Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood


      Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood
With an introduction by Neil Gaiman In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood s Changeling and Marvel s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret.For four decades, J Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics Yet there s one story he s never told before his own.Joe s early life nearly defies belief Raised by damaged adults a con man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized Joe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his father s desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity The deeper he read, the he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his family s past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murder.Straczynski s personal history has always been shrouded in mystery Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger than life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life It is also a compelling behind the scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world. New Download Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Joseph Michael Straczynski born July 17, 1954 , known professionally as J Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction TV series Babylon 5 From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider Man wikipedia

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  • 14 February 2019
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10 thoughts on “ Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

  1. says:

    When Joe Straczynski talks publicly about his difficult upbringing, it s easy to insert a generic, TV movie sort of rags to riches story Only in this book does he reveal, after most of the participants have died, the depths of the awfulness of his childhood and family It s almost certainly worse than you imagined.The magic of Becoming Superman, though, is that it s simultaneously horrifying and uplifting, and a great read It helps that not only is Straczynski an accomplished writer, but When Joe Straczynski talks publicly about his difficult upbringing, it s easy to insert a generic, TV movie sort of rags to riches story Only in this book does he reveal, after most of the participants have died, the depths of the awfulness of his childhood and family It s almost certainly worse than you imagined.The magic of Becoming Superman, though, is that it s simultaneously horrifying and uplifting, and a great read It helps that not only is Straczynski an accomplished writer, but that this is the story he s been training to tell for his entire life It s funny, sad, infuriating, and inspiring often all at once.Beyond the ho...

  2. says:

    I first met Joe in 1984 when we both attended a talk by producer Dan Blatt about NBC s V series We were both fairly terrified at his pronouncement that SF could be anything, without being grounded in, you know, science We became friends and would run into one another at east and west coast conventions over the next few years before he blossomed into a prolific writer producer in TV.At one point, he expressed interest in comics which led me and or Marv Wolfman offering him an issue of Teen I first met Joe in 1984 when we both attended a talk by producer Dan Blatt about NBC s V series We were both fairly terrified at his pronouncement that SF could be anything, without being grounded in, you know, science We became friends and would run into one another at east and west coast conventions over the next few years before he blossomed into a prolific writer producer in TV.At one point, he expressed interest in comics which led me and or Marv Wolfman offering him an issue of Teen Titans Spotlight, followed by my offer of an issue of ...

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    If there is anything remarkable about my life, it is that I did not come out the other side a serial killer.When I review a book, I ll highlight passages I ll want to refer to after I complete it By the end of chapter two of J Michael Straczynski s autobiography Becoming Superman I had already highlighted an obscene amount of passages and notes expressing a mix of shock, incredulity, and an unhealthy amount of swearing Similar to Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle and Tara Westover s Educated, If there is anything remarkable about my life, it is that I did not come out the other side a serial killer.When I review a book, I ll highlight passages I ll want to refer to after I complete it By the end of chapter two of J Michael Straczynski s autobiography Becoming Superman I had already highlighted an obscene amount of passages and notes expressing a mix of shock, incredulity, and an unhealthy amount of swearing Similar to Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle and Tara Westover s Educated, the first half of Joe s life depicts a child raised by let s call it unconventional means But the similarities end there Joe was raised by his parents and grandmother who were Polish immigrants and Nazi sympathizers His father Charles is the pure embodiment of evil, a truly sick a vile man whose atrocities are too long to list, and he plays a central role in the story of Joe s life Charles is one of the most despicable humans I ve had the displeasure of learning about, and he ta...

  4. says:

    Holy cow.The first 16 pages are unnerving the next 12 pages will curdle your blood And it doesn t stop Chapter after chapter, the evil, the depravity, of the author s family mainly his father beggars belief For plenty of people, this is all they need for a five star memoir My Horrific Childhood could be the title of any number of popular books.This one is different Yes, the author wants to lay bare the details of his family history, but it is only because he wants to speak the truth He Holy cow.The first 16 pages are unnerving the next 12 pages will curdle your blood And it doesn t stop Chapter after chapter, the evil, the depravity, of the author s family mainly his father beggars belief For plenty of people, this is all they need for a five star memoir My Horrific Childhood could be the title of any number of popular books.This one is different Yes, the author wants to lay bare the details of his family history, but it is only because he wants to speak the truth He tells his story in the most matter of fact way, somet...

  5. says:

    In this book, author J Michael Stracyznski JMS to his fans tells the story of his family and his life Starting with his grandparents, he gives us some background before telling us about his childhood under an abusive father and a distant mother In between moving every few months to stay ahead of creditors, JMS discovered ways to escape via TV shows, comic books, and science fiction As he discovered the power of words, he vowed to become a writer That desire eventually lead him to a career In this book, author J Michael Stracyznski JMS to his fans tells the story of his family and his life Starting with his grandparents, he gives us some background before telling us about his childhood under an abusive father and a distant mother In between moving every few months to stay ahead of creditors, JMS discovered ways to escape via TV shows, comic books, and science fiction As he discovered the power of words, he vowed to become a writer That desire eventually lead him to a career in comic books and in Hollywood on such things as He Man She Ra The Real Ghostbusters Babylon 5 Murder, She Wrote Sense8 and the movi...

  6. says:

    Full disclosure I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway And I m also a big fan of Straczynski s work I was first exposed to it in an issue of Teen Titans Spotlight, but I didn t really start to take notice of it until my wife and I started watching Babylon 5 around about season 3 or so Anyway, yes, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion I was going to like this You have been warned So This is an autobiography of J Michael Straczynski, who s written for movies, television, Full disclosure I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway And I m also a big fan of Straczynski s work I was first exposed to it in an issue of Teen Titans Spotlight, but I didn t really start to take notice of it until my wife and I started watching Babylon 5 around about season 3 or so Anyway, yes, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion I was going to like this You have been warned So This is an autobiography of J Michael Straczynski, who s written for movies, television, radio, comics, newspapers, and pretty much anything that will hold still long enough to be written on Unless you re very young or incredibly isolated, you ve almost certainly experienced something he s done Heard of it at the very least.He s certainly led an interesting life He survived childhood abuse and crushing poverty Honestly, there ar...

  7. says:

    For a journalism course in college, we were assigned an in depth piece on a business issue Being a fan of sci fi pop culture, I decided to marry my love of two new series, Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Babylon Five in my assignment Both shows were in their early days B5 was about six to seven episodes into season one and I decided to look at the business aspects of what kept a syndicated genre series on the airwaves.At the time, B5 creator J Michael Stracysnki had an open dialogue with the For a journalism course in college, we were assigned an in depth piece on a business issue Being a fan of sci fi pop culture, I decided to marry my love of two new series, Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Babylon Five in my assignment Both shows were in their early days B5 was about six to seven episodes into season one and I decided to look at the business aspects of what kept a syndicated genre series on the airwaves.At the time, B5 creator J Michael Stracysnki had an open dialogue with the Internet, taking us behind the scenes at the creation of his space opera Think DVD extras before there were DVDs JMS as he was called onli...

  8. says:

    I received a copy of Becoming Superman from HarperCollins Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Wow, this book was exceptional The beginning was horrifying but somehow entrancing in a way that all survivor stories are.Joe Straczynski made a choice and by ...

  9. says:

    My father was a monster As a fan who s seen J Michael Straczynski JMS at a number of appearances, I d heard those words and imagined the worst father I d ever known or heard of I couldn t have beenwrong if I d been picturing Mr Rogers.Year by year, step by step, JMS describes every conscious decision he made, even while ex...

  10. says:

    This book is really good, an autobiography about someone whose work I knew, but not his personal history Straczynski digs deep into both, discussing everything from his work on some of my favorite TV shows, Real Ghostbusters, He Man, and his creation, Babylon 5 He details his comic book work, including writing the issue of Spider Man where the Marvel heroes and villains reacted to the Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks JMS gets to all that, but first, he discusses how he rose from poverty and This book is really good, an autobiography about someone whose work I knew, but not his personal history Straczynski digs ...

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