“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”
The government pretended we went to the moon and we believed them.
For the Flickr Deskset Group started by Matt Fraction. That’s my 20″ iMac with my 22″ Samsung external playing the Daily Show. My TV with PS2 in the background. Wall art from clockwise from top left, Elk’s Run Release Party banner, Hung Up production poster, Nate Bellegarde Hector Plasm, Postcards postcard, Scott Mills Martian Manhunter, Poorly Drawn Animals buttons, Pop Gun War print by Farel Dalrymple, Western Tales of Terror cover by Tony Moore, a Two Fisted Tales cover, a production still from my movie, some PDA art, and my favorite, a Stan Sankai Usagi print.
Well, is watching, actually, but that doesn’t fit the song as well. I’m on the fourth episode right now. The show’s an interesting little drama thus far. I’m really impressed with how quickly and thoroughly they fleshed out all of the characters. The drama has a tendency to fall closer to melodrama, but, due to the high stakes of the world of the show, I think it actually works. There’s also a knack for final images. Some really haunting and delicate images tend to fill the final seconds of every episodes, and really manages to draw you back in to see what’s going to happen next.
The acting is solid enough, with Skeet Ulrich not quite reaching his Miracle level of awesome, but, he’s still much better than he usually get credit for.
From what I’ve read there’s a big change 2/3rds of the way through the season, so I’m looking forward to that. iTunes has the pilot up for free online. I’d recommend checking it out.
No booth this year, but, I have quite a few appearances scheduled. They are, thus far, as follows.
Thursday July 26th
- Villard/Random House Panel – Room 10 – 5pm
Friday July 27th
- Random House Books Signing – Booth 1131 – 1pm
Saturday July 28th
- Random House Books Signing – Booth 1131 – 4pm
- Postcards Comic Relief Signing – Booth 1514 – 5pm
There’s also the following two panels where stuff I’ve worked on will be discussed, and who knows, I might even show up.
- Thursday – Tripwire Panel (Punks?!?) – Room 10 – 4pm
- Friday – Top Cow – Pilot Season Panel – Room 1AB – 5:30pm
Press Release The second of six “pilot issues”, Cyblade: Pilot Season #1 continues the excitement of Pilot Season 2007 with espionage and style. Pilot Season 2007 is a series of six self contained one shot specials, each featuring a different established Top Cow character currently without a regular series. After all six issues are released fans will be given the opportunity to vote online to determine which two characters receive a series in 2008.
Hot on the heels of August’s Ripclaw: Pilot Season #1 by Eisner nominee Jason Aaron (Scalped, The Other Side) and Jorge Lucas (Incredible Hulk, Annihiliation: Ronan), Cyblade: Pilot Season #1 takes readers into a cerebral action thriller by Harvey Award winner Joshua Hale Fialkov (Elk’s Run, Punks: The Comic) and kinetic artist Rick Mays (Kabuki, Zatana). In this latest Pilot Season special, Fialkov and Mays explore the true origin of elite super-spy and Cyberforce’s electromagnetic assassin, Cyblade.
“Getting a chance to rework a character with such a strong fan base into something that both honors the past, and hopefully, gives her some new life for the future has been a real blast,” commented writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, “I just hope y’all vote for the book so I get to keep on doing it.”.
“A lot of the earlier concepts at Top Cow were a lot of fun, but they didn’t always properly establish characters. With Pilot Season, and bringing in a writer like Joshua, we’re really able to change that by taking a look at who these characters are and what makes them tick,” added Rob Levin, VP of Editorial for Top Cow. “Doesn’t hurt that we also wrote a story tailor made for Rick Mays and he agreed to draw it either.”
Cyblade: Pilot Season #1 is a 32 page full color comic with a suggested retail price of $2.99. Additional information regarding Pilot Season can be found at www.topcow.com.
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Fialkov, Joshua Hale (text) & Noel Tuazon & Scott A. Keating (illus.). Elk’s Run. Villard: Random. 2007. ISBN 978-0-345-49511-2. pap. $19.95. FFor a group of disillusioned Vietnam vets, isolationist utopia in a hidden West Virginia valley is “like heaven”—for a time. But small problems grow larger as the valley children mature and dreams dissolve into violence and flames. When a man tries to escape from the valley to join his estranged wife, he accidentally kills a town teen and is horribly executed by tough-ass leader John for violating the town’s isolationist “agreement.” Then two state troopers show up, and John kills them also. In a cat-and-mouse game in the underground mine, it’s John’s son, young John, who leads the other teens to escape and bring help for the rest of the town when the mine starts burning. This thriller combines dark and edgy psychodrama infusing the coming-of-age theme with a blurring of the usual good vs. evil clichés. There are no bad guys—only good intentions gone terribly over the edge. The sketchy art and ocher-crimson coloring evoke a lifestyle badly frayed and heading for disaster. The underpinnings of teens vs. parents and idealism vs. ethics make the title a good bet for classroom use. Strong language; recommended for older teens up in public and academic libraries.—M.C.
Douglas Adams was a genius. Truly a man before his time. Case in point, Hyperland. A documentary discussing the idea of Hypertext (y’know, that whole internet thing) from 1990, that more or less explains exactly how the internet ended up evolving in a startalingly accurate vision. The idea of literary hypertext is certainly a part of the zeitgeist, especially amongst us comic folks, with our production blogs, soundtrack listings, podcasts, commentaries, and so on. It’s pretty damn cool to see nearly twenty years ago is good ol’ Mr. Adams explaining it all in simple, understandable, and suprisingly not dated language.
It’s cut up into four parts, but here’s the first to get you started.