Updates!

Ok so first “A Ghoul Named Gus” was shelved… then the artist jumped back on board and is now redrawing all the art. Not sure how this will pan out but we shall see. I have been really slacking on comic reviews lately and in fact pretty much all writing honestly. Then suddenly out of no where i begin writing “Ghosted” an idea i had for a novel i have been messing around with for a while. It’s all clicking all of the sudden and i like it a lot. 

That’s pretty much it for now.

PEACE!

Blargh… No more Gus but the horizon is still bright.

Well it seems “A Ghoul named Gus” just wasn’t meant to be. The french artist i was working with essentially lost interest in the project which is a bummer honestly. For now i’m shelving the script and am going to start focusing on something else. I have been kicking an idea around for a novel for quite some time, I may take a swing at that.

As for current works i’m still writing reviews for Fanboybuzz.com and i have been applying for my press badges for Conventions for this year through Bleedingcool.com, which will be super fun and hopefully allow me to do some much needed networking. I have had an idea for a weekly or semi weekly column i may pitch to a few sites also.

One more thing i kind of want to try is a new way of choosing what i put my efforts into developing as far as comic projects go. Basically on a site or the blog i put up a brief concept or outline a week for like a month or so. Let people vote on which one they like the best then write a short script up and hire an artist to produce 8 pages. There would be posted online for free. After continuing this process until i have 4 or so of these 8 page mini stories done i would collect them into an anthology and look for publishers. It could work out well or backfire terribly but either way it sounds fun to me.

So… yeah

Well i haven’t been posting here for a while due to working on a bunch of different projects at once. Which is not easy but still pretty fun i think. I have been writing weekly comic reviews for fanboybuzz.com and working on a backup story for A Ghoul Named Gus. 

Any who i will start posting links to my reviews on fanboybuzz. Lets start off with my most recent one Young Avengers #1. 

http://www.fanboybuzz.com/2013/01/young-avengers-1/

Missed a milestone…..

So yeah we just hit over 1500 all time views and i wasn’t paying attention. My bad.

Call for Artists!

So I am officially looking for an art team for new creator owned comic projects. I have an ad up on Digital Webbing per the link provided with the specifics.

http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164205

 

So if you or anyone you know is a Penciller, Inker, or Colorer and are interested drop me a line at chris@thecomicsbleed.com

Petition to remove James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy? A different view.

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James Gunn 

(Note i tried to get this up yesterday i offered to bleedingcool.com first but they didn’t use it so here it is.)

A petition has been created on change.org to remove director James Gunn from Marvel Studios upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. http://www.change.org/petitions/marvel-studios-remove-james-gunn-from-guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie

It cites an old blog post of Gunn’s from February 17, 2011 which contained a “Super Heroes you most want to have sex with” poll. Which was removed and later found cached online. I’m not going to post excerpts here because there are enough other sites doing it. Here is a link though http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.jamesgunn.com/2011/02/17/the-50-superheroes-you-most-want-to-have-sex-with-2nd-annual-poll-results/

There is no question that James Gunn is controversial he has tackled his share of weird projects over the years. From working with Troma Studios to writing the live action Scooby Doo movies not to mention his PG Porn webs series. I’ll admit after reading his reactions to the characters in the poll a lot of it comes off as juvenile to say the least. I’m not going to defend it or even justify it. It’s his right to say or in this case post whatever he wants. However just because he did write something that’s arguably very stupid even if it’s in jest shouldn’t detract him from a position he was given based on his skill as a writer and director.

I will probably take fire for standing up for James Gunn and I am fine with that. I have a strong feeling however that many of the people signing this petition have never seen any of his work. When this is the case it’s easy to incite a group against an individual. What I want to do is point out a few of the great projects that James Gunn has made.

First “Super” this 2010 film starred Rain Wilson of the office. Along with Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Michael Rooker, Kevin Bacon and even a cameo by Nathan Fillion. A take on the real life super-hero genre a man with nothing to lose takes up the mantle of the Crimson Bolt to face off against a local drug boss and rescue his ex wife. The film is seeded with despair, indifference and tragedy. There are outlandish moments and some that are just plain bizarre but the story is a very human one. It’s about finding hope when you’re hopeless and overcoming depression and loss.

Slither from 2006 was a sort of zombie comedy with minute sci-fi touches. Starring Nathan Fillion of Firefly/Serenity and Castle. It also featured Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Greg Henry and Tania Saulnier. A story of alien slug like creatures with a hive mind that infect a small town. Michael Rooker steals the show as Grant the first to be in infected by the alien parasite who somehow forces his own will and consciousness on to the alien invader. While Nathan Fillion is definitely the hero of the film you can’t help but feel for Rooker a man who is becoming a monster constantly struggling to retain some small amount of humanity even though he ultimately fails at doing so.

Gunn wrote the screen play for Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake which still ignites zombie fans in arguments over fast versus slow zombies. I’m even going to throw in both the live action Scooby Doo movies which he penned. They were hokey and goofy but he managed to nail the characters and bring us as close to the original source material as we could possibly get, Scrappy Doo aside of course.

These are just a few examples of James Gunn’s work. He has come a long way since starting out at Troma… a long way. It’s obvious he can handle many different kinds of material and do it in a way that always feels fresh. I believe he can do the same for Guardians of the Galaxy. Even if he probably got the job in large part due to Joss Whedon’s influence with Marvel Studios.

What he posted on his site may have been offensive and even misogynistic but that doesn’t warrant his removal from the film. Everyone makes mistakes he obviously removed the post himself at some point maybe he saw his own error(He later released an apology online). Losing him as the director of the Guardians movie would be a huge misstep there is no doubt in my mind he will take the property to places we would never have expected. 

WOOO! we just reached 1000 views

It’s a small milestone but still 1000 views is something to celebrate! There will be more to come soon and hopefully more views along with it.

Stay Tuned