I wish to share the following comics stuff published in Fun Times Children magazine, dated 10 Aug 2006. I believe that you will enjoy reading it.
In my view comics readers keep on increasing and now lots of comics stories are filmed. Comics is becoming essential in our life. Comics books lie on shelves, tables, chairs and whatever other space is available. Action figure are scattered around the room. Huge movies theater seats with cup holders line the wall. This is not comic heaven. It is the offices of Platinum Studios, home to the larges independent library of comics book characters.
Chairman Scott Rosenberg (S.R) started his own comic-book empire when he was 13. Platinum Studios adapts comic books for film, television and other outlets, including mobile phone and soon (they hope) iPods. "Men in Black" the highest grossing film inspired by a comic book, came out of Platinum. It earned more than $580 Million world wide. Time for Kids (TFK) kid reporter Sam Rubinroit spoke with Rosenberg about how it all came to be.
TFK: What first drew you to comics?
S.R: I read them as kid at 7,8 and 9, and I started to collect them. When I was about 13, I realized that if I wanted to keep buying comics, I had have to start selling them. So, I took out tables at a convention and started making mail-order ads and started building up a business. I never thought I had be doing it professionally. It never even crossed my mind. I just did it because it was fun, I could make money and I could collect (comics books).
TFK: Who helped you most to get you where you are today?
S.R. My parents were always very supportive. Beyond that, I have always been fortunate to be able to find people smarter than me in all different areas that I work in.
TFK: Why do you think comics make such popular movies?
S.R: The press, every where in the world, talks more about something if it is from a comic. They all think it is cool, and it gives them something to talk about....Also, video-game makers love comics partly because the programmers are into them and partly because they know they will get more press.
TFK: 'Men in Block' is your biggest comic-turned-movie success. It was passed on by 70 other publishers before you got it. How did you know it would be a hit?
S.R: I have no answer other than gut feeling. I do not care if other people pass on it. I happened to like it, and it was my company.
TFK: When someone pitches you a comic book, do you look more at the pictures or the actual dialogue and writing?
S.R: We almost never look at the pictures. What we believe is that writers tell stories, and artists may help with that, but we care about the idea.
TFK: What is your favorite comics book?
S.R: Honestly don't have one. I just love comics in general. It's kind of like asking a parent which is their favorite child. If they had one, they never tell.
Hope you enjoyed reading the above.
16 Apr 2010
விடைபெறும் மஞ்சள் பூ மர்மம்
ஒவ்வொரு வருடமும் நவம்பரில் இருந்து மார்ச் வரை நான் மஞ்சள் பூ மர்மத்தை நினைவுகூர்கிறேன், காரணம் நான் இப்போது வசிக்கும் ஜுபைல் சிட்டியில் இந்த மாதங்களில் நகரமுழுவதும் ஒருவித மஞ்சள் நிற மலர்கள் மலர்ந்து சிட்டியை அலங்கரிக்கிறது.
எங்கு நோக்கினாலும் மஞ்சள் நிறமாகவே காணப்படுகிறது. இவை சி ஐ டி லாரன்ஸ் & டேவிட் தோன்றும் மஞ்சள் பூ மர்மம் காமிக்ஸ் கதையை நினைவுகூரவைக்கிறது.
ஏப்ரல் முதல் வாரத்திலேயே மஞ்சள் நிற மலர்கள் விடை பெரத்துவங்கிவிட்டன. அவைகள் வந்தது எப்படி மர்மமானதோ அதேபோல் விடை பெறுவதும் மர்மமானதே.
ஒரு வயதை பூர்த்தி செய்யும் "தமிழ் காமிக்ஸ் உலகம்" பல்லாண்டு வாழ வாழ்த்துவதுடன் தமிழ் அன்பர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் என் இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள். நண்பர் கிங் விஸ்வா அவர்களின் இந்த காமிக்ஸ் சேவை சிறந்து விளங்க அன்போடு வாழ்த்துகிறேன்.