Randall Lotowycz is an obsessive author who read his first DC comic—Superman #75—at age 11, has seen every DC movie on opening day, and had to build a custom bed frame to fit his dozens of crates of comic books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
How did you come up with the concept for a dartboard calendar?
Funny story, actually. At the time, I worked in the editorial department and it was part of my job to come up with new calendar ideas, which we’d have to present during weekly editorial meetings on Wednesdays. I prepared as I usually did, coming up with ideas at the last minute while riding the subway to work. I wanted to do something interactive, because I really hadn’t seen much of that with wall calendars, and the idea of darts jumped out. So when I was in the meeting, I started with a clever/obnoxious play on words, saying “I’ve got a wall calendar idea. I’m just going to throw it out there. If it sticks, it sticks…” and presented the calendar. The pitch was well-received, but the group then asked, “How do the magnetic darts stick?” I replied by saying we’d include a metal sheet in calendar. No one thought we’d be able to do it with manufacturing costs, but somehow our fantastic production department made it work.
Which month is your favorite board from the 2013 calendar?
I’d say Pinball in January (that’s not to say the boards go downhill after that). I work with a wonderful designer, John Passineau, whose designs have made the calendar what it is. He’s indispensible to the calendar. Pinball is one of those times where I’ve come up with a crazy idea but he makes it work.
Other than playing darts, how do you like to spend your free time?
Reading comics, watching horror movies, running in Prospect Park, volunteering at a local creative writing and tutoring center. I try to keep busy.
You are also known for the DC Comics Super Heroes and Villains Fandex. Who is you favorite hero/villain?
Superman, of course! I’ve even got a pretty ridiculous and large tattoo of Superman and Lois Lane on my arm, which was done to celebrate finishing the Fandex.
What characters, preferably from different comics, would you like to see fight one another? Who would win?
I’ll resist the urge to be snotty and ask “why do they have to fight? Can’t they just once team-up and try to make the world a better place?”
I’d like to see Superman and Archie fight. Perhaps Archie was infected by some sort of alien virus that drove him crazy and gave him super strength, or maybe Archie was being too much of a jerk to Betty and Veronica, and Superman had to step in. But I’d still like to see them settle their dispute over a game of chess and a few cups of hot chocolate. Either way, Superman would win, because he’s Superman.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’m going with invisibility, and not just for its seedier perks. Observation is powerful tool for an author, but as soon as you’re present to observe, your presence is already affecting the moment. To be invisible, to take yourself out of a moment, you can experience things you never would otherwise.
If you had said superpower for one day, how would you spend that day?
I’d watch people. And, I swear, I’m not trying to be creepy. I’d simply like to observe people in their everyday lives, like 1000s of personal and mostly likely mundane documentaries.
What is your next big goal for your life?
Getting my novel published.
If you had to do anything else, what would it be?
Had to? Like an earnest desire to do something? Or being held at gunpoint? Either way, I guess I’d want to start or work for a non-profit organization involved with literacy and children’s education.
What one calendar, other than yours, could you not get through the year without?
Probably Pocket Pigs, because it features adorable and tiny pigs! The only way it could be better is if the pigs were wearing proper evening wear. Hmmm… now I need to attend another editorial meeting.