“If something enters your brain pan and rolls around long enough, it comes out in different ways,” says comic book author Ann Nocenti. Having written and edited a number of major series, including Daredevil, The Uncanny X-Men and Green Arrow, she’s no stranger to the pressures of coming up with fresh ideas. Over the course of a 30-year career – which has also included journalism, filmmaking and curating – Nocenti has learnt that creativity can come from unexpectedly everyday sources.
“Comics are very fast,” she says. “I wrote Daredevil for four years, as well as Spider-Man and Catwoman, and when you’re on a monthly you’re working so fast you can’t help but become a little bit of a documentarian. You start taking from whatever you see. Daredevil lived in Hell’s Kitchen, and I lived in New York, so I would wander Hell’s Kitchen and see things and throw them in the comic.