X-Men: Days Of Future Past FX People Shop At Gosh Comics Too
Earlier this year, Bleeding Cool reported that the FX houses of London's West End must have started working on an Ant Man project, as they started piling into Soho's Gosh Comics looking for reference, and dropping a few hints in the process.
Well, the same thing has started happening with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the classic Claremont/Byrne/Austin story that's forming the backbone to the sequel to X-Men: First Class, and the shop can't keep it in stock.
This story reminds me of when I was working in a comic shop in Berkeley back in early-'86 and some people from Lucasfilm came in the shop looking for reference material for Howard the Duck. And after talking to them and hearing their take on the material, I tried to stop them, I really did! But I was just a guy working in a comic shop, so they dismissed my dour prediction of how the movie would be received.
On the one hand, I love that the FX people are keen to see the original source material, rather than taking the dismissive attitude of "Read a comic book? We'll just make up our own thing, which will undoubtedly be better than anything they could have thought up in some kid's comic." An attitude we've seen all too often before. On the other hand, I'm baffled that people involved in the actual visuals for the movie aren't given stacks of copies of all these books as a matter of course. If they're paying for these out of their own pockets rather than it being part of the production budget, even worse...but honestly, how much could a stack of comp copies set Marvel back?