Quotes: Running the Asylum
I'm starting to wonder if there isn't a single historical event that the Doctor wasn't
present at. As much of a myth as a man. Thus begins Russell T Davies
' obsession with turning the Doctor into a mythological icon, which was picked up by Steven Moffat
and led to insane depictions of the character in stories such as "A Good Man Goes to War"
(where entire armies tremble at his name).
You could say that any Batman
fan writing a Batman comic is writing fan fiction.
I have no idea where anything is. I have no idea what anything does. This is not merely a madhouse designed by a madman, but a madhouse designed by many
madmen, each with an intense hatred for the previous madman's unique flavour of madness.
You see, whether you can draw like this or not, being able to think up this kind of design, it depends on whether or not you can say to yourself, "Oh, yeah, girls like this exist in real life." If you don't spend time watching real people, you can't do this, because you've never seen it. Some people spend their lives interested only in themselves. Almost all Japanese animation is produced with hardly any basis taken from observing real people, you know. It's produced by humans who can't stand looking at other humans. And that's why the industry is full of otaku
These days, the majority of the comic book audience is 40-somethings who are not necessarily interested in comic books as a medium or panel progression or sequential narrative. They are probably interested in Wolverine
. There is a large nostalgic component in there and there's nothing wrong with it. But if those people then begin to influence the books themselves or increasingly the movies or the television series then they will want their story to refer to stories that they remember. It becomes very incestuous and over a few decades you get a very limited dwindling gene pool. And you get stories that have become weak through inbreeding.
The trouble is, in my opinion, that the fans have taken over the comic books. They're comic fans, they've grown up on comic books, some of them have read nothing but comic books. They are writing comic books and drawing comic books for
other comic-book fans to enjoy, with a lot of little fan references and fan jokes and fan names and characters in the background
; and so they say the Cosmic Cube
has reappeared and all the comic-book fans get a tingle because they know what the Cosmic Cube is and what the Cosmic Cube does. But a person picking up a comic book for the first time, the reference to the Cosmic Cube is going to go right past him. How many times has the climax
of the story been the revelation of who the villain is? You get this full-page panel for the last page of the story and it's Magneto
, and you get a chill
if you know who Magneto is, but if you've never heard of Magneto before, this is no climax to a story.
— Rick Norwood, "Hot Tips from Top Comics Creators"
I even wrote a script! Let's see, uh... (looks at paper
and 90's Kid start making out." Oh, wait, that's my fanfiction. (looks at another paper
) Ah, here it is! "90's Kid and Lupa start making out!"
Awesome, canon being written by the people who think that turbolaser bolts must have an invisible component that fires ahead of the visible beam because of a slight mistiming in a few VFX elements in a 30-year-old movie.
— Something Awful
forum poster McSpanky
, hearing that a Star Wars
technical manual was written by a Star Wars
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
go? Or a commando team? What's up with this "mano a mano
," "I must face him alone
" shit? You're not a Jedi Knight, you know. Picard:
I know. But this is what happens when you let fanboys write scripts.
Have you ever read one of those Yu-Gi-Oh! fan fics
where the author clearly has no friggin clue about story structure whatsoever, and they end up making me and the pharaoh long lost brothers, and then they completely forget to stick any card games into the plot? If so then you'll find X-Men Origins: Wolverine
to be extremely familiar territory, as it plays out precisely like a fanfic Gone Horribly Wrong
That's what I always hate about revivals of really old franchises: the creators are always just a little bit too much in love with the subject matter. That's why everyone in the new Doctor Who
spends all their time alternating between sucking the Doctor's balls and asking for more.