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John Byrne
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Posted: 24 May 2018 at 10:42am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just watch an IMDb short on the new HELLBOY movie, and twice the narrator sounded the G in Mignola.
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I don't know how I know this - it just seemed logical, I guess - but from the first time I saw that name, I knew it was a silent G.
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There's quite a pattern of me thinking names of comic book storytellers are pronounced a certain way and then discovering many years later that I was wrong all along. This fits in that bracket -- I thought it was said like it looks. Oops.
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Storytellers aside, I used to think Magneto was pronounced differently (I first heard it pronounced in the 70s FANTASTIC FOUR cartoon). 
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Mignola looked similar to mignon, so I always read the first two syllables similarly. 

The current surname mispronunciation that bugs me is with Gal Gadot. A lot of people want to rhyme her name with Bardot, but the way she says it, it’s closer to Ga-dote.
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Oh, how often in the 70s did I hear John Bye-urn...!

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 QUOTE:
I used to think Magneto was pronounced differently...

You mean it's not Man-yet-to?
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What about Seen Been or is it Shaun Baun?
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"Oh, how often in the 70s did I hear John Bye-urn...!"

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Well, if you were anywhere around me you heard it.
But after all I was just 10 the first time I saw the name, and I don't think I had seen a similar letter combination yet.

Also didn't help that John Byner was floating around tv at the time and heard it spoken often.

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For the past 30 years now, since I first heard of him due to the World of Krypton miniseries he did with John Byrne, I have never heard Mike Mignola's name spoken out loud, and this entire time whenever I've read it or thought of him I've been mentally pronouncing it as Mig-Nola (rhymes with...Pig Cola).

That will take some time getting used to. I still tend to "read" Kurt Busiek as "Boo-See-Ick" even though I read an interview years ago where he explained that it's "Byoo-sick".

At least with Magneto my first exposure to him was in a cartoon, before I read him in comics, so I always new it was pronounced Mag-NEET-oh, as opposed to Magnet-Oh..

Now that I think about it, I also heard other comic fans talk about John Byrne before I'd read any of his comics, so when I did see the name I knew it was "Burn" not anything else.


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It would have never crossed my mind to pronounce it any way other than “burn”. Probably because of my childhood awareness of David Byrne from the Talking Heads. 
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I've also been pronouncing Krypton's God, RAO, as "Ray-Oh" until the first episode of Krypton taught it me that it rhymes with "wow".
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Also didn't help that John Byner was floating around tv at the time and heard it spoken often.

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I used to pray to the gods of typesetting that TV GUIDE would transpose a couple of letters in his name!

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I've been pronouncing it with the g for decades now so this is quite useful information and I'll be pronouncing it correctly from now on. I mispronounced Byrne as By-urn for years until I heard someone correctly pronounce it in a comic shop circa 1986 or 87.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 8:11pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Kah-looooo-tah!

I found Sienkiewicz difficult until it was written out phonetically, in a Cerebus The Aardvark I think. Sin-kev-itch.

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Mjolnir.. got me for decades!!!  I'm so happy not to be teaching phonics anymore (though I have to admit I learned a lot when I did so!)  
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Goddammit, I’ve been saying it wrong for thirty-plus years!
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When I had my telephone conversation with William Shatner a few months back, he greeted me with "John Byrnes!" Did I correct him? Not a chance!
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Posted: 26 May 2018 at 9:47am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I pronounce the G but then I've never heard anyone else say it! Coincidentally spent today reading the first Hellboy omnibus. Will now pronounce his name correctly!
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Posted: 26 May 2018 at 1:22pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Count me as one who never got it right, and never heard it correctly.

Mig-no-la or ming-o-la

And 

Sign-kie-witz


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I could grasp the pronunciation of Bill`s name but never
the spelling, without looking it up!
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Posted: 27 May 2018 at 1:23am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

It was this site that sorted out many a mispronounced creators name. I struggled with Doug Moench for years!
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Posted: 27 May 2018 at 1:07pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

mo-enk ??
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Mench I believe.
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"When I had my telephone conversation with William
Shatner a few months back..."

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Name dropper!! But that is DAMN cool.
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