When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating.

Tra i motivi per cui adoro Joss Whedon, oltre al fatto che non si prende mai sul serio, c’è anche questo rapporto diretto e costante e sincero con il suo pubblico. Sono pochi quelli che dopo il successo strepitoso del film dei Vendicatori poi si mettono a ringraziare le persone che lo seguono da anni e gli hanno permesso di arrivare dov’è arrivato: molti si limiterebbero a un “grazie, fan!”: lui va a scrivere una lettera piuttosto toccante allo zoccolo duro dei suoi fan.

(Molto bella anche la risposta che dà al suo old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson:

RDA: I’ve seen a lot of a talk about “the Availers” vs “the Dark Knight Rises”. How will you feel if you’re eclipsed by Nolan?

JW: I’m glad I made you ask that. I will feel sad. But let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME.)

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