Words For Pictures

Anonymous asked: If you had a story you wanted to tell for Avengers, but you didn't get to it do you rework it so you can tell it as an x-men story?

brianmichaelbendis:

 no. my stories tend to be so character focused that something like this is nearly impossible.

thewayilikecomix:

anghraine:

gameraboy:

In the second draft of the Star Wars script, the character Luke Skywalker was changed into a woman. From the book Making Star Wars:

Lucas made a significant alteration to the second draft during the last couple of days in March 1975: He changed Luke into a girl. “The original treatment was about a princess and an old man,” Lucas explains, “and then I wrote her out for a while, and the second draft didn’t really have any girls in it at all. I was very disturbed about that. I didn’t want to make a movie without any women in it. So I struggled with that, and at one point Luke was a girl. I just changed the main character from a guy to a girl.”

and don’t forget:

*weeps for what might have been*

Why don’t make an Elseworld…

…And we talk it out. Lately, I’ve had Roy Thomas come in, and he sits and makes notes while we discuss it. Then he types them up, which gives us a written synopsis. Originally — I have a little tape recorder — I had tried taping it, but then I found no one on staff has time to listen to the tape again later. But this way he makes notes, types it quickly, I get a carbon, the artist gets a carbon … so we don’t have to worry that we’ll forget what we’ve said. Then the artist goes home … or wherever he goes … and he draws the thing out, brings it back, and I put the copy in after he’s drawn the story based on the plot I’ve given him. Now this varies with the different artists. Some artists, of course, need a more detailed plot than others. Some artists, such as Jack Kirby, need no plot at all. I mean I’ll just say to Jack, ‘Let’s make the next villain be Dr. Doom’ … or I may not even say that. He may tell me. And then he goes home and does it. He’s good at plots. I’m sure he’s a thousand times better than I. He just about makes up the plots for these stories. All I do is a little editing … I may tell him he’s gone too far in one direction or another. Of course, occasionally I’ll give him a plot, but we’re practically both the writers on the things.

—Stan Lee, 1968 (via comicbookartwork)

(via comicquotations)

ROZ KIRBY: Have you been satisfied with what you’ve done?

KIRBY: Have I been satisfied with what I’ve done?

GROTH: Yeah.

KIRBY: If I’ve done it myself, I’ve always been satisfied. If somebody interfered, it always created a bad period in my life.

GROTH: What was the most creatively rewarding period in your career?

KIRBY: I believe when I was given full rein on The New Gods. I was given full rein on The New Gods, and I was given full rein on Mr. Miracle. Mr. Miracle was a fine strip. I was given full rein on many other strips, which sold extremely well and made me very happy. I was happy doing them because as a professional, you’ve got to take the credit for it, or you’ve got to take the, beating for it. I don’t like to take a beating without being responsible.


GROTH: You don’t want to take somebody else’s beating.

KIRBY: I don’t want to take somebody else’s beating. That makes me unhappy. So right now, I can tell you, I’m a happy man because whatever I’m doing, I do for myself and I do a little creating here and there for others, and they work out very well. I feel like an independent man, and I am. This is the kind of feeling I always wanted. You can rarely get that… Well, I could rarely get that in the early part of my life.

GROTH: I think most people can rarely get that. You have to fight for it.

KIRBY: Yes.

drdavidmrmack:

Reading this amazing book tonight!  WORDS for PICTURES by @BRIANMBENDIS  I highly recommend it!
I maaaay even have a chapter in it….

drdavidmrmack:

Reading this amazing book tonight!  WORDS for PICTURES by @BRIANMBENDIS  I highly recommend it!

I maaaay even have a chapter in it….

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inkedsleeves asked: Do you ever go back to any of your published work and think " oh my god. Why did I write it like that?" Also, when do you know to just stop making changes? I keep having this urge to change my origin story for my character. I'm just so caught up on first impressions. That and I kind of started it off with a narration and I find narrations to be so cliche now

brianmichaelbendis:

It’s called personal growth and there’s nothing wrong with it.

 the desire to go back and change work that you know you could do better now is overwhelming. it can completely consume you.

 to stop myself I remember what George Lucas did to the original Star Wars movies and when Spielberg took out the guns of ET and how disappointing that was to me and it stops my desire to go back on everything.

BUT I’ve done it twice myself.  when I re-released fire, one of my earliest original graphic novels,  on sale now for Marvel icon :-), I redid all of the lettering and cleaned up almost every page. those changes were all cosmetic and for the better. I had made art mistakes and the lettering was amateurish and atrocious.  I think I am at a place in my career where people would not be charmed by that so much as disappointed and may be even feel ripped off so I turned that early work into a more professional package. now I can stand behind it.

 the other time I attempted to fix something was a never released collection of a very early work I did which I will not even name because I don’t want be looking for it. my changes to this were so dramatic and my abilities had increased so dramatically from the beginning of the project to where I was now that it ended up being a complete mess. a complete disaster. I never even released the collection and I reminded myself to never do that again. just let it go

 also, I’m lucky because to scratch that itch, every once in a while I get hired to adapt my own material into screenplay form and I get to rewrite something I did years before knowing what I know now about writing and myself. even though none of you see that stuff it makes me feel better :-)

demon-of-the-fall asked: With the comics you have worked on, which has been your favorite, which has been the most difficult and if you could work with a super hero (or villain) comic book that you haven't worked with before, who would it be and why?

brianmichaelbendis:

It’s an answer you hear a lot of creators give but it’s completely true and if it’s not true you the creator is doing something wrong:

 my favorite and most difficult work is what’s right in front of me.

Bill Sienkiewicz Draws Elektra

If you have not seen this video, set aside ten minutes and press  ▶︎. 

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1989 - Anatomy of a Cover - The Groo Chronicles Book #1
By Sergio Aragonés

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Anonymous asked: So, here is a WORDS FOR PICTURES question: if the only way to get found by Marvel, DC, IDW or any other publisher who has there own "universe" is by already being published or self-publishing, how do you suggest getting noticed by those companies? Especially where they don't take submissions...

brianmichaelbendis:

You answered your own question. make a comic.

 do it because you’re dying to do it and there’s nothing stopping you and, as a bonus, it also will be your calling card… telling people exactly what kind of creator you are.

 and if you think that sounds like a lot of work: what do you think is going to happen once you get hired?

lethargicmess asked: advice for an author that has a hard time finding an artist to work with ?

brianmichaelbendis:

Go to websites where artist poster artwork for digital webbing, my board, things like that… introduce yourself to talented people

 go to conventions, introduce yourself to talented people…

 learn to draw.

zegas:

Dr. Doom was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. This is yet another Kirby design that I never even attempted to draw. Not a single doodle, not a sample page, nothing. And now? I’m afraid I have to give everything up and dedicate my life to Victor Von Doom.