Saturday, September 12, 2009

New home!

In case you hadn't noticed, I don't post here a lot. It's because I spend my time making comics, and not talking about comics or talking about making comics.

Proof: www.manofcomics.com

Updates on Tuesdays. I'm currently running RED ICE by me, my long time collaborator Horacio Lalia, and talent colorist Stu Chaifetz.

Go read. Everything that happens will be happening there (except lettering High Moon. That happens at www.zudacomics.com/high_moon)

Thanks! And see you there!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Do you hear the words coming out of my mouth!?

I'm speaking this weekend, Saturday, March 28, 2009, at ALABAMA BOUND, 1:25 pm CST, at Birmingham’s Central Library. Come observe as I babble about writing for comics and film.

Several other indiginous writers will be attending, none of whom I'm familiar with, but all of whom I will try to meet.

Anyway, I've been working on several projects. RED ICE has started its momentum. First 20 pages are done. Next 10 are pencilled and awaiting approval. The deal with Practical for THREADS is signed. Now all we need is an artist for the comic. Ferran and I have begun a new collaboration, and DEAD & MARRIED may be taking form shortly. Yeah, yeah, ambiguous blabbering about projects without context. Thrilling, I know. I could have a one-way conversation about ad sales, but then I'd really bore myself.

Anyway, life chugs along, and all I can do is keep on working. Crap. And there goes Sebastian. Time to play daddy.

See you Saturday!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Blood-suckers

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20090201/Prison.Riot/

It's because the damn thing was run by vampires.

Yes, no posts in almost two months, and this is all I've got. I'm clocking 40 a week at the magazine, writing and lettering no fewer than six comics/graphic novels, raising three kids, planning a wedding, and trying my damnest to watch the last half of this past Friday's Battlestar Galactica.

Regular posting will resume eventually.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

ATLANTIS RISING News

Been busy, but I thought I'd drop a note to everyone reading the current bout of hype regarding ATLANTIS RISING:

Even though it's not mentioned in a single one of the promotional bullets floating around, and even though Rosenberg did indeed create ATLANTIS RISING and gave me some basic material to work from, I developed the wrote the entire series from nearly whole cloth.

Credit where it's due and all.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

MUSIC: Y2K

Ten years ago this winter, I graduated from Emerson College. Not only does that mean I'm older than I thought, it also means I've forgotten more than I remember, including, but not limited to, my participation in this student film the year after I graduated.

Until Threads or Atlantis Rising or any of my myriad other comics projects are turned into motion picture entertainment, this is the only piece of film with my name on it. Go on, click it, watch it, and be patient as it is unabashedly a student film.

But most importantly, listen to the music. I composed and performed it, and for all it's faults, I'm quite proud of it as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-Y4tBayHc

Props to Ian and Maile and everyone else!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A life if its own....

There are two aspects of writing that have always fascinated me. The first is the ability for characters to "decide" to do something different than what was plotted. Yeah, yeah, I know characters don't really "decide," but it does expose personal biases when you take on a character's voice in a story and it veers off in unexpected directions. The other is how a story evolves in its telling from a synopsis to a treatment and/or panel breakdowns to the final script.

I'm working with Jamie Delano on a graphic novel, and we're negotiating with a publisher. The publisher asked for a five page treatment of the story, and I was thinking to myself that we had written this story up in stages, and we had a treatment in the archives that would serve this purpose.

I was very wrong. The original treatment included scenes, beats, and characters that had completely changed in the final script. We even ditched a superfluous character. Everything cut was cut for space, not because it was too long, but because some themes were far more important to linger on an explore than to dismiss with a passing moment in the narrative.

That left me rewriting the outline to match the new plot. An easy project sure, but I found it fascinating how about 80% of the first chapter remained intact. Even given that, by the last chapter, we only had about 20% of what we originally wrote. It was a nice window into our writing process, how we took the core concept and pushed it into more relevant directions.

Yeah, I'm just rambling. I've got nothing clever to end this off with. Just the observation that writing is a constantly changing and growing process, one that'll leave even the best stories to their own devices.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

COMICS: Strips that Don't Exist

I had written this to Foley tonight, and realized I'd like to share the thought with everyone out there.

Consider this a challenge. Any artists reading this, make a one panel comic embodying the description below. I'll post them all, assuming any show up. Whoever creates one that matches the strip from my dream wins a choice between my catharsis or twenty bucks.

Anyway, I keep having dreams of discovering strange, brilliant comic strips that don't exist. They've been recurring since I was a kid, and the strips are always different. The only one I remember dates back to when I was about five. It's a one-panel comic of a beat up old VW bug under a streetlamp at night. Even though it looks inocuous, it's alive, and the caption reads "Within the hour, the police discovered half-chewed bodies in the front seat, the car's digestion interrupted."