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A lot of the British writers are terrific, but they tend to write very bleak stories.
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A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
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A writer writes. Period. No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
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Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
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Check out my run on Swamp Thing and you won't find a truly evil monster in the bunch. That's true for every series I've ever worked on.
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Creating characters for team books is a slightly different matter. I consider is the dynamics of the group, how should they interact.
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DC and Marvel now run a blurb in their books that says they will not accept unsolicited submissions.
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Depending on what you look like, going into a meeting stark naked with money taped to your butt sometimes works.
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I always wanted to fire rays out of my fingertips.
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I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer. In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.
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I can't count the number of people who've asked me what I thought of what Alan Moore did to Swamp Thing while he was writing the book.
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I had never really thought of myself as a writer; any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
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I hate the crazy, neurotic characters beyond a certain point.
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I have a general sense of the story's direction, what my ending will be, how much sub-plot I need to advance in this issue, and I go from there.
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I realized the only thing I owed my audience was my own judgment and my own best effort.
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I think there's something inherently dishonest in trying to go back and mess with the past.
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I try not to violate what came before me and to leave lots of wiggle room for those who will follow.
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I try to find what makes even the worst, most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
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I was a very sickly kid. While I was in the hospital at age 7, my Dad brought me a stack of comic books to keep me occupied. I was hooked.
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I would like immortality.
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I write my stories for me and hope that other people will like them as well. Thus far, I've been fortunate in that regard.
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I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me.
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I've always thought of myself as an organic writer, rather than a cerebral one. I feel my way along as I go, hoping I'll get to the place I intend to reach.
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I've had editors over the years who couldn't find a clue if it was stapled to their butt.
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I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme. To me, that's never been important.
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If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it. That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
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In general, shorter is better. If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence, you're halfway home.
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In the end, it's always a crap shoot.
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In these litigious times, if you're a beginner, it's becoming harder and harder to get your work to the people who might actually be able to hire you.
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It all depends on which side of the desk you're sitting on.
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It's all about who's where on the food chain. When I'm the story editor, I expect my writers to follow my vision. When I'm working for another editor, I'm obliged to follow their vision.
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Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff.
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Never being one to count a gift horse's molars, I went home and put together several ideas. I submitted them. I've been a writer ever since.
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Now and then, the characters take me to places I never expected to go. In many ways, those are probably my best stories.
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Of various TV shows we've developed, it comes down to putting together a pitch that we can take to development people at the various production companies around town. Verbal pitching is damn hard.
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People who were more concerned with themselves and looking good to their readers then they were with the characters sacrificed a series for the sake of a story.
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Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures. There are things I've written that I thought were complete catastrophes when I finished with them that have gone on to generate some of my most positive feedback.
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Swamp Thing was one of those occasions where everything worked perfectly in unison. My run on the Phantom Stranger is what helped cement my reputation.
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The bottom line always remains the same: What is the basic humanity of the character? How do I make them resonate with the reader?
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The first thing I look for is what makes the character human, what makes them tick. The powers are hardly important at all.
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The most unrealistic thing I've ever read in comics is when some group of characters calls themselves the Brotherhood of Evil or the Masters of Evil. I don't believe any character believes their goals to be truly evil.
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The psychology is that once you are over a certain age, you have nothing new to contribute, which of course is garbage.
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The Red Skull really believes the world would be a better place under Nazi rule. Victor Von Doom values art over power and has frequently been betrayed by love.
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There is an ancient legend which warns that, should we ever learn our true origin, our universe will instantly be destroyed.
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These days, it seems that if you're not already in place, you can't get there from here.
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Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
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Were there stories I wrote along the way that were terrible clinkers? God, yes. But they were all a product of their time, and I did the best I could.
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What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader, the visceral effect it has.
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When I got my first glimpse of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, my breath caught. In that single instant, he was Wolverine.
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When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes.
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When I'm working for another editor, my job is to make them happy. Whatever they want changed is within their right to ask for.
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When someone writes to tell me something I've written made them laugh or cry, I've done my job and done it well. The rest is all semantics.
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With all the superhero movies coming out, anything that's got a comic book in place jumps up the food chain.
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You can read a dozen different textbooks or how-to manuals that will tell you the basic rules of what makes a story-a beginning, a middle, and an end.
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