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Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story Paperback – July 14, 2000


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Gph edition (July 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929998066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929998067
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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It's a quick read, but one that you'll read over and over again.
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This is a hilarious and fun look at "inside" Hollywood from the POV of one of the best writers that is writing comic books today.
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This is one of the books I buy for my non-comic-book-reading friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Britt Schramm on October 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Who hasn't wondered about the decisions made behind the big oak doors that house the great minds' of the movie making industry? Well, wonder no more as Bendis brings an insightful tale of the trials and tribulations of a movie plot based on one of his comic books. While the lying agents and movie producers were not surprising, I was shocked to see the ineptness of most of the players involved with making a movie. Clueless does not even begin to describe them. As for the art, Bendis' style may seem a bit cartoony to the average reader but it actually fits the tone and mood of the story. Forget all of you preconceived notions and stereotypes about comic books. If you like deft, dry humor, this book is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul M Mattingly on December 31, 2000
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The year 2000 was the year of Brian Michael Bendis. Working on several incredible comic titles including "Sam and Twitch", as well as "Ultimate Spiderman", He is now recognized as a premire comic book writer. My personal affection for this book, "Fortune and Glory", is limitless. Bendis' great stregnth is in his use of dialogue. Not unlike Tarintino, his characters' dialogue is littered with pop culture refrences that make the "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" fan in me smile. This is one of the books I buy for my non-comic-book-reading friends. Any actor, screenwriter, movie buff or trecker will find somthing to love in this very real account of Hollywood's stranger than fiction reality.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Kendrick on July 28, 2000
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If you have not read the work of Brian Michael Bendis ( Torso, Jinx, AKA Goldfish, Powers and Sam and Twitch) you are missing out on what the modern comic book can offer. You've probably read the Time/Newsweek articles on how comics are no longer for kids but ignore all that and instead center on your thirst for solid stories and great art ( and they're cheaper than movies, sometimes).
Fortune and Glory is a change from Bendis's usual crime fiction but he does not fail in delivering flawless storytelling and humor that will literally make you laugh out loud. As you read you feel as though the author/artist is actually talking to you and not in a cheesy Mr. Roper-breaks-the-4th-wall kind of way.
The story takes us through Brian's first taste of Hollywood and is sharp in its delivery. It is well worth its price and will soon find its way next to great graphic works like Maus and Understanding Comics. Buy it now before he becomes trendy and you can say you knew him when.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Whitmore on November 20, 2001
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Buying anything written by Brian Michael Bendis is well worth your time and money, whether it's for the incredible wit, realistic dialogue, or 180 degree plot twists. But "Fortune and Glory" not only entertains, it informs. It's the pull-no-punches true story of Bendis' attempt to turn his acclaimed books "Goldfish" and "Torso" into major motion pictures. Bendis' dealings with the God-and-creativity-forsaken drones of Hollywood read as equal parts comedy and tragedy (or course, the tragedy comes about so ridiculously that it, too, is comedy). Whether it's the suggestion that Pauly Shore plays the grifter Goldfish or that the "Untouchables" police captain Elliot Ness be 19-years old, you'll be laughing at Bendis' pain (laughing at other people's pain is always fun). In an industry where executives scan magazine articles and buy property rights for no other reason than so somebody else can't have them, it's a wonder any good movies ever get made.
"How many studio executives does it take to change a lightbulb? One...but does it HAVE to be a lightbulb?" - Bendis
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Thomer on April 10, 2001
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OK, Brian Bendis writes great dialogue; I knew that from Powers. He's also a rather gifted cartoonist whose somewhat-absurd, highly expressive style fits a memoir like this perfectly. This is what I love about comics -- the sense that the author is talking to you while remaining firmly entrenched within the story. In this first-person story of Bendis' adventures in Hollywood, the foremost element is his joy in storytelling. it's what makes him write and draw comics, it's what makes him pitch movies, it's what makes him write and draw a comic about him pitching movies. That the story is real only makes it more absurd -- and told by the pen of a wit like Bendis, that's a ride you have to get on. I don't want to ruin any of it for you -- just check it out for yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fowler on June 19, 2003
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Bendis isn't doing anything really new with "Fortune and Glory". Poking fun at Hollywood is like shooting fish in a barrell. But, Bendis is so exceedingly funny that you don't notice just how cliched this story really is. Of course, it helps that Bendis is telling a true story, and from his perspective as a would-be screenwriter
From meeting producers who don't know that Eliot Ness was real to publicists who don't like comics, Bendis tours Hollywood bureaucracy and in the end, finds himself back where he started. This is too funny to miss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Noble on December 9, 2000
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It's tough work being a comic fan, sometimes.
Lately, you see, `Transmetropolitan' and `Planetary' writer Warren Ellis has been spearheading a revitalised movement among comic creators and fans to get the word out there that there are comics being published every month in serial form and graphic novel form that are just as, if not more, entertaining and challenging as work in any other medium.
Not easy when 99.9% of the world associates the sequential art medium with spandex-clad avengers of justice and furry animals. You throw superhero-masterpieces like Watchmen at them, and they smack `em away (understandably). Most of the time, they'll dismiss Calvin & Hobbes as kids' stuff (understandably). It's hard, rarely-rewarding work trying to ensure the future of a medium that so many have a very personal stake in.
Comic pushers can rest easy, though: Brian Michael Bendis is on the job, and is doing everything in his power to make your life a lot easier.
In Fortune and Glory, Bendis has a digest-sized autobiographical `comic journal' of his adventures in Hollywood, trying to get his excellent crime-noir `AKA Goldfish' made into a motion picture. He goes through all the standard hoops here: learning the ropes of film-scripting and how it differs from writing comics; the standard meetings with idiotic `D-Guys' and `D-Girls'; the peccadilloes of the industry (one exchange with his friend and co-star Marc Andreyko after being made a phony offer of $50,000 for a script: "I can't believe you live here."/"I can't believe you don't."); and just generally informative of the industry itself.
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