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The Comics Journal Snippets [28 Feb 2005|09:23pm]
Brian Michael Bendis has been interviewed in the latest issue of The Comics Journal, #226 to be exact.

Deleted snippets from the interview are available at the website, and provide a pretty good look at the artsier side of Bendis, a side we don't get to see so often since his time became devoured by Marvel. In these snippets, Bendis talks about his Jewish upbringing, cinematography, the Image experience and his wife/business partner Alisa.
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Marvel Comics Writer Q&A at the Emerald ComicCon [15 Feb 2005|11:52pm]
As Marvel Comics darling boy, Brian Michael Bendis took the lead with his fellow panelists --- Marvel Team-Up's Robert Kirkman, recent exclusiver Ed Brubaker of Captain America, John Layman of Gambit and Marvel's Talent Relations Manager C.B. Cebulski --- at The Marvel Comics Writers Q&A at this year's Emerald City ComiCon.

Chris Burnham has penned a summary of the panel, available at Comicon's Pulse.
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Newsarama Interviews Bendis [29 Jan 2005|01:27pm]
Not much Bendis hype lately, but the critically acclaimed writer of Daredevil, Powers and Ultimate Spider-Man recently took time out to speak with Newsarama on how his run on Daredevil is shaping up now that it's winding down after an amazing four years.

In this interview, Bendis talks about his final arcs, "Decalogue" and "Murdock Papers", confirms the existence of a replacement writer, discusses the the hindsight of the future and continued work with Alex Maleev. Read the interview here.
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Bendis Board Locked? [24 Oct 2004|02:14pm]
This is a little late, but for those who might be looking to visit the Bendis Board, it is currently under a lockdown by the administrators. Here's the explanation from Admin Allen Hui:
To everyone:

This message board has seen far too many arguements this weekend. All of them seem to be based on misunderstandings and gut reactions to insult someone else or joining in to escalate a minor dispute.

If there is a misunderstanding, please refrain from insults or any inflammatory speech because that can only result in further misunderstanding. If you say something someone doesn't understand, apologize and clarify. Understand that if your words are misinterpreted, it is partly your fault. Try not to use profanity. I know it's ridiculous to want to censor profanity so I won't do that. However, the use of profanity can often make a point more unclear and in many cases, serve to invalidate the point. This is not about censorship or free speech. This is a matter of courtesy, etiquette, respect and the basic principles of effective communication.

Some users have gotten banned and returned to join the community. Others who hold grudges against these users should let it go. Any attempts to try to get someone else banned or to cause another dispute only proves the point that this board has become elitist and unwelcoming.

I don't want to treat everyone here like children but I'm sure that's how it appears because locking the board is, in a sense, "a time out." I also know it's unfair to punish everyone for the behavior of a few, but we are all partly responsible for allowing, encouraging, participating and/or inciting certain behavior.

We have gone over these exact problems over and over again. This is the last straw.

The board will be unlocked tomorrow Sunday, October 24, 2004 at approximately 3 p.m. PST. Until then, I will try my best to answer any emails and private messages regarding this in a timely manner. Meanwhile, you can post at any of the other Image boards but please observe and respect any explicit or implict rules. There is also a temporary Bendis Board operated by one of the Bendis Board regulars.

Be good. Thank you.
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Fanboy Planet Interview [21 Oct 2004|10:33pm]
Fanboy Planet just finished posting ALL four parts of their interview with Brian Michael Bendis, in which he talks at length about his Daredevil plans, controversy and the Avengers, wheeling and dealing in Hollywood and writing for his daughter. You can check out the individual parts through these links:

The immediate future in Daredevil stories
http://www.fanboyplanet.com/interviews/mc-brianmichaelbendis1.php

Controversy and Avengers
http://www.fanboyplanet.com/interviews/mc-brianmichaelbendis2.php

What else is Marvel up to?
http://www.fanboyplanet.com/interviews/mc-brianmichaelbendis3.php

Hollywood deals and DC Comics
http://www.fanboyplanet.com/interviews/mc-brianmichaelbendis4.php

Also, the people at Fanboy Radio have the MP3 transcript of their recent interview episode with Bendis, entitled "Bendis Disassembled LIVE" now available for free download. Grab it while it lasts.
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Fanboy Radio Again [15 Oct 2004|08:44pm]
Bendis fans and foes can tune in once again to KTCU FM 88.7 - The Choice Online this Sunday to listen to Fanboy Radio, where Scott and Oliver will once again interview Brian Michael Bendis.

Bendis is the current writer of Avengers, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers, Secret War and the new series New Avengers and will be taking your calls live this Sunday at 6pm CST.

Live Studio Phone - (817) 257-7631
Live Studio Text - Click HERE.
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Bendis Board Bits [25 Sep 2004|10:25pm]
We thought it'd be amusing to share some memorable dialogue from the Bendis Board. Cut and Paste Crusader, hit it!

Ford Dumps Flockhart – In Garbage Can
BENDIS!:
Hollywood legend Harrison Ford stunned onlookers in the Spanish city of Barcelona when he attempted to dump his girlfriend Calista Flockhart in a waste disposal bin. Indiana Jones star Ford and his Ally McBeal actress lover engaged in the high jinx as they made their way back to their hotel, following dinner at a restaurant in the city, where Flockhart is filming upcoming movie Fragile. An onlooker, who witnessed 62-year-old Ford's bizarre stunt, says, "They were laughing and joking like a young couple in love. She was squealing and begging him to put her down, but he kept saying he was going to put her in the bin. Harrison was showing off like a crazy teenager rather than a guy approaching his pension."
bloodyhell: Why do people try and top Michael Jackson? It CAN'T be done!!!

kubiak: A stunned onlooker said, "I saw a Grandfather try to put his 12 year old Grandson in a trashcan! It was weird. Then they toungue kissed."
A Question About God and Jesus.
www.ssscomics.com: So am I to assume that Jesus didn't want the religious couple to with the Amazing Race? They were pretty sure the lord was on their side.

bartleby: I had hoped the question was going to be "who would win in a fight?"

ourchair: Actually, I tend to see this as a very comicky conflict. I mean, we're talking about two individual manifestations of what is essentially the same evidence, going toe to toe in a brutal no holds barred match for the balance of Heaven itself.

It's like Jesus is fighting His divine twin only the divine twin is in His pure form. To illustrate, imagine if a Final Fantasy villain had to fight his Pure Form, which is usually an angel-winged creature being supported by operatic chorus and pipe organ music. That's what Jesus vs. God is like.

And for the record, it should be drawn by Erik Larsen.

Kirby's corpse: Think of it this way,
Bruce Banner = Jesus: mild mannered, well-meaning peace-loving
Hulk = Yaweh (God): angry, ass-kicker -- seems to act without reason
Grey Hulk = Holy Ghost: rare appearances

shaggyback: I think Christians totally got Jesus' message wrong. Jesus never claimed to be god or even the messiah. He basically believed that, like his mentor John the Baptist, his mission was to pave the way for the messiah (who was on his way) by convincing people to renounce their sins. He was kinda like the Silver Surfer, a herald. The messiah was Galactus.

Oh man if that doesn't get me sent to hell nothing will.
Iraq Erections- I cant believe no one made fun of this
Oeming:When the Iraq dude spoke yesterday, he kept saying "erections" instead of "elections" Lines like "Iraq will hold its erections" had me dying. I think he was pulling a ba-ba-booie on the US.

Myxomatosis: Iraq had just better not hold their erections on national CBS or they'll be fined $550K.

Doopspeak: As for me, I'm definately thinking about Kerry for this erection.

shaggyback: The terrorists are doing all they can to make this erection harder and harder. But in the end it will explode in their faces.

Anil: Haven't you guys been reading? Only some parts might have erections. Unlike Florida which can't hold anything but a crooked erection.

NickThompson: Is Florida Bill Clinton's new secretary?
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Bendis: Autobiografictionalist [22 Sep 2004|12:31pm]
Wow, that's a mouthful! In today's New York Times, Bendis provides his first autobiographical piece since Fortune & Glory.

As if the Short Bald Jew didn't already have enough comics under Marvel, he has found a new outlet for his words and pictures. Titled "True Believer", the piece can be found in the Business section, and explains how he as grown from small-time indie creator to big-time contract player for companies like Marvel. Click here to check it out.



According to Bendis at an interview with Newsarama, "They [at NY Times] wanted me to explain how my small business interacts with this big huge business that is Marvel in a special section about small business. But to do that I had to explain what it is we all do, because as we know, most people have no idea what comics are and can be."

"And to do that I plugged everything I have ever done,” Bendis added with a smile.
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Avengers Disassembled: Bendis Defends Himself [16 Sep 2004|08:43pm]
A few people emailed us at "We Never Call Bendis 'God.'" to let us know that Brian Bendis gave a whole earful to the guys at Comic Book Resources through telephone interview.

In "Disa-Bendis-Sembled: Brian Bendis Talks "Avengers Disassembled", the Short Bald One is given the opportunity to explain, defend and justify the current brouhaha in his work on The Avengers. Among the many things that Bendis brings up are:
The New Lineup: "[Spider-Man will] also be surprised at how much respect he gets from the team. Spidey is the hero who's been through it all and managed to come out intact, something his teammates recognize and admire, to Peter's surprise. ... And the immediate response to Wolverine is, 'Oh, Cap and Wolverine are such opposites! They couldn't even have a conversation together.' I know! Sounds like good dramatic tension to me!"

Why He Loves David Finch: "When we were done with Ultimate X-Men I looked at one ... and it really showed me what he could do and I was frustrated to leave. Boo hoo my high class problem. I've got all these books, but I was frustrated not to be working with him anymore. So when the word for Avengers came down, I literally said, 'I'm not doing it without David Finch' and I didn't even know if David wanted to do it. He could have been done with me and I wouldn't have blamed him."

On Current Criticism and Controversy: ""I was reading this article in 'Comic Book Artist' where they printed this old strip that was in a fanzine about Claremont, literally burning him in effigy for killing Jean Grey. He so angered the fans at the time and NOW you can't imagine Jean Grey not dying, I'm not comparing it to 'The Dark Phoenix Saga,' but my point was that there might be some room to let [my work] sit for a while before people flip out. But, um, I think when # 502 comes out I'll turn off my computer and go ride my bike.""
For the full article, as well as a preview of upcoming Avengers art, click on the link above.

In another Marvelous note, CBR also posted a preview of art from the upcoming Daredevil # 65 Anniversary Special, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Daredevil's creation as well as the 5th anniversary of the Marvel Knights imprint. This issue will tell the story of a question that hasn't been asked directly: "How has the public revelation of Daredevil's secret identity affected the rest of the Marvel Universe?".

Oh, we'd like to fend off accusations that we're a bunch of Marvel whores by telling everyone to go buy Powers, but it's a Marvel product now. Otherwise, it's really fucking good and you should still buy it anyway. Honest.
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Bendis' Statement on Wizardworld Chicago [23 Aug 2004|02:12am]
Oh we forgot to post Bendis' official statement on the controversy at his panel. Here it is:
Hi-

For those who care I just have a couple of things to say about what went on at my panel at Chicago con.

I regret the whole thing. Can’t say it any simpler that that. What I intended was to start a grass roots campaign to get the proposed Batman/ DD book off the ground, not to create a wrestle mania circus.

I apologize to everyone involved at DC comics. It was wrong for me to try and do this without your involvement. My frustration with the current climate between the companies pushed me to make what I feel now was the wrong choice.

For those of you who think this was a marketing stunt. There is no book so there is nothing to market. This was not a stunt. This book does not exsist [sic] and probably never will under current conditions. I do not need nor do I want this type of publicity.

For the record, I do not know and had never met bob wayne from dc comics. I have never spoken with him on the phone. I was genuinely surprised by his involvement in my panel. and while I greatly admire his blunt honesty that day it did take the panel into places I would never have gone. Things were said in the debate that I was not going to say outloud and the tone of the panel, by the nature of crowd reaction turned very circus like. In fact, for those who know me, I am the polar opposite of a wrestling guy and have never pulled a stunt like that in my life. And I can almost guarantee that I never will again.

I will say that the conversation between us on stage was probably one of the most honest conversations I have ever seen on a panel. Most panels being ‘rah rah’ panels, this was a lively debate about the mechanics ‘behind the curtain.’ those looking for a show certainly got one but I felt like shit afterwards and it only escalated as the weekend continued.

There was one thing in particular I said during the debate that I instantly wished I could take back. I wished I could grab the words out of the air and pull them back. And that was the line about dc being mad about joe’ kicking their ass every month.’ I truly regret saying that immature line. I am not a professional public speaker, in fact, I spend 99 percent on my life not speaking but writing. And my inexperience at public speaking is to blame.

I am in no way calling for or supporting any kind of ban on dc comics. Some of my very favorite comics and creators work at dc comics and I purchase dozens of them every month and will continue to do so.

All I was and am hoping for was some retailer and reader support in getting this big book going. I sincerely appreciate all those who got behind me on this and hope that one day we will get to do this story.
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Wizard World Chicago: Bendis Vs. Wayne [18 Aug 2004|11:07pm]

Today is Brian Michael Bendis' Birthday!*

Wizard World Chicago wrapped up last weekend, and lots of things happened for Bendis: several major announcements, a minor fiasco between Marvel and DC and some devoted well wishers from the Bendis Board.

The event that took center stage on news sites is of course, the aforementioned fiasco which involved the House of Ideas and The Distinguished Competition.

For several days before WW Chicago, Bendis had been leaving teases and hints on his messageboard about a secret announcement that would be made and the nature of the announcement was revealed at Newsarama shortly before he began his Super Happy Fun Hour panel.

In Newsarama's report, "Batman/Daredevil: Pipe Dream or Reality?" revealed just that: a move by Bendis to get the ball rolling for another Marvel/DC crossover project that would place the World's Greatest Detective beside The Man Without Fear and follow hot on the heels of the success of JLA/Avengers.

Newsarama's report also revealed that Marvel requested that Bendis NOT bring up this matter at the company panel in order to avoid giving the mistaken impression of identifying his statements as officialized by Marvel management. The panel's proceedings were well documented by Steve Higgins at Broken Frontier's Wizard World Chicago Recap.

As described in the recap, Bendis tells the story of how he and other comic creator friends had started contemplating ideas on a Batman/Daredevil crossover. When he pitched the idea to the editorial departments of Marvel and DC, who both said yes, the ball stopped in Paul Levitz' court who said "No."

Bendis seemed to be gearing up to appeal to fans to plead for DC's approval. But when Bob Wayne of DC interrupted with "that's not entirely correct." Things at the panel started going out of hand. Wayne insisted that "conditions exist at present that prevent it from being possible." DC would love to do the book, "just as soon as Joe Quesada is not at Marvel."

Bendis then insisted it shouldn't matter, that legal reasons or corporate reasons might sound valid but Levitz' personal reason that he and Quesada did not get along should not stop Batman/Daredevil from being made and that it would be possible to get the book done without any interaction on Quesada's part.

Eventually, panel degenerated into a Marvel versus DC contest. Insults about U-Decide, DK2 and Bill Jemas were being thrown with a panicked Bendis trying to restore order and return the focus to his intentions of grassroots comic book activism.

According to Wayne, their main contention with Quesada was the "type of behavior that [he] has exhibited in interviews like the one that ran in the New York Observer where he was completely over the line over what was appropriate behavior." Wayne's point was that it didn't seem like fitting "discourse" between two publishers who may work together.

Eventually, things calmed down and Wayne decided to step aside. Wayne gave him a business card and they agreed to discuss this matter in private. After Wayne exited, Bendis joked, "I don't think he's ever going to hire me. Yeah I'll be writing Batman when I'm like, eighty."

For an MP3 recording of the event, visit Comic Book Resources' Pipeline.

Ninth Art's Paul O'Brien made some insightful remarks about the nature of this display of company rivalry in his latest Article 10, Clash of the Cretins:
"The question is why anyone would think this was a sensible way to do business. It attracts attention, to be sure. But it doesn't attract attention to the books, and it just makes all concerned look like squabbling brats. I realise everyone in the industry is supposed to be looking for ways to appeal to children, but does that have to mean acting like them?

To be honest, the main argument against it being a publicity stunt is that it does nothing whatsoever to build appeal for a BATMAN/DAREDEVIL book. All it does is build a spurious Marvel/DC feud. Where's the money in that? Publish another MARVEL VERSUS DC series, with a photostrip of Joe Quesada and Paul Levitz mudwrestling in thongs? (Please don't. Not even for charity.)

There's been a general background of childish potshots from Marvel in DC's direction over the last few years, but nothing that really crosses the line from playing the established inter-company rivalry for cheap laughs. This affair takes that rivalry into a new and vastly more stupid dimension. Who is this meant to be impress? What does this achieve, other than make everyone look like a fool?

You can get away with calling out your opposition if you work in professional wrestling, because that's all part of the show. You can get away with it in rap because it's just part of the routine. You can get away with it if you're a proper celebrity because hell, if you're famous enough you can get away with pretty much anything. But comic book editors squabbling in public? It's like watching two local butchers have a fight in the street about the quality of their salami.

*Edward Norton, Patrick Swayze and Robert Redford are also having their birthdays too, but you don't care about that while you're reading a Bendis journal now do you?
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Miller Revisited [01 Aug 2004|12:33pm]
This isn't exactly Brian Michael Bendis news, but of related interest to those who currently follow his run on Daredevil, is Dave Wallace's retrospective look at Frank Miller's work on The Man Without Fear.

One would be hard pressed to find any other scribe who set the standard and defined the terms on which Daredevil is written as well as one who brought an increased maturity and a sense of deconstruction to superheroics and comics in general.

This even-handed look covers Frank Miller's work as collected in Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller volumes one, two and three, Born Again and Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. This piece is most interesting in that it expounds on the numerous parallels between Bendis' and Miller's work on the crimson cowled avenger.
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Brian Michael Bendis @ Avengers Forever [27 Jul 2004|04:06am]
As Disassembling continues, Brian Michael Bendis gets some words in alone and away from Marvel press conferences and with the people of Avengers Forever. Check out the interview here.

Bendis Quote of the Moment:
"I get this from some readers, they say: "Do you hate Matt Murdock? You're so mean to him." And I'm like, "Are you kidding me, I love Matt Murdock! Why do you think I torture him? Because I want his book to be the best comic on the market." And coddling the traditions isn't how you get there, its by facing them and building on them."
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News from San Diego 2004 [25 Jul 2004|08:13am]
San Diego Comic Con is upon us, or at least American comic book fans, and with it comes a whole slew of announcements from Brian Michael Bendis' biggest source of income, Marvel Comics. The most high profile series of announcements came from the Avengers Panel.

Currently on a promotional roll for Avengers Disassembled, Marvel assembled EIC Joe Quesada, Ed Brubaker, Adi Granov, Mark Waid, Tom Brevoort, Allan Jacobson, Brian Michael Bendis, Robert Rodi, Scott Kolins, Joe Casey, Allan Heinberg, and Robert Kirkman to announce new projects related to the Avengers side of the Marvel microcosm.

In a typical display of pomp, Bendis declared, "No one has guessed who the team will be after the Avengers Disassembled story. There are a lot of rumors floating around, but no one is right."

After Kirkman's run on Captain America, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting will be taking over the reins. No issue number has been announced as to when they take over, and the same goes for a special new announcement: Warren Ellis and Adi Granov are getting the keys to Iron Man, finally confirming weeks of rumors that Mark Ricketts and Tony Harris would no longer be on the imminent replacement team.

"Adi [Granov]'s stuff is fantastic and one of few times someone's taken CGI look and made it work," said Quesada. "Granov will be doing the first six issues of the Iron Man and then fill in artists will work on a few issues so he can get ahead."

Also announced was Young Avengers. Written by Heinberg (of TV's The O.C.) and illustrated by newly exclusive Jimmy Cheung. Quesada insisted, "It's not what you think. It's nothing like you're thinking, it's one of the most inventive series we've come along in a long time and Al has such an incredible take on the characters you'll be excited."

Heinberg pointed out that the characters will be all new and he joked about the creative process, when he first said, "Why am I doing this book? I hate this book!" The audience laughed and Heinberg said Geoff Johns' Teen Titans inspired the book, with young versions of Hulk, Cap, Iron Man and thor showing up in the wake of Disassembled.

Still on schedule is the "Avengers Finale" special in February, which is written by Brian Bendis and "it'll be like the last episode of 'Mash,' with special moments for every characters." It'll feature some of the top artists in the series, including a cover by Neal Adams and a final chapter by George Perez.

Although not an Avenger, a related Bendis project is Daredevil: Golden Age, which will begin after the conclusion of the current Black Widow arc. It's an anniversary special to celebrate forty years of the crimson cowled avenger, the arc takes readers through Daredevil's early years and features the yellow costume.

On the panel it was described as "a little like Once Upon a Time In America." When that series comes out Bendis will be scribing Daredevil's adventures in the Golden Age, Silver Age and Modern Age. Alex Maleev will handle art chores and has posted a preview of the cover to # 66 over at the Bendis board.

Other miscellaneous announcements include:
Galactus returns to Earth in Mark Waid's Fantastic Four, and chooses one of the 4 to become his new herald.

Quesada insisted that She-Hulk is NOT being cancelled, "We don't want to cancel this book and it doesn't look like we have to cancel it, but it could use a few more of you reading it."

In November, Thunderbolts returns with Fabian Nicieza and Kurt Busiek as writers, with Tom Grummet doing pencils. Casey & Kollins' Earth's Mightiest Heroes will also be shipping.

Robert Kirkman is also premiering a new "Marvel Team Up" series with art by Scott Kolins and the first two issues feature, as he says, "it features Spider-Man and that guy with the claws."
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Disassembling Commences [03 Jul 2004|03:54am]
Again, we here at We Never Call Bendis "God" apologize for the lack of updates, but the cause of such lies mostly in the fact that The Short Bald Jew hasn't really been up to anything that warrants special coverage, and until we start getting paid to do this, we cannot afford to keep track of every time he screws his wife or goes out stalking high school kids.

But I digress. Marvel recently held a teleconference to discuss the details of this month's special Avengers event, Avengers Disassembled! with Joe Quesada, Brian Michael Bendis and other involved persons. Details of this were posted today at Comicon.Com's PULSE, but here's a list of most of the important points that were made:
A preview of Avengers # 500 as written by Brian Michael Bendis and with art by David Finch (Ultimate X-Men) is now available online.

As previously announced, the main Avengers title will go into slumber after the Disassembling ends, but what was not announced was that a special story called "Avengers Finale" will be published between it and the subsequent relaunch on November.

Bendis compares Avengers Finale to the final episode of M.A.S.H. "All the surviving members of the Avengers ... get together one last time and, like a wake, it's kind of a funny sort of sad that definitely gives the characters a moment to reflect with each other and themselves about what happened and where to go next."

Industry legend George Perez will be illustrating the final chapter in the Disassembled story arc, also marking his first work since JLA/Avengers. A multiple gaggle of artists will be illustrating Finale, a collaboration that can be compared to the Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special (aka Ultimate Marvel Team Up Finale).

Someone will die, and according to Quesada, that death will be permanent for the foreseeable future, which is in keeping with his policy as EIC of "dead is dead". In the same breath, Quesada also mentioned that "there is a resurrection of an old character that may have nothing to do with Avengers right now only because the resurrection is done so damn good that I had to let it happen."

The Avengers relaunch will not only see more work from Bendis, but ANOTHER Avengers title to be written by an unnamed mainstream writer that neither Bendis or Quesada are prepared to talk about at the moment. As Bendis put it, "In theory, Joe already likes it better than mine."
Bendis Quote of the Moment:
"I just couldn't handle [the constant lies and rejection in Hollywood]. I just want to write. All the lying, the cheating, and the stealing - you sort of understand that in Hollywood because of the huge amounts of money involved in making movies. Comics? Surprisingly, [people] do the same and there's really no money in comics! People just want to behave badly, I guess. I don't understand that. You can understand fucking someone over for a million dollars, but not for ten dollars!
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Hollywood Reports on Jinx [03 May 2004|08:01pm]
Sorry for the lack of updates, but I was on a beach trip for the weekend without Internet access. But then again, who in his right mind would kill the fun of a good beach trip by going on the web?

Although previously announced at Wizardworld Los Angeles, the word of Charlize Theron's involvement in the film adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' award-winning Jinx has now become unofficially official, thanks to a mention in The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the publication, Theron, who recently won a Best Actress Oscar for her leading role in Monster, is in negotiations to not only star, but produce the film as well, through her production company, Denver & Delilah Films. Bendis himself will pen the screenplay.

This deal isn't the first time, Bendis has done deal-making dances with Hollywood types, as anyone who's read his satirical Hollywood chronicle Fortune & Glory can attest to. The rights to Jinx and Goldfish were originally with Miramax, but never made any significant directions towards a signed production deal.

Schedules are still subject to finalization, as Theron is still committed to filming the live action adaptation of Aeon Flux, based on the MTV cartoon of the same name, and the HBO movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Bendis remains firm about his commitments to his comic schedule.

According to Bendis, Theron started attaching herself to the project before she received her Oscar, but had "the most unHollywood notion of honoring her word after she became a big time Oscar winner."

Despite the book's obvious cinematic influences, Bendis insisted that in its present form, Jinx still needs a fair amount of work before it can transform into a workable screenplay from its epic form. "Though Jinx has filmic language, it is still very much a novel that takes its sweet time going where it goes," Bendis said. "There are big differences in structure and pacing. And yes, I do know what pacing is."

Jinx, which Bendis wrote and illustrated over the course of 2 1/2 years, was one of his earlier creator-owned projects before he found success with Image and Marvel. Its story revolves around the relationship between a worn out bounty hunter and a reluctant criminal and their partnership to locate millions of dolars of mob money.

Bendis maintained, "The characters and themes and most of the circus of the plot will remain the same. The relationship between Goldfish and Jinx is the hook of the book and the movie. It’s why Charlize is involved."
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Powers moves from Image to Icon [10 Apr 2004|03:31pm]
Those six words say it all.

Starting with the first issue of Powers, Vol. 2, Brian Michael Bendis will be moving his Eisner award winning title from its birthplace at Image to the House of Ideas, ending more than four years of publishing from the House that Todd Built.

How did this happen? Well, in an announcement that confirmed rumors reported by Rich Johnston, Marvel revealed the creation of a new imprint, ICON, whose role is to publish creator-owned projects outside of the Marvel Universe.

As Bendis put it, "[Both] Powers and Kabuki are holding hands and jumping to a brave new publisher after many awesome years at Image." and as such gives Marvel two fan favorite properties to kick off this imprint.

Bendis also added, "The good news is that nothing about the quality or content of the comics will change. This is fully creator owned publishing initiative just like Image Central is. We own every page, every staple. All content is ours. Produced exactly like we have for many years at Image. Same letter columns, same production people, same everything."

Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley said in the related press release, "We had been considering this kind of imprint for a while before talking to Brian and David. But once we did, everything fell into place... We are very excited about this initiative, and are thrilled that Powers and Kabuki are launching it."
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Eisner Time [07 Apr 2004|04:40pm]
In a self-confessed display of pomp and braggartness, Bendis announced the nominations his work has received for the upcoming Eisner awards. Here's the list, as taken from his message board:
Best Serialized Story: Alias # 22-28 AND Daredevil # 46-50
Best Continuing Series: Alias AND Daredevil
Best Writer: Brian Bendis, for Alias, Daredevil, Powers, Ultimate Spider-Man, & Ultimate X-Men
Best Painter: David Mack for Daredevil
Best Artist: Alex Maleev for Daredevil
Bear in mind that the official and complete list of nominees does not come out till Thursday, so these may, through some capricious stroke of fate, may change.
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Bendis at Wizardworld LA [29 Mar 2004|02:44am]
Pretty much everything on the Short Jew's plate was discussed at his panel at Wizardworld LA. Key announcements include:
Astro City's Brent Anderson will be the regular artist for The Pulse. His first first issue will be # 6, which will tie into the ongoing Secret War and guest star Wolverine.

As mentioned before, Bendis is trying to slowly put away the pieces of Frank Miller in his work on Daredevil. Thus from hereonforward, There will be new villains and new characters.

The departure from Ultimate Fantastic Four and the new Avengers Disassemble! assignment both happened for a reason. At a meeting for UFF, Marvel management liked Bendis' ideas for Avengers so much that he had to choose one team book over the other. UFF went.

On the other hand, in a gesture typical among industry peers, Bendis gave the thumbs up to Ellis' by saying that his first two scripts were fantastic. Bendis had fifteen issues plotted out with Millar.

The new group of writers for the Avengers books would be: Robert Kirkman (Invincible, Battle Pope) for Captain America, Michael Avon Oeming (Bastard Samurai, Hammer of the Gods) on Thor, and Mark Ricketts (Nowheresville) on Iron Man.

Due to overwhelming fan requests, Marvel will release an Ultimate Spider-Man script book, containing the best of Bendis' scripts. This is similar to the Powers script book.

As has been made clear from the recent Marvel Previews, Ben Reilly is coming to Ultimate Spider-Man. The Ultimate version of the notorious clone will appear during the Ultimate Carnage storyline. Bendis thanked visitors to his message board for the characters or ideas they tell him to stay away from. When that happens "I immediately do it.

Charlize Theron has decided to produce and star in a film adaptation of Bendis' noirsh crime epic, Jinx. And to reiterate, Bendis mentioned that the Powers movie is still on hold while Frank Oz completes The Stepford Wives.

Bendis will eventually write a sequel to Fortune & Glory once he gets more material beyond studio executive meetings. He'd like to write one about his work in comic books, but that'll only happen after Joe Quesada and everyone he knows is dead.
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Bendis to Disassemble Avengers [16 Mar 2004|03:37am]
Those who are worried that, between three Ultimate titles, one Image book and three mainline continuity Marvel books, Brian Michael Bendis just isn't spreading himself thin enough, worry no longer!

According to WizardUniverse.com, Bendis, together with Ultimate X-Men artist David Finch will be destroying Earth's mightiest heroes with the four-part "Avengers Disassemble". This begins with Avengers # 500 or # 85, depending on your counting system.

Bendis stated on the record that the whole gist of the story revolves around some of the Avenger's past mistakes coming back to haunt them, which is kind of vague, honestly, but Bendis hopes to "blow up the status quo" and deliver "a Shakespearean-level tragedy that uses the Avengers’ history to propel them forward."

Newsarama is keen on pointing out the significance of this event by mentioning that "Avengers Dissasemble" will also mark a change in the Avengers franchise as a whole. Once the story arc is omplete, the series will end and be relaunched again at a later date this year.

The current writers of Iron Man and Captain America (John Jackson Miller and Robert Morales, respectively) will be concluding their runs by the end of June and may either see new creative teams or a temporary hiatus on all Avengers-related titles until the relaunch.

Bendis Quote of the Moment:
"I grew up in the era of The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, and I think one of the reasons I didn't tackle superheroes for so long is that when you are faced with the greatest superhero stories ever told in the comic book medium when you're in high school, you're sitting there going, "Oh what am I going to do? Dark Knight Returns?! What the fuck am I going to say?"
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