Quotations by Len Wein

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Born: Saturday, June 12, 1948
Profession: Cartoonist
Nationality: American


A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Friend)

A writer writes. Period. No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Work, Buying, Writer)

Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Art, Eyes, Mistakes, Posterity, Right)

I always wanted to fire rays out of my fingertips.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Fire)

I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer. In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Art, Design, Advertising, Class, College, School)

I had never really thought of myself as a writer; any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Thought, Writer, Writing)

I hate the crazy, neurotic characters beyond a certain point.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Hate)

I realized the only thing I owed my audience was my own judgment and my own best effort.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Effort, Judgment)

I think there's something inherently dishonest in trying to go back and mess with the past.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Past, Trying)

I try not to violate what came before me and to leave lots of wiggle room for those who will follow.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Will)

I try to find what makes even the worst, most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Character)

I was a very sickly kid. While I was in the hospital at age 7, my Dad brought me a stack of comic books to keep me occupied. I was hooked.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Age, Dad, Books)

I would like immortality.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Immortality)

I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Nature)

I've always thought of myself as an organic writer, rather than a cerebral one. I feel my way along as I go, hoping I'll get to the place I intend to reach.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Thought, Writer)

I've had editors over the years who couldn't find a clue if it was stapled to their butt.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Editors, Years)

I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme. To me, that's never been important.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Thought, Difference)

If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it. That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Wrong)

In general, shorter is better. If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence, you're halfway home.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Home, Idea)

In these litigious times, if you're a beginner, it's becoming harder and harder to get your work to the people who might actually be able to hire you.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Work, People)

It all depends on which side of the desk you're sitting on.
- Len Wein

It's all about who's where on the food chain. When I'm the story editor, I expect my writers to follow my vision. When I'm working for another editor, I'm obliged to follow their vision.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Food, Vision, Writers)

Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff.
- Len Wein

People who were more concerned with themselves and looking good to their readers then they were with the characters sacrificed a series for the sake of a story.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: People)

Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures. There are things I've written that I thought were complete catastrophes when I finished with them that have gone on to generate some of my most positive feedback.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Thought, Positive, Catastrophes)

The bottom line always remains the same: What is the basic humanity of the character? How do I make them resonate with the reader?
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Character, Humanity)

The most unrealistic thing I've ever read in comics is when some group of characters calls themselves the Brotherhood of Evil or the Masters of Evil. I don't believe any character believes their goals to be truly evil.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Character, Goals, Brotherhood, Evil)

There is an ancient legend which warns that, should we ever learn our true origin, our universe will instantly be destroyed.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Universe, Will)

These days, it seems that if you're not already in place, you can't get there from here.
- Len Wein

Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Concern, Writers)

Were there stories I wrote along the way that were terrible clinkers? God, yes. But they were all a product of their time, and I did the best I could.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: God, Time)

What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader, the visceral effect it has.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Effect)

When I got my first glimpse of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, my breath caught. In that single instant, he was Wolverine.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: First)

When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Difference, Draft, First, Right)

When someone writes to tell me something I've written made them laugh or cry, I've done my job and done it well. The rest is all semantics.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Job, Rest, Semantics)

You can read a dozen different textbooks or how-to manuals that will tell you the basic rules of what makes a story - a beginning, a middle, and an end.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Beginning, End, Rules, Will)







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