Sunday, March 09, 2008

Weekend Update 3-9-2008

What a weekend. The Blizzard of '08 they say. Pffffft. A little snow and people freak out. Talk about funny. We only got about 15" total. As I write this the city is still under a Level 2 Snow Emergency. The roads are bad but not awful. I know cause I had to go to Kroger's for toilet paper.


Project wise I'm in an odd place. Here's a run down of where I'm at:

Work as started on Issue #3 of Iron Sirens. Expect that out in June at this time.

CRASH Kennedy: Weapon of Choice should be out from TwoFold comics soon. More on that as soon as I get word.

I've been talking to artist Jerry Beck off and on for several years and it looks like he might get to the project we wanted to do. Talks are underway. More info very soon.

I've set aside my first movie script for a bit and started a second. We'll see how that goes.

Waiting for an update on the Circle of Stones movie project I may be involved with. I've kept this one under my hat for a while because I really don't want to jinx it for anything.

And finally, I've gotten the itch to revive The Last Paladin. Several attempts were made to keep it going but to no avail. I've put him aside for a while but he keeps bubbling back to the surface. I have an idea in place and if I can find the right artist I want to re-launch him and see if he can still hold an audience.

That's about it for now. Till next time...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Crooked Little Vein

Mix a conspiracy surrounding the United States Presidents with a down on his luck shit-magnet of a private eye who always stumbles into the absurd and you have Warren Ellis' first true novel, Crooked Little Vein.

I've been a fan of Mr. Ellis for years, reading his comic books like Global Frequency, Fell, Storm Watch, The Authority, and a host of others. In fact, Warren Ellis has the distinction of having more comics collected into mass market trade paperbacks than any other writer in modern history.

More often than not, the concepts and characters he brings forth spring from real life science fact, twisted to make amazing leaps into storytelling. But back to the novel at hand...

Crooked Little Vein reads like National Treasure on Crack. A private eye, down on his luck, is given an ungodly sum of money to track down a book that contains the secret amendments to the constitution written on the skin of a dead alien. It only gets more bizarre from there as he travels across country dealing with twisted and freakish people living in America's underbelly.

The whole thing is a fast and fun read. My only complaint about it seems to be that this could just as easily be a six issue mini-series in comic book form as it could a novel. That's not a bad thing, I was just expecting something a little more. I supposed the graphic nature of some of the things our hero runs into during his adventure are better left unseen, and for that, I'm eternally grateful to Mr. Ellis.

Crooked Little Vein. Go read it if you like really weird stuff disguised as a private eye novel.

Till next time...