If this miniseries were a marathon, these last two legs would have been all uphill. I’m exhausted but have passed the halfway mark and, while I forge ahead, keeping to my grueling act a day pace, Paul is following a few steps back – reading, revising and making sure everything actually makes sense. Once I complete my rough first draft, I’ll start going over his revised version, make any necessary tweaks (rare given my writing partner’s talent for solid, tightly structured narratives) and then it’ll be smoooooooooth sailing.
Until we get the script notes.
But they shouldn’t prove problematic. While production preps, we’ll address the notes and, in no time at all, turn around a second draft everyone can get behind afterwhich it’ll be smoooooth sailing.
Unless they want us to do a polish.
One of the nice things about this one is that it’s just a writing assignment. No producing involved. No concept meetings, casting sessions, budget discussions, early morning calls and late night wraps, long afternoons in the editing room. We just deliver the script and move on to the next thing – and the next thing for me will be either Vegas, San Francisco, or Hawaii. My agent informed me we’re about to close a deal to develop a show with another production company, which is fine – provided I can do it from the beach, a black jack table, or a picnic table by a wharfside restaurant that sells oyster po’boys on sourdough buns.
OR it can wait until I get back.
Also waiting for me when I get back will be a rewrite on that horror script and some discussions on the Dark Matter front. By the way, the release date for the trade paperback that collects the first four issues of our Dark Matter comic book series hits the stands October 10, 2012. It will include all four issues of the opening arc as well as a sketch gallery in which editor Patrick Thorpe walks us through the early character, costume and ship designs, AND a kick-ass, never-before-seen alternate cover for issue #1.
Speaking of kick-ass covers, artist Garry Brown (who was kind enough to swing by the blog and take part in a reader Q&A. Check it out here: May 18, 2012: Dark Matter artist Garry Brown answers your questions!) runs the table by doing the honors on the cover for the trade paperback as well. Here’s a sneak peek:
DARK MATTER VOLUME 1: REBIRTH TP
Joseph Mallozzi (W), Paul Mullie (W), Garry Brown (A/Cover), and Ryan Hill (C)
On sale Oct 10
FC, 104 pages
TP, 7″ x 10″
It goes without saying that your continued support would go a long way toward helping make the Dark Matter television series (or miniseries) happen. So pick up a copy and be sure to tell your friends!
You know what, your friends are forgetful. Better pick them up a copy. They’ll pay you back.