A selection of some of the interesting, touching, funniest and strangest quotes from the past week:
“My big brother is gone now. And I don’t know what I’m going to do now that he’s not around to look out for me. I feel lost and alone and scared. Mike and I weren’t very religious. But I can’t believe that a soul as sweet and gentle and caring and generous as Mike’s just goes away. Today, I’m a believer. I believe my big brother is out there and he’s waiting for me. I believe he’s with Jack Kirby and Alex Toth and Will Eisner and they’re telling him how much they loved his work. And when my time comes, he’ll hug me and take me over to introduce me to his new friends. And then he’ll smile and say, ‘You just wanted to come up here because I’m here.’
“And he’ll be right.”
Matt Wieringo, from the eulogy for his brother Mike
“Jeff is a beautiful father figure in this movie. But you know the comic book. You know what the comic book is about. You know what has to take place.”
Terrence Howard, hinting at an appearance by Obadiah Stane’s armored alter ego, Iron Monger, in the Iron Man movie
“This is the sickest, most perverted piece of writing I have read in many a year. It is certainly the pervy-est thing I have ever drawn. God I love it so.”
Colleen Doran, on Stealth Tribes
“After more than fifty years of work, and nearly that many defending the 1st Amendment with my ass on the line–not merely sitting on my ass and distantly bluhbluhbluhblogging opinions to an equally culturally-amnesiac constituency–I am content to let Posterity worry about my ‘legacy.’
“As for your assumptions, since I am content to abide by the published terms of the settlement agreement, here is a trope that I pray will not be too obtuse for you to parse.
“You look at a small bump in the dirt, and you perceptively decide that it must be a Chinese leprechaun trying to burrow up from the other side of the planet.
“Dead brill, says I.”
Harlan Ellison, responding to Don MacPherson’s commentary on the Ellison/Fantagraphics settlement agreement
“…not everybody has access to comics, we live in a global community through the internet, but less not make the assumption everybody has a local comic shop, i have spoke to people from Iran, little cut off canadian villages, users from India… few examples that spring to mind, all ages, all walks of life all of us united by the love of art in a series of sequential boxes …”
“Adding more fuel to the fire, I am so pissed off about the number of tie-ins to 52 and Countdown that I am to the point of just wanting to stop reading comics all together. My positivity and good nature has crumbled in the face of the realization that the industry in general doesn’t seem to want me as a customer. The distribution chain doesn’t get my books to me on time. The publishers have no freaking clue how to market to me. My local retailer keeps screwing up my orders.”
Heidi Meeley, who would like your help in deciding if she should keep reading comics