Thursday, December 28, 2006

Casting Call for Green Lantern

Courtesy of the Brian K. Vaughan board, comes a casting call found on Craigslist for a Green Lantern pilot episode of "The Corps."

We are currently casting for a series pilot called "The Corps". San Diego Auditions will be held on Wednesday, December 20th for the following roles:

John Stewart- (african american male, age 24-27). A SGT in the Marine Corps and just coming back from a trying tour in Iraq. Lead role.

Katma Tui- (asian or caucasian female, 25-30). A very attractive and sexy, yet militant operative and lead trainer in The Corps. Must be athletic. Lead role.

Addie Stewart- (african american female, 45-50's). John's mother who is dying of cancer. supporting role.

Hal Jordan- (caucasian male, 27-35). Former Air force pilot who is injured in a battle with an unknown evil, while on his way to recruit John Stewart. Reoccurring role.

Tyler- (any ethnicity male, 24-27). Serial killer, works as a hired gun for a local crime boss.

Erin Towers- (any ethnicity male, 24-27). Former Marine, John's friend from boot camp.

This casting is for NON-UNION talent only. Auditions will begin promptly at 3:00 pm.
Email headshot and resumes complete with measurements and contact information ASAP to: LIGHTOFOA@YAHOO.COM to receive location and reserve your time slot.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

And I thought I was a big fan

What separates the fanboys from the fanmen (and women, of course)? A true fan will go a fan-based cruise. Announcing Firefly's Browncoat Cruise. Find Serenity at sea!

The cruise is in the early planning stages at this point but the following details are now public:

• Our 5 day cruise sails on December 1, 2007, leaving from San Diego, California.

• Cruise destinations include Cabo San Lucas, and Ensenada, Mexico.

• Cruise will span 5 fun-filled days and 5 exciting nights.

• VIP guests including several Big Damn Heros (i.e. Firefly/Serenity cast) have been invited. They are currently waiting for additional details before they commit. We are expecting to have at least two BDHs on board, hopefully more. We also plan to have several non-BDH VIPs on board.

• Activities ideas currently include several shindigs, guest meet ups, river dance lessons, masquerade ball, fan panels, games, themed on-shore excursions and much more.

• Our goal is to have the total price for cruise and all activites to be in-line with similar land bound conventions, and considerably less than most themed cruises. And, like all cruises, the price includes all food!

• There will be a discounted non-activity pass for those non-Browncoat friends and family (is there such a thing) that want to come along for the cruise.

Which expression is the most hilarious?

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Best part about traveling? Plane reading!

Thanks to a pretty large sale at Midtown Comics, I stocked up on some discounted books to bring with me. Some I've been looking forward to reading, some I'm not sure I would've read otherwise. Here's what I'm bringing with me (all TPBs):

The Hood, vol. 1
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, vols. 1 and 2
Green Arrow, vol. 4
Ultimate X-Men, vol. 1
Elektra Assassin

Monday, December 18, 2006

D**k in a Box

Anyone see SNL this weekend? If not click to see the reference

Stephen King to Appear at NYCC


NEW YORK – World Fantasy Award-winning writer Stephen King, long acknowledged as the master of modern horror, will appear as a Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con taking place February 23-25, 2007. King will join a special panel hosted by Joe Quesada, Editor In Chief of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. on Saturday, February 24, 2007 to discuss the ground-breaking new comic book series adapted from his magnum opus, The Dark Tower.

“We are absolutely ecstatic that Stephen King will be attending the February 2007 New York Comic Con,” said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Director of Development, Marvel Publishing. “His appearance will be a huge thrill for Dark Tower enthusiasts, comic book fans, and convention-goers alike. Marvel is extremely grateful for this opportunity---and aims to make this convention a landmark event for all of graphic fiction storytelling.”

The series will expand the saga of King’s epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. King’s unparalleled storytelling power will inform new stories that delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga’s mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself. The highly anticipated first issue will hit shelves on February 7, 2007.

Robin Furth, plotter of the comic series and author of Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, will also participate in the panel discussion.


Whedonesque Surveey Results

The fine folks over at Whedonesque, the Joss Whedon site, did a fandom survey and churned out some interesting results. The most interesting result is that 76% of the users were female. You go, girls.


Need Some Rims for the Batmobile?

Then I'd check out where you can custom Superman dubs. Prices range between $1750 and $2100, but I'm sure it's well worth it.

Click the link for more photos.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Sorry, Zoolander - I'll Keep My Day Job

Many weeks ago I was asked to take part in an advertorial for the Nintendo Wii. It ran in the latest issue of Complex, which just hit stands this past weekend. Considering the whole shoot was done in about 12 minutes, I think it looks pretty decent. Not to mention hilarious.

Bryan Lee O'Malley Redesigns His Site — Web Site

Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley redesigned his Web site, and it looks spiffy.

I have created a new website with Hamilton's help. I think it's nice!!!!!!! It has posts from my livejournal, and it shows thumbnails for my six most recent flickr uploads. I like it and I hope you do too. You might even be reading this post from it. I think that is sweet.

Check it!

Friday, December 08, 2006

ALLOY think I'm a Young Entrepreneur

What do Justin Timberlake, the Olsen twins and yours truly have in common? For one, we're all featured in's YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS FEATURE. I don't know how I feel about the title "Comic Book Webster," though. Makes me think I'm only 3 feet tall.

And yes, this is the same Alloy that's helping do marketing for DC's Minx line.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hooray, print

Can you imagine what would've happened if he was reading a first edition comic?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Read My Bit on the Newsarama Blog

Not satisified with the Comic Foundry Gift Guide?

Well, then you can check out my picks on the Newsarama Blog. I figured everyone else was going to suggest comics (they did), so I tried to come up something other than a book. Brubaker, Scott Kurtz and a bunch of other extremely talented people* give their picks too.

*which makes me as the odd duck of the bunch. Thanks, JK, for including me

Monday, December 04, 2006

PAUL POPE Started a Blog

Paul Pope, creator of 100% and Batman: Year 100, has started a blog, saying doing a blog is a lot easier than revamping his official site now.

So far he has some personal diatribes and an interview transcription, not to mention the King Kong piece shown above from when Pope was five. His latest post is a personal essay on "the destruction" of comics:

One must destroy in order to create. This is a poetic notion and perhaps not properly a philosophy, however the idea suggests to me what I take to be an elemental truth of our world-- Life exists by eating other life. This sad observation is my credo. Life itself is an ignited consumption, a violence, a continuing energy exchange, sometimes conscious, sometimes unconscious, beginning with birth and ending in death, consumption, and destruction. Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward.

This is the secret meaning behind the term "Comics Destroyer".

Check it out, too.

First Eddie Campbell blogs and now Paul Pope? Who's next?

New Antihero Comics site Debuts

David Hopkins, writer of Antigone, Emily Edison and a whole load of other good stuff just redesigned his Web site, Antihero Comics. It's got all the usual jazz, but the kicker is that he's got 121 pages of previews from his work. A numerical palindrome!

Check it out.

Friday, December 01, 2006

My thoughts on Wizard firing Pat McCallum...

I've never met Pat personally or professionally and have no inside track as to his performance, dedication, personality, etc. All I have to judge him on is the quality of his book. Wizard.

Based on that, it's a good thing he was let go. To really be successful, they need to shake things up. A lot. And as the head editorial honcho, it's only been more of the same. More than a lot.

This leads to my major problem with the way Wizard does their business, which can only be controlled from the top down. Their fratty, LCD, super fanboy attitude they take with their stories doesn't lend itself to longterm readership retention. It appeals to the perpetual group of 13-year-olds who are just discovering comics. And in most cases I hear about, people stop buying the magazine a couple of years after that. They realize it's not all it's cracked up to be or whatever reason, but the readers tend to outgrow the magazine. I just can't imagine that's a good business model.

This year Wizard switched from a comic-sized book to a bigger page size and expanded their entertainent coverage. At the time it seemed like it was more of an advertising move to broaden their client base, and it still seems that way now. Why? Because the entertainment coverage they were putting out was the type of stuff you could get anywhere. If the top dogs want to spin Wizard more as an enterainment mag, it certainly seems McCallum was not the right guy to do it, based off the current coverage. Perhaps the switch to more non-comics entertainmetn coverage tries to address their readership retention problem, but it's just not working out. Maybe McCallum was great at getting Wizard from A to B, but with this switch in direction he clearly wasn't the right person to take the mag from B to C.

I considered applying there — I didn't think *that* hard about it, but I gave it a passing thought. It was a bit of the "What if..." and the "put your money where your mouth is" — but then I remembered that 1) It's in Congers (eeks!) and 2) some people there probably dont see me in a too favorable light and 3) I already have my own path in design.

Hopefully, Wizard sees McCallum's departure as an opportunity. An opportunity for real change, an opportunity to re-examine the big picture and an opportunity to simply make a better magazine.

Random thought: Why didn't they wait until Friday to fire him? They could've swept a lot of this under the weekend rug.

New (and Last) Issue of Comic Foundry Online

Comic Foundry

The new issue of CF is up and it's got tons of great stuff. Be sure to check out:
• Our cover story on Comics and Recycling from Ms. Laura Hudson.
• New to comics and not sure what to read? Take this quick quiz to help guide you.
• And see if you can tell the difference between December's covers and sex scenes. It's amazingly tough.

Now, you might notice on the main page it says this will be the last online issue of Comic Foundry Magazine. It's true. After December, we'll no longer be doing the online issues so we can concentrate on putting out a printed issue in '07. I hate to bid farewell to the online issues, but producing those were time consuming enough — adding in the work of a print edition would run us over the cliff. But, fear not, we'll still have an online presence. I'm not ready to show my cards yet, but we'll definitely be blogging and we'll always be active online. Stay tuned for more updates before the new year.

I would like to give a big "Thank You" to all the people that contributed to our online issues — writers, editors, artists, everyone, and also to the readers. You. Without the readers, we'd be nothing.