I?m back, after two weeks in the void of oblivion. Nonexistence ain?t all it?s cracked up to be. Luckily, the universe rebooted and thus, here I am? But thanks to editorial mandates, I?m no longer sure which parts of my past actually happened.
Late last month, Warren Ellis posted the following message to his Bad Signal e-mail list:
- It’s my current understanding that the bittorrenting of ‘
- ‘ has rendered it as dead as dead can get as a TV series. It seems that people in high places did not take kindly to the leak. I have no further details, so don’t ask.
However, John Rogers, the writer/producer of the GF pilot had this to say:
- Reports of the death of GF have been somewhat misunderstood. Warren is correct in repeating, from his sources, that the show is dead for now in a development sense.
With ten years of television behind me, I’ll tell you that you never, ever get to pop right back into redeveloping a high-concept show. All the same humans who bought it/looked at it are still in the same offices. Add to that the presence of an extent pilot, which actually has a following, and it would be insane to try to create a new pilot based on the property at this time.
In the context of getting the shot pilot out in DVD/file form, those conversations are still going on. It’s only been two months since this whole thing blew up — the pilot took a YEAR AND A HALF from pitch to final edit. So, (and still with the caveat that the odds of anything happening are still astronomical) things proceed apace. I’ll tell you when, in a corporate sense, dead is dead. But for now continue to harbor unreasonable expectations, spread the word, and write letters. The one thing I’ll say is that it’s useless to write to the WB Network. They have a shiny slate of shows they have faith in, and will certainly (and understandably) consider no wild-ass alternatives to this schedule for the time being.
Return to your normal madness and as always, thanks for the interest and enthusiasm.
This Has A ?Miranda Zero? Factor of Eight Out of Ten
For The Well Dressed Superhero
Complex Magazine, the self described ?Original Buyer?s Guide For Men?, recently ran a feature with some of Marvel?s top superheroes decked out in the latest ?designer labels.? And for those of you who may or may not have seen them yet, I?ve added a little Mr. Blackwell style commentary?
T’Challa goes hip-hop as Marvel ponders another Black Panther relaunch.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Abercrombie Hulk.
Anyway? if you?re so inclined, you can find the latest issue of Complex Magazine on newsstands everywhere.
This Has A ?Dakota North? Factor of Nine Out of Ten
My Life? Your Life?
In a recent interview over at Manga Life, manga creator, M. Alice LeGrow (Bizenghast) dropped this interesting tidbit:
- ?I’m currently discussing a project with Peter David to do a science-fiction graphic novel series? it’s not even certain that we’ll pick up the project, but it’s based on a television show and I’m really excited about the prospect of TOKYOPOP giving it the go-ahead. I’m a big fan of the show.
And in other Peter David related news, there?s word that he?s finished his book on writing comics and is now actively seeking permission to publish the images he wants to use?
This Has A ?Writer of Stuff? Factor of Seven Out of Ten
Shiny New Armor
Across the Pond Studios? Armor X has jumped from Image to Speakeasy. Early plans call for a trade paperback of the first miniseries to be followed by a second miniseries, some time in 2006.
This Has A ?Fear Is Weakness? Factor of Eight Out of Ten
A few weeks ago, at the San Diego Comic Con, we caught our first glimpse of the Alias graphic novel, based on the ABC TV series. But further details were sketchy at the time. However, I was able to track down Pierluigi Cothran, the writer of the Alias GN, for some background on how this project came to pass:
- An Italian publishing branch of Disney inquired about the status of an
- graphic novel and were stunned that one hadn’t come out yet. This whole thing came together because of the editor Gianfranco Cordara. He pushed to get one published and I’m happy he did. So that’s why it’s coming out in Italy first as it is really an Italian property at this point (or I should say a Disney property, but the Italians got it first). As far as I know it’s going to come out over there in September and sometime by the end of the year for a US release (sadly, I’m not yet sure who is going to distribute it, but I heard it’ll be a top 5 publisher).
I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I will say that a Rambaldi manuscript that once belonged to Sloane is stolen. Sydney and APO are tasked to recover it — which causes a bit of friction around the office and once again Sloane’s motives are taken in to question. This leads Sydney down a path that she wasn’t expecting and comes in to contact with a person from her past — one that might not be all that pleasant? I tried to make it rewarding for new fans as well as fans who’ve been watching the show since the beginning. The story takes place in the APO world, but there are no direct seasonal tie-ins to the fourth season, other than everyone on the APO team showing up in the book.
I?m hoping this will lead to more Alias graphic novels in the future. I know that everyone at Alias has been wanting to get one done since the first season and I couldn’t believe it when one hadn’t been done yet. It’s quite an honor to be the first writer on it, but damn there’s a bit of pressure. I don’t want to bury the comic franchise from the start so I hope people like it (fans and non-fans of the show alike) and they’ll want to see the comic book adventures of Sydney continue. I’d love to write another one and I’ve fallen in love with the comic process — so hopefully this won’t be my last comic either! I guess we’ll have to see how the sales numbers are and go from there.
This Has A ?Suit And Glasses? Factor of Ten Out of Ten
Wayward Son of Krypton
While much has been made about the guest appearances of James Marsters and Carrie Fisher in the upcoming season of Smallville, there?s also a rumor that Dean Cain, the former small-screen Superman from Lois & Clark, is in talks with the show?s producers to make a guest appearance of his own?
This Has A ?Great Shades of Elvis!? Factor of Seven Out of Ten
City of Stone
Over on his website, Greg Weisman has announced that Gargoyles Season 2 Volume 1 will be coming out this year, more specifically on December 06 with the first 26 episodes from the second season.
Weisman also gave a brief update on the Gargoyles comic from Slave Labor Graphics:
- A lot is still up in the air, but we’re all now fully committed to getting this book out in the first half of 2006 — i.e. sometime between January and June. I know that’s a pretty big window, but we’ll keep you posted as we begin to nail things down.
This Has A ?Shadows of The Past? Factor of Ten Out of Ten
Gonna Be A Riot
Michael O?Hare recently announced that his Flak Riot miniseries from Image has been canceled due to low sales. However, he also mentions that he plans to release the series as a graphic novel through another publisher in 2006?
This Has A ?Chasing Bounties? Factor of Seven Out of Ten
There?s a report online that Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s Planetary will return in January 2006 and ?run ?consecutive issues? until the series conclusion in March or April? which would bring the book to issue 26. The report also mentions that an epilogue (issue 27) would be published later in 2006 depending on Ellis and Cassaday?s schedules.
This Has An ?Another Dimension, Another Dimension? Factor of Five Out of Ten
Striking The Anvil
A couple of the artists from Bright Anvil Studios will be debuting Sequence #1 next weekend at the Canadian Nation Comic Expo. As near as I can tell, it?s a three-story anthology. I haven?t seen all the pages yet, but? I like what I see so far…
And that?s a wrap. Special thanks to John for filling in the last two weeks.
Until next time?
PS If anyone has any rumors, stories or news to share, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks to everyone who has been sending stuff in. It?s greatly appreciated.