The last month or two has been extremely busy – but I sacrifice for your gain.
Seriously though, things on both the publishing and feature film fronts are moving along very well. I’ve been dealing with some strife (not personal, more like work related) that is starting to sort itself out. But it has forced me to focus on my slate, and really narrow down my focus – at a time when I may have been hoping to expand. Rather than bore you with my prose, I will just list some of the projects that I’m working on, along with some updates.
Lunatic. I will write another post about AFM, but it went really well. After the first day I wasn’t so sure it was the best place for me to be (without a project to shop and with a film that maybe wasn’t fully cast)… but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The response to this project was overwhelmingly positive. I may have left with a handful of opportunities and we will see which ones rise to the top and are the most attractive for me to pursue. With any luck, this will get off the ground in late March of 2013.
Harbor Moon. We continue to sell books. The fan base continues to grow ever so slowly… and after visiting AFM the prospects of me putting this together for a feature are pretty high. It just seems like a no brainer under my current model.
R.E.M. It is a good thing the fan base continues to grow, because Zsombor inked the final pages of the book the other day. We have some minor tweaks here and there, but this thing is pretty much done. I’m not sure it has sunk in yet. I couldn’t be more proud of how this thing came out. If my script lives up to what I think it can – Zsombor’s artwork is going to make this thing a must read. There are a few question marks in terms of how I want to proceed, but with Karol’s help I think we figured out our best game plan. We don’t want to rush the release – so look for this in early 2013. In somewhat related news, the prequel comic (based on the short), 4.2.3., should be finished any day. Karol is working hard on the lettering (along with the REM lettering)…
Bulderlyns. Igor has really picked up the pace and is hitting a serious stride in terms of the artwork. The details are amazing. Part of me feels bad for Pawel and Dmitry – because they have to ink and color this thing. And Dmitry has been side-lined with Orange Life, but he’s back on track and the colors are so vibrant, but not comic booky at all – they fit perfectly.
Orange Lif3. Dmitry’s personal book. I can only describe this as Eastern European manga, because he has his own unique style. He just turned in Season 0 and Season 1 (out of a lot of seasons he is planning and has already drawn a lot of)… I have to tell you, this thing is bad-ass and unique.
Chasing Rabbits. Due to outside circumstances in Indonesia, Sigit had to stop working on the book. But the happy accident in this is that Zsombor is taking over – something I wished I could do when he came on R.E.M. I loved Sigit’s work (it truly is amazing), but immediately thought that Zsombor would have been almost too perfect for it. And when this situation came up, I tried to bring it up to Zsombor in a gentle way – and he didn’t even let me try to beg him, he was right on board. I personally believe this is the best script I have ever written. So I don’t say it lightly that it has found the ideal artist. He has this uncanny ability to be gritty and realistic, but with a slight tinge of fantastical. We talked about certain color styles, he did some tests – and I think we nailed it (well, he nailed it). This one is going to be a lot of fun. And I think Zsombor and I are starting to get more of a short-hand (for his sake). I almost don’t want to tell anyone about him, because I don’t ever want to do a book without him again.
Fuzzies. The children’s book is at the printers and we are just waiting on the final product. Rob has already written the second manuscript and we are sorting through children’s illustrators right now, something Karol has been an invaluable help on. Expect this before Christmas possibly. Although, time is short and you never know when you have shipments coming from China.
These pursuits are based on projects that need my attention, but are already written. And I am usually writing more than one thing at a time. However, as I already wrote, I have had to reign in what I am focusing on and what is on my slate. That said, I am working on a script for a micro-budget, trying to keep it under wraps until it is done. I’m about 75% completed and the first draft should be finished by next weekend. Not that it is mind-blowing, I just don’t want to jinx it. It looks like I have the cash for it, and every time I try to write a micro-budget they get bigger and bigger and bigger (like Penny Black). It will be a down-and-dirty, LI/NY based crime project. That’s actually the first of two micro-budgets I am working on – the second being about MMA – more character based, like Rocky. But I will not touch that until this is done and in pre-production.
I haven’t forgotten about White Space. I have one thought on that – this thing is going to kick all sorts of ass.