Quotes: Running the Asylum

Liz's problem was that she didn't want to be a pro wrestler. Her $156,000-a-year contract, which was disproportionately huge for the amount of work she did, was for her role as a manage; her contract gave her the right to refuse to get in the ring. Russo kept her around early in his tenure and was constantly trying to get her to strip down to her bra and panties on TV, probably since when he was a wrestling fan growing up in Long Island, she was the biggest sex symbol in the WWF...And then, of course, there was the David-Stacey (Keibler) wedding that, in a swerve, never took place, as Stacey revealed that David wasn't the father of her unborn baby. By the grace of God, the company went out of business before fans had a chance to hear her identify Russo as the dad, which was the original business plan.

The mere thought of Russo booking an angle that saw him having sex with the hottest girl in the company was annoying enough, but on top of that, Russo had somehow now become the number-one contender for the WCW title.
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez on Vince Russo, The Death of WCW

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).
Joe Ford on Doctor Who, "Rose"

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) "Lupa 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!"

Let's face it: Kevin Smith is a comics fan. That's one of the things he built his reputation on through his movies. He was the filmmaker who wore his geek influences on his sleeve, and whether or not it's another symptom of parts of the comics industry being so insecure that they beg for the table scraps of other media, the fact that hes a high profile fan is a key aspect to these books [...] Smith's writing on Batman is marked by nothing so much as a pervasive immaturity. He writes like a 13-year-old in every possible way [...] trivia and minutiae, the things that every kid obsesses over, are a substitute for storytelling and that all will be forgiven if you throw some old Catwoman costumes and draw the Batcave with some stuff from the TV show in the background. And underneath it all is the idea that someone actually thinks this is good, and it's just sad.

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 fansite admin

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Data: Shouldn't I 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.