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May 12, 2008 1:30 PM   Subscribe

A collection of comic book scripts from writers such as Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.
posted by Bookhouse (18 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
oh man, alan moore's killing joke script is as approximately like a descent into madness as the finished product is.

THE BATMAN IS BIG AND GRIM AND OLDER THAN WE ARE, BECAUSE AS I REMEMBER THE BATMAN HE'S ALWAYS BEEN BIGGER AND OLDER THAN I AM AND I'LL FIGHT ANY MAN THAT SAYS DIFFERENT.

what a trip it must have been to have these pages delivered to your door.
posted by shmegegge at 1:46 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Nice! Epony-something too.
posted by Mister_A at 1:53 PM on May 12, 2008


Comic book scripts are all very well, but I'd prefer to see an archive of downloadable written apologies for Y: The Last Man.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:55 PM on May 12, 2008


I've heard legends and dark rumors about Morrison's scripts; I can't wait to check this out.
posted by lekvar at 3:19 PM on May 12, 2008


I'm trying to read the Killing Joke script but I keep losing my place.
posted by Brainy at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2008


I really wish Moore did not write in ALL CAPS.
posted by absalom at 4:09 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


turgid dahlia: I just read the last issue half an hour ago. I wish I'd stopped before the last arc.
posted by tylermoody at 5:21 PM on May 12, 2008


This is the part where I assert that my taste in comics is much greater than your own.

(Buy Cover Girl!)
posted by beaucoupkevin at 5:24 PM on May 12, 2008


tylermoody: I feel your pain dude. I'd go so far as to say that the last two arcs were just empty calories. Padding is meant to be scattered throughout the middle of a run, not thrown down in a great heap at the end of it. Epic fail as far as I'm concerned.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:24 PM on May 12, 2008


holy fuck, alan. it's a puddle.
posted by Football Bat at 6:33 PM on May 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


The puddle is Oedipal symbolism, duh. Batman desires to return to the safety and comfort of the "womb" of The Joker by fantasizing that he (Batman) will be killed by The Joker, and then possibly eaten, I don't know. Man, haven't you ever smoked PCP while reading Robert Graves? Get with the program!
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:53 PM on May 12, 2008


Damn, it's the one Morrison script I'd already read. Still, it's a good one. Awesome resource all around, I'll be wasting some days in there. With Moore's overwrought scripts, I always wonder how much artist-chafing goes on. You'd think it'd be frustrating, but I've never heard of friction.

And it's always good to see a link to Twilight, although I think it's overrated as far as lost opportunities go. Full of interesting ideas, but there's no way that thing could ever see production.



And my taste in comics is second to none. None, I tells ya.
posted by COBRA! at 7:24 PM on May 12, 2008


Like everyone else I went straight to The Killing Joke. I knew it'd be a bit wordy and intense, but holy shit!
posted by autodidact at 7:25 PM on May 12, 2008


No dialogue.
posted by ND¢ at 7:28 AM on May 13, 2008


Runaways #1? Sweet.
posted by Tehanu at 7:32 AM on May 13, 2008


COBRA!, there's a bit in one of the text pages in Watchmen, talking about the pirate comics, concerning the writer being incredibly nitpicky and ultimately alienating his go-to artist. I'd read somewhere that that was Moore's metacommentary on his split with Alan Davis.

It's interesting to read these scripts and see the level and type of description used. I'm not surprised that Bendis' script for Avengers #500 is generally shitty. I mean, I'm not a grammar/spelling/punctuation queen or anything, but for fuck's sake, he doesn't even know when and when not to use an apostrophe. And that scene around the table... it's like The Boys with bad dialogue.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:20 AM on May 13, 2008


Evidently, Bendis doesn't know how to use apostrophes correctly.
posted by Clay201 at 9:31 AM on May 13, 2008


damnit. Didn't read the whole thread.
posted by Clay201 at 9:32 AM on May 13, 2008


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