Thursday, December 29, 2011
As the year comes to end, it's time to look ahead to 2012. And what's in store for LA's newest superhero in the New Year? Find out now by checking out my interview with MISFITS OF SCIENCE. In it, I discuss why Mister Terrific needed Brainstorm to fulfill his evil destiny, and also hint at what's up with The Kryl and Karen Starr in the DCnU.
Friday, December 16, 2011
And who says the media doesn't have great taste?
MISTER TERRIFIC #4... available now in print AND digital form from DC COMICS.
NEXT MONTH: The cosmic adventure continues when Mister Terrific encounters the mysterious being known as "HARMONY," an entity with the power to save the universe. Or destroy it!
(How's THAT for hyperbole?!)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A very different MISTER TERRIFIC 2-part adventure begins today.
Not only does our hero meet the villainous alien race known as THE KRYL, he also finds himself thrown into outer space. (Actually, it's the ninth dimension...) Yes, after an initial 3-part story set primarily in his home base of Los Angeles, Mister Terrific goes COSMIC. Cool, eh? Of course, you might be asking yourself, "Uh... why leave the cozy confines of the City of Angels to set a story in dimensional space?"
Good question, friends.
The answer is... JACK KIRBY. The King's cosmically-inspired artwork in books like FANTASTIC FOUR (Galactus, anyone? Or the Silver Surfer?) just blew me away as a kid. Same goes for THE ETERNALS and later, KAMANDI. (Okay, Kamandi's not cosmic, but it is ridiculously AWESOME.) By setting Mister Terrific's HQ in the ninth dimension, I immediately knew we'd have opportunities to tell some far-out stories. Issus #4's story, "Exposed," is the first. In it, you'll get aliens galore, action, incredible interstellar artwork from the brilliant GIANLUCA GUGLIOTTA, and maybe even get a few clues of things to come in our hero's future.
So pick up a copy today and get "exposed" to a different kind of superhero!
MISTER TERRIFIC #4 -- Out today from DC Comics
Monday, December 12, 2011
A deluxe hardcover book containing ALL 52 #1s hits stores this week. Wanna get your copy of DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 signed by a few of the folks behind it? Then come by EMERALD KNIGHTS in Burbank, CA this SUNDAY, DEC. 18TH @ 1pm. I'll be there, along with JOSHUA "I, Vampire" FIALKOV, ADAM "Suicide Squad" GLASS, BRIAN "The Flash" BUCCELLATO, BLOND "DC Comics Presents: Deadman" and MIKE "Supergirl" JOHNSON. The details:
WHERE: Emerald Knights
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 18th
ADDRESS: 4116 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA
Plus, not only will we sign your HC, but bring your individual copies of MISTER TERRIFIC and other great New 52 books, and we'll sign those, too. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Some cover, eh? That's MISTER TERRIFIC fighting an alien menace, courtesy of brilliant cover artist J.G. JONES. And yes, as this groovy cover implies, this is the issue where Mister Terrific finally goes COSMIC. THE KRYL--the race of aliens introduced at the end of last issue--finally make their full presence known. And it's not exactly a cake walk for our hero! This 2-part space tale, which features our hero dealing with the emotional fallout of almost killing the villainous BRAINSTORM last issue (#3), features incredibly kickass artwork by my co-conspirator in Terrific-crimes, GIANLUCA GUGLIOTTA. But don't take my word for it. Just look at the gorgeous two-page spread below:
What's that? You want more? How about an exclusive preview of issue 4's FIRST SIX PAGES? Yup. They're available to check out right now at TOR.COM!
Not only will you be treated to more of Gianluca's excellent work, but also to the terrific contributions of some other ridiculously talented folks: inker WAYNE FAUCHER, colorist MIKE ATIYEH, and cover colorists HI-FI. Everybody turned in their A-game for this issue. Trust me. You're gonna love the results.
MISTER TERRIFIC #4 from DC COMICS hits stores & digital platforms Wednesday, December 14th.
Join us in the ninth dimension, won't you?
Saturday, December 3, 2011
THE SCIENCE & ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE is the latest organization to notice the sciency-goodness in MISTER TERRIFIC. Wanna know more? Then go to the link below for their interview with me. In it, I talk about the challenges of adding real science to stories and more!
And don't forget... Mister Terrific goes COSMIC beginning with ISSUE #4, which is out December 14th.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The City of Angels has a new protector. His name is Michael Holt, but you might know him better as MISTER TERRIFIC.
Launched as part of DC Comics "NEW 52" initiative back in September, the series is now on its groovy 3rd issue. I write it, but you already knew that, right? Excellent. But unless you've already picked up the book, you don't know that issue 3 is a turning point for the character of Mister Terrific. Inspired by another issue 3 from my childhood featuring an uber-famous superhero (can you guess which?), this is the issue where Mister Terrific's Achilles' heel is revealed. Where cracks in that perfect facade begin to show. Where the truth about his past comes back to haunt him in spades. Hence the title of the story, "Haunted."
EXAMINER.COM has reviewed the book and they like what they see. Check it out at the web address below:
And while I'm thinking about it, I want to thank guest artist SCOTT CLARK for filling in on this issue and doing an amazing job! Thanks, dude. Our regular artist, the oh-so-frakkin'-awesome GIANLUCA GUGLIOTTA, will be back next month.
But hang on. There's a lot more to know about "Haunted."
Not only does it conclude the initial 3-part conflict between Mister Terrific and the creepy bad guy Brainstorm.... but this is also the issue where Mister Terrific's first COSMIC adventure begins. Yes, it's only in the coda -- the real space-fun gets underway in issues #4 & #5 -- however, it's an issue where one villain is defeated, only to reveal an even greater villain hiding in our hero's midst. But is that villain hiding somewhere in the Ninth Dimension or within Michael Holt's own conflicted consciousness? Sorry, no spoilers here. You'll just have to read MT3 to get the first clues as to the real answer. BTW: the answer to this question informs the soul-searching dynamic which plays out between our hero, some very nasty aliens called THE KRYL and some amazing new friends he'll meet over the course of our next few issues.
And it all begins here in MISTER TERRIFIC #3, "Haunted," on sale now from DC COMICS. I'll also add that had a blast writing this yarn and have been waiting patiently to share it with you all for months. I hope you enjoy it! It's a story that means a lot to both me and our hero. Oh, and stay tuned. Because after this, things REALLY GET WEIRD.
(Kryl designs above by the oh-so-frakkin'-awesome GIANLUCA GUGLIOTTA!)
Friday, November 18, 2011
EUREKA FANS ARE THE BEST.
Not only have you faithfully supported our show for four seasons, but you've got incredibly good taste in science fiction! Yes, you folks have been GREAT this year. Therefore, you deserve something special.
HOW ABOUT ANOTHER HOLIDAY SPECIAL, THEN?
Tune into SYFY on Tuesday, December 6th for "Do You See What I See," Eureka's 2nd groovy Holiday episode. And this year, it's ANIMATED!
Then hang onto your foil-covered hats, because 2012 is right around the corner. And that means an ALL-NEW FIFTH SEASON of Eureka will be coming your way next summer. You won't believe what we have in store for Sheriff Carter & company, so get ready, Eureka fans. The best is yet to come!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
MISTER TERRIFIC is headed into the Ninth Dimension. There he will face a dangerous new group of foes: THE KRYL. Wanna know more about the latest threat to the DCnU, as well as more about what lies in store for Michael Holt and his companions? Then check out my interview up now at COMIC BOOK RESOURCES.
MISTER TERRIFIC #3... on sale now!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
What are real scientists saying about MISTER TERRIFIC? That DC Comics' groovy new book has an eye for real science. Check out the link below for Dr. Phil (a real scientist) Plait's take on the world of Mister Terrific below via his BAD ASTRONOMY BLOG at discoverymagazine.com :
And thanks to Mister Terrific for making science cool again!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The final battle between our hero and the mysterious BRAINSTORM!
A shocking revelation about Mister Terrific's past!
As the world's third smartest man looses his cool!
A group of wild new villains as our series finally goes COSMIC!
ALL THIS AND MORE... AWAITS YOU IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF "MISTER TERRIFIC."
On sale now in comic shops everywhere or via digital downloads (download the DC Comics App to get started!)
Monday, November 7, 2011
Hopefully you made it out to LA's first annual COMIKAZE EXPO this weekend at the LA Convention Center. If you did, you got to talk about DC COMICS and THE NEW 52 with me, Jason from EMERALD KNIGHTS (Burbank's newest comic book & gaming paradise!), and a host of DC writers & artists. If you didn't, here are a few photos to get you in the mood for next year. That's me (pictured above) with JOSHUA ("I, Vampire," "Last of the Greats") FIALKOV and BRIAN ("The Flash") BUCCELLATO.
I got to join a DOCTOR WHO panel at the last minute featuring Jessica the Comic Book Girl, Who-expert Eric Hoffman, and Aaron Cistrelli, president of The Time Meddlers of Los Angeles. And yes, this CYBERMAN approved!
And of course, the crowd entering the main floor on Saturday morning...
A fun time was had by all, and it was especially great to have so many kids in attendance. Glad to see geekdom parents are passing the torch to their offspring! Thanks to the Comikaze folks for putting on such a fun show. See you next year!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
So you want to be a professional writer. Cool. I have just one question: What inspires you?
Only you can answer that question. But I can tell you how it relates to the picture of that scruffy old guy above. First, let me tell you what's been inspiring me lately.
Sadly, that's often the life of a professional writer. Yes, we write because we're fortunate enough to be in a position to do so. But more and more we do it because someone's breathing down our necks, telling us that pages are due or that period-space-military-teen-sex-comedies are selling now so why don't we just "crank one of those puppies out" in order to make a quick buck? Now don't get me wrong. It's wonderful to be busy and to be in position where someone actually thinks you're capable of providing written material that doesn't suck. But like all jobs, even writing things you enjoy can--at times--become a (gasp!) grind. Why? Because of those pesky deadlines. They. Just. Never. Stop.
So what inspires you?
WAIT. I know you think you have the right answer. But let me finish first...
When you--Mr. or Ms. Professional Writer--get stuck in this particular grind and begin to write ONLY towards your deadlines, your creativity will suffer. But hey, you've got bills to pay, right? I know I do. So you push forward to keep your head above water. But soon you realize, amidst all this Hollywood splendor, that you are writing only for the deadlines... and not for yourself. That's when creative types can get into big trouble. It's also why I had been feeling like crap for the last few weeks leading up to Halloween. That changed this morning, thanks to a man named Earl.
Usually when I wake up, I try to get to my writing desk by 9:30am. It's my "routine." This morning I just didn't want to write, because I knew I had--yup, you guessed it--another deadline staring me in the face. So what did I do? I stayed in bed and watched an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE called "The Hunt." For those of you who haven't seen it, it's a simple tale about an aged farmer who dies while trying to rescue his dog from drowning. [SPOILER ALERT!!!] When he wakes up, he almost ends up in Hell. But with the help of the dog whose life he saved, the farmer eventually finds his way to Heaven. [END OF SPOILAGE.] Sounds a bit cheesy, I'll admit. But it's an absolutely beautiful piece of drama, wonderfully shot and acted, and brilliantly written by future WALTONS creator Earl Hamner.
Well, sitting there watching this episode, it occurred to me that someone--Earl in this case--could have only written something this touching, this heartfelt and emotionally moving, by connecting with his own passions. And by that, I don't mean his passion for the TV medium. I mean his passion for country folks and the world they inhabit, as well as the unique kind of wisdom they possess. (Sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed when I heard Earl himself say as much afterward on the commentary track for the episode). It was Earl's passion for Appalachian milieus and sensibilities--or rather his absolute compassion towards them--that I was responding to. Earl's passion moved me. The result? One tired scribe got inspired again.
Okay. Now you can say what inspires you to write. But don't tell me. Tell it to yourself. That's what matters most.
And that's the point I want to drive home for you, the aspiring writer or budding creative type or grizzled Hollywood veteran feeling burdened by deadlines. When you hit a roadblock of any kind--and don't worry, you will--remember why you wanted to write in the first place. And no matter how successful you become, never forget how important it is to continually rediscover the things you're passionate about. And to write about them. Not only will this make for better TV, movies, comic books, videogames, etc., but you just might help out a fellow writer somewhere down the line. Remember, passionate material creates its own fans. It also helps keep the creative spirit alive... for everyone, not just its creator. That's something professionals have to remember, too. And if we do forget, hopefully there is a brilliant, fifty-year-old TV show out there that will remind us.
So thanks, Earl. Message received.
Friday, October 28, 2011
If you're in the Southern California area next weekend and you love 1) all-things-pop-culture-oriented and 2) DC Comics' NEW 52 & MISTER TERRIFIC... come out to the COMIKAZE EXPO, Saturday & Sunday -- November 5th and 6th.
Not only will there be tons of cool things to do, I'll be participating in a very special panel on DC COMICS: THE NEW 52. Joining me will be some awesome DC talents, including JOSHUA ("I, Vampire") FIALKOV, KYLE ("Nightwing," "Deathstroke") HIGGINS, JT ("Captain Atom," "Green Arrow") KRUL, MIKE ("Supergirl") JOHNSON, BRIAN ("The Flash") BUCCETELLO, PHILLIP ("The Savage Hawkman") TAN, BLOND ("Deadman"), and NEI ("Green Lantern: The New Guardians," "Birds of Prey") RUFFINO.
Get the scoop on MISTER TERRIFIC and many of the groovy NEW 52 titles, plus bring a copy of your books and we'll sign them for you. (At least I will... don't wanna speak for the other folks. But they're nice guys, so it's probably a pretty safe bet!). Here are the details:
WHAT: COMIKAZE EXPO 2011 (LA)
DATE: Saturday, November 5th
EVENT: DC Comics New 52 Q & A
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 1
MORE INFO: http://comikazeexpo.com/
TICKET PRICES: $12 for one day or $20 for Saturday AND Sunday (What. A. Bargain!)
See you there!
Monday, October 17, 2011
I'm back in LA and exhausted from all the fun at this year's NEW YORK COMIC CON. Thanks to all the great fans who came out! I had a blast talking comics (and football!) all weekend. Here are a few photos from NYCC 2011. Above is the view of the Empire State Building as you look directly down 34th street from the Javits Center.
Next is the geeky madness on the main floor. I don't know what the actual attendence figures are, but it was packed! Especially on Saturday. Oh, and I saw SNL's Fred Armisten on Sunday. Guess he's a geek, too.
That's me above talking about MISTER TERRIFIC #3 & 4 as part of the DC ALL ACCESS PANEL: JUSTICE LEAGUE. WONDER WOMAN & 100 BULLETS scribe Brian Azzarello is on the left.
That's me, along with fellow DC writers Joshua (I, VAMPIRE) Fialkov and Sterling (HAWK & DOVE) Gates posing with a fan at our Thursday night signing at JIM HANLEY'S UNIVERSE. Great shop, btw! Make sure to visit it for your comic book needs the next time you're in Manhattan.
A view of the DC Comics booth, complete with a huge silkscreen ad for BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Can't wait to play that...
And last, but not least... the exterior of the Javits Center itself. This is where it happens. Where will you be next October 2012?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The story of Michael Holt aka MISTER TERRIFIC continues today with issue #2, now available from DC COMICS at comic shops everywhere. What's that? Don't have a comic shop near you? Then go ahead and download the book. Just download the DC Comics app for your computer or smart phone, then look for the cover above.
And don't worry -- IF YOU MISSED OUT on Mister Terrific #1, SECOND PRINTINGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. So pick up both copies today.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
NYCC and New York City-area folks will have an additional chance to get copies of MISTER TERRIFIC and other NEW 52 comic books signed.
After you attend Day One of NYCC 2011, head over to JIM HANLEY'S UNIVERSE, an awesome comic book shop, for a special signing by me and three other great DC Comics writers: JOSHUA ("I, Vampire") FIALKOV, KYLE ("Nightwing," "Deathstroke") HIGGINS, and STERLING ("Hawk and Dove") GATES. All four of us will be signing from 8-10pm. Go to the web address below for details:
And remember, I'll also be signing at NYCC on FRIDAY (11am-12pm) and SATURDAY (2-3pm) at the DC COMICS BOOTH #1254.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hey, folks -- I'll be appearing at both the NEW YORK CITY COMIC CON (NYCC) and COMIKAZE LA 2011 conventions this year. So if you're attending either event, come by and say hello!
In addition to signing your copies of MISTER TERRIFIC #1-2 and TITANS, I'll also be participating in two great panels discussing THE NEW 52 with a great group of talented DC COMICS writers & artists. Details follow:
Ewrote signs at the DC COMICS BOOTH # 1254 on:
FRIDAY, 10/14 from 11am-12pm
SATURDAY, 10/15 from 2-3pm
*I'll also be appearing as part DC's JLA/NEW 52 panel on SATURDAY, 10/14:
DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League Panel
Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Captain Atom), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific).
For more information on NYCC 2011, go to:
And for those folks who can't make it to NYC but live in the Southern California area, come out and join me at COMIKAZE LA 2011 on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH.
I'll be signing as well as joining another group of fantastic writers & artists as part of a special "DC COMICS: THE NEW 52" PANEL that Saturday (again, 11/5... time TBA). Details are forthcoming on the Comikaze panel, so stay tuned here for details. But if you want to know more about COMIKAZE LA 2011 right now, point your web browser at the address below:
See you soon!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Live in Southern California and want your copy of MISTER TERRIFIC #1 signed? Then come out to any of three signings on September 21st, 25th, & 28th. I'll be signing, along with more of your favorite DC Comics writers & artists.
Check it out:
BEACH BALL COMICS (ANAHEIM) - SEPTEMBER 21st @ 6pm
3024 W Ball Rd # G
Anaheim, CA 92804-3881
EMERALD KNIGHTS (BURBANK) - SEPTEMBER 25th @ noon
4116 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank CA 91505
COLLECTOR'S PARADISE (CANOGA PARK/WINNETKA) - SEPTEMBER 28TH @ 5pm
7131 Winnetka Avenue
See you there!