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Happy Thanksgiving to our American viewers!  How are your turduckens and piecakens coming along?  Let’s see the pics!

Hey!  When’s the last time we did a mailbag?

Maggiemayday writes: “I’m looking at planning my 2015 spring vacation and Vancouver is an option. So, is April or May a decent time to visit? We visited Vermont one spring and it was closed. Whole darn state.”

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Answer: Unlike baseball, and presumably Vermont, Vancouver is never rained out. Having said that, April-May is the tail-end of the rainy season – that usually begins in September.

glowyzoey writes: ” The regular actors and guest stars didn’t always pronounce Jaffa and Go’al’ud (and I forget how to spell the latter!) the same way. Did anyone care or did it become a thing with the cast and crew and done deliberately wrong,”

Elliott Goa'uld

Elliott Goa’uld

Answer: Yeah, the varied pronunciations of “goa’uld” became a running joke behind-the-scenes.  Some were sticklers for correctly enunciation “go-a-uld” while others, ie. Rick, liked to have fun with the word.  As seasons passed, most of our human characters went with “goold” less out of laziness than a suggested disrespect for the l alien symbiotes.  As opposed to the amazing Beau Bridges who stuck to “go-a-uld” because he was good friends with actor Elliott Gould.  No, really.

gforce writes: ” In the first episode of SGU, as people came through the gate, they were thrown forcefully out on arrival. I remember you saying at one time there was a reason for it and it would be revealed as the show went on. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen of course, and I always wondered what the explanation was. It didn’t happen when they gated from more nearby gates, so I always wondered if it was strictly a matter of distance or whether there was some other explanation.”

Heads up!

Heads up!

Answer: No, it was a matter of the great distance traveled.  The more panicked the entry, the more forceful the exit.  This is confirmed in Incursion I when the Lucian Alliance members have to evacuate their base of operations, some rushing through the gate – and exiting in violent fashion.

gloeyzoey writes: “On SG-1 there seemed to be a lot of characters over the years (okay, several characters) named Jona/Jonah or Jonas or some variation. Probably not done on purpose, I’m guessing, but is there a reason for the similarities? lot of writers liked the name? A favourite uncle of someone’s? A fondness for guys who get swallowed by whales? ;-)

Answer: Jonah was O’Neill’s alternate identity in SG’1 Beneath the Surface, then a bad Jonas (Hansen) in SG-1′s First Commandment, and finally a good Jonas (Quinn) in SG-1′s Meridian and beyond.  We’ve also had Six Peters, six Davids, five Johns, five Franks, three LIndsays, three Marks, but, curiously, only one Olaf.

Olaf.  He's one of a kind!

Olaf. He’s one of a kind!

Tam Dixon writes: “Is you back feeling better?”

Answer: Much better, thanks.  Back to my regular workout routine:

1Tam Dixon writes: “How did your Sis like her Vacouver vacation?” and Ponytail writes: “Do you have any pictures of Andria with the dogs while she was babysitting?”

Answer: Andria had a great time in Vancouver, with the dogs and checking out the local restaurants.  Fable was by far her favorite.  She posted the follows pics while she was here:

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dasndanger writes: “Television series – what do you prefer (to watch, or to write): one-and-done episodic shows, or serialized shows?”

Answer: With the exception of a few comedies, pretty much all of my favorite shows are serialized: The Sopranos, The Shield, Breaking Bad, Rome, Game of Thrones. Almost all the shows on my weekly rotation are serialized as well: Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, and, to a certain extent, Survivor and Top Chef.  Episodic television, on the other hand, isn’t much-watch viewing.  You can miss an episode or two without consequence and perhaps catch up at a later date.  Or not.

dasndanger also writes: “One of the things driving me away from television is the grittier, more explicit content of shows, even those on network television.”

Answer: Serialized shows tend to be cable shows and cable shows tend to allow for more creative freedom, which is why it’s where you’ll find more varied and, frankly, more realistic programming.  Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of taste.  I honestly can’t remember the last scripted network show I really enjoyed.

keith writes: “Will you be starting the Superhero Movie of the Week Club up again soon?”

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Answer: Yep.  Cookie Monster will be back reviewing super-themed movies in the new year – provided he comes out of hiding.

stygianlnq writes: “1) In any of the Stargate series, did you ever have one-shot enemies/civilizations of the week that you would have wanted to have revisited at a later time (like what was done with the Rand Protectorate and the Langarans) or otherwise explore further?”

Answer: Oh, there were plenty of civilizations I wanted to revisit, not so much for story’s sake, but simply to check in on them to see how their people have been doing since we left them.  Special Features producer Ivon Bartok was always requesting we revisit the Nox.

“2) Has there been any word yet on whether Brad Wright will publicly announce his intended ending for SGU?”

Answer: No, still no word.  Ultimately, it’s up to Brad to reveal that ending.

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“3) What do you think of this article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillbarr/2013/11/18/the-final-season-of-nikita-isnt-about-fan-service-its-about-netflix/) as someone who works in television?”

Answer: The gist of the article is that the emergence of Netflix and its unique deal structure has spurred productions to offer satisfactory conclusions to their shows. Netflix viewers binge-watch and the thinking is that they won’t waste their time sitting down to a show they know will not end in satisfactory fashion.  It’s a very interesting shift in thinking given that, years ago, the emphasis was on producing episodic shows with no conclusive endings for syndication because it was believed viewers would be less likely to invest in a show if the story actually concluded.  For my part – surprise surprise – I prefer this new model.  Every story should have a beginning, middle, and end.

“Do you think that the Netflix/Digital Distribution model will make networks more reluctant to cancel a series without giving it a chance to wrap up?”

Answer: That’s entirely dependent on the type of deal that is in place.  Without a second window like Netflix to aim for, it’s unlikely an under performing show would be given the luxury of extra episodes to wrap things up.

“Do you think that it will make writers and producers of shows more likely to want to have cliffhangers at the end of seasons to try and squeeze those last few wrap-up episodes out of the network? What are your overall thoughts?”

Answer:  Oh, I suppose it depends on the producer.  Keep in mind, shows are not written in a creative vacuum.  The network will have a say on what kind of season-ender is produced.

“4) What ever happened to Transporter: The Series? I remember watching the first three episodes and then it went on break or something and I never saw it again. Is it still on?”

Answer: No clue.  Amber alert?

Ponytail writes: “Which trip to Tokyo has been your favorite so far?”

Answer: I think my 2009 trip is my favorite, the one on which I ate at a record number of Michelin-starred restaurants, made a bunch of new friends, and met Akemi.  My trip to Tokyo with my buddy Ivon is, of course, a close second.

“So why haven’t you, Paul, Rob, Brad, Carl, Martin, Ivon formed a company and made your own TV shows, productions and/or movies? Is everyone doing their own thing?”

Answer: We all are working on our own things, but our own company is a great idea. All we need is $$$ and partners with sales and business savvy.

“How is your Mom?”

Answer: Mom is great.  Thanks for asking.

Lewis writes: “Have you seen any episodes of “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Richard Curtis (of Black Adder, Mr. Bean, & Vicar fame)? Idris Elba is in it.. along with David Oyelowo (MI-5/Spooks).”

Answer: I haven’t.  I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in the series.

JeffW writes: “1. Is Akemi making any special outfits for the furry kids this Christmas? (Barb thought Bubba’s last Santa outfit was cute).”

Answer: Not yet.

Brent writes: “1) When filming Stargate scenes that arent done at the studios, i know you did some filming at locations, but did you ever go to other TV or Film studios sets and use them to save money since they were already in place? Did any other shows or films use Stargates sets? If this happened any interesting stories?”

Answer: We did, on occasion, take over sets.  For instance, the White House set we used in the latter seasons of SG-1 was leftover from a disaster movie that had shot in Vancouver.  Some of the internal structure of Atlantis was formerly the set of one of the Blade movies.  Often, a production will save on the costs of striking and dumping a set by selling it to another production for a nominal fee.

“2) Who wrote the scene between Tealc and Tomin in the mess hall of the ship in Ark of Truth? I thought it was one of the best scenes in Stargate history. It isnt particularly uplifting or a bonding moment. But it is so powerful and also reminds the fans that Tealc is responsible for extreme atrocities that one shouldn’t forget. Great scene. I watch it twice every time i play the movie.”

Answer: Ark of Truth was written by the uber-talented Robert C. Cooper – writer, director, producer, chef.

Robert C. Cooper.  And creepy friend.

Robert C. Cooper. And creepy friend.

“3) In SGU we learned that the ship has some interesting secrets like being able to manipulate the mind of Young. Where there any more secrets the Destiny was going to reveal in its future?”

Sure.  We wanted to add depth to the Destiny over the course of the show’s run, introducing undiscovered sections of the ship as budget allowed (ie. the bridge was the big addition for the show’s second season.

“4) Of all the people you worked with on Stargate, who do you think walked off with the best prop from the show(s) and what was it?”

Hmmm.  Hard to say.  I really like my pain stick.  On the other hand, Rob Cooper has some mighty cool stuff including a kino.

“5) Not a question, but a comment. I thought Mitchell and Vala were a fantastic boost to SG1. I especially enjoyed Mitchell. He brought a nice feeling of grit and intensity when needed. Sad they didnt have a longer run in Stargate.”

Answer: Yeah, it is sad.  I really enjoyed Ben and Claudia’s work on Farscape and, when it came time to make an addition to the team, I automatically thought of Ben.  And, later, after Claudia’s guest stint, we thought she’d make a great addition as well – but the network was resistant as they felt it would be a little too Farscape…until they saw the episodes and change their minds.  Of course, at that point, it was too late for season 9 but we did make Vala a regular for the show’s tenth and final season.

“6) I loved SGU! We were robbed of so many interesting stories that could have been… Sigh.”

Answer: So true.

arcticgoddess writes: “1) Many actors that I know are going the “Independent Film” route, doing You Tube short films and looking for funding through Kickstarter. Have you and Paul ever considered doing an indy?”

Answer: Sure, we’ve considered it.

“2)If you ever decided to go the independent route, would you use crowd funding, or are there better ways to fund a project?”

Answer: Crowd funding is an iffy proposition.  Maybe it would work for smaller projects, but movies and especially a t.v. series requires you go the old fashioned route.

“3) Now that you’ve been a writer, a producer and a show runner, which job was the toughest and why?”

Answer: Apples and oranges.  They’re all equally challenging in different ways.

“4)If a studio picks up your show, how much control over it do you retain?”

Answer: That depends on the studio and your deal.  More often than not, the studio has a major say in the creative and can turf dissenters.  In better case scenarios, they have enough respect for the creative to exercise restraint in the process.

“5)How did you find your agent?”

Answer: In the case of my Canadian agent, I had dealt with him – and his clients – on other shows.  When I thought it was time, I simply dropped him an email.  In the case of my American agent, I had our Canadian agent set up a bunch of meetings, then Paul and I did the rounds in L.A. and decided which representative would be a best fit for us.

“6) When you were given the reigns to Star Gate Atlantis, were you also given the final say on the actors chosen for the various parts?”

Answer: As far back as SG-1, the writer-producer of a given episode was given a pretty strong voice with regarding to casting.  Like Brad and Robert before us, we always screened auditions with our fellow producers to get their respective takes.

Fagate One writes: “Tout le travail de développement d’idées et de scénarios que vous faites pour des projets comme ceux mentionnés est-il fait à vos frais ou êtes-vous engagés à contrat?”

Answer: It depends on the project.  Paul and I are paid to develop certain projects while our personal pilots are written on spec.

“Pouvez-vous nous informer un peu sur les modes de rémunérations des multiples essais que vous faites pour des séries ou des fims quand ceux-ci n’aboutissent pas? En d’autres mots, êtes-vous payés uniquement si la série ou le film reçoit le OK de production?”

Answer: Yes, you are definitely paid more if a script you’ve written is eventually produced.  In fact, that’s where the real money is.  Development work pays “okay”, but it’s not going to buy you that jet!

Lewis writes: “Any chance of more DARK MATTER stories in comic form?”

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Answer: Alas, unlikely.  The opening four issue arc was a lot of fun to work on but the intent was always to use it as a springboard to a live-action series instead of the opening story of an ongoing comic book series.   Ultimately, if I was given the opportunity, I would love to create another original story in comic book form.  Either that, or write an original Stargate story in comic book form, maybe one of the stories we didn’t wanted to tell but didn’t get the chance.  For instance, it would be incredibly cool to do a comic book version of Stargate: Extinction, that unproduced Stargate: Atlantis script.

stargateatlantisseasonsix writes: “First: Were there ever actually plans to go more in depth into the Athosian culture or the Void where the Ascended go? I’m just curious since my current story on my blog for Atlantis’ Season Six is currently going into these subject matters.”

Answer: No concrete plans but I’m sure that if a story called for it, we would have certainly explored them.  Or, in the case of ascension, Rob Cooper certainly would have explored it.

“Second: Was there ever a plan to delve into the people behind the scenes of Atlantis i.e. not the major or minor characters but the truly background people that help make everything happen too, like the “Below Decks” episode of Star Trek TNG or like the series The West Wing? I’d think that’d be interesting considering that one of the purposed episodes you writers came up with for the Sixth Season (a story that I’m going to post as Episode Six of my Atlantis Season Six) was based on one of those unfortunate ‘Red Shirt’ marines of the series.”

Answer: Yes, we tossed the idea around and Carl Binder even came up with The Red Shirt Diaries.  The biggest challenge to writing one of these scripts is figuring out a way to include our main characters in the story.  Yes, I know, wouldn’t it be cool if the entire episode only focused on these unknown characters?  Well, yes and no. From the standpoint of unique storytelling, it would – but from the standpoint of good television, maybe not.  Viewers tune in for those familiar characters and having them take a backseat to complete strangers could be disappointing for many fans.  SG-1′s The Other Guys is a great example of an episode that struck the right balance.

BoltBait writes: “Are you allergic to anything? If so, how do you handle it at restaurants?”

Answer: Whenever I eat out, I always ask if there’s penicillin in any of the dishes.

“Do you get paid for all of these projects you’re working on?”

Answer: It depends on the project.  For instance, any development work we’re hired to do is paid work.  At present, three of the projects I mentioned in a previous blog entry are paying jobs.  The others – pilots, pitches, etc. – are speculative and will only pay off if they sell…or go into development.

Randomness writes: “1. What were some highs and lows from your Japan trip?”

Answer: Highs = The wedding, Robot Restaurant, dinners at Esquisse and Sawada.  Low = getting sick.

“2. Most interesting location(To you) that you visited?”

Answer: Robot Restaurant.

“3. What was the most enjoyable thing you did in Japan?”

Answer: Ate (as usual).

“4. As an anime fan, how did you find the whole experience?”

Answer: Overwhelming.  Akihabara is anime heaven.

“5. Were there any places you wanted to visit but couldn’t due to time?”

Answer: Gyoza stadium, Ueno, Odaiba.

“6. Looking back at the wedding stuff, did you feel nervous before you arrived? And how was the whole thing to you?”

Answer: No nerves.  It was a lot of fun.

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First things first!  My french bulldog, Lulu, eating kale chips.  Please raise volume to maximum before viewing:

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One of the worst kept secrets on this blog has been the identity of that scifi series Paul and I have been trying to set up.  As many of you know, back when we were working on Stargate, we started developing our own SF series in the hopes of rolling right into production with the same crew if and when Stargate ever ended.  The only problem at the time was that there was no end in sight.  Every time we thought Stargate would close up shop, the show would get picked up for another season.  It was a classy problem that allowed us to really flesh out the concept and characters of this prospective new show.

Unfortunately, when Stargate did end, the timing proved difficult. Instead of taking advantage of our terrific Stargate crew, we ended up having to put our project on hold while we took a job in Toronto.  But rather than relegate it to the back burner, we thought of an interesting way to go – and a great way to help sell the show.  We hooked up with Dark Horse Comics and launched the series idea as a comic book.

DARKMTR #1 CVRThe first four issues of Dark Matter garnered great reviews and, when the trade paperback came out in October, we used it as a calling card. Having worked in development, I was aware of, and wanted to draw on, the added appeal of an established property.  Also, half the battle of pitching is to help a potential buyer imagine the project you have created – and I could think of no better pitch document than that trade paperback.

DM4We went out with a story backed by some fantastic visuals compliments of artist Garry Brown and colorist Ryan Hill.  The response was incredibly positive.  Even more so after Paul and I delivered the pilot script.  Still, my concern was the budget, making sure we had enough money to do it properly (visual effects don’t come cheap after all!), so I was heartened by word from our producing partner today that the response in Europe has been equally great.

Now all that remains is for that final piece of the puzzle to fall into place.  Yes, we’ve been waiting a while but all indications are we’ll be receiving word soon.  If it’s positive, then things are going to get very busy very quickly.  If it’s not, then we’ll have to go elsewhere for that final piece – which will, of course, delay things.

But hopefully it all comes together as expected.  And, once it does, dare I say it…

No, better not.

Mailbag:

shinyhula writes: “And why no zombies on this list? Night of the Living Dead, 28 Weeks Later, Zombieland; what have the unliving done to deserve your scorn?”

Answer: I was listing Scariest Endings and, off the top of my head, none of the zombie entries came to mind.  Well, now that I think of it, maybe the original Night of the Living Dead would have been a good candidate.

ancuetas writes: “Is that you know what music is there at the beginning of the video.”

Answer: This piece of music, from SG-1′s Demons, was before my time (I joined the show in its fourth season), but it’s safe to assume that it was composed by the late, great Joel Goldsmith.

dasndanger writes: “Also, this whole thing with the shutting down of cell towers in cases like this? That’s why I still have a corded old timey landline tele-o-phone.”

Answer: Hmmm.  Good point.  I haven’t had a landline in four years.

RLAVILLA writes: “Recently there have been two new Stargate games for Android and iPhone, and I think that will be the new product line, which has been selected by MGM for Stargate franchise. How about converting “Stargate Extinction” in a game for these new platforms?”

Answer: Not my call.  That would be for the studio to decide.

Jen writes: “A tad random, but I went in on my birthday to have this done but the artist was booked up so I had it done yesterday.”

Answer: Great.  But I insist you draw the line at one of those Jaffa forehead tattoos.

baterista9 writes: “Just saw Cookie on Saturday at Sea World of Texas.”

Answer: Yes, he was there for his cousin Esmerelda’s wedding.

fsmn36 writes: “But the entire movie plays off the alcoholic!Tony arc from the comics and the Rhodey scene makes 20x more sense when you consider Tony is basically planning on suicide/knows he’s going to die. What seems a tacky action scene becomes a heart breaking fight between friends while Tony desperately gives everything he loves away to the few people that matter to him.”

Answer: Sounds terrific.  Unfortunately, none of that came across onscreen.

gforce writes: “Did you ever take Akemi up to Whistler yet? You should take her out to a nice dinner or even a weekend up there!”

Answer: I retired my krazy karpet years ago.

Seth writes: “How hard would it be to get the cast on board for a Kickstarter for the series or movies? Looks as if Veronica Mars just got 5.5 million in Kickstarter funds from fans!”

Answer: 5.5 million may seem like a lot, but consider that the previous SG-1 movies cost 7+ million each to produce – and those productions made use of existing sets and production personnel.

Tam Dixon writes: “Did you try one of the dog cookies for quality control? You did, didn’t you?”

Answer: I didn’t, but someone I know (hint: she’s Japanese) DOES taste test for quality control.

Tam Dixon also writes: “Anyways, what about another trip? New York, L.A. or maybe even go down South. I wouldn’t recommend Memphis, unless you bring a gun but what about New Orleans or Savannah, GA?”

Answer: Akemi definitely wants to go to New York and, after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, I’ve wanted to check out Savannah.  That said, both L.A. and Vegas are closer and more likely short trip destinations.  This, of course, is entirely dependent on our finding a dog sitter.

astrumporta writes: “I think you should bring Akemi to San Francisco for her b-day!”

Answer: It’s also on the list.  Good eatin’!  How goes, Michelle?

pennlynn writes: “You’re brave man Joe! I like having a nice drink but other than the whiskey I’m not sure I would try that haul of liquor!”

Answer: I tried the Nikka whiskey with Lawren last night when he came over for the American Horror Story marathon.  It was damn good, and much better straight up than on the rocks.  How went the t.v. interview?

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to take part in The Next Big Thing blog hop.  And what, pray tell, is a “The Next Big Thing blog hop”?  Well, it involves me answering a set of ten questions on a recent or upcoming release on this blog, and then forwarding the same questions to other writers of my choice so that they can do the same – and keep the process going until, presumably, every living writer with an internet presence has participated.

Amanda Ball, who kindly extended the invitation to yours truly, talked about her upcoming release on her blog last week, here: http://livingforcreativity.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/

I, in turn, extended the invitation to a few more writers:

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As it turned out, author Ari Marmell knew all about the blog hop – because he’d already participated several months ago.  Get the scoop on the latest installment in his Widdershins series here:

http://mouseferatu.com/index.php/news/november-28-2012-the-next-big-thing/

1Author Dave Gross was also on my invite list but, like Ari, he was well ahead of the game.  You can find out more about his next book in The Pathfinder Tales series here:

Dave Gross: The Next Big Thing

1Author Mandy Hager has yet to participate in the blog hop (Success!). She’ll be talking about her latest release, The Crossing, over on her blog next week: Mandy Hager – Writer.  I will, of course, provide a link once the Q&A is up.

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And, finally, the ever-entertaining Sam Sykes will be discussing his work here: Sam Sykes » Blog.

So, my turn.

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Even though I was only forwarded ten questions, there were actually eleven I had to answer – the 11th (or, more appropriately, first) being: Which work do I choose to discuss?  I ultimately decided to go with Dark Matter, my comic book series.  Why?  Well, for starters, the trade paperback collecting the first arc came out in October.  Also, although I’ve written several “things” since, none are yet available for public consumption (I don’t believe there’s an airdate for the Delete miniseries while two of the pilots I wrote won’t be going to camera until the spring).  Finally, there’s a good chance I’ll have even more to say about Dark Matter in the near future.  And let’s leave it at that for now.

On to the questions…

1: What is the working title of your book?

Dark Matter.

2: Where did the idea come from?

The idea had been brewing for quite some time – some five years!  I developed the series while working on Stargate.  The plan was to set it up as a series whenever Stargate ended.  The only problem was (and, believe me, it was a classy problem) Stargate was in no hurry to end. Thus, I had a lot of time to really flesh out the characters, their respective backstories, and the series as a whole.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Science fiction.  Space Opera in the truest sense of the term.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Movie?  You mean t.v. rendition, no?  Well, hard to say.  Don’t want to tip my hand just yet.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The crew of a derelict ship awakens from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got onboard.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

The comic book series was published by Dark Horse Comics.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The series and pilot were five years in the making – but it took me about a month to write the first script.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Certainly Stargate.  A few of the space-based anime series like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun.  Maybe a touch of Breaking Bad (actually, reverse Breaking Bad).

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I drew my inspiration from a variety of sources: The Dirty Dozen, The Seven Samurai, The Shield, The Thunderbolts, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, the plan has always been to produce a television series based on the concept.  Want a sneak peek at the first few episodes?  Pick up the trade paperback: Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth TPB :: Profile :: Dark Horse Comics

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Hurrah!  I’m pleased to announce a new Stargate-related Q&A!  Mark Nicholson joined the franchise in SG-1′s tenth season (Atlantis’s third) and worked BEHIND the scenes, helping to build a lot of the amazing things you saw IN the scenes.  He was with us until the very end, Universe’s last episode, and, along the way, his contributions included everything from high-tech gadgetry to awesome weaponry.

So, what was his most complicated build?  His strangest?  His favorite? They say that every picture tells a story, so I’m sure every prop has at least two or three!

Let’s find out.  I’m gathering questions for Mark (who is, as it turns out, a long-time reader of this blog).  Post ‘em if you got ‘em.  I’ll gather them up through the weekend and then send them Mark’s way early next week!

A little while ago, I was invited to take part in something called a Blog Hop by another blog reader, Amanda Ball.  The Hop is essentially a promotional tool that introduces readers to new authors.  A writer is chosen to answer a series of ten questions on their blog about an upcoming or new release and, a week later, they hand off to another writer who does the same on their blog.

Amanda’s Blog Hop entry is up here - http://livingforcreativity.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/ - in which she discusses her latest book: _Famous…or Not_

In my case, my works-in-progress are super-secret hush-hush (please forget I mentioned this and promptly destroy your laptop after reading this entry) so I’ve decided to profile Dark Matter, my comic book series (the first three episodes four issues have been collected as a trade paperback).  Why?  Well, because the TPB was released a few months ago and…well…let’s just leave it at that for now (Seriously.  I need you to destroy this laptop after reading this entry).  I’ll be fielding the same ten questions next week after which I’ll be handing things off to award-winning New Zealand author Mandy Hager (Mandy Hager – Writer) who will be talking about her latest release, The Crossing (http://www.pyrsf.com/TheCrossing.html) over on her blog the week following.

1Fernando, meet the blog gang.  Blog gang, Fernando.  This beautiful young husky was recently adopted by my sister following the passing of her beloved Aspen.

1Rather than get a puppy, she decided to help out a dog in need – and Fernando was an ideal candidate, one of 45 other dogs (and 4 cats) rescued from an abusive environment last September.

1Despite his rough early years, Fernando has proven a very sweet and gentle addition to sis’ household – although, apparently, he’s a little mischievous.  According to Andria’s facebook update:

“Yesterday Fernando crawled under one gate and jumped another to get out of the kitchen when no one was home. He also started un-decorating the Christmas tree. Today, we gave him free access to the middle floor with Roxy. He dismantled the pet fountain and continued to un-decorate the tree. Hint taken… time to take down the tree.”

Who?  Me?

Who? Me?

He’s special for a lot of reasons, but one in particular.  Can you guess? Notice anything about him?

1You sure?  Nothing?  Take a closer look.

1Still no?

1He’s blind.  Sis thinks he may be able to distinguish light in one eye, but that would be the extent of his visibility.  Still, you wouldn’t know it.  Mom didn’t – even after spending an hour getting to know him. He’s very smart, has already figured out how to use the pet fountain and, apparently, looks up and cocks his head when someone talks to him.

1A wonderful addition to our extended family.

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Whew.  What a day!  It started with a doctor’s appointment and ended with a conference call about an exciting potential new project.  In between, I fielded texts, emails, and phone calls about Dark Matter, read what Paul has written so far on that “other” project, talked to a lawyer, met with my bank rep, and generally kept abreast of all developments on the football front as my Snow Monkeys face their toughest challenge to date, taking on the Mighty Molsons this weekend in fantasy football league action.

I went to see the doctor on Akemi’s (persistent) insistence today after experiencing a one-time pain in my left shoulder sometime during my Tokyo trip (while I was eating my second serving of foie gras and black pudding.  Hey, not my fault!  Akemi wouldn’t eat hers.).  My heart checked out fine and, given the details of my distress, he suspects it was merely an esophagal reaction.  Just to be on the safe side, however, I’m off to get a blood test and EKG on Monday.  The results should reaffirm the good doc’s prognosis.  If not, in the words of my buddy Ivon: “Well, you’ve had a good run.”

Dark Matter aint dead yet!  Those of you familiar with my SF comic book series about the amnesiac crew of a derelict spaceship and the mystery surrounding their interstellar mission (You can purchase the first four-issue arc here: Dark Matter #1 – #4 Bundle) know that I have my heart set on translating it to the small screen someday.  Well, after much back and forth, missed opportunities, lost causes, and blown deadlines, it appears as though – maybe, just maybe – there could be a deal in the works.  Or it could just be a precursor to a deal or some eternal optimist misinterpreting something somebody said.  Whichever the case, let’s call it positive news and leave it at that.  More information as it becomes available.  And if you hear anything before I do, let me know!

This year, Paul and I have focused on writing over producing.  While it pays significantly less, it has allowed me to work from home on my own projects while taking a much-needed year off after a most memorable (for all the wrong reasons) 2011.  Among the projects we’re working on is the development of a series pilot for a fantasy series that has garnered a fair amount of interest.  Paul sent me the first two acts this morning and it’s great!  We deliver at the end of the month and then, I expect, it’ll be smoooooooooth sailing!

Also, a good friend (and fantasy football league buddy whose team, sadly, has fallen on hard times) and ex-Stargate colleague has approached Paul and I about a fantastic personal project of his own that looks to have all sorts of potential.  Coming soon to a t.v. near you?  Things look very positive.  Next week, Paul and I will get together with him to discuss creative and what lies ahead.  Very nice of him to think of us.

Went to talk to a lawyer today about an outstanding issue that has plagued me for far too long.  I felt much better after talking to him and look forward to being a little more proactive starting next week as I take steps to finally resolve the issue. You can only be nice for so long…

Finally, an apology to a couple of individuals who are owed scripts.  I didn’t get a chance to send them before leaving for Japan and this has been a busy week, but I promise to give Richard Woolsey the go-ahead and he’ll dispatch the scripts, via jumper, first thing Monday morning.

What’s on your mind?  Let’s hit the mailbag and find out:

gforce writes: “It’s been a busy day or two – my step-mom wound up in the hospital again, this time with a subdural haematoma. They did an operation today to relieve the pressure today and the prognosis looks pretty good. Pretty stressful time, though.”

Answer: Hey, Gary, wishing your mom a speedy recovery.  And you a hopefully less stressful week ahead.

JeffW writes: “I’m over-nighting in London and found that ITV 4 is playing “My Super Ex-girlfriend”…I don’t really remember this one, but maybe Cookie would want to add it to his list?”

Answer: Yep, it’s on the list.

Randomness writes: “Hope you didn’t mind me posting a ton of JPop vids on your update post Joe.”

Answer: Not at all.  I’m always open to checking out new things – and new tunes, especially if it helps me get rid of an old tune stuck in my head.  Chewing chewing chewing chewing chewing cutie cutie chew-chew-chewing loooooooove!

noellam writes: “Here’s a question for Akemi: Why is the lead singer gal in Candy Candy running with a piece of toast in her mouth?”

Answer: Akemi isn’t sure.  I think it’s because she forgot her bento box.

PBMom writes: “It was $50 a plate and open bar (the facility fee, etc. would not have changed though). I think like 10 people did not show up. No one called to say, “Hey sorry I’m sick, I won’t make it.” Just no shows with no explanations.”

Answer: Hate that.  I recall inviting someone to one of my chocolate parties.  Since he had family visiting, I even extended the invitation to his out-of-town guests.  He not only didn’t show up  (meaning five dinners went uneaten and, most importantly, five seats that could have gone to other friends went unfilled) but the next day, at work, was totally oblivious to the inconvenience he’d caused.

Mike A. writes: “Um, Joe, is it weird that I totally enjoyed all of these videos?”

Answer: Who am I to criticize?  I’m a Kyamy Pamyu Pamyu convert.  Here ya go.  Her new video:

So kawaii!

Mike A. also writes: “Are the dogs joining your schedule or have they been able to stay on their normal sleep routine?”

Answer: Nope.  The dogs are pretty oblivious to my issues but make me well aware of theirs.  Issue #1 (first thing in the morning): Where’s breakfast?

Tam Dixon writes: “Did you see any of the groups live?”

Answer: I’m not much of a concert-goer.  In my case, they invariably end up disappointing.  A friend, a life-long Bob Dylan fan, went to his concert the other night – and ended up leaving partway through, this after criticizing a friend who had done the same thing the previous night.

osirisoflight writes: “In my wandering around youtube i came across a group called Baby Metal. They are a half Metal half j-pop teen group. the music is oddly catchy.”

Answer: Bizarrely entertaining!  I found this clip as well:

sylvia writes: “Then…there is the Gangnam Style by Psy that went viral. It’s from Korea.
Once you hear it…can’t get the tune out of your head.”

Answer: Yep.  Even the hard-to-impress Ivon Bartok isn’t immune to the catchy Gangnam Style.  And, while we’re on the subject of K-pop, may I introduce Super Junior…

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The thinkers

My writing partner, Paul, came over for Day #2 of our spinning session for the new pilot script we’re working on.  Next to starting a script and, perhaps, passing a kidney stone, there’s nothing more painful than outlining a story, especially in those first few days.  Ideas are pitched. They’re shot down.  The story is discussed in the vaguest of terms. Plenty of questions are asked; hardly any answers given.  Frustration mounts.  Breaks are taken.  The conversations go off on unusual tangents.  And, all the while, we sit, staring at the big white board.  It looms before us, intimidating in its pristine perfection – unblemished, not a magic markered stroke to mar its clean surface.  We could break the ice by jotting down a title but doing so would necessitate a task even more daunting than breaking the story: actually coming up with a title!

And so we sit.  And think.  And wait.  As if the creativity will eventually get fed up with our procrastination and suddenly manifest itself in a bright, colorful burst of act breaks,  suspenseful beats, and a brilliant end of episode solution to the supernatural manifestation.

Yes, writing is a painful business.  Positively excruciating at the spinning, breaking, outline, script and rewrite stages.  But incredibly satisfying when you complete work on a first draft.  And, to be honest, that satisfaction only lasts as long as it takes you to type in FADE OUT and deliver the script.  Savor it!

But today, we did manage some progress. Three solid acts, albethey peppered with TBD’s (a writerly term for “to be decided”, those annoying little speed bumps that slow down the process and inevitably get shuttled away for later consideration, usually sometime between lights out and REM sleep).  What is our Holy Shit third act break?  I’m sure Paul will come up with something.

Hey, this afternoon I dropped by my local comic book shop to pick up the latest issues of Iron Man, The Ultimates, The Punisher, and an intriguing new title, Rose & Thorn, and noticed THIS sitting amongst the new releases:

Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, writers on Stargate, from SG1 through to SGU, bring their latest science fiction epic to comics in Dark Matter. The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they go on board. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination-a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone! With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Will these amnesiacs turn their backs on history, or will their pasts catch up with them?

Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth

Yep, it’s the trade paperback collecting all four issues of the first chapter of SF Dark Matter, our comic book series.  I didn’t expect it to come out until October (Thanks for the heads up, guys!).

Some reviews: Dark Matter: Rebirth Graphic Novel is Solid Sci-Fi Fun – Examiner.comSequel’s Blog: Dark Matter Vol. 1: Rebirth TPB – Review!, and Dark Matter Vol. 1 Review (On the one hand, they spell my name incorrectly; on the other hand, they had nice things to say about the book).

Speaking of Dark Matter, our attempts to get it to the small screen progress.  We have broadcaster interest but now require the money to do it properly.  One of our partners has some meetings lined up at MIPCOM (MIPCOM – The world’s entertainment content market – MIPWorld) and, if they go well (and fingers crossed), we’ll have a solidly budgeted 13-episode first season of our twisty, turny, suspenseful, high-flying, humorous, character-driven, scifi action space opera.

Continuing our trip down Stargate Atlantis memory lane.  Let’s reflect back on:

MIDWAY (417)

Who would win in a fight between Teal’c and Ronon?  Well, if you ask Chris Judge (which I once did) he’d reply: “Ronon.  Teal’c is still doing that wushu shit.”  Still, we weren’t satisfied with that answer and so, Carl Binder put pen to paper finger to keypad and wrote this all-out actioner in which Ronon and Teal’c team up to battle a wraith incursion.  And also throw down.  And who wins?  Why, it’s a draw, natch.

Early in show’s fourth season, we wanted to do a scene with Carter, back at Stargate Command, leaving behind the life she knew for a fresh adventure in the Pegasus Galaxy.  We wanted to scene to be grounded in the world of SG-1 and felt that the best way to accomplish that would be for Sam to have a conversation with one of her SG-1 teammates. I approached Chris Judge about doing it but told him we wouldn’t be able to afford his episode rate for the single scene.  Chris just shrugged in response and happily offered his services for a nominal fee.  I thought that was a stand-up thing to do and this episode was a repayment for that kindness, an episode guest-starring Teal’c.  And, yes, Chris got his full episode rate for this one.

Jason Momoa and Christopher Judge had a blast shooting the episode, especially the action sequences.  And there were plenty.  The episode also boasts some terrific guest stars like Bill Dowd, Dean Marshall and Ben Cotton who return to reprise familiar roles.

Today’s entry is dedicated to luvnjack.  Good luck with the adoption caseworker tomorrow.  Hope you land in a good home!

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  1. Joseph Mallozzi

    Yep. Dis be de place.

  2. I think I’ma gonna need a drink…or three. :) (Joey, make sure to bring some chocolate!! :D )

    das

  3. I might be out with a friend, Stargate fan Tiffanie. I have some serious catch-up to do. Went to high school reunion (best trip of the century!) then got back and had full-on Patrick 24/7 from Aug 1 until today when he went back to school. And he was NOT in a great mood. Raging even. And today my business launched. So busy, busy, busy. I likely will be home all day tomorrow, so I’ll catch up. Sorry I will miss this Q&A (unless Tiffanie cancels on me because she has 1-1/2 hour drive ahead and she is stuck where she is and it is 5:45 now. Not sure how late she wants to be out).

  4. Hey, Joe!

    Between Cookie Monster’s movie reviews & your Food Truck taste testing I think you are gradually affecting my subconscious. Last night I had a dream about the Muppets having their own food trucks! Various Muppets were in pairs of 2 working their own various themed food trucks, but the catch was they were in a race from N.Y. to L.A. with the winner being a combination of 1st to arrive/truck that sold the most. And the whole time various Muppets or bad guys would sabotage or steal the food trucks. The dream itself was actually a whole lot funnier than the past few Muppet movies, and in essence it did seem like a real movie.

    So here’s my question: Should I thank you for inspiring such a great dream, ..or should I be worried that your blog is affecting me this way???

  5. I’m just gonna watch .. This should be interesting.

    Q: Can you or Akemi share some of your favorite rice dish recipes? And what makes a really really good movie to you and Da Cookie Monster?

  6. Hi Joe!

    My son David wants to know if you’re a Canucks fan…

    I’ll try to come up with my own question in a few minutes.

  7. on August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    See you in (about) 30!

  8. Hey Joe and all the others gathered around the monitors.

    Elminster

  9. So we leave a message here… and then what happens? I may say more here than in the last three or so years.

  10. T minus ten minutes and counting

  11. Q: What are the approximate odds, that we’ll be seeing something sci-fy from you like a miniseries, series or movie, in the next year to 2 years? Thanks. :)

  12. Hey…Joe! :) This is cool! :) So…how’s it going with Akemi’s immigration?

  13. on August 15, 2012 at 4:58 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Evening, everyone. How goes? Akemi just made some delicious beef curry and home baked chocolate chip cookies for dinner (well, the curry was for dinner; the cookies for dessert). So I have plenty of energy.

  14. Hi Joe, how the heck are ya?

  15. on August 15, 2012 at 4:58 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Lewis – you should be worried. Very worried!

  16. Hey Joe, How’s Akemis arm/hand feeling?

    Elminster

  17. Speaking of Akemi’s immigration. What happens if you and Paul decide to move to LA to pursue opportunities there? Do you then have to start over? Some sort of waiting period before anything can be done?

  18. All this refreshing is probably going to freak out WordPress! Here’s a question – I was reading on GW that “Delete” is casting, but it also said they they have started filming. It is unusual to start filming before all the roles are cast?

  19. Since chocolate is its own food group, I would have had that…

  20. on August 15, 2012 at 4:59 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Hey, Chris. I’ll ask Akemi to offer up one of her best recipes and post it in an upcoming entry. Maybe with pics.

    As for what Cookie Monster feels makes a good movie – well, I think we’re in agreement on this one: a smart script or, at the very least, a script that doesn’t assume the audience are a bunch of idiots.

  21. Haha, Lewis, that is awesome. And probably an excellent script idea!

  22. Hey Joe,

    Are you making plans to drop in at Dragon*Con at the end of the month?

    I’m still hoping I can make the trip to Atlanta. If not, there’s always next year!

    Laura

  23. on August 15, 2012 at 5:00 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Hey, Jeff. Can’t say I’m a huge Canucks fan – or a hockey fan in general. I’m more of an NFL guy. I’m a Raiders fan! (Much to Carl Binder’s chagrin).

  24. Q: Are you allowed to comment on the “Delete” miniseries yet? Do you have any further involvement or just wait to see it on TV like the rest of us?

  25. on August 15, 2012 at 5:01 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Maggy K writes: “So we leave a message here… and then what happens?”

    Chances are I may answer your question.

  26. I’m here. Kinda’ hard to come up with a question for a guy who I’ve been reading a little about every day for years.

  27. How long did the SGC have the Atlantis Moon base in operation before the opening of Extinction?

  28. Go Oakland!!!!! RIP Al Davis.

  29. SGA question: In Instinct, why did Carson bring the retrovirus with him when, by his own admission, it was no where near ready? Was there a valid reason, or was it just to set up the events of Conversion?

    And FTR I’m still not buying how Carson managed to blow up.

  30. on August 15, 2012 at 5:03 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Hey, Sue – Akemi’s immigration process goes slowly. We were hoping to have an answer by July but the embassy in Tokyo is no longer screening so we have to go through the Philippines which will add several months to the process. I’m hoping to have an answer before October 18th which is when her visitor’s visa expires.

  31. I am lurking in wet and cold Scotland. I will probably not join in but will be reading the posts.

    Funny dog and cat stories would be appreciated.

    Susan
    Tartan Turtle

  32. So what did you think of Ready, Player One?

  33. Thank you for being a part of the creative team that gave is Varro, bra’tac and my fav vala mal doran.
    How is both Brad and Robert doing? Why have they not been given other opportunity?

  34. Delete sounds scary, especially considering this is an entity that learned all its social morals from the internet.

  35. on August 15, 2012 at 5:04 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “In Instinct, why did Carson bring the retrovirus with him when, by his own admission, it was no where near ready? Was there a valid reason, or was it just to set up the events of Conversion?”

    Hmmm. Don’t remember the particulars of that one. Would have to rewatch the episode.

  36. on August 15, 2012 at 5:04 pmfor the love of Beckett

    Lewis — I’d watch that Muppet/Food Truck road race to L.A. Would make a great movie. :-)

    Joe, can you tell us anything about the super secret project you were working on with Ivon?

  37. Joe what TV shows are you currently watching?

  38. Do you in Vancouver “spring forward” for day light savings time? Just noticed the time stamps are an hour back.

  39. Have the SG movies gone by the boards or is there still some hope on the horizon?

    Also, I have a theory about what the ultimate endgame for SGU was supposed to be. Am I right? :-)

  40. on August 15, 2012 at 5:06 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joe, can you tell us anything about the super secret project you were working on with Ivon?”

    I’m actually working on two super secret projects with Ivon. The first is a horror script on which we share a story credit, the other is a genre series we are developing with Paul and Rob.

  41. Hello Joe,

    Thank you for doing the Live chat/mailbag…

    I have some questions for you… answer whichever one(s) you would like and ignore/delete the rest…

    Have you tried avocado fries? Good or bad…

    Have you eaten at French Laundry yet?

    Is there something you haven’t eaten yet, that you really want to?

    A couple of weeks ago you did a 100-point rant (kudos on being able to do that by the way). This question pertains to one of the points. Why does it bother you if someone else eats his or her meat medium?

    You’ve been thinking about the move to L.A., how would the move affect Akemi’s citizenship request? Would the dogs have to be quarantined for a period of time?

    Seth Green was cast in your mini-series Delete. When you write do you picture a specific person/voice (even though that particular person may not actually be cast in the role). Is that part of your process? Do you know what I mean?

    Delete is shooting in Vancouver, will you visit the set?

    Thanks, again!!

    Have a good one…

    Kymm

  42. RE: your reply about the miniseries: w00t!

  43. Hey Joe

    On August 11th’s post you had Sean, I believe his last name is Koo. And he’s also in the background of one of your San Diego pics.

    Elminster

  44. on August 15, 2012 at 5:08 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Have the SG movies gone by the boards or is there still some hope on the horizon?”

    Unfortunately, it looks bleak for the Stargate movies we had planned – Revolution and Extinction.

    “Also, I have a theory about what the ultimate endgame for SGU was supposed to be. Am I right?”

    With absolutely no knowledge of your theory, I’m going to say….yes, that’s it!

  45. Hey! I made it. Didn’t think I could drive so fast. And I hurried a 15 year old up. My major accomplishment of the night. :)

  46. How are the children…er…dogs?

  47. Ok, here’s my question. What part of the United States that you haven’t been to would you like to visit? And what kind of food would you eat there?

  48. Is there an individual with NCIS responsible for all the former Stargate actors that have been cast?

  49. Hi, this is a list of some the questions ive had about stargate, if you could answer some of them that would be great!

    In be all my sins remembered after the replicators were sucked down to the planet why didnt they beam into some of the ships and have a fleet of ancient warships to fight with?

    Why did it seem like atlantis shields were never that powerfull, when the ancients lived there 3 zpms powered the shield it lasted for years, but one only lasted our people a few days whenever they were attacked.

    In the ancient database was there no information on how to build zpms?

    In auroa what do you think the weakness was?

    In travelers the people had guns like ronans but they had to reload, how come ronan never does?

    Why did you kill of beckett, i loved and hated that episode he was my second favorite character?

    In the last man why didnt they tell of what happened to beckett?

    In unending when the as guards killed themselves didn’t they have any ships they could have given to earth?

    When some Asgard went to Pegasus why did they lose to the wraith? In the milky way their ships were the most powerful.

    Do you think the furlings would have looked like ewoks if you ever made an episode about them?

    How many bc-304 ships does earth have by the end of the series because at the End of SGA there was Daedalus, Apollo, Odyssey, then in enemy at the gate the sun tzu, was mentioned(Chinese ship? Why would we give china a ship?) And the Phoenix/Hammond. By the end of sigh there had go be quite a few more ships right?

    Do you think earth would have made a ship larger than the bc-304 to fight larger ships?

    Who do you think is smarter McKay or Carter?

    In SGU if they had managed to get a supply line in seizure do you think McKay would have gone?

    Will you ever release the script for extinction?

    Is there any hope for stargate coming back in some form in the next few years?

  50. on August 15, 2012 at 5:09 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Hi Joe, how the heck are ya?”

    Fine. A little stressed. Last night, I dreamt I bought a shoebox house and there was somebody hiding in the basement. Not sure what was on the hider’s mind (murder, mayhem, or surprise birthday party) as I woke up before I had a chance to find out.

  51. “Have the SG movies gone by the boards or is there still some hope on the horizon?”

    Unfortunately, it looks bleak for the Stargate movies we had planned – Revolution and Extinction

    Well, that just sucks!

    “Also, I have a theory about what the ultimate endgame for SGU was supposed to be. Am I right?”

    With absolutely no knowledge of your theory, I’m going to say….yes, that’s it!

    I knew it! Thanks for confirming it for me!

  52. This is all very exciting. I keep trying to come up with a question, but instead all I have in my head are statements like: Vancouver looks like it’s a great place to eat! And then I follow it up with rhetorical questions like, “Why isn’t Minneapolis that awesome?” :-/ I’ll settle for watching I think LOL.

  53. on August 15, 2012 at 5:11 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Are you making plans to drop in at Dragon*Con at the end of the month?”

    Alas, no plans to visit Dragon Con. The dogsitter is on vacation. :(

  54. G’day Joe

    I had my first maracon today. It was hazelnut, I was expecting something a bit sweeter. Was very yummy though.

  55. Was researching for Delete what had you concerned that your Google searches would draw the wrong kind of attention to yourself?

  56. hey, joe, any chance for that combo movie of sg1/atlantis/sgu?

  57. on August 15, 2012 at 5:12 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Q: Are you allowed to comment on the “Delete” miniseries yet? Do you have any further involvement or just wait to see it on TV like the rest of us?”

    I’m holding off on commenting for the time being. It was a very tight schedule but Paul and I are very proud of the script. We broke the story in a week then wrote the four hour miniseries in a month – which is the equivalent of a Stargate script a week. It’s shooting now but Paul and I aren’t producing so I can’t offer any further insight.

  58. You’ll have to talk to Marin Gero about the con. He was there in 2010.

    Have you done any conventions besides the Stargate ones in Vancouver?

  59. What’s Brad Wright working on?

  60. Can you talk about Delete? Are you at the filming? Is it being shot at Bridge? and when is it due out? thanks

  61. on August 15, 2012 at 5:13 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I was reading on GW that “Delete” is casting, but it also said they they have started filming. It is unusual to start filming before all the roles are cast?”

    Somewhat unusual but occasionally this happens if: a) the role being cast will be shot later in the production schedule and b) there are ongoing negotiations in the works.

  62. oops sorry missed thelast coment, thanks

  63. on August 15, 2012 at 5:14 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “What happens if you and Paul decide to move to LA to pursue opportunities there? Do you then have to start over? Some sort of waiting period before anything can be done?”

    I believe that once she receives her permanent residency in Canada, she’ll be able to travel with me. Shouldn’t be an issue.

    I hope.

  64. Hey Joe

    How’s mom and Sis?

    Elminster

  65. Joe, in the SGU ep “Life” (I think it was), where Rush “visits” his ailing wife, the background music with their scenes together was Bach’s “Chachonne”. I was wondering who picked that music (or generally those specific selections that SGU would often use) and did they know that that piece is thought to have been written by Bach in honour of his deceased first wife. Brilliant choice anyway, but if it was with that knowledge, that’s some pretty subtle stuff!

  66. on August 15, 2012 at 5:15 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Hey Joe, How’s Akemis arm/hand feeling?”

    Much better, thanks. She’s very proud of her moisture method of healing that has seen the wounds clear up scar-free.

  67. on August 15, 2012 at 5:16 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “How long did the SGC have the Atlantis Moon base in operation before the opening of Extinction?”

    In the script, the Atlantis moon base has been in operation for a very short time – perhaps inside of a week.

  68. Joe I have one question that keeps coming up as I watch SGA on DVD and stroll with you down memory lane. (Thanks again for doing your memories!) I was wondering if any of the cast or crew ever complained about all those stairs on the Atlantis sets?

  69. Final question: Can you send some of those fresh chocolate chip cookies over here to New Brunswick!? They sound excellent! :)

  70. on August 15, 2012 at 5:17 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “So what did you think of Ready, Player One?”

    Like quite a few books I’ve read of late, I LOVED the first half and then felt it lost steam near the end. Still, a great read – especially for someone who grew up playing D&D.

  71. on August 15, 2012 at 5:18 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “How is both Brad and Robert doing? Why have they not been given other opportunity?”

    Brad and Robert are presently working on their own projects and I suspect we’ll hear some big news from one or both of them before year’s end.

  72. How are your Snow Monkies looking? My son David missed his draft deadline (he got distracted), and now he’s hoping for an upset season.

  73. Saw Mike Dopud on Grimm last night. Apparently Varro has now become some sort of French sabretooth cat type dude. And he’s evil, wicked, mean, and nasty. Probably from losing TJ.

  74. on August 15, 2012 at 5:19 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joe what TV shows are you currently watching?”

    Breaking Bad. Hmmmm. I’ve given a bunch of other shows a try and none have stuck. Akemi likes Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen, so we watch that as well.

    Have any recommendations?

  75. What has been, if any, your latest chocolate find?

  76. on August 15, 2012 at 5:20 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Do you in Vancouver “spring forward” for day light savings time? ”

    Believe this is a wordpress issue. Here in Vancouver, we spring sideways. For the month of November, Tuesdays and Wednesdays switch places in the week. Weird, huh?

  77. Hey, I noticed “Boat of a Million Years” in your recently read list. Just wondering what you thought of it?

  78. Did you catch any of Continuum? It had Lexa Doig and a few other ex-stargate people in it.

    Elminster

  79. on August 15, 2012 at 5:23 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Have you tried avocado fries? Good or bad…

    - Meh.

    Have you eaten at French Laundry yet?

    - Alas, not yet. That’s on my Bucket List along with visiting Singapore and bare knuckle boxing a couple of individuals I’ve worked with.

    Is there something you haven’t eaten yet, that you really want to?

    - Off the top of my head, can’t think of anything.

    A couple of weeks ago you did a 100-point rant (kudos on being able to do that by the way). This question pertains to one of the points. Why does it bother you if someone else eats his or her meat medium?

    - It just feels as though you leeching all the flavor out of the steak. At least well-done offers you the flavor of burnt fat.

    You’ve been thinking about the move to L.A., how would the move affect Akemi’s citizenship request? Would the dogs have to be quarantined for a period of time?

    - Don’t think dogs would be quarantined. Same for Akemi.

    Seth Green was cast in your mini-series Delete. When you write do you picture a specific person/voice (even though that particular person may not actually be cast in the role). Is that part of your process? Do you know what I mean?

    - It really depends. Sometimes, we write a part with an actor in mind.

    Delete is shooting in Vancouver, will you visit the set?

    - Nope.

  80. I’ve been watch Big Brother. Yes it’s true. They HAD Survivor’s Russell’s brother. He was booted off the first or second week for not playing well with others.

  81. on August 15, 2012 at 5:24 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “How are the children…er…dogs?”

    Almost always sleepy. Except at meal time.

  82. on August 15, 2012 at 5:25 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “What part of the United States that you haven’t been to would you like to visit? And what kind of food would you eat there?”

    I went to take a tour of the southern U.S. and try some real, down home southern cooking!

  83. Hey, just wanted to say thanks for Stargate (all of them) made awkward adolescent years much more bareable. I’ve followed your blog for about a year and a half now, and I wish you luck in upcoming and future plans!
    P.S. RIP Maximus!!

  84. on August 15, 2012 at 5:26 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Is there an individual with NCIS responsible for all the former Stargate actors that have been cast?”

    I do notice a surprising number of former Stargate actors guesting on NCIS. Not sure why that is. I keep meaning to ask. Remind me!

  85. Do you miss working on a TV series after all these years?

  86. @Joe, every time we go out, hubby is almost always commenting that you would like the restaurant we go to. If you ever come near us, we’ll take you to a good one. :)

  87. Ah…so that’s why SF shows are done there … the space-time continuum is odd. Hmm… I see now.

  88. As for southern cooking, are we talking Paula Deen? I’ve visited her outlet store in Savannah…the cheesey grits were good.

  89. “In the script, the Atlantis moon base has been in operation for a very short time – perhaps inside of a week.”

    Thanks!

    Any chance you could dedicate a blog entry to talking about Extinction again like you did back in summer 2011 or is it at this point a black van will take you away if you reveal too much?

  90. I just got back from buying a lottery ticket. What’s your guesstimate budget for making an Atlantis dvd now that the sets are gone? Over or under 10million?

  91. Hi Joe, Thanks for doing this. I’m glad I checked in early, for some reason I thought the Q&A was for tomorrow!

    Some questions:

    What do you make of the reports about Dean Devlin getting a supposedly almost-OK to do a sequel to his original Stargate film? Is there any validity to this, or is it just loud wishful thinking on his part? Personally, I’m not interested in seeing it made, since it’s not “our” Stargate, but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts, as well as what Brad, Rob, etc. think.

    Is Brad’s vision of a 3rd Stargate movie completely dead in the water, or is there any hope at all?

  92. on August 15, 2012 at 5:31 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “In be all my sins remembered after the replicators were sucked down to the planet why didnt they beam into some of the ships and have a fleet of ancient warships to fight with?”

    - Another one of those questions where I would have to refamiliarize myself with the episode. Or, ask the episode’s writer: Martin Gero.

    Why did it seem like atlantis shields were never that powerfull, when the ancients lived there 3 zpms powered the shield it lasted for years, but one only lasted our people a few days whenever they were attacked.

    - The Ancients were using nice, new fresh zpm’s while our team had to make do with old second-hand zpm’s.

    In the ancient database was there no information on how to build zpms?

    - I assume there was – but they had yet to find it.

    In auroa what do you think the weakness was?

    - The power of love? Not sure.

    In travelers the people had guns like ronans but they had to reload, how come ronan never does?

    - Ronon may have altered his weapon.

    Why did you kill of beckett, i loved and hated that episode he was my second favorite character?

    - More on this episode when I get there in my reminiscing.

    In the last man why didnt they tell of what happened to beckett?

    - Not sure I understand the question. It was a different time line.

    In unending when the as guards killed themselves didn’t they have any ships they could have given to earth?

    - You would assume, yes.

    When some Asgard went to Pegasus why did they lose to the wraith? In the milky way their ships were the most powerful.

    - Sorry. Which episode is this a reference to?

    Do you think the furlings would have looked like ewoks if you ever made an episode about them?

    - Absolutely.

    How many bc-304 ships does earth have by the end of the series because at the End of SGA there was Daedalus, Apollo, Odyssey, then in enemy at the gate the sun tzu, was mentioned(Chinese ship? Why would we give china a ship?) And the Phoenix/Hammond. By the end of sigh there had go be quite a few more ships right?

    - They should have had quite a few, yes, and were in the process of building adding to the fleet.

    Do you think earth would have made a ship larger than the bc-304 to fight larger ships?

    - Eventually, yes.

    Who do you think is smarter McKay or Carter?

    - I think they’re both equally brilliant – but McKay’s ego sometimes gets in the way.

    In SGU if they had managed to get a supply line in seizure do you think McKay would have gone?

    - If he wasn’t busy on Atlantis, sure.

    Will you ever release the script for extinction?

    - MGM owns the script. It’s not up to me to release it.

    Is there any hope for stargate coming back in some form in the next few years

    - Can’t say but I doubt MGM will shelf one of their most successful franchises for long.

  93. on August 15, 2012 at 5:32 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Why isn’t Minneapolis that awesome?”

    I’m sure it is.

  94. I just thought of another one:

    Did you guys think of including RDA in “Unending”? Why didn’t this happen?

  95. on August 15, 2012 at 5:33 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “What’s Brad Wright working on?”

    A couple of things. Hopefully, we’ll hear some interesting news on his end in the coming months.

  96. on August 15, 2012 at 5:34 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Have you done any conventions besides the Stargate ones in Vancouver?”

    Outside of Comic Con and a couple of local cons, nope.

  97. on August 15, 2012 at 5:34 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “hey, joe, any chance for that combo movie of sg1/atlantis/sgu?”

    Sorry to say, it’s unlikely.

  98. I forgot to ask this before you re-visited McKay and Mrs. Miller — at the end, did y’all intend to be serious about the team liking Rodney better than Rod? Or was that meant not to be taken at face value? I really couldn’t tell from the episode.

  99. You mentioned before that you don’t like “You Gotta Eat Here!” Can you tell me why? It’s styled a lot like Triple D. Is it because the host is not a chef or foodie?

  100. Its summer, tv is dead right now. I just started watching scrubs and always sunny in philadelphia, both are pretty funny bit nothing outstanding. I tried watching breaking bad after all my friends told me it was awesome but i couldnt get through the first episode, way too much old man in tighty whiteys for my taste. The only thing I am looking forward to this fall is Dexter, which should be awesome judging from where it left off and the casting news. I have been intermittently watching The LA Complex, its ok but I feel like I am a bit older than its target audience. First time since high school I tuned into the muchmusic channel…

  101. Do you have any food allergies?

    Any news on the Akemi front? Are they going to let her stay?

  102. on August 15, 2012 at 5:35 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Was researching for Delete what had you concerned that your Google searches would draw the wrong kind of attention to yourself?”

    Yes. I was searching everything from Homeland Security and hacking to vulnerabilities in infrastructure. I’m surprised nobody paid me a visit.

  103. Where’s das with those drinks? I hope she didn’t trip into the spam folder.

  104. on August 15, 2012 at 5:36 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “How’s mom and Sis?”

    Oh, they’re fine. Mom is entertaining a guest from Italy – for the foreseeable future. Sis is taking care of her husky, Aspen, who hasn’t been well.

  105. Oh! I thought of a question. It’s random, but what vegetable do you think is under appreciated by people? On the flip side, which one do you think is overrated?

  106. on August 15, 2012 at 5:37 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joe, in the SGU ep “Life” (I think it was), where Rush “visits” his ailing wife, the background music with their scenes together was Bach’s “Chachonne”. I was wondering who picked that music (or generally those specific selections that SGU would often use) and did they know that that piece is thought to have been written by Bach in honour of his deceased first wife. ”

    Interesting. I didn’t know that. I suspect Carl Binder did, however, since he wrote and produced that episode.

  107. on August 15, 2012 at 5:38 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    ” I was wondering if any of the cast or crew ever complained about all those stairs on the Atlantis sets?”

    Ha. To the best of my knowledge, nobody ever did. It was quite a climb though.

  108. on August 15, 2012 at 5:38 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Can you send some of those fresh chocolate chip cookies over here to New Brunswick!? ”

    Akemi is one her way to the mailbox now.

  109. How about putting together a cookbook of your and Akemis creations, and giving them away as prize gifts?

    on August 15, 2012 at 5:39 pmJoseph Mallozzi

  110. “How are your Snow Monkies looking?”

    My Snow Monkeys are last year’s Fantasy Football Champions. Our draft is in a couple of weeks and we aim to repeat.

  111. on August 15, 2012 at 5:39 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “What has been, if any, your latest chocolate find?”

    We are loving a local chocolate shop in Vancouver called Beta 5. Their aerated chocolate is fantastic.

  112. on August 15, 2012 at 5:41 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Hey, I noticed “Boat of a Million Years” in your recently read list. Just wondering what you thought of it?”

    I enjoyed it but probably would have enjoyed it more if it was a little tighter. Still, a million years is a lot of ground to cover.

  113. Dude. You said 9 pm…and I just got back from dinner! So, do I have time, Mr. Early Bird?

    das

  114. on August 15, 2012 at 5:41 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Did you catch any of Continuum?”

    Watched the first episode.

  115. on August 15, 2012 at 5:42 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Hey, just wanted to say thanks for Stargate (all of them) made awkward adolescent years much more bareable. I’ve followed your blog for about a year and a half now, and I wish you luck in upcoming and future plans!
    P.S. RIP Maximus!!”

    Thanks, Marshall.

  116. on August 15, 2012 at 5:42 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Do you miss working on a TV series after all these years?”

    To be honest, no. I’m enjoying working from home. That opinion may change in time but, right now, there’s a lot to be said for sleeping in.

  117. on August 15, 2012 at 5:43 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “As for southern cooking, are we talking Paula Deen?”

    I’m thinking something a little more homey.

  118. Oh, I can’t follow a thing! I hate being late to the party. :(

    das

  119. on August 15, 2012 at 5:44 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Any chance you could dedicate a blog entry to talking about Extinction again like you did back in summer 2011 or is it at this point a black van will take you away if you reveal too much?”

    I’m going to cap off my trip down Atlantis memory lane with a blog entry in which I will talk about Extinction.

  120. on August 15, 2012 at 5:44 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “What’s your guesstimate budget for making an Atlantis dvd now that the sets are gone? Over or under 10million?”

    Over.

  121. Joe, have you ever read the books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Relic being the first of the Pendergast series, but they have written other books, both together and solo)?

    das

  122. Hi guys out with Lauren eating ice cream and buying baby stuff, sorry I missed it!

  123. After working in the entertainment business for years, do you still get star struck? If so, by who?

  124. on August 15, 2012 at 5:46 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “What do you make of the reports about Dean Devlin getting a supposedly almost-OK to do a sequel to his original Stargate film? Is there any validity to this, or is it just loud wishful thinking on his part? Personally, I’m not interested in seeing it made, since it’s not “our” Stargate, but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts, as well as what Brad, Rob, etc. think.”

    - I have no way of knowing what the studio has in the works. I can see how doing a feature might be attractive to them.

    Is Brad’s vision of a 3rd Stargate movie completely dead in the water, or is there any hope at all?

    - As I said, things look bleak for a 3rd Stargate movie.

  125. “I’m going to cap off my trip down Atlantis memory lane with a blog entry in which I will talk about Extinction.”

    Can you talk about the 3rd SG1 movie, too? I know you’ve said before that Brad should talk about it, but since he’s not here….

  126. Any recommendations for miniseries or movie length comics similar to “Dark Matter”?

  127. Joe, no questions, just saying hi. :-)

  128. I think your Stargate time-travel episodes are great, but I’m confused about what happens when a character goes to the future and then comes back ala The Last Man. Did Sheppard’s time travel forward and back erase 45,000 years of time that would have happened if he hadn’t been brought back?

  129. on August 15, 2012 at 5:47 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Did you guys think of including RDA in “Unending”? Why didn’t this happen?”

    I’m sure some consideration was made since he had been a part of the show from the very beginning. Ultimately, it didn’t happen – and I’m sure it wasn’t simply a creative decision. Scheduling and budget were the probable overriding factors.

  130. on August 15, 2012 at 5:48 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I forgot to ask this before you re-visited McKay and Mrs. Miller — at the end, did y’all intend to be serious about the team liking Rodney better than Rod? Or was that meant not to be taken at face value? ”

    I suspect they were being nice to Rodney. I mean, come on. Rod wore a leather jacket!

  131. on August 15, 2012 at 5:48 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “You mentioned before that you don’t like “You Gotta Eat Here!” Can you tell me why? It’s styled a lot like Triple D. Is it because the host is not a chef or foodie?”

    No, it’s because I’ve already seen this show. It’s called Tripe D.

  132. on August 15, 2012 at 5:49 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I just started watching scrubs and always sunny in philadelphia…”

    Oh, yeah. Add It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to the shows I’m watching.

  133. on August 15, 2012 at 5:49 pmNarellefromAus

    Hey Joe. Not sure if you’re still around. I head off for Thailand in 7 days for a week of not doing much at all. I’m struggling to find a new Urban Fantasy series to get into. Can you recommend any?
    Thanks!

  134. on August 15, 2012 at 5:50 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Do you have any food allergies?”

    - Pineapple makes my taste buds bleed. Does that count?

    Any news on the Akemi front? Are they going to let her stay?

    - Still waiting for word.

  135. Have you watfched these shows?
    - Falling Skies
    - once apon a time

  136. on August 15, 2012 at 5:50 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    ” It’s random, but what vegetable do you think is under appreciated by people? On the flip side, which one do you think is overrated?”

    Underrated: Jerusalem Artichokes (sunchokes)

    Overrated: Asparagus

  137. on August 15, 2012 at 5:51 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “How about putting together a cookbook of your and Akemis creations, and giving them away as prize gifts?”

    I’ll get Akemi right on it!

  138. YouTube seems to be throwing money around. Any way you can get your hands on some of it? What would you do with it? How about Hulu? (For example, Hulu’s original show Booth at the End.)

  139. Oh yeah continuum was good, forgot about that one. First good original show in a while, and its scifi and filmed in vancouver! You should get a job on it and introduce me to Rachel Nichols :) lots of stargate alumni on there.

    Whenever you get stargate related questions that arent canonical, how much of the answers are stuff you guys discussed in the writers room and how much do you just make up yourself to appease fans?

  140. on August 15, 2012 at 5:52 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joe, have you ever read the books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Relic being the first of the Pendergast series, but they have written other books, both together and solo)?”

    I have not. You know me. Would I like them?

  141. on August 15, 2012 at 5:53 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “After working in the entertainment business for years, do you still get star struck? If so, by who?”

    Don’t recall ever being star struck. No, wait. That time I met Stan Lee at the upfronts. What a super nice guy.

  142. on August 15, 2012 at 5:53 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Can you talk about the 3rd SG1 movie, too?”

    There really isn’t much I can offer on that one. I didn’t write it.

  143. on August 15, 2012 at 5:54 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Any recommendations for miniseries or movie length comics similar to “Dark Matter”?”

    Hmmm. I see few SF titles out there. Not sure.

  144. You’re a pickyass sod, so I don’t know. I think maybe you’d like the early ones, but once they become mostly about Pendergast I think you’ll lose interest…unless you’re a hormonal perimenopausal woman. ;)

    das

  145. on August 15, 2012 at 5:54 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I think your Stargate time-travel episodes are great, but I’m confused about what happens when a character goes to the future and then comes back ala The Last Man. Did Sheppard’s time travel forward and back erase 45,000 years of time that would have happened if he hadn’t been brought back?”

    Nope. I believe we’re saying that time travel creates a new timeline.

  146. on August 15, 2012 at 5:55 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I’m struggling to find a new Urban Fantasy series to get into. Can you recommend any?”

    Hmmm. I’m not a big urban fantasy guy.

  147. on August 15, 2012 at 5:56 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Have you watfched these shows?
    - Falling Skies
    - once apon a time”

    Nope – although I am having dinner with Falling Skies EP Remi Aubuchon at some point.

  148. Hey Joe,
    I have gotten hooked on Breaking bad. So lemme ask, what do you think is the best episode and why? If you could change one thing about the show, what would it be?

  149. Joe do you think your mom will ever do a Q&A. You can type up her answers for her (as long as you don’t “accidentally” change any)?

  150. Hey…I came down with strep throat today (trying to nip it in the bud with antibiotics, et al). Any Italian home remedies you can recommend?

    das

  151. on August 15, 2012 at 5:57 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “YouTube seems to be throwing money around. Any way you can get your hands on some of it? What would you do with it?”

    - Spend it.

    “How about Hulu?”

    - Don’t think it’s quite enough money with which to make an SF series.

  152. Joe, last night Netflix pulled Stargate and Atlantis from the que, do you know why? Can you help us get it back?

  153. I just watched “Window of Opportunity” on Space tonight. I think you and Paul wrote this? Did you get your inspiration from Star Trek: Next Generation and The X Files (since they also had time-loop episodes), or were you inspired by something else? That’s my favourite Stargate episode, BTW. Your twist on it was much better than the other two shows; great combination of humour and drama.

  154. When some Asgard went to Pegasus why did they lose to the wraith? In the milky way their ships were the most powerful.

    - Sorry. Which episode is this a reference to?

    The season five mid season 2 parter, the asgards said all of their intergalactic ships were lost in the first battle with the wraith.

    In the last man why didnt they tell of what happened to beckett?

    - Not sure I understand the question. It was a different time line.

    He was rescued the episode before. When Shepard was waiting with old McKay ,McKay told him about what happened in the future to all the major characters. At that point Beckett was in stasis so why didn’t McKay tell Shepard about what happened to his best friend?

    I remember you said you wanted Atlantis to stay isolated from earth, how would they have fought the wraith without ships?

  155. on August 15, 2012 at 5:58 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Whenever you get stargate related questions that arent canonical, how much of the answers are stuff you guys discussed in the writers room and how much do you just make up yourself to appease fans?”

    If it’s something we discussed, I’ll answer the question. If it’s something we didn’t discuss, I’ll usually preface the answer with “I think/believe…” or sometimes make liberal use of the word “probably”.

  156. Have you ever read the book Tunnel in the Sky by Heinlein? If so, do you think it was an inspiration for Stargate?

  157. “I’m going to cap off my trip down Atlantis memory lane with a blog entry in which I will talk about Extinction.”

    Awesome, looking forward to it!

    Was there ever a time when Akemi, your mom, sister or the dogs directly influenced you to add something to a Stargate script you were working on?

  158. on August 15, 2012 at 5:59 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I have gotten hooked on Breaking bad. So lemme ask, what do you think is the best episode and why? If you could change one thing about the show, what would it be?”

    I wouldn’t change anything about the show. I think it’s mighty awesome. As for my favorite episode…I can’t remember the individual episodes. They’re one long, glorious story in my mind.

  159. Joey, do you wear jammies wif feets to bed? (For some reason I imagine that Akemi’s fashion cuteness factor has worn off on you. :) )

    das

  160. Did you take lessons on animal photography? I’ve always been impressed by how great your dog photos are.

  161. on August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joe do you think your mom will ever do a Q&A. You can type up her answers for her (as long as you don’t “accidentally” change any)?”

    Doubtful. There are times when she has trouble turning on her t.v.

  162. on August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Hey…I came down with strep throat today (trying to nip it in the bud with antibiotics, et al). Any Italian home remedies you can recommend?”

    Akemi says ginger and black tea.

  163. on August 15, 2012 at 6:01 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joe, last night Netflix pulled Stargate and Atlantis from the que, do you know why? Can you help us get it back?”

    I heard. Don’t know why. Might it have something to do with MGM’s recent deal with Amazon?

  164. Will you be creating a blog/log for Akemi and her Akemisms?

  165. on August 15, 2012 at 6:02 pmfor the love of Beckett

    Urban Fantasy suggestion for Narelle — “No Peace for the Damned,” by Megan Powell. Just out this summer. It’s a short arc, two books. The second will be “No Rest for the Damned,” I think.

  166. on August 15, 2012 at 6:02 pmNarellefromAus

    Ah well. Back to Google for suggestions. The next person that suggests 50 Shades of Grey to me, I’m going to punch in the face. They may enjoy it if what I’ve heard about the book is accurate…

  167. on August 15, 2012 at 6:02 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “I just watched “Window of Opportunity” on Space tonight. I think you and Paul wrote this? Did you get your inspiration from Star Trek: Next Generation and The X Files (since they also had time-loop episodes), or were you inspired by something else?”

    Originally, the story was very dark and focused on a civilization facing an extinction level event and their attempts to ward off the inevitable by continually looping time. Eventually, it was reworked to the more comical WOW. The obvious inspiration was Groundhog Day.

  168. Last question in midway if carter hadn’t broken up the fight who do you think would’ve won, Ronan or telc? Do you have any extended footage of the fight to share?

  169. This is fun! I’m already looking forward to next time.

  170. on August 15, 2012 at 6:04 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “The season five mid season 2 parter, the asgards said all of their intergalactic ships were lost in the first battle with the wraith.”

    Again, I’d have to rewatch the episode.

    In the last man why didnt they tell of what happened to beckett?

    - Not sure I understand the question. It was a different time line.

    He was rescued the episode before. When Shepard was waiting with old McKay ,McKay told him about what happened in the future to all the major characters. At that point Beckett was in stasis so why didn’t McKay tell Shepard about what happened to his best friend?

    - Again, I don’t recall the specifics of that episode. Will have to reread the script.

    I remember you said you wanted Atlantis to stay isolated from earth, how would they have fought the wraith without ships?

    - Well, that’s just it. They would have been outnumbered, certainly not on even footing. They would have had to rely on hit and run tactics.

  171. on August 15, 2012 at 6:05 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Have you ever read the book Tunnel in the Sky by Heinlein? If so, do you think it was an inspiration for Stargate?”

    - Have it, but have yet to read it.

  172. on August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Was there ever a time when Akemi, your mom, sister or the dogs directly influenced you to add something to a Stargate script you were working on?”

    Oh, we all put a little bit of our personal lives (and personalities) in those scripts.

  173. on August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Joey, do you wear jammies wif feets to bed?”

    Do they make those for adults?

  174. I hadn’t heard about a deal with Amazon. Guess I will look into it a bit more. Hopefully we can get it back, we were well in to watching it for the zillionth time. :-)

  175. Hey, Joe!

    So… are your fingers tired from typing yet??

  176. on August 15, 2012 at 6:07 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Did you take lessons on animal photography? I’ve always been impressed by how great your dog photos are.”

    Nope. I just use my iPhone camera. The photos look great because the dogs are naturally good-looking.

  177. Any more news on the dog adoptions?

  178. on August 15, 2012 at 6:09 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Will you be creating a blog/log for Akemi and her Akemisms?”

    Akemi already has a blog. http://peasnatch.wordpress.com/

  179. Have you watched Eureka- if so what do you think? Looking to get into another sci-fi series, any recommendations?

  180. on August 15, 2012 at 6:10 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Last question in midway if carter hadn’t broken up the fight who do you think would’ve won, Ronan or telc? Do you have any extended footage of the fight to share?”

    Ronon, only because he wanted it more. I’m sure extended footage exists but I don’t have it. I do have a box full of old VHS tapes containing dailies and outtakes from SG-1 however.

  181. on August 15, 2012 at 6:10 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “So… are your fingers tired from typing yet??”

    - No, but I am getting dizzy.

  182. To answer the netflix question regarding stargate, netflix continually rotates their available stock of movies and tv shows. It will be back in a few months, i suspect it is to keep people interested since its a subscription service. No sense putting all the good stuff out there so people can watch it all in a month or two and cancel.

    Im off to bed, this was fun!

  183. Firstly, thanks Akemi! I will give it a try. Meanwhile…I taking the chocolate chip cake cure… :)

    Secondly, yes, Joe – they do make Dr. Dentons for adults. How do I know? Because my sister gave Mr. Das and me a matching pair – with little bells sewn all over them in the ‘important’ places – for a wedding shower gift. I think I still have them packed away somewhere. Heeeey, I can send ‘em to you! :D

    das

  184. Footed PJs: https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/ Yes. They make them. And strangely they think people will tailgate in them…

  185. on August 15, 2012 at 6:11 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Any more news on the dog adoptions?”

    I was finally contacted and directed to the site. Alas, Buddy and Junior have found homes. There are a couple of elderly pugs I have my eye on but given my circumstances (not sure whether I’ll be staying where I am) I’m going to have to hold off on making an addition to the pack.

  186. Hi….that is all :) .

  187. on August 15, 2012 at 6:12 pmNarellefromAus

    @For the love of Beckett – Thanks! And thanks for the email earlier.

  188. on August 15, 2012 at 6:12 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Have you watched Eureka- if so what do you think? Looking to get into another sci-fi series, any recommendations?”

    Haven’t watched Eureka. SF series recommendation? Have you tried Stargate? Yes? Okay. How about Firefly?

  189. Okay…I think it’s time to go to bed…I just read “Did you take lessons on animal photography?” as “Did you take lessons on animal pornography?” Ugh. :P :P :P

    das

     on August 15, 2012 at 6:13 pmElminster

  190. Hey Joe, I’ve gotten mixed messages from you over the years about “Moebius”. Did you not like the finished product? I love that episode!

    Elminster

  191. on August 15, 2012 at 6:13 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    Great! Thanks to everyone who participated. One of these days, I’m going to have to arrange a time to chat with our friends across the pond. Both ponds.

  192. on August 15, 2012 at 6:14 pmJoseph Mallozzi

    “Hey Joe, I’ve gotten mixed messages from you over the years about “Moebius”. Did you not like the finished product?”

    - Don’t recall ever saying I didn’t like it. I though it was fun.

    1. NIght Joe. Thanks for doing this. And I was serious. If your ever get to B’ham or anywhere close, hubby and I will treat you and Akemi to some down home Southern cooking.

    2. Joey, you have to keep going until you break 200 posts! What was the highest post total for a blog, btw?

      das

    3. @Narelle look up “Elizabeth Haydon” I love her series “symphony of ages”.

    4. on August 15, 2012 at 6:19 pmJoseph Mallozzi

      “Joey, you have to keep going until you break 200 posts! What was the highest post total for a blog, btw?”

      Not sure. It may have been one of my rants. Or maybe my farewell to SGU post that received about 20 000 views.

    Thanks to everyone who dropped by to chat!  Good night!

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No sooner do I return home than I am preparing for my next trip – this one to L.A. in a couple of weeks.  Tomorrow, Paul and I get on the phone with our agent to discuss the specifics: when we’re going, how long we’re staying, who we’ll be meeting while in town and, most importantly, what we’ll be pitching.

Our comic book series, Dark Matter, of course tops the list of what we want to go out with.  Then there’s Project A.F. that we’re working on in collaboration with Robert Cooper and Ivon Bartok (reason enough to schedule our trip to coincide with Rob’s upcoming visit).  And finally, there are about a half dozen series ideas we’ll get into tomorrow.  In the meantime, the horror script and one of our pilots should be going out as well.

So we’ve got things on the go and out there but it never hurts to have more material in the pipeline which is why I’m giving serious thought to writing another feature.  Like the horror script, it’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for years but have never had the opportunity to sit down and write.  Aside from fleshing out some ideas for the L.A. pitch trip, the trip itself, and the two series pilots we’re working on, my summer is shockingly free so August would be the time to get it done.  I won’t know if there’ll be anymore Dark Matter in comic book form until after the trade paperback release in October, but I am drawn to the idea of doing another comic book series.

Looking back over our recent trip, I have to admit I had a better time than expected at Comic Con.  Loved the energy of the place and the fantastic array of fans who took the time to create some truly remarkable costumes for the event.  My hosts at Dark Horse (Kari Yadro and co.) were wonderful and it was truly great to finally meet editor Lou Anders and artist John Picacio – and catch up with the lovely Marjorie M. Liu.  Lou is telling me Dragon Con is THE place to be in September.  If I’m not in Berlin for my friends’ wedding, I might consider it.

As for Vegas – hey, it’s always a good time, and made even better by Akemi who loves the strip.  She told me that, two and half years ago when she was living in Tokyo, she could never have imagined visiting Vegas or San Diego (where her parents spent their honeymoon, though probably not during Comic Con) – or even Canada for that matter.  Just goes to show – you never know what surprises life has in store!

A final batch of pics from Comic Con…

 

Pictured above, my Comic Con goodies including: a couple of dvd’s from the archives of Spike & Mike Festival of animation (compliments of Mike), a copy of the Futureshocks anthology edited by Lou Anders with cover art by John Picacio (compliments of Lou Anders), a copy of Hexed vol. 1 and the missing issues in my Avengers and Thunderbolts collection (compliments of my wallet).

Yesterday, I started Project Thunderbolts which will see me read the entire series from issue #1 to the present.  At five issues a night, I should be done in a little over a month.  Anyone familiar with the series?  Opinions?

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I’m pleased to report that the Dark Matter signing was a rousing success.  I actually made it to the booth on time, people actually showed up, and nobody standing in line stepped up to my counter to order a milkshake and fries.  I met some great fans, chatted Stargate and Dark Matter, signed a few comic books, and gave away some swag.  The winners…

Tiffany and David – winners of the SG-1 100th episode commemorative picture frame and keychain.

Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize Tiffany and David from their visit to the set of SGU back in November of 2010: http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/november-2-2010-new-sgu-snow-monkeys-pull-off-incredible-comeback-stargate-set-pics/

Sharon – winner of a signed copy of Resurgence (including sarcastic commentary).  Finally!  At least one person in Stargate garb.  Including P-90!

Lucas – winner of a signed copy of Quest I (including sarcastic commentary).

Becky – winner of a signed copy of Resurgence (with sarcastic commentary) for her mom, Margo.

Eric, winner of the Atlantis box set.

Gary – winner of the Stargate match sticks (for his son, Thomas – a.k.a. Rodney McKay Jr.).

And some of the others who swung by to say hi -

Francisco

Bob

Chris – blog regular Lisarrr’s brother!

Kara

Matt and Jay

Jessie and Nathan – a couple of Dark Horse boys.

Robert

Apologies to those whose pics I failed to snap (or whose photos didn’t do them justice).  And thanks to everyone who came by.  Also, a big thanks to the following people -

My ace editor, Patrick Thorpe.

Dark Horse Comics’ awesome Publicity Coordinator, Aub Driver.

And the woman who worked incredibly hard to plan, coordinate, and execute not only my signing but all of the Dark Horse Comic Con happenings, the amazing Kari Yadro, Dark Horse Events and Community Manager.

After the signing, Akemi and I walked the floor one final time.

Some of my favorite sights of my last day at Comic Con:

Steampunk chic.

Fried shishito peppers at Nobu.

My peanut butter sundae at Ghirardelli’s.

Excelsior, true believer! It’s (almost) Stan Lee!

Akemi rushed over to have a picture taken with these…er…things. Anybody?

The Dynamic Duo.

The Dynamic Duo II. SPOOOOOOON!

He Man?

Not sure. But I’m willing to give the comic book a shot.

Lou Anders introduced me to the incredibly talented Dave Seeley.

You can check out his amazing work here: Dave Seeley.com . Image Junkie . The Art of Dave Seeley

Again, not sure what she’s selling – but I’m getting one.

Poison Ivy and Penguin take down Robin.

Space Invader Zim(?).

Akemi and her buddy Spongebob.

Again, not sure what she’s selling…etc.

Trigun’s Vash the Stampede.

Mike (left) and Gary of Spike and Mike’s infamous Festival of Animation.

The crowds have been crazy.

We ended up back at Nobu for dinner where we were seated next to the friendliest family.  We ended up striking up a conversation and chatting up through most of the meal.  Husband David is a former professional basketball player now in business with mom, Estela (who, upon hearing I liked tongue tacos vowed to make me the best lengua I’ve ever had!), and wife Sofia who owns her own fashion boutique in town.

Our new San Diego friends!

Whew!  I’m wiped.  Now onto Vegas for some R&R!

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“I’ve never seen so much drunk zombies.”  - Akemi walking home after drinks at the Hilton last night.

Well, not really Comic Con Day #2.  Actually, the second half of Day #1 and part of Day #2 as the festivities are ongoing.  Today = my Dark Matter signing.

Where: The Dark Horse Booth (#2615)

When: 4:00 – 5:00

Why?: In addition to checking out my cool new black eye, I’ll be giving away signed copies of Dark Matter #1 AND Stargate swag including signed scripts!

“Back off, lady!”

Zombie family out for a stroll.

Zombie Queen in line-up outside some zombie party.  Braaaaiiiins!  And drinks!

Former Amazing Race contestants, Kint and Vixen (?), not really dressed up at all.

Chicken chillin’

Cookie Monster partying when he should be home watching Steel for our Supermovie of the Week Club!

Wonder Woman teams up with Los Luchadores!

Vader vs. Zombie Nurses! I’d watch this movie!

For dinner, Akemi and I met up with ace editor Lou Anders, extraordinary artist John Picacio, and uber-talented novelist, short story writer, and Astonishing X-Men scribe Marjorie M. Liu for dinner at a place called Seersucker.

John

Lou

John and Marjorie

Cowboy Caviar, a.k.a. Prairie Oysters, a.k.a. bull testicles. I mean, it was on the menu. How could I NOT order it? John and Marjorie were brave enough to try some with me. Lou and Akemi, not so much.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Hilton for drinks with Night Shade Books’ Jeremy Lassen and friends.  On the way, ran into Remi Aubuchon, formerly of Stargate now of Fallen Skies fame, who promised to come by the booth during my signing and offer some supportive heckling.

Lunch at Nobu today.  We’re going back tonight for the sea urchin tempura!

Now, back at the hotel packing up the Stargate swag.  Off to Ghirardelli’s for a peanut butter sundae (and waffle cup for Akemi), then back to the convention center to track down a Hydra and A.I.M. t-shirt, some Dexter-related merchandise for sis, and track down some missing back issues of The Avengers and Thunderbolts. Oh, and sign some copies of Dark Matter!

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