Home Personal Development Todd McFarlane, Iconic Comic Book Artist — Lessons from Stan Lee, How to Make Art That Outlives You, How to Compete with Corporate Giants and Win (While Having Fun), Dealmaking Strategies, War Stories from Wall Street and Lawyer Land, Taking Responsibility for Your Life, and Why Creators Need to Smash Limits (#643)

Todd McFarlane, Iconic Comic Book Artist — Lessons from Stan Lee, How to Make Art That Outlives You, How to Compete with Corporate Giants and Win (While Having Fun), Dealmaking Strategies, War Stories from Wall Street and Lawyer Land, Taking Responsibility for Your Life, and Why Creators Need to Smash Limits (#643)

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“I don’t stand for water coolers or complain to my boss. I quit my job and started my own company. As a creative person, if you complain about the way business is run, run your own business.” I’m going to be a man.”

— Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning director/producer and author of one of the world’s best-selling comics. spawnHe is best known to many comics fans for his work as an artist. amazing spidermanwhere he co-created Marvel’s top villains. Venom.

Todd is CEO of Todd McFarlane Productions, McFarlane Toys (one of America’s top action figure makers), and McFarlane Films. is also the co-founder of image comic,debuted spawn In 1992, the first issue sold 1.7 million copies. 1997, spawn was made Emmy Award-winning HBO animated series and live-action feature film Generated over $100 million in revenue. In 2019, Todd spawn #301, won the Guinness World Record for longest-running creator-owned superhero comic series.

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Want to hear Round 1 with Todd McFarlane? The art of compelling storytelling, punctual deadlines, Todd’s massive library of rejection letters, how the state of the industry led to the founding of Image Comic Books, the happy coincidence that brought Venom to life, spaghetti webbing , Competitive Bladder, and much more.

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  • connect with Todd McFarlane:

website | | twitter | | Facebook | | Instagram

Show memo

  • [05:58] The wit, wisdom and work ethic of Stan Lee.
  • [29:50] Todd’s four corners: video games, television, movies and toys.
  • [41:46] Learn the art of toy-making and beat the industry with your own game.
  • [49:11] Ridiculous luck at the toy fair.
  • [1:03:31] Marketing and distribution of toys circa 1994.
  • [1:10:51] The play Todd made in a $3 million baseball.
  • [1:18:08] Todd participates in a hockey battle.
  • [1:24:12] Bring spawn to TV.
  • [1:27:57] Being the dumbest man in the room could win you an Emmy.
  • [1:31:17] Cancel.
  • [1:32:38] Todd is bilingual in arts and business.
  • [1:38:50] How Todd finds time to create while managing his business.
  • [1:43:49] Your brand matters.
  • [1:49:44] Made a music video, won another Emmy, and was about to kill Eddie Vedder.
  • [1:56:33] Momentum of success.
  • [1:59:15] (idiot) Luck surface area.
  • [2:01:07] Build a world that lasts.
  • [2:08:13] Create characters that outlive their creators.
  • [2:15:13] I’m not perfect today, so lower the bar and dance if necessary.
  • [2:24:45] Is Todd’s Wife Married to a Monster?
  • [2:30:50] Be the second person.
  • [2:35:48] parting thoughts.

More Todd McFarlane Quotes from the Interview

“If you build a Cadillac and sell it at Ford Motor prices, people understand the value, and you can sell it all day long.”
— Todd McFarlane

“I don’t stand for water coolers or complain to my boss. I quit my job and started my own company. As a creative person, if you complain about how a business works, run your own business.” I’m going to be a man.”
— Todd McFarlane

“Over the years, many people have said good things about me. I am beyond me. No one is more tired of Todd than I am.”
— Todd McFarlane

“I think creations are creative children. Every parent has the same wish. You always want your children to outlive you.”
— Todd McFarlane

“I wake up every day, but I don’t have high expectations of anything, not even humanity. I’m not a religious person, but I have a personal prayer. ‘Today won’t be perfect.'”
— Todd McFarlane

“Assuming today is not perfect, and assuming that humans are flawed, you can live a pretty good life. What do you think will happen? , no one cuts you in line, nobody writes you a bad email, and it’s a pretty good day, because you didn’t get any nasties, it’s a pretty good day, you won the lottery, and your The team didn’t win.You weren’t that bad.You weren’t sued today.It’s cool.It’s a nice day.”
— Todd McFarlane

“Today, on this planet of eight billion people, who woke up and said, ‘Today, I’m going to make Todd’s life better’?” that was me “
— Todd McFarlane

“No one in history has changed anything on any level and been liked by everyone. Get over it. Get over someone who likes you. Know what your goals are.” please give me.”
— Todd McFarlane

“People who haven’t danced on the dance floor first are probably not cut out to be entrepreneurs. That means giving a shit about the rest of the people in that room, so let’s get in there.
— Todd McFarlane

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