke."
The "Jack Dorsey: Co-Founder of Twitter" comic costs $3.99 and can be purchased at Comic Flea Market.
The digital version of the comic is also available for download at Amazon, Nook, ComiXology, iTunes, and more for $1.99.
Other Bluewater Productions comic titles of tech icons include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Sheryl Sandberg.