May 29th, 2010

Peter G

IT CAME FROM HOLLYWOOD!

It's called a "shout sheet".  What it is is a sort of synopsis/brag about an upcoming movie intended for merchandisers and such to get them interested and excited in an upcoming project.  It gives a good overview of what a movie is going to be and what talent is attached to it.

I bring this up because the shout sheet for Green Lantern has leaked.  It has been confirmed as legit.  It's still pretty vague, giving only a TV Guide plot synopsis, but there might be some looking to avert their eyes.  So, if you don't want to wait until 2011, look under the cut.

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You know, I really don't understand this whole "We have to tell the origin!" thing.  Your Golden and Silver Age comics could present an origin in a few throwaway panels and then get on with the story.  I mean, they're superpowers.  So what?

It was really the only thing I didn't like about the Powerpuff Girls movie.  It's such a cliche story, it ranks right up there with the first heroic act being stopping a mugging in an alley.

Other than that, this really sounds pretty cliche, condescending, and arrogant.  Humans are so wonderful, it is our emotions that separate us from other races and makes us actually superior, cocky hero who leans how serious things are and comes around....

Combine this with a CGI Green Lantern series being readied, and it looks like we're in for GL mania.  GL was one of my favorites as a kid, just because the idea of a ring that could literally do anything was so cool.  But I lost interest with the whole Guy Gardner bullshit and an overall lack of direction.  The movie just doesn't have me as excited as the potential lulz in the upcoming Deadpool movie.

I understand movies have to recoup their investment and that, so they go for the Generally Accepted As Safe stuff.  But I can't help looking at that and thinking, "That's the best they could do?"
Peter G

Back To The Old Drawing Board

A few months ago, I had been weighing what my next indie self-published project was going to be.  Head Above Water is in the can, and I wanted to have another comic next year, something to keep my resume diverse as Sound Waves continues on.

Hard Way called me and said they wanted me to stay on as a writer as they reorganized as a self-publisher.  I was thrilled.  I love hanging with these guys, and wasn't ready for the ride to end.  They did get me my first published work, after all.  They also said they wanted to keep Stress Puppy going on their site, another feather in my hat.  They asked me to dev a new project for them and to really run with it.  I could even rewrite the series bible if I wanted.

So I got to work.  I was starting to put things together and came up with a "universe".  I was starting to mull over the first story, breakdowns, and so on, and figuring out how I would incorporate working on Stress Puppy, Sound Waves, Project X, and this series without blowing deadlines or burning out.

Last night, got an e-mail saying to look at the Hard Way site.  I'm guessing the self-publish thing isn't working, because they are reorganizing again.  Not entire sure what plans are.  All I know is this:

1)  Stress Puppy will continue to run there, and will easily reach it's third year anniversary this October.

2)  They still want me as a writer

3)  The projects I have completed and the one I was working on?  Shelved for now.  They swear they will revisit them later (which is good, I think Genotype Prime is my best writing to date), but for now, they are restructuring into more of a studio set-up like in the early days.

So, I'm back to thinking about my self-published stuff (Safe Passage is looking to be my next, probably around fall of next year).  I'm hoping they aren't going to give up and fold the studio -- I mean, this is not the most hopeful sign in the world.  Don't let anyone kid you, it's rough out there.  So, if you were waiting for anything new from me from Hard Way, it's going to take a little longer than originally thought.
Peter G

I Am The Chicago Reader

It's going to be busy for me at the bookstore.

First is the Marylin Monroe memoirs to be published this fall.

Now, the University Of California, Berkley, has revealed an amazing possession.  When Mark Twain died, he had spent the previous ten years working on an autobiography.  There are over 5,000 pages (one section, supposedly dealing with a romance that went splat, it 400 pages).  They are going to publish it in three volumes and they promise it will shed new light on Twain.

Oh, I can't wait....
Peter G

Self Service Indeed!

This is Rosalina Ruiz.

She's 5' in her stocking feet.

She's 115 lbs.

And she attacked a guy attempting to steal her car at a gas station.

Christhian Bonilla, 24, started lurking around a gas station when Ruiz pulled up and started filling up her car.  The guy seemed suspicious to her, so she rolled up her windows and locked the door.

She looked again, and the guy had gotten into her car and was attempting to start it.

After yelling for the police, Rosalina simply opening the passenger door, jumped in, and started swinging.

The guy attempted to grab her keys and her purse, but she wouldn't let go.

The guy found a second set of keys and attempted to start the car.  He put the wrong key in the ignition.

Ruiz is continuing to pound the guy.

Eventually, he took off.

Barney Fife

Maybe It Was Converting Into Metric That Threw Them Off

"Now, it is from little misdemeanors that major felonies grow. And it is my duty -- it is ANYBODY'S duty! -- to stop them before they get too far.  NOW THE LAW MUST BE UPHELD!"

And, with the completion of the oath, you renew your membership in good standing with the Junior Matlock Club, where we look at criminals who really should consider another line of work because they just don't have what it takes for a life of crime.

You know, the economy is tough all over the world.  Everybody is trying to figure out how to get some cash.  That includes some guys in Malliss, Germany, who decided to try to at B&E to their resumes.  The plan was simple -- they were going to use explosives to blow open the doors of a bank, hit the safe, and abscond with the ATM.  There was a stolen van ready to receive everything, and they'd be on their way.

Well, either someone miscalculated or they watch too much MythBusters.  They wound up leveling the building itself that the bank was in.  I should note that the safe and the ATM survived intact and still worked.  Police found the stolen van had been torched a few miles away.

Other countries like to say we Americans are stupid.  At least we know to blow up the safe and leave the building intact.