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American Splendor is just an ongoing journal. It's an ongoing autobiography. I started it when I was in my early 30s, and I just keep going.
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American Splendor... that's a satirical name. People who would look at it wouldn't think my life was splendid at all. They'd think it was kind of funky.
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As far as it selling, it took a million years 'cause it never sold, except for last year when the tie-in book came out with the movie.
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At one point Marvel Comics was just about bankrupt. These problems have been with comics for quite some time. They haven't figured a way out yet.
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Chances are I'll probably keep working 'til I'm 67. I think it's been a good job. I enjoy the people, and the work isn't very taxing.
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Comics aren't as glamorous as some of these other forms.
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Deciding what to do about money is a major issue. The longer I do freelance writing on books and music, the more contacts I make.
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Essentially all I've wanted this to be is a journal of a life, because I think that sort of thing is worth recording.
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Everybody's like everybody else, and everybody's different from everybody else.
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Go to the library and look in the comics section, and you will probably find some of these big coffee-table books.
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I also do commentary on a local NPR station. I can talk about pretty much anything I want to talk about.
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I came up with American Splendor. Some people think it's American Squalor.
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I continue to be disappointed that people don't try and diversify the kind of work they are doing in comics.
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I decided I was going to tell these stories. I went around and met Crumb. He was the cartoonist. I started realizing comics weren't just kid stuff.
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I didn't imagine that the film would be as good as it turned out.
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I don't go to see a lot of movies.
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I don't write about certain arguments I have with my wife. I'd get my head torn off if wrote about certain things.
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I just think that there is very interesting stuff in the mundane.
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I met Robert Crumb in 1962; he lived in Cleveland for a while. I took a look at his stuff. Crumb was doing stuff beyond what other writers and artists were doing. It was a step beyond Mad.
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I really don't have a lot in common with the people who attend the Comic Con. It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same.
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I think comics have far more potential than a lot of people realize.
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I think the people who would be the least interested in my work would be people who read lots of comic books.
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I think you can do anything with comics that you could do in just about any art form.
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I thought I had a great opportunity when I started doing my comic book in 1972. I thought there was so much territory to work in.
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I try and write the way things happen. I don't try and fulfill people's wishes.
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I want to be getting work that is more like the work I did before the film. I want to be able to do that on a regular basis. I'd like to find a few good editors I could work with on a consistent basis.
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I want to improve my life with this film.
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I went into remission for cancer, but I've had it since then. I had it in 2002. I'm supposed to be in remission again.
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I would feel much better if the alternative comic book movement was much stronger than it is now.
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I write scripts in storyboard fashion using stick figures, and thought balloons and word balloons and captions. Then I'll write descriptions of what scenes should look like and turn it over to the artist.
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I'd been at the hospital, working for the federal government for 37 years.
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I'd been familiar with comics, and I'd collected 'em when I was a kid, but after I got into junior high school, there wasn't much I was interested in.
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I'd been in films before, not a lot, but in a couple of films. I felt comfortable with them.
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I'd like to make more money because I have a 15-year-old foster daughter and a wife to support. I'm already retired. I'm 63 years old.
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I'm 60. My parents both got Alzheimer's disease in their late '60s and died a few years later. I figure that could very well happen to me.
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I'm a guy that likes to sit in one place.
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I'm already doing stuff that's getting published in different magazines and books. They just haven't been collected into anything. I don't know what direction to go.
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I'm doing research for a large comic book on the Beat Generation guys - Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and those guys.
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I'm working on a comic on a woman I know who went to Macedonia. The book is about her journey, where she meets these people that are trying to get peace going.
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I've been doing comics for some of the newspapers I write for, on jazz and musicians, and I've been doing some comics online.
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I've been portrayed by all kinds of people. I've been in movies before, documentaries. Guys have been drawing me for years.
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I've gotten some pretty lucrative freelance writing jobs out of it so far, but it's stuff that's connected with the film.
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I've probably had my day in the sun. I think I've influenced a lot of comic book writers.
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It didn't take long to establish myself, as far as people thinking my work was good. They liked it from the start.
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It makes you feel good to know that there's other people afflicted like you.
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It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing.
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It was clear that you could do anything with comics that you could do with any other art form, but less of it was being done.
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It's extremely seldom that anybody wants me to change what I've written about them. Generally I portray them in a good light, if they're friends.
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Letterman... he got his problems. We don't get along too well.
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My direct income from American Splendor has leveled off, and I don't expect it to go up. I don't look for any support from comic book fans, and comics aren't in the best shape anyway.
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My last comic, The Terminal Years, set the stage for what I'll be facing.
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My life was in the balance. I didn't know whether I was going to live or die. I was very depressed by having the cancer and the treatments. I was moving into a new house at the same time I had this lymphoma.
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My pension is not enough to make it. I've got to try and pick up more freelance writing work. I'm hoping this film helps me do that.
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My work looks like a comic book in form, but it's not a typical comic book in content. I write autobiographical stuff.
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Not everything in my book is about unhappiness.
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One of the major companies got an exclusive distributorship with one distributor. So other comic book companies responded in kind. From then on, things really deteriorated.
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People who are readers of fiction aren't particularly interested in comic books.
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People writing about me have said that I've influenced a lot of people, and there are some artists who have credited me with influencing them.
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Plays have been made of my comics.
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Some lady that I'd known as a kid and had a secret crush on, I ran into her at the bank, and we got to talking. She was nice as ever.
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That's why I write, so people can understand what we got in common and they'll see they're not the only person in the world that's like that.
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The employment situation in Cleveland isn't that great, so a job at the V.A. isn't considered as bad as it might be in a place where jobs are plentiful.
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The film's success so far involves winning a couple of prizes at Cannes and Sundance, and getting some very nice reviews in newspapers and magazines. That hasn't had a big impact on my life yet.
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There are things I've done that I'm kind of ashamed of; everybody is like that. I'm not ashamed of having cancer, and I'm not ashamed of having that portrayed.
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There hasn't been enough change in comics to suit me. I don't know why exactly.
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There were some pretty amusing strips, but most comic books were still being written for kids.
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There's a Smithsonian collection of underground comics that came out a while back. That seems to be pretty representative.
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They saw where I was drawn in all sorts of different ways by different artists. They decided they could have more than one version of me.
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They wanted me to appear at the festivals. It was in Australia and New Zealand before it was in America-the movie. It started off there.
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They wrote their script, I talked to them. I saw they weren't stupid. I trusted them. I thought they'd make the best movie they could. They exceeded my expectations.
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They'd never seen any comics like that before.
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Things improved a little bit in the '80s; there was kind of a revival of alternative comics, but then they went downhill in the '90s.
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