When I got my first glimpse of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, my breath caught. In that single instant, he was Wolverine.
I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer. In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.
I've had editors over the years who couldn't find a clue if it was stapled to their butt.
I realized the only thing I owed my audience was my own judgment and my own best effort.
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.
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.
Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff.
I hate the crazy, neurotic characters beyond a certain point.
Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
I think there's something inherently dishonest in trying to go back and mess with the past.
I always wanted to fire rays out of my fingertips.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
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.
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.
In general, shorter is better. If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence, you're halfway home.
It all depends on which side of the desk you're sitting on.
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.
What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader, the visceral effect it has.
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.
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.
I try not to violate what came before me and to leave lots of wiggle room for those who will follow.
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.
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.
I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me.
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.
Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
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.
Creating characters for team books is a slightly different matter. I consider is the dynamics of the group, how should they interact.
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.
I would like immortality.
I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme. To me, that's never been important.
I try to find what makes even the worst, most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
I had never really thought of myself as a writer; any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
There is an ancient legend which warns that, should we ever learn our true origin, our universe will instantly be destroyed.
The bottom line always remains the same: What is the basic humanity of the character? How do I make them resonate with the reader?
In the end, it's always a crap shoot.
A writer writes. Period. No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
These days, it seems that if you're not already in place, you can't get there from here.
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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