Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Today I am going to do a feature called “MY TEAM”.
We all make up super hero dream-teams filled with our favorite characters, right? But see I have a funny weakness, I don’t do whatever I want, I always fill my teams with what I think is in line with the current runs and continuity. So I might not even like a character all that much, but if they fulfill a role in the story or things we all know are required of a book, for examples... Wolverine is usually a member of all the X-men teams. Speaking of the X-men that bring us to my dream team today. In the last blog I mentioned I’m writing an X-men script for the fun of it. This is the team I’m going to write the script around...


The winged millionaire playboy. For whatever reason I’ve always been a big fan of the original X-men, so I used to read X-factor when they were the team, where Angel eventually lost his wings. There was an obvious tragic and symbolic story being told of a man named Angel who wore large white wings and had lost them.... and I was loving it. It’s interesting that he killed himself, I think if a character killed himself today it would be a huge controversial deal. For me it came down to having Angel or Iceman on the team, Angel won out because he will fulfill a roll in my overall larger story-arc involving Apocalypse. Also his wings are a terrific visual.


The Graduated New Mutant. I liked him in New Mutants, and again in X-force. The issue where he was asked to make the move to the main team was a great one. He always wanted to be an X-men and got his dream. That is something I can relate to. The oldest Guthrie is fulfilling my role of the cocky kid. Cannonball is great in a fight and unlike MOST of his teammates having only learned under Professor X, Cable taught Cannonball, where he learned that sometimes Xavier’s beliefs don’t get the job done. In my book Cannonball and Nightcrawler would have a friendship based on rivalry and competition. Something I think will bring out the best traits in them both.


The blue elf is a pimp. Dave Cockrum’s original idea for him was a swash buckling Errol Flynn type, which is how I would keep him. I’d get away from the whole catholic angle and play up his fun loving ladies man image. You have to love this guy; I’ve never heard anyone say they think Nightcrawler is stupid. I also have SOME experience writing characters that can teleport. He will be the heart and the hero of the book.


I would be continuing the great work of Joss Whedon’s portrayal of Kitty Pride. A strong bad ass character that is pretty much the tough little sister to all the X-men, and has really come into her own in recent years. Kitty has saved the team on numerous occasions and in my X-men it will be no different. And of course there is the drama she brings, and her relationship with…


The Russian Man of Steel.
Colossus is such a cool character. In my mind I’ve always thought of Piotr as a soft spoken big man, one that when the shit hits the fan he’s ready to tear things up. Colossus has a a very deep soul that is most times over shadowed by his rep. as the big man on the team.
And of course… there is always the fastball special…


He’s the best at what he does. Not much really to say here. I’ve always said if you are an adult reading an X-men comic and you don’t know who Wolverine is, you’re a fucking retard. I put Wolverine on the team for all the obvious reasons… we all know he is pretty much a requirement. But I would like to say that I am not one of these posers that claim to not like the furry Canadian. He is the man. The big-budget-movie action star of any book he is in. In this story Wolverine, playing detective, would take a back seat and focus on a C storyline with another member of the team…


The fiery red headed daughter of the late great Banshee. She was awesome in X-force and is even better in Peter David’s X-factor. Her father died a bit ago and Siryn is having troubles dealing with it in that she doesn’t believe he is going to stay dead. In my story it will be thrown right in her face and we will learn that she is wrong... or is she? Also we all know every major Marvel book needs a red head. Let's just hope this one doesn't go crazy. I
magine how cool it will be to see her use her sonic scream and then for Dazzler to take that loud sound and transform it into even more powerful light blast! Speaking of Alison Blair…


The disco star of super heroes. I always thought Dazzler should have been a bigger part of the X-men books. Also I have a soft spot for the “Pryde of the X-men Cartoon”. Speaking of which, have you ever noticed that most X-men “ beginnings” open with a girl joining the team? X-men number 1? Jean Grey. The early 90’s X-men cartoon? Jubilee. The first x-men movie? Rogue. Pryde of the X-men? Shadowcat. (I loved the Pryde of the X-men cartoon. Made in the mid 80’s by the same animation studio that made the GI Joe Cartoon. I really wish this pilot had been picked up. Would have been an interesting series. There was even an arcade game based on it.) They always have a character being introduced to the team to act as the reader, asking questions that the reader themselves might ask. (This is a common practice in all forms of story telling, you’ll notice that in the pilot episode of almost all TV shows, it's always someones first day.) I bring all this up because Dazzler, even though an older and experienced member of the X-teams she has been gone from the mansion for awhile and will be the intro character in my book.

Team Leader: Beast

That’s right… team leader. The bouncing blue eyed Beast! Beast has been around since the beginning. He would make a great team leader. Easily one of the smartest men on the planet, and he can hold his own in a fight. In Astonishing X-men, he took Wolverine on, the only reason the fight stopped is because White Queen knocked them both out. He has got the brains and we all know he is quick on his feet. He is what this team needs to survive the dangers I would put them, and on top of all that... it's his damn turn!

What do you think? Not for you or could you see this work?
Here’s what I want from you… if you could put one other member on this team… who would it be?
(Vinny… I already know you are going to say Gambit, so why don’t you give me another one?)

Recommended reading for the week:

Justice League. The one written by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire. This stuff is so good and holds up well. Fun superhero comics at its best.

I suck and am behind on everything. Lame. :(
It took me a whole week just to do this blog. Hopefully this week I will catch up. I wanted to have more done and mailed out before I went to the New York Comic Con.

I'm thinking my next blog will be about pro wrestling...

Until next time... stay classy readers!

Thursday, February 1, 2007


For my inaugural post, I thought I would post up some stuff I’m enjoying and or thinking about this week.
Avatar The last Airbender.

Ok, I know it’s for kids, but if you are not watching this amazing well written cartoon, you are missing out, fool! I can not give this show enough praise. It’s so good it’s inspiring. Any little kids that watch this, and become creators and story-tellers when they grow up, will be awesome. This show will generate our next generation of talented writers.
Hell, if I had kids I would buy them the toys just so I could play with them.
I’m almost done watching Season Two, which so far has just been blowing my mind. I have the first season on DVD, which is available here at Amazon. All of Season 1 and 2 are on itunes. Watch it!

Last week Jason Ho and I were talking about older cartoons, nothing new there, but we started talking about King Arthur and the Knights of Justice.

Such a cool show. Does anyone else have fond memories of the Knights of Justice?

This week I went to my local comic book store and bought a few comics and put the rest on hold. 2 comics that I bought and really enjoyed were…
Annihilation #6:

Marvels big cosmic, epic space war/ adventure book. I loved it. It was a fulfilling ending to a year long story that hit all its marks. Kieth Giffen knocked this outta the park! Honestly this book has been so good that I really can’t say too much about it without saying something bad about some other comics. I recommend getting this when it comes out in trade or here in Hardcover. After this series, one of my favorite Marvel characters, NOVA, got a huge power upgrade. Now I want to see a Nova vs. Sentry fight, dammit.
Scarface 2:

I wasn’t a fan of the Scarface movie first time I saw it. I was like “this is it; this is what all the hype is about?” But over time it grew on me, thanks to it playing on cable all the time. This comic by John” The mighty" Layman and David “not Jim Mahfod” Crossland is awesome fun. With great art and story, every page will keep ya smiling and feeling that you have no idea what is going to happen next, something very rare in comics nowadays. And yes I stole all these images off of John's blog.... what? I dont have the time to actually look for this stuff...go to John Layman's The mightlylayman blog when you get the chance. After you finish reading my blog!

Now for my stuff:
Necessary Evil 5: I love this issue, but there are three pages towards the end that are big time word-ie. I have to clean ‘em up. Other than that, so far this is an pretty good first issue to the books sophomore story arc.

For those of you who have never read the first issue can read it here.

Gentleman Zombie 4: It’s all done, just need to give it that one final read.
Lost Rites: This book is almost done, I need to learn when done is done.
Superhero stuff for the big leagues: I have a couple of scripts and pitches I’m working on. Scripts: practice and for fun. I’m even gonna write an X-men script for the fuck of it. Pitches: Practice and to actually… try… pitching… something I suck at. More on this later.

My recommended reading for the week: Anything Jack Kirby. And for you fellow creators out there always remember “WWJKD”. It will solve all your problems.

Well that’s it for now.
Be sure to check out my buddies blogs on the right and the previews of my books also on the right!