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The Red Letter

Authors of the World Unite! | 11 July 2012

Dear Subscriber,


Our CEO, Ivory Madison, told me a story years ago about meeting Michael Uslan and how he inspired her. For an entire decade, every Hollywood studio told Uslan that no one would ever make a Batman movie—Batman was dead. But he believed in his childhood hero, in the power of stories, and in himself (although he occasionally wondered if he was crazy). Now, his Batman movies have grossed more than a billion dollars and completely transformed popular culture. These stories help us believe we can change the world, too.

That’s why Comic-Con International selected Uslan to be the guest of honor at this year’s convention, where he’ll appear before more than 130,000 fans, authors, and industry professionals this week. His memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, is a must-read for anyone who has a big dream and won’t let go until they make it come true. These days, business thought-leaders like Dave Logan give TED talks reminding those in the audience to “remember you’re Batman.”

This week, we’d like you to blog about a time when tenacious belief in what you were meant to do, à la Bruce Wayne, was rewarded. If you’re still in the middle of the tenacious part, tell us about it. So are we at Red Room.

Red Room authors include comics pioneers like historian Trina Robbins, mainstream star Gail Simone, eccentric author-illustrator J Marc Schmidt, superhero psychologist Robin Rosenberg, vintage-Batman writer Gerard Jones, and many more. See you at Comic-Con! Blog to win a copy of The Boy Who Loved Batman»


“Being good. Knowing myself. Being old. Having learned a lot. Being ‘inner’-directed like that Maslow guy talked about fifty years ago. Being sane. Seeing stuff for what it is. Having been to the mountaintop. And the mountainbottom.”


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Warmest Regards,

Gina Misiroglu

Executive Editor, Red Room

P.S. We take superheroes seriously at Red Room—I wrote The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes, Ivory wrote Batman in Huntress: Year One, and we first met nine years ago at Comic-Con.

  You must knock on doors until your knuckles bleed. Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again. It’s the only way to achieve the goals in your life.”  
-Michael Uslan, who never gave up, and brought Batman to the world.
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