Rogue Element #76: May I Quote You On That?
By Avril Brown
Ask anyone who knows me, or individuals who have spent more than a few minutes within hearing distance of my flapping gums, and they will speak of my penchant for quotes. My go-to quotes of choice are typically memorable lines from movies, but I have been known to parrot dialogue from television, books, comics, friends and family, and any other source worth citing. My co-workers once challenged me to go an entire day without quoting any movie or television program: My work day begins at ten in the morning; I cracked at two seventeen in the afternoon. My Facebook status updates consist solely of alerts for when I post new columns, reviews or podcasts…and movie quotes. During my college years when AOL Instant Messenger was a significant part of my social life I had a different movie quote posted as my ‘away’ message for nearly every single day of my four year career. Essentially, I heart quoting.
Therefore it is not surprising I wish to extend my coverage of this year’s C2E2 by dedicating an entire column to memorable quotes from the second annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. Without further ado, here are a few words of wisdom, folly and general randomness from some of comics’ finest creators, television’s hottest talents, and the folk in between.
“…and I’m the gay one.” – A gentleman on the panel who was NOT the individual that began singing ‘The Circle of Life’ from ‘The Lion King.’
“Welcome to Dynamite, The Pantless Comic Company.” – Joe Rybandt, editor at Dynamite, following a thread of comments which I believe began with the panel members mentioning how you could tell they were sober due to the fact they were wearing pants.
“The reason we gave her the pants is because she became a total T&A character.” – A Dynamite panel member with regards to Vampirella and her new costume.
“I’m Puerto Rican; I hate Mexicans.” – Writer Elliott Serrano in the midst of a joking volley between him and writer Jai Nitz, who haphazardly brought up the fact of their shared non-white ethnic backgrounds. (Be sure and take special note where I mentioned this was a joke; I do not want to be responsible for spreading false rumors that Elliott is a racist.)
“…and that’s the question I have had to deal with my entire career: what can I get away with?” – Writer Garth Ennis with regards to his ultra-violent and rather twisted works.
“With three kids I’m always up to my elbows in nappies; Jesus Christ.” – Artist John McCrea on why he cannot take on other illustration jobs in comics besides ‘The Boys’ at the moment.
The Vampire Diaries Panel
“You gotta deliver the goods you got.” – Executive Producer Julie Plec on the shows penchant for major plot revelations and character deaths/transformations.
“Everyone always makes fun of me; they say it looks like a hair commercial. Like, ‘Hey, Pantene, he’s down!’” – Actress Candice Accola (who plays vampire Caroline Forbes) on her ‘signature’ vamp move where she enthusiastically throws her head of luscious blond curls back before diving into her victim’s neck.
“It was a real dark place; I don’t want to talk about it right now.” – Actor Michael Trevino (who plays werewolf Tyler Lockwood) joking on where he had to go as an actor during his character’s transformation into a werewolf.
“Really?! Really. You first!” – Candice to Kurt, the panel’s mediator, after he revealed her history as a back-up singer for Miley Cyrus and asked her to sing for the audience.
“This is a CW show; this isn’t HBO.” – Michael responding to Kurt’s vaguely suggestive comment on how Caroline may require Tyler to ‘do stuff’ for her as an apology for his werewolf buddies kidnapping and torturing her in a previous episode.
“I think that would suck for the human population.” – Julie Plec on if the fabled ‘the sun and the moon’ curse in the show would be broken for both vampires and werewolves, giving the former the ability to walk in the sun and the later the choice to transform whenever they please.
Garth Ennis Panel
“I like Frank Castle better; you know where you are with Frank.” – In comparison to John Constantine from ‘Hellblazer,’ both characters Garth has written in the past.
“He’s a sick puppy.” – In regards to Avatar’s editor-in-chief William Christensen, the company which publishes Ennis’s zombie-esque apocalypse book ‘Crossed,’ among several of his other titles.
“I don’t like religion; I think it’s a negative force in this world, but at the same time I find it fascinating…I don’t like superheroes; I think they’re a negative force in this world, but at the same time I find them fascinating.” – On why he writes stories which lampoon organized religion and super-powered folk.
“You know the trouble with writers talking about their process: it’s so fucking boring. ‘It’s time to write, so now I am going to write.’” – On how he gets into ‘writing mode.’
“Go to a pub, sip on a pint, and listen to people. You hear great stories and get a feel for speech, rhythm and cadence.” – General advice on how to receive inspiration for story ideas.
“If you want to revamp a character like Spider-Man you can do whatever the fuck you want; the man shoots webs out of his hands for Christ’s sake. If you mess with The Punisher it stands out more; he’s just a man with a gun.” – In reference to the recent changes made to the character Frank Castle aka The Punisher.
“He never puts his gun away until he’s killed about a dozen people; that’s The Punisher.”
“I’d like to do more ‘Section 8.’ I did wipe them all out at one point, but what the hell, it’s comics.”
“Wow…that’s a fan.” – A slightly zoned out artist Clay Mann after I gushed about his print of Rogue and Gambit before buying a copy and revealing the fact I have a tattoo of those particular characters.
Many mock me for my oddly adhesive brain when it comes to arbitrary extracts, and I know for a cold, hard fact these same folk find me and my quote-laden conversation excessively irritating. There are also some who find my ability fascinating and my often aptly timed recitations entertaining, though regardless of outside attitudes, both positive and otherwise, this…quirk has become a part of my personality and shall not be altered, only censored in the appropriate situations. Yet judging by these few glorious nuggets of citations how could one not become addicted to scribbling down the stray sayings of brilliant, creative minds? Not everything heard is worth repeating, but recollection of laudable, comical and ingenious phrases will aid us in remembering ideas, opinions and inspirations that ought never to be forgotten.