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50 Iconic Frank Miller Quotes

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50 Iconic Frank Miller Quotes

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Frank Miller is an American comic book artist, writer, and film director. He is popularly known for his comic book stories and graphic novels such as ‘Daredevil: Born Again’, ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, ‘Sin City’, and ‘300’. He has received the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

Miller directed the film version of ‘The Spirit’. He also produced ‘Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ alongside Robert Rodriguez.

Here’s a collection of the most iconic Frank Miller quotes:

 

50 Iconic Frank Miller Quotes

1. “The world doesn’t make sense until you force it to.” – Frank Miller

2. “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.” – Frank Miller

3. “When you think of what Americans accomplished, building these amazing cities and all the good it’s done in the world, it’s kind of disheartening to hear so much hatred of America, not just from abroad, but internally.” – Frank Miller

4. “Comic-book pages are vertical, and movie screens are relentlessly horizontal. But it’s all the same form. We use different tools, but we get the job done. I’m completely in love with CGI. It’s great for conveying a cartoonist’s sense of reality.” – Frank Miller

5. “I take his weapons away from him. Both of them.” – Frank Miller

6. “I don’t own an ounce of the work I’ve ever done on ‘Batman,’ and I still work on ‘Batman.’ I love the character, I think it’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of fun to be in that ballpark every once in a while, where you’re seeing a different crowd.” – Frank Miller

7. “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.” – Frank Miller

8. “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.” – Frank Miller

9. “Deadly little Miho. She won’t let you feel a thing unless she wants you to. She twists the blade. He feels it.” – Frank Miller

 

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10. “A gun is a liar’s weapon” – Frank Miller

 

11. “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.” – Frank Miller

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12. “Hollywood is a town; it’s not a medium. And cinema is a medium you can practice anywhere.” – Frank Miller

13. “A screenwriter is much like being a fire hydrant with a bunch of dogs lined up around it.” – Frank Miller

14. “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.” – Frank Miller

15. “In the world of comic books, “troublemaker” means someone who has some sense of dignity.” – Frank Miller

16. “I’ll make it. I won’t die. I’ve got too much I have to do to let myself die.” – Frank Miller

17. “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.” – Frank Miller

18. “I’m a comic book artist. So I think to myself, what do I like to draw? I like to draw hot chicks, fast cars, and cool guys in trench coats. So that’s what I write about.” – Frank Miller

19. “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.” – Frank Miller

 

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20. “It’s one thing to be sitting at a drawing board, alone in your home and coming up with a fantasy character, and drawing her whichever way you feel like drawing, then dealing with a real performer. All of a sudden, things change. It’s amazing, in working with actors, how much I learn from them and how many new lines will come to mind because of their personality or their strengths.” – Frank Miller

 

21. “Nancy’s got a guardian angel. Seven feet plus of muscle and mayhem that goes by the name of Marv.” – Frank Miller

22. “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.” – Frank Miller

23. “I don’t do a comic book thinking there is a movie. I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be.” – Frank Miller

24. “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.” – Frank Miller

25. “In a way, Sin City’s designed to be paced somewhere between an American comic book and Japanese manga. Working in black and white, I realized that the eye is less patient, and you have to make your point, and sometimes repeat it. Slowing things down is harder in black and white because there isn’t as much for the eye to enjoy.” – Frank Miller

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26. “I check the list. Rubber tubing, gas, saw, gloves, cuffs, razor wire, hatchet, Gladys, and my mitts.” – Frank Miller

27. “This should be agony. I should be a mass of aching muscle – broken, spent, unable to move. And, were I an older man, I surely would … … but I’m a man of thirty – of twenty again. The rain on my chest is a baptism – I’m born again .” – Frank Miller

28. “I always knew it would come down to you and the big blue schoolboy. 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 it’s cold.” – Frank Miller

29. “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.” – Frank Miller

 

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30. “When you got a condition, it’s bad to forget your medicine.” – Frank Miller

 

31. “She doesn’t quite chop his head off. She makes a Pez dispenser out of him.” – Frank Miller

32. “And I was going to be damned if I was older than Batman.” – Frank Miller

33. “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.” – Frank Miller

34. “When I’m writing a comic book, I’m thinking about a character that I’m going to be drawing on the page. I’ve never drawn a character to look like who I want to cast in a movie because I don’t think that way. I’m a real monomaniac. I do one thing at a time.” – Frank Miller

35. “I’m not going to complain about the fact that people are paying attention to my work. I suppose that wouldn’t be fair.” – Frank Miller

36. “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, and always has been, in our hands. We are under siege. He’s showing us that we can resist.” – Frank Miller

37. “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.” – Frank Miller

38. “The American conscience died with the Kennedys.” – Frank Miller

39. “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.” – Frank Miller

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40. “But I’m not trying to convince anybody how to vote or how to live. Nobody’s ever successfully accused me of being realistic.” – Frank Miller

 

41. “Comic book’ has come to mean a specific genre, not a story form, in people’s minds. So someone will call ‘Die Hard’ a ‘comic-book movie,’ when it has nothing to do with comic books. I’d rather have comics be the vehicle by which stories are told.” – Frank Miller

42. “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.” – Frank Miller

43. “My Sin City heroes are knights in dirty, blood-caked armor. They bring justice to a world that gives them no medals, no praise, no reward. That world, that city, often kills them for their brave service.” – Frank Miller

44. “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.” – Frank Miller

45. “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.” – Frank Miller

46. “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.” – Frank Miller

47. “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 isn’t working out perfectly every time.” – Frank Miller

48. “The day you write to please everyone you no longer are in journalism. You are in show business.” – Frank Miller

49. “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.” – Frank Miller

50. “I can tell you squat about Islamism. But I know a lot about Al Quaeda, and they need to burn in hell.” – Frank Miller

 

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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.

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