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

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BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Gph edition (July 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929998066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929998067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 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: #1,738,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Comics generally don't do humour very well. Visual humour is often spoiled unless the pay off is over the page as the eye has a habit of seeing the punchline even as the brain deciphers the text involved in the build up. Written humour is subject to the vaguaries of the writer and the relative peculiarities of the reader. Fortune and Glory is the most consistently funny comic I have ever read, especially under re-reading.
Bendis is usually noted for his dialogue heavy pieces, his crime comics and his ability to depict the urban and the realistic. Here it is his observations on the absurd and the ridiculous that make the comic. Most of the jokes are underplayed: allowing the sheer stupidity of what is being said tell the joke rather than belabouring the point. While his art is suitably cartoony and energetic, it doesn't over exagerrate anything or distract from what is essentially verbal humour.
I have no idea how accurate this actually is, I don't particularly care. It's just damn funny.
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Good, fun read, but hardly the indispenisble tome that many people and critcs claim it to be. It goes on a little too long and drags in places and there are other examples of Hollywood exposed that are as good.
The story: Brian Michael Bendis writes a graphic novel (Goldfish - well worth reading!)(and before this, unless you don't mind elements of that story being revealed), it receives the attention of Hollywood, and then thw whole misadventure of hurry up and wait commences. Movies like the Kevin Bacon vehicle The Big Picture cover similar ground - but actually between the two, the latter works better for me - maybe because it is a movie about the movie biz (rather than a comic about a comic in the movie biz), and maybe because, as Bendis repeatedly points out - if the foray into Hollywood doesn't work out, he's still got comics (whereas Kevin Bacon and all the other wannabes in Hollywood only have their dreams and hopes of making it)(thus, the desperation meter is running that much higher).
Still, an excellent change of pace from Bendis' usual blood and guts style... it starts off with an excellent Bugs Bunny/Hollywood analogy, and as far as the artwork, as another reviewer commented, it's reminiscient of Fred Hembeck. Overall though, I'd try to borrow a copy - it's a very fast read (Bendis is among the best when it comes to dialogue), and as the author himself points out, the cover price IS criminally high.
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