Bruce Lee had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
Orson Welles briefly talking about the supposed link between violent entertainment and actual violence. Part of the Talk collection. A collection of BBC programmes where celebrated interviewers try to get behind the public mask of some of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
How you can help keep the Victories alive and well (and ongoing)!
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THE VICTORIES NEEDS YOUR HELP! Thank you all for your support and interest in Powers, Mice Templar and Victories. If you’ve read the Victories either the first or new series, you know its very personal to me. Right now I’m focusing all of my efforts on Powers and Victories while providing Mice with covers. The Victories is not meant to be a mainstream superhero book it is dark and at times esoteric, but I think we are doing things in Victories you wont see in other books, exploring characters and society on a level that goes past much of the cool giant battles we get to see in mainstream titles.
We are an indie book, so like Powers and Mice Templar, we need your help to spread the word on Victories. What can you do?
If you see a review you like there is usually a facebook or tweet link you can click to help promote the work. Reviews are like ads, they help with exposure. Recommendations and word of mouth at stores and message boards are huge. I’ve already bugged you about pre-ordering and all that, but these first two steps go a long way.
There are lots of great books out there and Victories is kind of a niche book- while it is a superhero book, its not traditional, while its an introspective book, it isn’t Fantagraphics, so being hard to peg, we could use your help so I can keep putting it out there along Powers every month.
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Lat night I dreamed I was reading a Seinfeld porn comic drawn by Art Adams. It took place in a rustic outdoor setting. Lots of background detail.