I made him a flushed, disheveled, bedeviled scallawag, with his helmet at the back of his head, and the living fear of death in his eye, and the blood oozing out of a cut over his ankle-bone. He wasn't pretty, but he was all soldier and very much man. [ ]
I did him just as well as I knew how, making allowance for the slickness of oils. Then the art-manager of that abandoned paper said that his subscribers wouldnt like it. It was brutal and coarse and violent — man being naturally gentle when hes fighting for his life. They wanted something more restful, with a little more colour. I could have said a good deal, but you might as well talk to a sheep as an art-manager. I took my "Last Shot" back. Behold the result! I put him into a lovely red coat without a speck on it. That is Art. I polished his boots — observe the highlight on the toe. That is Art. I cleaned his rifle — rifles are always clean on service — because that is Art.
I am the entertainer And I've come to do my show You heard my latest record It's been on the radio It took me years to write it They were the best years of my life It was a beautiful song, but it ran too long If you're gonna have a hit, you gotta make it fit So they cut it down to 3:05
They said release "Remote Control" But we didn't want it on the label They said, "Fly to Amsterdam" The people laughed but the press went mad
— The Clash, "Complete Control"note This ended up as Truth in Television, as the record company altered the British version of their debut Self-Titled Album, including "Complete Control" in the alternate version released in the U.S., completely oblivious to the fact that the song was an attack on that kind of Executive Meddling.
To those who understand, I extend my hand To the doubtful, I demand: Take me as I am Not under your command; I know where I stand I won't change to fit your plan; take me as I am
Pip: You deal with those types more than me; how is someone so dense granted decision making privileges at all? Art: I think they give you an IQ test. If they see you cheating to pass it: You're management material.
"Now, in fairness, this storyline was an editorial mandate. In fact, most of these turns to evil were editorial mandates, further proving that editors aren't writers, so they should stop pretending they are!"
All we ever want is indecision All we really like is what we know Gotta balance style with adherence Making sure we make a good appearance Even if you simply have to fudge it Make sure that it stays within our budget
Milhouse: Mr. Moore, will you sign my DVD copy of Watchmen Babies? Which of your babies is your favorite? Alan Moore: You see what the bloody corporations do?! They take your ideas and suck them! Suck them like leeches until they've got every last drop of the marrow from your bones!
"I would like to relay an editorial comment that I received near the end of my time writing the Dark Knight New 52 series. In one scene, I had written that Batman is sitting on a rooftop during an intense conversation, close to a person who has been injured. The editorial comment: 'We're not sure you are 'getting' the character because it's common knowledge that Batman never sits down.'"
"With making a film, it's like trying to create a tune in the shower, while you have a hundred people singing around you."
What you have to remember is that in the movies there are two types of people: 1) the directors, artists, actors and so on who have to do things and are often quite human and 2) the other lifeforms. Unfortunately you have to deal with the other lifeforms first. It is impossible to exaggerate their baleful stupidity.
"I would like to hear more of the consummate melodic master, but I feel that big business and his record company have had a corrupting influence on his material. The rock and pop thing certainly draws a wider audience. It happens more and more these days, that unqualified people with executive positions try to tell musicians what is good and what is bad music."
"The producer, Konnie Kwak, and the company, ToonZone (Animation Development Inc) that produced the show, made and changed the show without my knowledge, aired it overseas (it never aired in the US) never told me about it and never paid me the money I was contractually owed for each episode that had my name on it. I found out five years later what they did, and everyone involved has either changed their number or will not contact me. There, I rather move on and leave it alone please"