Item description for Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story by Brian Michael Bendis...
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY gave him an A, Hollywood insiders fell all over themselves to praise him, and fans everywhere gave him a full thumbs-up for hilarity. Now, on the heels of his praise and punishment, Brian Michael Bendis puts his sold-out miniseries, FORTUNE & GLORY, into one hefty volume. Marvel once again at the stupidity of Hollywood producers, the vanity of stars like Uma Thurman and Clint Eastwood, and the enthralling mood swings and ego nosedives of a little indie comic-book creator caught up in the maelstrom of the motion picture industry. Presented in a handy 6" X 9" format, this collection features brand-new pages left on the cutting room floor and not included in the original comics. The individual issues are becoming increasingly hard to find, and that's because everyone who read it didn't like it, they loved it. Featuring an introduction by Paul Dini, who himself knows a thing or two about the Hollywood machine.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jul 14, 2000
Publisher Oni Press
ISBN 1929998066 ISBN13 9781929998067
Availability 0 units.
More About Brian Michael Bendis
Bendis is the Eisner award-winning creator of the Jinx crime comics. Bendis is the recipient of the Cleveland Press Excellence in Journalism Award ans was also nominated for an International Horror Guild award.
Brian Michael Bendis currently resides in Cleveland, in the state of Ohio.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story?
Man From Cleveland Makes it Big in Hollywood...Or Not Feb 2, 2008
Before Brian Michael Bendis became Marvel Comics' go-to guy for super-heroes and Skrulls, Hollywood was knocking on his door because of his early independent comic book work. The story is familiar--Midwestern writer learns about Hollywood the hard way. Producers and agents are shallow idiots, Uma Thurman is hot, and most people in Hollywood are made of plastic. While there aren't any revelations here, the story is funny. Hopefully other writers can learn from Bendis's time in movie "development limbo."
Mandatory Hilarious Reading for Anyone With Dreams of Glory Sep 6, 2007
This is one of the most hilarious true stories I've ever read and it should be read by anyone who has any desire to try to make it in life whether in the Entertainment Industry (Movies, Music, Modeling, Producing, Directing), Medicine, Business, With Beautiful Women, anything. I wish this book was available when I was a teen. Even though its about Bendis's trials and tribulations getting a movie made from his work, the path he goes on is similar for almost everything in life for people who want to succeed: Getting strung along left right and center, getting strung along some more & getting strung along some more after that, trying to reach your goal, without losing your mind in frustration after frustration getting your hopes up & getting them crushed, etc. If you have a teenage kid or daughter, you should make this mandatory reading for them.
Familiar but Funny Apr 5, 2007
This is a very funny read, especially the last third when Bendis and Andreyko are pitching "Torso". The jokes are well-paced, and the page layouts are interesting. There's a lot of good advice for cartoonists/writers drawn to Hollywood.
On the downside is the familiarity of the story -- is anyone really surprised by the stupidity of Hollywood types? Also, there's rather too much reliance on repeating panels (although some of it is justified by the humour).
The "Torso" pitch made me want to read the book, but it seems to be out of print, and I couldn't find the movie either. It would be nice to have an update of its status in a future edition.
Talk, talk, talk with repeating images as background Dec 28, 2006
I love Harvey Pekar's American Splendor material. I love Art Spiegelman's Complete Maus book. Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is wonderful. Or Crumb's stuff. But reading Fortune and Glory is a worse use of my time than doing nothing--even if I was on an airplane and had nothing else to do.
Bendis reuses too many images with only a change of text. You don't have to look hard to find this; you can see this repeatedly in the first three pages. Additionally, some of his monologues have tons of balloon text segments. One has 24 balloon text segments and I found myself not caring about any of them.
Talk is the thing that this book is about. And it isn't interesting talk. At least if you consider the ratio of words to points as a basis.
I can only imagine that this must be of interest to people who have some sentimental attachment to the hassles of working with Hollywood and want to experience Bendis's every thought.
This comic book does not work at so many levels that it is great to study to see what can be done wrong. Too many images for too little content. Too little variety in the images. Many images being repeated many times. To little content for the amount of words. The story drags along.
I am left with the question: Why was this comic book published?
Much better than the book Bendis is trying to sell Feb 5, 2006
You can see in my other reviews that I a) love Bendis and b) did not like Goldfish, so it was interesting for me to read this book, in which Bendis tries to sell his screenplay based on Goldfish to Hollywood. While I can't imagine Goldfish as a movie, it was funny to read about Bendis' experience trying to sell the idea to some airheads in Hollywood.
I've watched my significant other trying to make it as a writer in Hollywood for some years now, and Bendis' experience rang true. Bendis draws himself as a white bowling ball-headed character, with wide eyes, while everyone in Hollywood is drawn with big chins, big grins, and closed eyes. There is a great bit of monologue where Bendis is lying with his head on his wife's lap, looking fetal, thinking something like (sic), "You try not to get too excited, to think about how your boyhood dream is about to either start happening or disappear forever. You try... but COME ON!" I can't tell you how many times this has happened with me and mine.
It was also amusing as a historical document, with Bendis talking about how he is an independent comic book writer, and by independent we mean Not Superheroes. Clearly, now he writes everything for Marvel, including Daredevil, Ultimate Spiderman and New Avengers, so he's gotten over his disdain for the genre. Overall an entertaining and insightful little memoir.