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These caught my eye…

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Batman #51 (cover art by Elizabeth Breitweiser)

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Batwoman #17 (cover art by Dan Panosian)

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Falcon: Take Flight (cover art by Jesus Saiz)

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Ice Cream Man #5 (cover art by Frazer Irving, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran)

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Old Man Hawkeye #17 (cover art by Marco Checchetto)

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Shipwreck vol. 1 (cover art by Phil Hester)

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VS #5 (cover art by Tom Muller, Eric Ribic)

Which were your favorites?

 

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These were my favorites…

Domino #4 (cover art by Greg Land)

Jirni Vol. 3, #5 (cover art by Michael Santamaria, John Starr)

The New Mutants: Dead Souls #5 (cover art by Ryan Stegman)

Old Man Logan Vol. 7: Scarlet Samurai (cover art by Mukesh Singh)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered (cover art by Ashley Witter)

The Dead Hand #4 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire)

And which were your favorites?

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My credits include:

400+ hours of produced television

100+ hours as a writer

100+ hours as a showrunner

But two of my greatest accomplishments remain:

My contribution, “Downfall”, to the Lou Anders-edited superhero-themed anthology Masked

And the four issue Dark Matter comic book for Dark Horse Comics

As much as I love television, I love comic books even more for the freedom they allow a creator to tell a complete story, uncompromised by budgetary constraints or executive interference.

For some time now, I’ve been sitting on a few original ideas.  Three years ago, I would have gone out and pitched them to broadcasters and production companies, looked to secure a development deal, been paid handsomely to write a bible and accompanying overview, pitched, and hoped it I would get the opportunity to produce a television show based on those original concepts.  Today, I’m less inclined to do so because, to be honest, the lure of actually being able to tell a full story, from beginning to end, outweighs the attraction of development work and the gamble on a prospective pick-up.

Sure, in the case of Dark Matter, it was the best of both worlds – a comic book AND an ensuing t.v. series.  But for me, right now, the endgame is an awesome comic book series (or two, or three, depending on which get the green light) that will, in at least a couple of instances, fill that Dark Matter-sized hole in your hearts.

First things first though.  I need an artist, preferably one with experience, who’d be interested in collaborating on a sci-fi comic book series.

Let’s discuss.

I’m still going to continue my t.v. work, follow through on the various projects in play – the sci-fi series, that horror novel adaptation (deal pending), that small town horror series (overview delivered, pilot script up next), that sci-fi series (doing a polish on the pilot next week), and the drama pilot (just optioned) – but I just really want to tell some amazing stories.  And I can think of no better, and no more satisfying, medium than comic books.

Stay tuned!

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to the memory of The Amazing Steve Ditko.

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These were the ones that caught my eye…

Astonishing X-Men #13 (cover art by Greg Land)

Batman #50 (cover art by Mikel Janin)

Captain America #1 (cover art by Alex Ross)

Catwoman #1 (cover art by Laura Allred, Joelle Jones)

Death of the Inhumans #1 (cover art by Kaare Kyle Andrews)

Spawn #287 (cover art by Jason Shawn Alexander)

Star Wars #50 (cover art by Travis Charest)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi #4 (cover art by Rahzzah)

Weapon X #20 (cover art by Rahzzah)

So, which ones caught your eye?

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Oh, teasers are teasers and spoilers are spoilers and never the twain shall meet.

The subject of spoilers came up the other day after a New York Times article essentially spoiled the ending to DC Comics’ big Batman/Catwoman wedding storyline.  Not only did they spoil it, they spoiled it in the damn headline!  Fan response was…heated.  Comic shops that had pre-ordered copies were suddenly left holding the bag (and board to ensure its contents remain in mint condition!) as readers responded by cancelling their planned purchases.  Twitter was ablaze with a furious fandom who felt betrayed by either the book’s ending and/or the decision to reveal said ending days before the title dropped.

To be fair, it was a curious PR call.  I mean, I understand the great buzz that would follow a feature profile in the New York Times, but surely that could have been achieved without ruining the ending.  It’s not like you’re going to convince new readers to check out a movie, t.v. show, or book by saving them the trouble of actually watching/reading.  I honestly don’t get it.

On the other hand, there are productions that guard against any and all pre-release reveals with merciless determination.  Many an extra and crew member has been fired, publicly pilloried, and, on occasion, even sued for posting what they deemed a perfectly innocent pic on their instagram page, or made mention of a seemingly innocuous onscreen development on twitter.  In some cases, I get it.  In others, not really.  For me, it comes down to the difference between a spoiler and a teaser.

And what is that difference?  Oh, that’s easy.  A spoiler spoils viewers while a teaser simply teases them.  I know, I know.  Where to draw the line?  It varies from production to production, viewer to viewer, but I’ve personally always been very forgiving when it comes to on-set posts and pictures so long as they don’t reveal any major plot twists or surprises.  For example, a photo of a presumably deceased character on set would, by my definition, be considered a spoiler.  Photos of our series regulars in action would not.  Yes to sneak peeks of most concept art, costumes, visual effects designs and props because I want to get viewers excited in the lead-up to the episodes – and hopefully intrigue some new viewers as well – rather than wait until after the episode airs at which point these visual tidbits are rendered mere points of interest for the hardcore fans.  No to major reveals – like that new Android costume or a shot of SIX back on the ship after his apparent departure in Episode 303.

I think that’s reasonable.

Inciting a full-scale rebellion among your fandom probably isn’t.  But then again, I’m not the one with the marketing degree.

My Top 5 Stargate Spoilers

#5 – The Curse: Dr. Daniel Jackson reconnects with some people from his past, one of who, it turns out, has been taken over by a goa’uld.  Who could it be?  Well, if you watched the broadcast promo, you’d note a fiery-eyed Anna-Louise Plowman using a goa’uld hand device to blast our heroes.  A dead giveaway.

#4 – Apophis episode: Don’t recall which episode, but the network aired a promo that included a scene of Apophis actor, the amazing Peter Williams, snapping orders.  Only problem was they inexplicably used raw footage in which the actor’s voice had yet to be flanged to achieve that ominous goa’uld delivery.  As a result, mystified viewers were treated to a uniquely terrestrial-sounding System Lord with a slight Jamaican lilt.

#3 – Solitudes: A gate mishaps strands Sam and Jack on an icy wasteland.  Stargate Command races to locate them.  Where could they be?  Well, if the SGC had merely consulted TV Guide before the episode aired, they would have learned Antarctica and saved themselves the time and effort.

#2 – Kindred I: Another network promo totally ruins a surprise the production had kept under careful wraps for almost a year.  “You won’t believe the last five minutes!”says the voice-over, at which point we are treated to a shot of a once-dead, now very much alive Carson Beckett asking Sheppard and his team: “What took you so long?!”.

#1 – Forever In A Day: The German title for this episode is “Sha’re Ist Tod”.  Translation: Sha’re Is Dead.  But maybe not!  Ah, who am I trying to kid?

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These were my favorites…

Astro City #52 (cover art by Alex Ross)

Black Panther #2 (cover art by Daniel Acuna)

Harrow County #32 (cover art by Tyler Crook)

Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Mandripoor #2 (cover art by Greg Land)

Man of Steel #5 (cover art by Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Alex Sinclair)

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #4 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

Multiple Man #1 (cover art by Marcos Martin)

Quantum and Woody! #7 (cover art by Ariel Olivetti)

Sex Criminals #25 (cover art by Chip Zdarsky)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #21 (cover art by Ashley Winter)

Thanos Wins (cover art by Geoff Shaw)

The Complete Killer (cover art by Luc Jacamon)

The Realm #7 (cover art by Nick Filardi, Jeremy Haun, Baldemar Rivas)

The Wicked + The Divine #37 (cover art by Erica Henderson, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson)

Venom #3 (cover art by Ryan Stegman)

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