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The Brief Pause

I know that over the past two or three days I’ve been lax in my posting, and I apologize. There have been some turbulent times here at the old homestead that kept me from posting. However, I assure you that the blog goes on (as well as the writing of our own comics). Though I may miss a post here and there, I am diligent in the fact that I will continue to offer you content. So without further ado…

September 7, 2008 Posted by | Neorama, News | , | Leave a comment

Project Overload

Okay, so here’s my problem. I have all these great ideas I want to bring to you and I get excited about them. This excitement gets me working on all of them at once. Now, considering I work two jobs, children, and am trying to have something of a social life as well, this leaves me very little time to work on personal projects. I usually do a little bit after writing my post for this blog every night, but with so many projects going on it’s hard to believe that any of them will get done. This tells me I am officially in project overload and that I need to cut back.

It is for this reason that I must cut a few of the projects you might have heard about: The Murder, Readers’ Choice, and the untitled project mentioned about the Babylonian creation story (sorry Nate, I tried to get ahold of you today but you were gone already). What are we working on then? I have started on a script for a comic miniseries that readers of Frank Miller should love. This will actually be part of a trilogy of stories, each one featuring twelve 16-page issues. Also in the pipe are twelve scripts for sketch comedy performances. Once completed, I will try to put together a ragtag comedy troop and produce them for your viewing pleasure.

Sorry to disappoint anyone, especially you Nate (but check your inbox often, I will have character descriptions for you soon). This was a choice I had to make or run the risk of not being able to bring anything to you at all. You can still expect to see daily blog posts here as well. Also, those nixed projects are not gone forever. They’ve been placed on the back burner until I can free up some more time to do them right.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Neorama, News, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ready You Wallets for Joker

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I caught this interview on Wizard’s website and find myself all kinds of giddy. I’ve been on a Batman kick ever since I watched The Dark Knight and I’ve been collecting as many trades as I can. Then I find that DC will be releasing an original hardcover story written by Brian Azzarello (Eisner award-winner for 100 Bullets, Eisner nominee for Hellblazer, Batman: Broken City, Superman: For Tomorrow, and other great stories). Further more, it is being illustrated by Lee Bermejo (an amazing artist who is the regular cover artist for Hellblazer) and Mick Gray. Judging from the sample artwork I have seen, it is going to be feakin’ amazing.

DC’s website offers this synopsis of what to expect from the story:

After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds “his city” divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham’s most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman!

Personally, I can’t wait and there will be an extra twenty bucks missing from my paycheck on October 22nd. Oh, and the scarring on the mouth of the “Clown Price of Crime,” in case you’re wondering, was included in the story before The Dark Knight ever hit movie screens.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, DC Comics, News, Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Paramount and the Future of Comics

After catching this article on Comic Book Resources today, I am feeling a mixture of joy and sadness. For those of you not willing to click on the link, Paramount Pictures reported this week that they will be releasing “mobil” comics based on the studio’s film properties. This includes Eagle Eye and Mission Impossible. Paramount’s digital entertainment division and Singapore-based Omnitoons will create these Manga-styled comics that run four single panels, four screens to a strip, and 20 screens per story episode. Currently available in the United States, Austrailia, Europe, and India as MMS or J2ME formats, PDE says they will be made available through key carriers worldwide. However, they will only be available downloads for your cell phones and will be treated as premium content by service providers and, therefore, you will be charged per download.

On one hand, I am happy to see this happening. It shows that comics are still a strong media in the world and that they are elvolving. As long as they continue to do so, the comic genre will continue to be strong. This proves also that digital comics are growing in strength, making it easier for independent creators to get the stories they toil over endlessly out to the public. Neorama’s own comics are going to take the digital route in the form of PDF downloads. But, this brings me to my other hand.

This also saddens me. As the digital age rises, I expect we will see a decline in print comics. To me there is nothing better about a comic than being able to hold it in your hands and studying each little detail about the artwork or examining the development of a story by pouring through back issues. With digital comics, you get little of that. Leaning in to a computer or cell phone screen will eventually drive you blind and you only have so much memory to store this strips (which have no collectibility due to infinate availability) on your phone. Ultimately, what costs less: another longbox or more memory for your iPhone? Could this rebirth of comics be the death of the incarnation that we have grown to love them in? We hope not, and that is why Neorama will also be offering its collected stories in trade paperback format as well.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Neorama, News, rants | , , , , | Leave a comment

DC Gets Dark

Andy Khouri reported on Comic Book Resources yesterday that Warner Brothers’ president, Jeff Robinov, intends to explore the darker side of superheroes in films based on DC comics. This is in response to the recent success of the company’s record setting film, The Dark Knight, and the fact that Superman Returns wasn’t such a hot movie. This course of action has thus put a damper on the Superman/Batman movie, the Justice League movie, and a Superman sequel. Instead, the company intends on releasing about two films based on DC characters per year, portraying them as darkly as the character will allow, and using Marvel’s strategy of introducing each character individually with plans of making an eventual team movie. This means reintroducing Superman and retooling some of the other projects they had planned. Currently, they have Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman movies in development, as well as a third Batman film.

However, I don’t think this is the solution for them. Honestly, Batman is their darkest character (aside from their Vertigo titles) and he’s still not as dark as he could be. Adopting Marvel’s strategy is a good idea… as long as they stick with keeping the same actors in the roles of the characters they are playing. Rather than making all the characters dark though, they should portray the character as they were meant to be portrayed. For Superman, I would introduce him much like they introduced Batman in Batman Begins with flashbacks shown between an present storyline. Instead of making him dark though, I would show him as someone who has grown to love humanity with an overwhelming desire to protect it. Superman Returns really just portrayed him as a two dimensional character who could do neat stuff. Oh, and could we get someone for him to pound on? And, while I like Jonathan and Ryan Nolan’s scripts for the Batman films, I would make them darker still and invite either Frank Miller or Allen Moore to write the third one. What about this title: “The Goddamn Batman?”

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, DC Comics, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Readers’ Choice Update

Sorry about the late post. I got a telescope and was out looking at the sky with the kids. Today I want to update you on my work on Readers’ Choice 1.0. The first script I’m working on The Harlot’s Children. This story focuses on Marduk, a cosmic level character based on the Babylonian god of the same name. Marvel once used a character by this name. However, their version was turned out to be none less than Satan. Our vision for the character is to make him the hero he was in Babylonian mythology. This story has the warrior god of wisdom facing off against a horde of his sister’s children.

What I will be doing with this series is introducing characters from four different realities (the Neorama universe is composed of many realities and galaxies). The second issue will visit our reality, a world in which there are no superpowers and the heroes are all tough-as-nails crusaders. Our third issue introduces on of the fantasy based realities where there is no sun. The final issue will take us to a world not unlike our own, but where superpowers are a reality. Each issue is being written and lettered by me while my friend and fellow geek, Nate Foster, will provide the art and colors. Once all four issues have been released, readers will be able to vote on which on deserves its own ongoing quarterly series.

In other news, I am restarting me weekly fiction serial, The Murder, about a small town under attack by a flock of flesheating crows. Updated once every Sunday, each post will come in the form of diary entries, newspaper articles, and even some poetry. Employing Nate Foster once again, he will be providing black and white illustrations for each post. If you are into Stephen King, you will be into this.

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Neorama, News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Clone Bore

I just got out of the theater with my son after watching the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Clone Wars. This completely CG film is set sometime between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In it Count Dooku and the droid army have devised a plot to turn the Hutt Clan against the Republic by making it appear as though the Jedi have kidnapped Jabba’s son. Anakin and his new Padawan Ahsoka Tano must recover and safely return “stinky” as they call the young Hutt to Jabba in order to obtain safe passage to the clone army through the outer rim.

The acting was base level at best, which is actually normal for a Star Wars film and I was pleased to hear the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, and Tom Kane (Yoda in Episode III) in their respective roles. However, all other roles (Anikin, Obi-Wan, Padme) were all recasted. There is a lot of great cinematography and a lot of great battle scenes. However, the characters are a bit inconsistant. Some appear well rounded and formed while others seem polygonal (especially Jabba). The animation also seemed a little choppy in parts as well. As for the plot, I don’t see where the title’ Clone War came into it. This film was more about the Hutts (including Jabba’s uncle who owns a nightclub) and the droid army.

What’s my verdict? Despite the big battle scenes, little was done in showing Jedi using the force. This is just sad, since there is literally nothing you can’t do in anime. There was no point in giving Anakin a padawan learner since she is not mentioned in any other Star Wars film. Furthermore, if they were going to call the movie The Clone Wars, then they should have made it about the Clone War. Two things I was thankful for though. 1) We were not subjected for an instant to Jar-Jar. 2)The look on my son’s face from seeing a Star Wars film intended for children on the big screen. If you are going to see this film alone, I give it a 2 out of 5 stars ( diehard fanboys only). If you have a child you are taking to see it, I give it 3 out of 5 stars (the joy your child feels will make it bearable).

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Movies, News, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment

Superwho?

I have been reading up on real-life superheroes recently and was shocked to find so many. I thought, “Yeah, there will be maybe ten or so.” Actually, there are probably a hundred or more. Many of these caped crusaders use their personalitites to help their communities, organize charity events, aid the elderly, etc. However, there is a group out there that insists that they are their to fight crime. This is the group that scares me.

First off, lets say one of these guys goes out to fight crime and actually finds what they’re looking for. They intervine and either they or the criminal get seriously injured or killed. Just as we’ve seen with video games, movies, and music, it would not be long before politicians, moms, and the religious right started blaming comic books for the actions of others. Now, lets say they do come upon a crime and intervine, but then a cop shows up. Not only is the criminal getting arrested, so is the would-be hero. Again grounds for an anti-comic book crusade. Then, you have Newton’s law to think of – every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The real-life superhero is a growing trend it seems and its great that there are people out there wanting to better the world. However, there are people out there, to quote Alfred from The Dark Knight, “Who just want to see the world burn.” With real-life heroes showing up and making names for themselves, how long will it be before a real-life villian decides he wants a name for himself too?

If you are going to don a cape and cowl, do so to help your communities through public service and rallying others to your cause. If you want to fight crime, form a neighborhood watch, join the police force, or run for office in your community. It’s legal and safer. To quote Batman from The Dark Knight, “I’m not wearing hockey pads.”

August 14, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, News, rants | , , , | Leave a comment