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.