Elliot S! Maggin’s Weblog

How comics are going south
Fri December 14, 2018
Piece from a Facebook post of 12/9/2018
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What you’ve got are a bunch of people who are in a marginally remunerative business only because they love it, each intent on establishing a personal legacy. So everyone who contrives to find himself in a position of some influence takes it upon himself to make massive changes.

The problem is that what they are building upon is an enormous heritage of popular culture and public awareness, the kind of foundation no amount of money can buy. Clark Kent is a more prominent journalist than Isikoff, Woodward, Hanity and Edward R Murrow for heaven’s sakes combined. Superman is more famous than the president – whoever is president. So when you walk into that house intent on changing everything you’re going to get blown away pretty surely.

The key is not to impose your notions of immortality on an immortal icon, but simply to build on the heritage in place. That’s what works. Nothing else does. The character's origin has been told and retold by better storytellers than you. So add to it; don’t start by throwing it out.

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Stitcher Link
Tue August 7, 2018
One of the online content clearinghouses that carry Elliot’s podcast
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Listen to StitcherListen to Elliot making stuff up

Last Son of Krypton at SDCC
Tue July 17, 2018
New (old) release
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This is to thank #GoACLU and #ComicCon4Justice for dropping a catch basin on my table so my friends can stop yelling at me for charging nothing for signatures. I just say, “Put something in the bucket.”

New release May 21 2018
Tue May 15, 2018
An Enemy’s Gift
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All posts since 9/30/2010:

Fri December 14, 2018 How comics are going south
Piece from a Facebook post of 12/9/2018
Tue August 7, 2018 Stitcher Link
One of the online content clearinghouses that carry Elliot’s podcast
Tue July 17, 2018 Last Son of Krypton at SDCC
New (old) release
Tue May 15, 2018 New release May 21 2018 (+1)
An Enemy’s Gift
Thu June 15, 2017 WordBalloon Interview (+1)
... with John Siuntres 6/6/2017
Sun May 21, 2017 A Conversation With Elliot S. Maggin from Bleeding Cool (+8679)
“Anytime Anyone Negotiates His Way Out Of A Work-For-Hire Contract, An Angel Gets His Wings”
Tue December 27, 2016 How does Superman fly?
Written for Quora.com October 8 2015
Thu December 15, 2016 Realism is Unrealistic
In answer to: “What explains the growing realism in comics? For example, in early comics Superman is near invincible save kryptonite. In later comics, however, he meets much fiercer opposition to the point where he actually dies.”
Sat December 3, 2016 A Muslim Registry?
First they came for the Muslims and we said, ‘Not this time, Motherfucker!’
Mon September 26, 2016 How to Write
In answer to the question: “How can I tell my 15-year-old daughter she is awful at writing?”
Thu July 28, 2016 Remarks on accepting the Bill Finger Award
San Diego, July 22 2016
(+2)
What I plan to do about it - Intellectual Property (3 of 3)
Fri July 8, 2016 Hillary’s Character Flaws
In answer to the question on Quora.com: “Is there a different standard of law and Department of Justice media treatment for Hillary Clinton?”
Fri June 10, 2016 Elliot S! Maggin, Richard E. Hughes to Receive 2016 Bill Finger Award (+5)
A lot of very formidable people have gotten this thing. I should probably be more impressed with myself.
Thu May 26, 2016 From Quora.com 5/26/16 (+2)
How much should the cultural circumstances in which a comic character was created determine how others write the character in the future?
Sun May 1, 2016 That’s My Boy!
Jeremy goes on a field trip
Thu April 28, 2016 To clarify ...
So maybe I’m getting a bit detailed about this ... but still 
Wed April 27, 2016 Intellectual Property (2 of 3) (+4)
Who owns the comics? There’s a coherent case to be made that creators own what they create. We plan to make that case.
Mon April 11, 2016 Of Course There Must Be a Superman (+4)
If he didn’t actually exist we’d have to create him
Mon April 11, 2016 Intellectual Property (1 of 3) (+3)
Asserting a claim on certain characters and concepts
Sat April 9, 2016 Stare at this picture long enough and you’ll see a giraffe
Wed April 6, 2016 Lorem Ipsum (+1)
What does it all mean?
Sat November 7, 2015 Everyone is Awful at Writing (+1)
Sometime in 2015 someone asked how to tell his 15-year-old that she is an awful writer. I told him.

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