Coming Out of the Haze…

Finally starting to feel normal again.  Still coughing, but I’m ready to rock.  Now if my sharp elbow pain would go away, I’d be ready to get down.

Although it was a week without a paycheck, I did get a lot of work done on my projects.  Mostly clearing my desk of bullshit paperwork I’ve been putting off.  Tax stuff from closed LLC’s in California, filing info for new LLC’s in NY, medical documents, filing (I’m big into putting everything into binders), and doing a lot of artist research.

I have three graphic novels in production – technically, but only 1 fully staffed.  Bulderlyns has the illustrator, but I’m still looking for the colorist.  And Chasing Rabbits has neither.  And since that is such a big book, it gets expensive quick.  I was doing some Harbor Moon google searching for the website and found this announcement about the graphic novels, by the way:

Mike the Pike Productions’ SpokeFish Announces Graphic Novel Slate Selection
Published: 07/02/10 11:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA — (Marketwire) — 07/02/10 — (MIKP) — Mike the Pike Productions is pleased to announce that it has worked with partner Spoke Lane Entertainment to finalize their selection for the first three graphic novels to be produced and published by their recently spawned banner, SpokeFish:
SpokeFish Finalizes Selection of First Three Graphic Novels for Production and Publishing
1) Bulderlyns (FANTASY): A small town just outside of Chicago is turned upside down when a businessman brings his son a rare Bulderlyn egg from a trip overseas. The egg hatches and the town is besieged by one of the two mythical creatures inside. The small boy and the smaller, remaining creature learn the true meaning of trust and courage as they attempt to save the town from destruction.
2) R.E.M. (SCI-FI THRILLER): In New York City, behind a series of locks, lives Michael Letto, a brilliant but paranoid neuroscientist. Since his first and only love died, he’s become consumed with unlocking the mystery of sleep. Based on ancient practices, Michael sets forth to devise a chair that enables one to attain a full nights sleep in a matter of minutes. His theories bring him to the attention of both the military and a shrouded religious order that will stop at nothing to attain his secret. As Michael grows closer to realizing his dream, he starts to unravel, trapped in an inescapable nightmare as visions of his lost love worsen.
3) Chasing Rabbits (DARK CRIME THRILLER): Officer Alice Liddell finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer after several headless female corpses have turned up around Wonderland and no one seems to be doing anything about it. The more Alice begins to investigate, the more she falls down the rabbit hole into a strange underworld of drugs, gambling, and prostitution operated by The Queen, a flamboyant crime lord who demands to be called “your majesty”. Hurtling forward with clues from one strange character after another, she learns to trust no one. With all of the details based on Lewis Carroll’s renowned books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, it is a unique blend of visual elements and characters in a dark thriller like we’ve never before seen.
MTP CEO and President Mark B. Newbauer and Spoke Lane Principal, Ryan Colucci selected the books from a handful of carefully selected candidates with consideration to both creative merits and overall profitability. Another heavy consideration were projects the team felt were strong toward film rights sales or independent production. One book, R.E.M. is already being heavily considered for independent development and all three compile a solid slate of books that the team feels will position SpokeFish in the market with impact. “Much credit there goes to the experience and credibility that comes with Ryan Colucci as project manager (bio below),” states Newbauer. “These books can become massively profitable and, albeit a speculative industry overall, the IP gained here is tremendous in line with the Motion Pictures Industry’s turn to graphic novels as a primary source for content being that they get to “see the movie” before they buy it. Further, if independently produced, the potential for both the feature film product and the graphic novel, is exponentially increased as per industry trends.”
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