CBR TV | Adam Glass on ‘Supernatural’ and Comics Future
Supernatural executive producer Adam Glass stopped by the CBR Speakeasy to discuss the success of the long-running CW drama, its early 10th season pickup, the structure of the series and more. Plus, he also weighed in on his career writing comics, what the future holds for him in terms of creator-owned projects and detailed his early experiences growing up and his path to Hollywood.
On the early pickup for Supernatural season ten: We thought that we would get another season — we’ve been doing really well. I wasn’t there in the beginning when Eric started the show and Sarah was there and Ben Edlund and all them. I actually got to work with all of them as part of the transitional time, but they talked about how every year they thought they were going to get cancelled. Every year, they thought, “This was it.” And by the way, we’re being told that by network — “You’re on the bubble” — and now look, here we are, ten seasons later. I joke, “Why not become the Doctor Who of America?” Let’s turn around, take the boys as long as they can and eventually find two other hunters. I don’t know if anybody likes that idea outside of me, but I think it’s the kind of show that speaks to people and can keep going for quite a long time.
On the structure of the show and how it’s influenced by previous shows: I think everyone steals from someone. We’re not the first show to ever do this. X-Files did it before us and before X-Files, Star Trek did it. I think everyone takes from who came before them, those influences are there. I think what we always talk about is, “What’s the familiar idea with the fresh take?” I think we’re starting to get it. NPR did a thing on us. … I hear they’re talking about a New York Times article about our show now, so I think things are starting to happen, people are starting to recognize our show. We have the greatest fans in the world. They are the ones who truly deserve a lot of credit because they’re the ones who keep us going no matter where we move.
On his reason for stepping back from comics: I love comics, I’ve been reading comics all my life, a passion of mine is comic books, but I have a young family. I remember being warned by … Peter Johnson, [who] ran McG’s company for many years — I remember saying, “I really want to get into comics.” And he said, “You got a family? When you’re missing your kid’s ballgame on the weekends because you’re getting in a comic book, it gets hard.” And I did start coming to that crossroads where I love it, but I wanted to do my own thing on my own time and pace, which I’m doing. I have a book coming out from Oni Press that I’m doing with Mike Benson, something that him and I worked on together called Brick, that I think we’re going to announce soon that’s going to be released in the fall or next year. I’m also doing something else that I can’t talk about that we’re going to do a Kickstarter fundraiser for a six-part series book I want to do starring a very famous television actor. … I want to tell stories that I want to tell. I loved my opportunities at DC and Marvel Comics and I hope there will be some time I can do it again. … For a while, I’d like to do my own thing, tell the stories I want to tell uninterrupted.
On his path to Hollywood: Where I grew up in my neighborhood, I was the cracker in the box. I grew up in a very urban area and it wasn’t until I got older, went to college, that I actually realized that there were differences going on. It was when I went to SUNY Albany in upstate New York, I started to realize that things aren’t the way they are in the Bronx. In the Bronx, everybody was sort of at the same level. Didn’t matter if you were white, black, Puerto Rican — we were all just poor. Because you didn’t know any different, that was your life. My mom did a good job with me, she never told me I couldn’t do anything, so I never really had any boundaries on me. I also had nothing to lose, so I moved out here and people asked me, “How could you do that? How could you know nobody at 24 years old and live in your car?” … I lived in my car, and I actually got to know the parking schedule pretty well. It’s funny, I used to drive down here and used to crash down here when it wasn’t so nice in North Hollywood. I used to know where to park my car, and I had a little pillow in my car — I think for the first six to eight months that I was out here. Then, I started sleeping on people’s couches. It took me four years to break into the business. For four years, I lived hand-to-mouth.
When I first lived out here, I had a car, then I lost the car and then I had a motorcycle. Later in life, I started to do well and bought myself a Dodge Ram pickup truck, brand new. … As I like to joke with my wife, I was admired by every car hop in Los Angeles. One day I come out to start my truck, and I go to start it up and I had just filled up the gas tank and it won’t start. I look at it, and all of a sudden, I realize that somebody siphoned my gas. It was karma! I can’t tell you how much gas I siphoned in my life! They finally got me back, man! I can still taste gas in my mouth sometimes.