She doesn't quite chop his head off. She makes a Pez dispenser out of him.— Frank Miller
The most impressive Frank Miller quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor.
He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time.
A man without hope is a man without fear.
Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one.
Gotham City. Clean shafts of concrete and snowy rooftops. The work of men who died generations ago. From here, it looks like an achievement. From here, you can't see the enemy.
When you got a condition, it's bad to forget your medicine.
It's not movies and it's not "fine art.
" The beauty of a comic is that it's clear, direct communication. My work is getting simpler and more cartoony because I'm much more interested in communication now than in any illustrative value.
'Cartoonists' dirty secret is that we tend to come up with stories that involve things that are really fun to draw.
People are attempting to bring a superficial reality to superheroes which is rather stupid. They work best as the flamboyant fantasies they are. I mean, these are characters that are broad and big. I don't need to see sweat patches under Superman's arms. I want to see him fly.
What's happened with computer technology is perfectly timed for someone with my set of skills. I tell stories with pictures. What I love about CGI is that if I can think it, it can be put on the screen.
The fundament of a superhero is the guy in tights saving innocent people from bad things. It's amazing how infrequently that seems to happen in superhero comics these days.
In the world of comic books, "troublemaker" means someone who has some sense of dignity.
Mighty cultures never - are almost never conquered.
They crumble from within. And frankly, I think that a lot of Americans are acting like spoiled brats because everything that isn't working out perfectly every time.
I moved to New York and was told, "Go back home.
We don't need you. Go pump gas. You're from Vermont. We've got no use for you. You're not drawing guys in tights." So, I learned how to draw guys in tights, and I put them in as many crime situations as I could.
An old man dies. A young woman lives. A fair trade.
I grew up on the crime stuff. Spillane, Chandler, Jim Thompson, and noir movies like Fuller, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang. When I first showed up in New York to write comics back in the late 1970s, I came with a bunch of crime stories but everybody just wanted men in tights.
Hell's waking up every goddamn day and not even knowing why you're here.
I'm a spoilt brat. I thought I was just going to walk in and make movies. But I'd been my own boss for so long that all of a sudden to be facing a roomful of people who were niggling over every little scene... I just thought I'd go back and draw my comics and have a happy life.
In the comic-book world, there tends to be an overblown sense of tradition.
Bad habits die hard. There are ways I think the form could work more effectively if we lost the bad habits that were created before we were born.
I was always into noir. When I lived in Vermont I was drawing stuff that looked like an amateur doing 'Sin City'. When I first got to New York I was swiftly informed that they only did guys in tights.
Think of me as the weathered sheriff coming back into Dodge 'cause the youngsters are shooting up the church and scaring the horses and not doing right by the women.
Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well. You've eaten Gotham's wealth. Its spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on...none of you are safe.
I think most things I read on the Internet and in newspapers are propaganda.
Everyone from the 'New York Times' to Rupert Murdoch has a point of view and is putting forth their own propaganda. They're stuck with the facts as they are, but the way they interpret and frame them is wildly different.
You can't have virtue without sin. What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined by how they operate in a very sinful environment. That's how you test people.
The larger-than-life thing is definitely what I'm after.
I've always drawn dark stories. Occasionally, I'll try a perfect hero, but it's a real stretch for me. I like 'em warts and all, and obsessive and weird.
I check the list. Rubber tubing, gas, saw, gloves, cuffs, razor wire, hatchet, Gladys, and my mitts.
What I want to bring back to superheroes with this project is a sense of play.
Things have gotten so dreary. The heroes have gotten so ugly that even their muscles have muscles.
My feeling is that the hero has now been defined by phrases like the odious one that we were all raised with - crimes does not pay. Of course it pays, you schmuck. That's not why we don't do it. We don't do it because it is wrong.
The Dark Knight series is all from Batman's point of view.
But if you look at Dark Knight 2, you'll see a Superman who's much calmer than the one in the first Dark Knight. Batman and Superman are dead opposites. I love Superman. Do I love Batman more? They're not people. They're only lines on paper.
Hello, I'm Shellie's new boyfriend and I'm out of my mind.
If you so much as talk to her or even think her name, I'll cut you in ways that'll make you useless to a woman.
Deadly little Miho. She won't let you feel a thing unless she wants you to. She twists the blade. He feels it.
You can never escape me. Bullets don't harm me. Nothing harms me. But I know pain. I KNOW pain. Sometimes I share it. With someone like you.
The comics I read as a kid were all about guys in tights.
But here was a guy who wore a fedora. He fought crime like they did in Marvel and DC, but he did it in the real world. I had just turned 12 when I met the Spirit and it was a strange coincidence. At the same time I discovered girls I fell out of love with guys in tights.
We live in the shadow of crime with the unspoken understanding that we are victims.. of fear, of violence, of social impotence. A man has risen to show us that the power is, ans always has been, in our hands. We are under siege. He's showing us that we can resist.
I find that if somebody is writing and drawing a comic book, planning it to be a movie and a game at the same time tends to lead to a pretty lame job.
And I was going to be damned if I was older than Batman.
Of course we're Criminals
I guess in my own egotistical way I like to create my own library of Batman books that doesn't run contrary to a single thing that has been published before, but it also stands on its own.
Comics are so full of amazing work. And I can’t look at a drawing of a woman without thinking of, for instance, Wallace Wood and his amazing way of capturing beauty.
I'm not going to complain about the fact that people are paying attention to my work. I suppose that wouldn't be fair.
I take away his weapon. Both of them.
I prefer to write and draw in the privacy of my home and with total freedom and then take it to the lion's den.
It is more raw and unfettered and I'm more likely going into something you could call extreme cartooning. There's a lot of that in the course of 'Holy Terror.' There are interludes where there are pictures - cartoon pictures - of modern figures and they are all wordless. It's up to readers to put the words in.
The American conscience died with the Kennedys.
A gun is a liar's weapon
I realized that I was about to turn 30, and Batman was permanently 29.
And I was going to be damned if I was older than Batman.
I always knew it would come down to you and the big blue school boy.
Planet's too big for the BOTH of you. When it all comes down, I want a piece of him. A small piece, will do? For OLD TIMES, sake, you know..it still hurts when its cold.
The world doesn't make sense until you force it to.
News objectivity is a twentieth-century myth.
We only complain about propaganda when we don't agree with it.
You don't... get it, boy... This isn't a mudhole... it's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon.