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Comic artist Rob Liefeld shares excerpts of his screenplay Icons and picks his ideal cast for the movie

Jan. 23, 2013by:

Rob Liefeld is an icon amongst comic book illustrators, and he came up in the industry with some other icons, such as the iconic Todd McFarlane, and the also-iconic Erik Larsen, and now he's written a screenplay about his iconic career that is fittingly titled COMIC DRAWERS. Okay, I'm kidding; it's called ICONS.

Impressively, Rob "I Don't Just Draw" Liefeld penned the thing in a mere three days, and, even more impressively, the thirteen pages of excerpts that he's released via the folks over at Dream Movie Cast are a damn fine read. Honestly, this isn't fair. If you can draw like Liefeld can draw, you shouldn't be allowed to write this well, too. It's like when Channing Tatum came out and showed everybody that he could also be funny, it's just... cut the rest of us a little slack, okay? 

Along with the excerpts, Liefeld has also released his ideal picks for the film's cast, and they appear to be some truly inspired picks. He likens Todd McFarlane to Christian Bale in THE FIGHTER in his introduction in the screenplay, so it's no surprise that he picked the actor to portray McFarlane in the film, as well. Also in the mix are Chris Pine for Rob, himself, Rob Corddry as Erik Larsen, John Cho as Jim Lee, and Richard Jenkins as Larry Marder.

I'd love to see somebody pick up this project, as the excerpted bits alone have made me want to sit down and see if I can't become a comic book artist myself, so here's hoping that somebody puts up the cash to get this thing made. I do have some doubts about this entire "dream cast" coming onboard, but a few of these big names would certainly help to peak the public's interest in a movie about comic book artists.

Check out the excerpts from ICONS over at Dream Movie Cast here, as well as some more of Liefeld's picks for the cast.

Extra Tidbit: Typing "dream cast" made me a bit nostalgic for the old days of playing my Sega Dreamcast. That system truly perished before its time...

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5:29PM on 01/24/2013
ive ripped on this hack enough in the past. kind of done wasting the energy. just go away.
ive ripped on this hack enough in the past. kind of done wasting the energy. just go away.
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2:08PM on 01/24/2013

Liefield=hack

Back in the late 80's and early 90's, his artwork greatly enhanced the human form and only appealed to the teen-early adults, in his career...that said, he's an arrogant assh_le, and looking at his drawings today, he's a complete hack with only an exaggerated art form of the human body.....Jim Lee does a great job with his art., and while Jim went off and started Image with Rob, he didn't shoot down the other companies that he worked for, which Rob is known for (re: Twitter-I had to drop him as
Back in the late 80's and early 90's, his artwork greatly enhanced the human form and only appealed to the teen-early adults, in his career...that said, he's an arrogant assh_le, and looking at his drawings today, he's a complete hack with only an exaggerated art form of the human body.....Jim Lee does a great job with his art., and while Jim went off and started Image with Rob, he didn't shoot down the other companies that he worked for, which Rob is known for (re: Twitter-I had to drop him as someone I followed-he couldn't keep his mouth shut).
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1:40PM on 01/24/2013

funniest thing i've read in awhile

The excerpts from the script are SO awful. It's like The Room, with comic books. I want Tommy Wiseau to be brought into punch up the script and direct. This could rival that film in terms of unintentional hilarity.
The excerpts from the script are SO awful. It's like The Room, with comic books. I want Tommy Wiseau to be brought into punch up the script and direct. This could rival that film in terms of unintentional hilarity.
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1:15AM on 01/25/2013
"The Room with comic books" is spot on!
"The Room with comic books" is spot on!
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11:20AM on 01/24/2013
Hilarious. I'm glad Joey was able to clarify that humor is the aim of the writing angle here. Best part, though, is that Liefeld thinks he should be played by Chris Pine. Gwahahahaha.
Hilarious. I'm glad Joey was able to clarify that humor is the aim of the writing angle here. Best part, though, is that Liefeld thinks he should be played by Chris Pine. Gwahahahaha.
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8:22AM on 01/24/2013
There's a genius movie (possibly a comedy) just waiting to be made about this guy, or at least aspects of his weird-ass career. Be surprised if he ended up writing it though.
There's a genius movie (possibly a comedy) just waiting to be made about this guy, or at least aspects of his weird-ass career. Be surprised if he ended up writing it though.
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1:03AM on 01/24/2013
I'm convinced this is a joke - take a look at the screenplay samples, they reminded me of that Dark Knight parody screenplay written in the style of Michael Bay. And the concept of essentially writing your own biopic? It's so obnoxious it has to be in jest.
I'm convinced this is a joke - take a look at the screenplay samples, they reminded me of that Dark Knight parody screenplay written in the style of Michael Bay. And the concept of essentially writing your own biopic? It's so obnoxious it has to be in jest.
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12:03AM on 01/24/2013
"If you can draw like Liefeld can draw, you shouldn't be allowed to write this well, too."
Haha, this is absolutely true...but I don't think it's true in the way you think it is ;P
"If you can draw like Liefeld can draw, you shouldn't be allowed to write this well, too."
Haha, this is absolutely true...but I don't think it's true in the way you think it is ;P
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11:38PM on 01/23/2013

Probably won't film anyone's feet cuz he dosn't know how they look

If this is a joke, I don't get the punchline. Rob Liefeld has no respect in the comic book universe and no one will watch this with his name attached. On second thought, I hope this gets made and costs a fortune so he can finally realize what a failure in life he is.
If this is a joke, I don't get the punchline. Rob Liefeld has no respect in the comic book universe and no one will watch this with his name attached. On second thought, I hope this gets made and costs a fortune so he can finally realize what a failure in life he is.
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11:12PM on 01/23/2013
I'm not familiar with Liefeld work but isn't the above artwork was done by Jim Lee? I could be wrong though.
I'm not familiar with Liefeld work but isn't the above artwork was done by Jim Lee? I could be wrong though.
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9:17PM on 01/23/2013
Wow, this article was a pretty big success, yeah? Er... oh. So, hey guys, I'm Joey, and I tend to write in a style that's not quite trolling, because my intent isn't to upset anybody, but it's also quite rarely 100% serious. I'm not a true comic aficionado, I've just never gotten into comics to the ridiculous extent that I've gotten into movies, but my friends that are seriously into the nuts and bolts of the art form can't stand Liefeld, and I have an understanding that this is definitely the
Wow, this article was a pretty big success, yeah? Er... oh. So, hey guys, I'm Joey, and I tend to write in a style that's not quite trolling, because my intent isn't to upset anybody, but it's also quite rarely 100% serious. I'm not a true comic aficionado, I've just never gotten into comics to the ridiculous extent that I've gotten into movies, but my friends that are seriously into the nuts and bolts of the art form can't stand Liefeld, and I have an understanding that this is definitely the general consensus of serious comic fans overall, so I thought it'd be funny to write this article with a tone of sincere admiration for the guy, in a manner that more or less reflects his view of himself. I figured it would be funny, with the guy having titled his screenplay about himself "Icons", and all, to satirically rain the praise on him that he seems to assume really exists out there among comic readers. To clarify, though, I did actually find the screenplay excerpts to be interesting, mainly because Todd McFarlane, as far as his "character" in the screenplay goes, was a pretty fun character to read. Not sure how much of this portrayal of him is complete nonsense, but, admittedly, it'd be an interesting character to see onscreen.

Anywho, my apologies for the unintended effect of the trolling that occurred here, and I shall make sure to amp the ridiculousness WAY up in the future whenever I'm being facetious, so that way it's a bit more clear. In all sincerity, my excitement is set to 11 for the opportunity to write here for JoBlo, and I look forward to bringing a f*ck-ton more fun news, like this here story, to ya'll in the future!
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12:07AM on 01/24/2013
I think the only mistake you made is that you're trolling was TOO good, and it went over everyone's head
I think the only mistake you made is that you're trolling was TOO good, and it went over everyone's head
1:45PM on 01/24/2013
Agree with Grand_Marquis
Many that come in here have a lot of angst. If your sarcasm is too advanced they'll just assume you're stupid so they have something to whine about.
Agree with Grand_Marquis
Many that come in here have a lot of angst. If your sarcasm is too advanced they'll just assume you're stupid so they have something to whine about.
7:44PM on 01/23/2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this article and look forward to seeing how this film turns out
I thoroughly enjoyed this article and look forward to seeing how this film turns out
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7:42PM on 01/23/2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this article and look forward to seeing how this film turns out
I thoroughly enjoyed this article and look forward to seeing how this film turns out
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7:18PM on 01/23/2013

Fuck Liefeld

He's a self important hack who can't draw to save his life.
He's a self important hack who can't draw to save his life.
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7:17PM on 01/23/2013

Fuck Liefeld

He's a self important hack how can't draw to save his life.
He's a self important hack how can't draw to save his life.
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6:53PM on 01/23/2013

What the fuck?

I honestly couldn't believe this article was written on this site. Are you shitting me? Liefeld is the biggest joke in the the comics industry. His original artwork is god awful, and he is an unabashed and unashamed thief of other artist's work. He is the Carlos Mencia of comic book artists. The only thing that rang true in this article was his writing the script in three days. Given that he seems to have written all of his comics in about 30 minutes that time frame makes sense. Fuck Rob
I honestly couldn't believe this article was written on this site. Are you shitting me? Liefeld is the biggest joke in the the comics industry. His original artwork is god awful, and he is an unabashed and unashamed thief of other artist's work. He is the Carlos Mencia of comic book artists. The only thing that rang true in this article was his writing the script in three days. Given that he seems to have written all of his comics in about 30 minutes that time frame makes sense. Fuck Rob Liefeld.
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6:46PM on 01/23/2013
April Fool's came early? Seriously : "If you can draw like Liefeld can draw, you shouldn't be allowed to write this well, too." You mean like Helen Keller found a crayon and tried to write a screenplay?
April Fool's came early? Seriously : "If you can draw like Liefeld can draw, you shouldn't be allowed to write this well, too." You mean like Helen Keller found a crayon and tried to write a screenplay?
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6:40PM on 01/23/2013

"Icon amongst comic book illustrators"? Seriously...?

Rob Liefeld is a complete and total tool, an annoying, ridiculous puerile hack of epic proportions. His so-called "drawings" are contemptuous caricatures of actual human anatomy and should be shunned for the monument to stupidity that they are. His artwork has less personality than peeling wallpaper. Liefeld himself is a pustulent sore in the artistic community and I feel debased just knowing he exists.
Rob Liefeld is a complete and total tool, an annoying, ridiculous puerile hack of epic proportions. His so-called "drawings" are contemptuous caricatures of actual human anatomy and should be shunned for the monument to stupidity that they are. His artwork has less personality than peeling wallpaper. Liefeld himself is a pustulent sore in the artistic community and I feel debased just knowing he exists.
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6:40PM on 01/23/2013
So Rob Liefeld who couldn't write a comprehensible comic to save his life has written a great screenplay? This article is a joke right?
So Rob Liefeld who couldn't write a comprehensible comic to save his life has written a great screenplay? This article is a joke right?
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6:30PM on 01/23/2013

He's a hack...

Anyone who says he's good at what he does doesn't know what "art" is, period. He's terrible at everything he does. An if anyone brings up Deadpool, Deadpool didn't get interesting until other creators started working on him.
Anyone who says he's good at what he does doesn't know what "art" is, period. He's terrible at everything he does. An if anyone brings up Deadpool, Deadpool didn't get interesting until other creators started working on him.
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5:26PM on 01/23/2013

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The Dreamcast was the 'in between' era of video games for me. I stopped with Saturn and PS1, and picked up again with PS2 and Xbox. Sorry, but Nintendo died to me after the amazing SNES.
The Dreamcast was the 'in between' era of video games for me. I stopped with Saturn and PS1, and picked up again with PS2 and Xbox. Sorry, but Nintendo died to me after the amazing SNES.
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5:24PM on 01/23/2013

He's a total hack!

Chances are he cut and pasted his screen play off someone else's kickstarter. Everything original he claims is lifted or outright plagarized off of someone elses work.
Chances are he cut and pasted his screen play off someone else's kickstarter. Everything original he claims is lifted or outright plagarized off of someone elses work.
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5:13PM on 01/23/2013

Is this a joke, Joey Keeton?

You think this side-pouch obsessed, can't draw a hand or foot to save his life, tool is a good artist? He isn't even a bad artist. I've flushed better looking diarrhea You think this side-pouch obsessed, can't draw a hand or foot to save his life, tool is a good artist? He isn't even a bad artist. I've flushed diarrhea that was better put together than even his greatest character spread. He's a horrendous artist--- Wait, are you Rob, working undercover as a Joblo columnist, trying to push your
You think this side-pouch obsessed, can't draw a hand or foot to save his life, tool is a good artist? He isn't even a bad artist. I've flushed better looking diarrhea You think this side-pouch obsessed, can't draw a hand or foot to save his life, tool is a good artist? He isn't even a bad artist. I've flushed diarrhea that was better put together than even his greatest character spread. He's a horrendous artist--- Wait, are you Rob, working undercover as a Joblo columnist, trying to push your shitty work? Liefeld's toilet paintings would be considered less than others.
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5:05PM on 01/23/2013
Rob Liefeld. His artwork is terrible. He draws like someone who studied human anatomy intensely... and then discarded every lesson learned.
Rob Liefeld. His artwork is terrible. He draws like someone who studied human anatomy intensely... and then discarded every lesson learned.
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4:46PM on 01/23/2013

I've corrected your opening line for you.

"Rob Liefeld is a joke amongst comic book illustrators"
"Rob Liefeld is a joke amongst comic book illustrators"
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4:26PM on 01/23/2013
Rob Liefeld is a fucking idiot. He should be shot into the sun.
Rob Liefeld is a fucking idiot. He should be shot into the sun.
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4:20PM on 01/23/2013
This guy and his greedy buddies are what took what was a fun escape for fans and a modest living for working artists/ writers and turned it into a collector based/ profit driven industry. And has given us two generations of pompous collectors who consider themselves comic book fans. Thanks jerk.
This guy and his greedy buddies are what took what was a fun escape for fans and a modest living for working artists/ writers and turned it into a collector based/ profit driven industry. And has given us two generations of pompous collectors who consider themselves comic book fans. Thanks jerk.
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5:31PM on 01/23/2013
Of all the Liefeld hate responses I've read with this column, you have the one that holds some justified truth.
Of all the Liefeld hate responses I've read with this column, you have the one that holds some justified truth.
4:01PM on 01/23/2013
Not sure if there is much of a story, but Christian Bale is a great pick for Todd McFarlane
Not sure if there is much of a story, but Christian Bale is a great pick for Todd McFarlane
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4:00PM on 01/23/2013

Sry didn't even read but...

Are there really ppl out there who care what Liefeld thinks? Cause i wasn't aware that there were. The guy is a fucking hack, a horrible artist and a total douche bag to boot.

Extra Tidbit: No, it didn't.
Are there really ppl out there who care what Liefeld thinks? Cause i wasn't aware that there were. The guy is a fucking hack, a horrible artist and a total douche bag to boot.

Extra Tidbit: No, it didn't.
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5:38PM on 01/23/2013
Not throwing props to the guy, but I have a strong feeling that he may be a better artist than most 'hacks', that visit this site alone. I can't speak much for the douchebaggery though, being as I've never met the person.
Not throwing props to the guy, but I have a strong feeling that he may be a better artist than most 'hacks', that visit this site alone. I can't speak much for the douchebaggery though, being as I've never met the person.
6:04PM on 01/23/2013
Oh, wow, thanks. I had no idea that we were comparing Leifeld to the random ppl who visit this site. Thanks for the clear up, my bad. See i was comparing him to the many many greater talents in the comic industry cause you know, i wanted my comparison to others to make snese, but i can see how you might have missed that.

Yes he is, in fact, a hack. Not sure what your backgorund in comics is but jusging from your reply its probably not that much. As theswitcher@hotmail.com pointed out below
Oh, wow, thanks. I had no idea that we were comparing Leifeld to the random ppl who visit this site. Thanks for the clear up, my bad. See i was comparing him to the many many greater talents in the comic industry cause you know, i wanted my comparison to others to make snese, but i can see how you might have missed that.

Yes he is, in fact, a hack. Not sure what your backgorund in comics is but jusging from your reply its probably not that much. As theswitcher@hotmail.com pointed out below me he's a laughing stock in the comic community and has a website dedicated to how shitty his artwork is. My personal fav was the one with the Drinking game "take a shot for every pouch Leifeld draws on each character (turns to page one and dies of alcohol poisoning.)"
3:59PM on 01/23/2013

Serious?

Is this some kinda brilliant troll article? Rob Liefeld is one of the worst mainstream comic artists of all time! He's a laughing stock in the comic world, and no one takes his goofy ass seriously. Hell, there's entire websites dedicated to showing in detail how much of a sloppy, unfprofessional artist he is. I'd be surprised if his screenplay has his name written correctly on it.
Is this some kinda brilliant troll article? Rob Liefeld is one of the worst mainstream comic artists of all time! He's a laughing stock in the comic world, and no one takes his goofy ass seriously. Hell, there's entire websites dedicated to showing in detail how much of a sloppy, unfprofessional artist he is. I'd be surprised if his screenplay has his name written correctly on it.
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4:53PM on 01/23/2013
Ha, ha, yeah I love this site. The only good read with Liefeld´s name attached. Take a look: [link]
Ha, ha, yeah I love this site. The only good read with Liefeld´s name attached. Take a look: [link]
6:56PM on 01/23/2013
I would say THE worst mainstream comic artist of all time. Just complete shit.
I would say THE worst mainstream comic artist of all time. Just complete shit.
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