Hey folks, this week will be a shorter than usual post because I have a number of jobs I am working on and have a guest at my house that gets my undivided attention before anything. Anyway, here we go…
MARK WAID: I think by now people know I am a huge fan of Mark Waid… the man and the author. At a time I totally lacked any confidence to start writing, mark was always around with advice, encouragement and compliments as well… something other writers tend not to do very much, especially since a lot of other writers looked at me as only an inker or someone that was connected with a lot of players and would just figure I got my work by schmoozing or blackmail. Mark was around when I would pitch a few books a week looking for work.
The funny and cool think about Mark is that one conversation with him about character development will make you a better writer instantly and one of the greatest things I have to look forward to, as a fan, for 2009 is the amount of new characters that Mark will be writing at Boom Studios where he also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief. On the Boom site, they have set up a special section of message boards for Mark and I have to tell you… get in there and have some fun and ask him questions and such, because this is a rare opportunity. When you go there you will notice a few other creators stopping by and throwing their weight around as well, so don’t delay… click on the link and tell them I sent you. Hopefully one day when they do a necessary book on Mark’s career, I will be allowed to contribute to the introduction. Until then, verbally volley with the man at: http://markwaid.boom-studios.net/
P.S.: Mark, thanks for the nice words in Wizard this month. I actually blushed.
INKERS: I look over my monitor and there sits my drawing board. Lots and lots of inked pages have crossed that table over the years and even though I am inking barely a thing these days, I have an unbelievable appreciation and respect for the craft and think, any penciller…with a good inker, will get a much better looking book than simply scanning and coloring. There, I said it. Notice the words “ good inker” …there are a few good ones these days and I personally think they can make or break a book in some cases. This rambling is really my way of introducing Bob Almond and the Inkwell Awards.
Bob, for those few that don’t know, has been of the top inkers in the field now since 1992 and writes a piece for Sketch Magazine monthly and is an all around nice guy. Go check out the page and the boards and give a look
FACEBOOK: I made a page for myself a little under a year ago and its actually a much better application than MySpace for a number of reasons…mostly navigation and saving time are the best parts for me. I use this site mostly to find other people I know and keep up with their lives. Its great if you are a guy like me that used to hang out with a ton of people and moved someplace where there are only a few. It’s great to be connected and keep in touch.
The other cool thing is that there are sites dedicated to books I enjoy, movies I love, and pages that are about places. One of them was a place I used to go to camp in the summer and everyone posts pictures they have, from way back when. It’s a real rush and I have a decent amount of photos up as well. The other thing I enjoy is the tagged photos on the site. Seems I have posed for a lot of horrible photos with fans over the years and I get to view them weekly and consider plastic surgery and a diet each and every time.
Funny thing I find with Facebook is that people I have had words with, and I mean complete assholes, seem to think its OK to ask me to friend them. Well, as you can probably guess I don’t and usually write a nice letter to them as well before they are officially blocked. Ask anyone, I am a pretty forgiving guy, but man… some people have a short memory, that’s for sure.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D: saw this with a friend of mine and enjoyed the insanity of it all. It delivers as a vehicle for 3-D as well as a slasher film. I think the best part of the flick for me was when a guy was secretly videotaping him and the girl he was with fooling around and she ran after him with a gun completely naked through a parking lot to get the film back. That’s the stuff horror movies USED to do… but now all we get is lame ghost children in a closet or haunted house with an extra room crap. I want nudity, blood and insanity in a film… not something I can watch on the SCI FI Channel! Man, we need more grindhouse movies to be made. Enough with making them kid friendly. I am a sucker for 3-D movies… I just wish they would get to making a adventure porno movie already in 3-D. Something a little sci-fi, otherworldly with a hot girl having sex all over the galaxy. Maybe the remake of Barbarella will give this a shot.
ZIGGY: A friend of mine and a long time friend of Amanda is a really nice guy named ziggy Blumenthal. Amanda knows him from way back when she used to own a comic store in New Jersey [What? You didn’t know that?]. Anyway, he has, with a friend, animated a convention experience and its on line. It’s fun and accurate and be sure to leave a comment and rating here.
GERMAN MUCH: The TV series PAINKILLER JANE starts this week in Germany and I did an interview for them. Check it out here.
You do have to speak German to understand what I am saying though. Another thing that amazed me about the original SCI FI run of Jane was that they never did one piece of print advertising. Not a single poster… so when the German company approached me for this, I made them promise to send me a German poster, which they said they will do. Honestly, I would like to have a poster for my wall.
10 WORST COMIC ART ALBUM COVERS: I actually inked the book that #1 is about. So sad. Enjoy.
BOB SHRECK: Love the guy and know he will end up somewhere doing what he does best. A lot of people are being cut because of the economy and this was an unfortunate choice all the way. I have so much respect for him and genuinely like talking and hanging with him [Chiller Con comes to mind] and Amanda and I think the world of him. I never worked with Bob, which is unusual, but always had something to chat about with him and like I said, a guy with that much talent will wind up someplace where he will make his mark again. A toast to you, Bob, and here’s hoping I finally get to have you as an editor on a project soon!
WORK, WORK, WORK: This week Justin and I finished up writing Powergirl #4 and we are taking a small break to allow Amanda to catch up with the art and pitching some new stuff we were asked to give our take on. Amanda is penciling and inking the book herself, just like she did on the TERRA miniseries, even though I was credited for inking a few issues which I think was a reflex move on the part of editorial. We are really excited about this book and have driven Amanda to drink with the amount of stuff we have happening in the first two issues alone. I think Amanda might bring a set of Xerox’s to Megacon if anyone wants to take a look and I think the book now will be solicited for a may release and is a monthly ongoing series. I am also beginning work on helping translate the Torpedo books that were published in Europe and will now be collected by IDW as a series of hardcovers. A lot of people know the work of JORDI BERNET by way of Jonah Hex, but Jordi has gotten international acclaim based on this series and I cant tell you how excited I am to be involved on this project. I will talk more about it when the time comes, but for now you can check out a piece of black and white art I happen to have in my personal collection by Jordi featuring the main character. Enjoy!
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