Friday, June 24, 2011

Emails #60: No Swastikas

BEN: A collaboration sounds great, Mr. Rick. Question for you: Can and should we do a joint blog post which tells a bit of our story and includes parts of our letters and writings? You can see other posts I've done at

RICK: Do you mean a Cap blog? Since the original material was not designed for a blog, it will have to be edited.

If you mean a blog for a new project, I will have to think about it.

I was thinking of a single article (post), not a continuing blog. One thing we could do is work up a brief telling of our story and our findings. Another possibility is sort of interview each other conversationally and add in any other details we think relevant. I wouldn't want it to be very long as we're so busy, but I think the core of what we found is something worth telling the world about. Even if we don't talk about Cap at all, we could still talk about the state of the movie biz and our opinions on what we'd like to see in future films (of ours and others.) As an example of what I was thinking lemme try...

"Almost three years ago, two friends started trading emails about what that would do for a film based on the comic book hero Captain America created by... Knowing full well our ideas would probably never appear on the screen, we were driven by some unknown force to press on and explore our ideas and visions. Something in us would not quiet. (quote from notes) What we didn't realize is that we'd dig so deep as to find the very basis for what touches us in a story and what frustrates us in current popular culture... (quote from Rick)..."

Lemme know what ya think! No rush though. Thanks!

Some new photos have surfaced from the Cap film now in production. Look carefully at the Skull bikes and the automobile. Do you see anything missing? Anything at all? HOW ABOUT A GERMAN SWASTIKA?? While the Red Skull operates outside of Hitler's regular channels, it would be a requirement to adorn the vehicles with standard symbols. There is no way around it. Those effers want to tell a story set in WWII then set it in WWII. It is a disgrace to think that Cap only fought the Red Skull during this time period or that the Red Skull did not have to bow to normal conventions. Wait. What is that? Look closely. It is a Mickey Mouse logo...? Keep watering this down and it will have no resemblance to the Simon/Kirby Cap or even the Marvel Cap or WWII. Revisionist bullshit. There is sooooo much great source material if you simply examine the Cap legend closely. Scooping up a handful of Cap comics printed in the last three or four years and saying you have an understanding of it is like taking eight pages out of the middle of Steven King's The Stand and basing your knowledge of it on those alone.

A lot of the great quality of our Cap material is the bantery, easy manner in which we pick up and examine topics. The scene with Cap pursuing Red Skull in the snow and then he flashes back to the concentration camp is one of my favorites. There are a lot of tid bits that miss but the searching is the key which enabled us to unlock blocks of ideas, original ideas that would have kept Cap faithful to his original material, current for today's market and synthesized fact in fantasy elements in a believable way. When the dust settles, the only thing I might keep from the current Cap is Hugo Weaving. I love this guy and he could be a great actor to portray the Red Skull. Mostly, we ask why and how. What are the motivations?

The blog idea sounds pretty good although it would be lengthy. An interview segment might help kick it off. We might want to break up the body of it to provide additional commentary. Background on Cap, briefly, for uninformed readers. Links for suggested follow up reading. A lot of the work is already done thankfully. Get started by thinking of interview questions. What is this project? How did it start and why? What is it about the Cap character that captures your imagination? How do you take almost seventy years of material and decide what to distill into a modern film? What was it like working with with another artist/writer on a different coast? Why a brand new story versus a direct adaptation of a particular issue? And more... I think 90% of the material we have already amassed should be used whole cloth without an edit. Maybe we could simply frame it as a creative discussion which focus on one main topic, CAP, but stretches in every direction in modern popular culture. Like a snooty college paper except not snooty and not for college. We could add a few words about writing, film, art, comics and commerce. This is a great idea of yours Ben. I would not have thought to use our material in this fashion and it is exciting.

Send more ideas on what you think a stand alone blog could look/feel like.

I don't believe I didn't notice it before. No swastikas. That's insane. I wonder if there are any in the film. $200M in cash for one sticking lump of poo. Blah... To continue our blog conversation, do you mind switching to email? It keeps everything in my queue a bit better. LMK!

No swastikas or iron crosses... what are they thinking?

Yeah, iron crosses have long been the fall-back for kid's tv/movies and toys. Crazy.

COMING SOON! 4th of July Blowout!!!

CAP vs. RED SKULL final conflict!! First Avenger Double Movie Review!!

It's a loser's emblem (swastika), because the Nazis lost the war. It's ridiculous to suggest we are involved with fascists. All my best friends are black, gay, Irish or criminals.
-Johnny Rotten

I'm very much aware in the writing of dialogue, or even in the narrative too, of a rhythm. There has to be a rhythm with it… Interviewers have said, you like jazz, don’t you? Because we can hear it in your writing. And I thought that was a compliment.
-Elmore Leonard

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