Thursday, October 30, 2008
It's the end of an era.
I guess we'd all better really enjoy those DW specials next year. They're going to be his last.
Now that he's leaving, where will his Doctor be ranked? The best ever? Second to only Tom Baker? The debate begins NOW.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
But what's most fascinating about this to me is the TECHNOLOGY behind it. I don't know who did this. But whoever did... is seriously talented. But that's not the real point. What's truly amazing is that as someone who works in Hollywood on movies and TV, where MILLIONS of dollars are being spent, someone out there has taken the technology available to anyone and just gone out and DONE something amazing.
Seriously. It's incredible videos like this that are part of an entertainment revolution, one I might add, that has certain sectors of the entertainment industry SCARED S@#TLESS. (I'll let you guess who).
I can't wait to see what happens when the person (or people) behind something like this turn their talents to creating original stories and content for the Internet. Sooner or later, someone out there is gonna come up with the next STAR WARS or GONE WITH THE WIND.
I don't know about you, but I see stuff like this and just get inspired. Plus, it's DAMN FUNNY, too.
Think about it.
(Man, if only they'd had this kind of technology available when I was in film school... )
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The DC UNIVERSE HALOWEEN SPECIAL 2008 hits comic shops everywhere this Wednesday, Oct. 22nd.
I had a blast contributing a short story to the collection called "Role Model," featuring VIXEN from the Justice League of America. For those who don't know, Vixen is a Black, female super-heroine who possesses all the powers of the animal kingdom (you know, the strength of a lion, the speed of cheetah, the vision of an eagle, etc.). Although lately... she's gained the ability to absorb the powers of any superhero around her. Which means when she's standing next to Superman, she becomes the strongest person on the planet!
But you don't need to know any of that to enjoy the story. What you should know is that it's a short, hopefully inspiring, story about gender and racial empowerment. Or maybe it's just a story where Vixen kicks some super villain ass. Oh, and like all the stories in the collection, it has a wacky Halloween slant to it.
Hmmm. Are you intrigued?
Would You Like To Know More? (heh.)
The following blurb comes from the project's guru, DC editor Eddie Berganza:
"The leaves are falling, there's a nip in the air, and there're scary little creatures showing up at your door begging for treats…it's Halloween!!! We want to be sure to have the DC Universe Special Halloween '08 ready for that night, so we've got some stops to make along the way. With the aid of Mark (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/ HEROES) Verheiden and Dennis Calero, we've summoned ghost detectives Ralph and Sue Dibny to be our guides to some spooky places in the DCU.
We start off in Gotham City as Brian Reed and Darick Robertson introduce us to some reluctant trick-or-treaters, who find that what goes "bump" in the night in this city can be very deadly. Then we get dragged to Arkham Asylum by new writer Brad Desnoyer and DMZ's Riccardo Burchielli, where we wind up fighting for our lives against an unexpected ghoul with -- get this -- Two-Face as our hero!
To relax, we try to catch a flick with Eureka's Eric Wallace and newcomer artist Tony Shasteen, but the monsters start coming off the screen, forcing Vixen into action and us to an early exit. I don't wanna mention where we found the Scarecow…that's for Mikey Way (of "My Chemical Romance" fame making his comics writing debut with new artist Mateus) to explain, but we almost lost our heads over this one.
Then it's off to Salem, Massachusetts to check in on Doctor Fate's Tower. Assistant Editor Harvey Richards with Federico Dallocchio does a fine job of reporting that the young Faust has everything taken care of and it's OK to move on. Over in Metropolis, we find that the Daily Planet has some old ghosts to deal with courtesy of SUPERMAN/BATMAN cowriter Mike Johnson with FINAL CRISIS: SUBMIT's Matthew Clark.
It's already been a scary trip when we meet up with the Demon and his pal writer/artist Duncan Rouleau as we learn that you really gotta watch who you give candy to in the dark corners of the DCU.
Finally, I try to bring Halloween to Oa, but Trevor Hairsine and I just wind up awakening some deep-rooted nightmares for Kyle Rayner. Next time I'll listen to Geoff Johns and stay on Earth.
And if you thought all of this was exciting, just wait 'til you see what's happening for the DCU HOLIDAY SPECIAL this winter!"
Ooooh -- I can't wait to read the other stories!
OK. Enough shameless promotion!
Go out and BUY IT this week!
And HAPPY HALLOWEEN.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Yes, I'm a busy bee these days. Between the day job, family, the dog, then a few exciting new projects (more on those in later postings), it's easy to see why great things slip through the cracks all the time. Well, last night I finally got to the DC/Vertigo graphic novel INCOGNEGRO on my reading pile. (You know... that big pile of books on your night stand that never seems to shrink no matter how much you read?).
Folks... I'll save my usual hyperbole and just cut to the chase:
READ THIS BOOK.
INCOGNEGRO is a story of racism and redemption in the American South, circa 1920. It is fiction, yet it is truth. It is harsh, but also compassionate. It's also a damn good story with a nice twist in the end. Yes, "All-Star Superman" might be the most fun and enjoyable graphic novel I've read this year, but INCOGNEGRO is the most important.
WARNING: This book is definitely NOT for kids. We're talking 18-and-older, due to intense violence.
Just as a brief primer, I'll say that it's the story of a black reporter who sneaks into the racist South in order to do some very dangerous investigative journalism. It's a story from a time we'd all like to forget about, but dare not. Now if only I could write the screenplay for this movie and Spike Lee would direct it... but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Thank you to writer Mat Johnson & artist Warren Pleece for creating this -- also thank you to DC COMICS for having the BALLS to publish this. Don't let their work be for nothing.
GO OUT AND READ THIS BOOK.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Of course NOT.
And NEITHER do I.
But if we all DID... it would be like this: PG-rated and hilarious!!! And there's even "Firefly" / "Dr. Horrible" 's NATHAN FILLION to boot. Yes, it's all part of director James Gunn's groovy new web series, "PG PORN."
Trust me, you'll never look at a nail gun the same way again...