Dearest Frank Miller...
I am writing in regards to your recent comments on the Occupy Movement, but first want to express my great gratitude for your legendary contributions to the comic book world. Batman Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are currently the most influential takes on my favorite comics character, and have influenced such tremendous films as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Sin City stands as arguably the best non-superhero movie in comics history. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Miller. Now let's get current.
It's 2011, and your most prolific contribution to comics in recent years was All-Star Batman and Robin. It took you 3 years to get 10 books out, and when they did come out, man I was pleased. The story was insane. Just as insane as your take on Batman in TDKR and TDK2. Fun reads, man. Good times for all.
Except, Mr. Miller, not only did you experience diminished returns in these recent books, which may be what led you to become so angst-ridden, but these are not depictions of Batman. These are examples of you using your well-earned writing credentials from your early work to continue to make a name for yourself by bastardizing others' work and the legacy of popular characters. While TDKR was a milestone in comics, it was still an off-the-wall alternate take on not just Batman, but the entire DCU. Which is what made it great. Though your apparent lack of ability to write anything inside continuity begs the question of whether you can even relate to others in the industry or readers in the real world. Your characterizations are often far-removed from reality, blatantly mouthpieces for your own insane drivel, and by extension, self-involved, and lacking any hint of true human nature. Don't even get me started on Holy Terror. Mainly because it was so awful I couldn't read it. So the fact remains apparent, that your best work is behind you. All-Star Batman and Robin was also fun as hell, but Jesus, man, that ain't Batman. That's the Goddamn Batman, basically an entirely new character. Your attempts at being radical and fresh in order to garner a reputation worked well in your early career, but these days, the more you write, direct, produce, and even say publicly, the more you exhibit how out of touch you are. It was one thing when you were just slowly becoming a dinosaur in the comics industry. But now you've gone and spoken out about the current affairs of our country. Christ, man...take your Centrum and watch Jeopardy and shut up. Your time, not just as a comics writer, but as a positive member of society, is up.
Here are your remarks regarding OWS:
Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:
The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.
“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached - is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.
This is no popular uprising. This is garbage. And goodness knows they’re spewing their garbage – both politically and physically – every which way they can find.
Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.
Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.
And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently - must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh - out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.
In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.
Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape.
They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.
Here's a quote written by J. Michael Straczynski, written for Captain America: “Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — "No, you move.”
That quote serves two purposes here. The first purpose is to show you that you don't have to take radical approaches to beloved characters to make them interesting. You simply need to redefine and reinterpret based on the central themes and relevancy of them; the colors are there for you to use if you are talented enough to find them and paint. The second, more direct point, is that no matter what you or anyone say, these people believe what they are doing is right and they have the freedom to express that. You certainly have the right to voice your opinion as well, but at least be responsible enough to be factual. Yes, there have been rapes, and drugs. This, unfortunately, is pure mathematics and human behavior. Enough people in one place, and these things statistically happen in any nearly any given scenario. For every rapist, there are 10,000 hard-working Americans who have had their chance at the American Dream shat upon by rising unemployment, unscrupulous corporations, via sub-prime loans and tax loopholes that ensure their(your) riches while the fortune of most Americans falls. I am not saying socialism or wealth distribution are the answer, but it is obvious when one views facts and statistics that the current system is breaking down. And since you were so baseless and without mercy in your calling out of OWS, it is only fair I return the favor.
Do you only watch Fox News? Do you tune into Rush Limbaugh daily to get your dose of angry tirades devoid of fact and heavy on slander? Is this a last gasp at relevancy? Has your career boom based on character rape and half-ass illustration that somehow got mistaken for true artistry finally seen its days as numbered? Well, kudos. Mr. Miller for realizing that fact. We could have told you that 5 years ago when you failed to follow-up on the success of Sin City(which was successful largely due to Robert Rodriguez's involvement).
I hope that the following excerpt from your Wiki is true, because if so it really appears as if you're trying to alienate the majority of your readers: "Miller is currently working on a new five-issue miniseries, tentatively titled "RoboCop and the Pond Scum". Some reports indicate it may involve the Occupy Movement, and features RoboCop beating the protesters until they are willing to get jobs. When most of them return to the camp, complaining that because of the recession, few jobs are available, RoboCop then beats them again, telling them this time to try their luck at being multi-millionaire comic book writers. He also confiscates all of their iPhones."
Your career was a fluke, forged upon the backs of real talent and iconic stories, with a couple of accidental revelations here and there(300, Sin City), neither of which beyond the surface, are anything more than cock-in-hand macho narratives that appeal to those of us who once in a while enjoy spending money on entertainment with no true emotional or thematic value. Your contributions to popularizing comics in a mainstream format are undeniable, but you could have the decency to do as other flukes before you, like Kurt Cobain did, and die before you become a joke with nothing to offer the world.
Apparently fear-mongering and the omnipresent and unkillable "threat" of terrorism and Islamacism have done what they seem to do to most out-of-touch old folks: Scared the living piss out of you and corrupted your mind to the point at which you can no longer see other, possibly more immediate, threats to our country. Your remarks are those of a man who lives inside his comfort bubble and occasionally casts detached glances down at the very peasants who have spent their hard-earned money to lift you up to your throne.
Does the Occupy Movement need to get its act together in order to accomplish anything? Yes. But it is a young movement that appears to be doing nothing but growing and collecting its popular beliefs and forming directives through a democratic system, which may take some time. Some point to the fact that OWS should be blaming government, not corporations, like the Tea Party. As with anything, the truth lies smack in the middle: Government is owned by corporations and lobbyists. The two sides have much more in common than they realize, just separated into two views. In order for real change to occur, these two seemingly opposing views should be reconciled. That's my take.
From what I can tell based on conversations with fellow comic book fans, articles, comments, box office returns, and critical reception of your work in the last 10 years, I am in the majority of folks who want you to just go away now. We are the The Goddamn 99% of people who don't give a goddamn about you anymore. And if I were to sum up your overinflated ego, and offer proof of its effect on your ability to create anything worthwhile; to further show evidence of your being out of touch with the world , I would simply use two words: "The Spirit". "Bowel Movement" indeed.
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