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Aw man!  I hung out with a friend over the weekend and watched some of Bonnaroo, in between the UFC fight.  Great time.  I don’t know what I have to do to go next year, but I’m going.  We watched Jay Z’s performance, which was similar to his BP III concert.  Even still, I wish I was there.  Kings of Leon sounded incredible live.  The line-up at Bonnaroo is always great.  I was hoping to win tickets at the HeroesCon, but *sigh* no such luck.  Next year.  Next year. 

So, the other day I was thinking about what comic book I’d want to write and make something from it.  For some reason, Marc Silvestri’s CyberForce came to mind.  Well, WildC.A.T.s came to mind first, and as much as I love Jim Lee, that book has had it.  It’s been lifted, redone, and restarted more times than an aging Hollywood actress.  Yes, Sharon Stone, I’m talking about you.  WildC.A.T.s hasn’t seen a good storyline since Alan Moore’s run, which btw, was incredible.  After all, it is Alan Moore.  Peter David (But I Digress).  CyberForce – well, I’m not going to say they have potential, but they could be made to work.  See, the problem you run into when creating a brand new universe is you only have the heroes and villains that you first create.  Most people read comics that have a long established history and years to create and develop heroes and villains.  If you go back and look at the early days, they’re not so great.  So, how do you create a brand new world with new heroes and already have established villains.  Well, unless that’s the basis of your series, you can’t.  If things are just now starting to pop up, then you find yourself running your only villain into the ground very quickly.  What can you do?  “What can you do?”  “Yes, what can you do.”  Not much.  Unless you have an event that suddenly makes more people with powers/abilities, you’re stuck.  Bottom line, don’t do it.  So, what does all this have to do with CyberForce?  Everything.  Much like the Superman movies, they ran the book into the ground with the same tired villains all the time.  You need something more.  You need something in your world that is already built in.  It doesn’t need to be big, just something to open the rest of the world up and keep your characters from becoming static. 

So, what would I do with CyberForce?  Well, first off, I’d remodel them.  All of them.  Make them better, different.  Give them something else to fight.  Nothing makes a hero stronger than having to team up with your enemy after years of fighting and realize that they were kinda the good guy all along.  Now, would I do that, maybe not.  But it gives a new spin and dynamic on things.  My major change would be to Stryker.  Who the fuck needs three arms on one side of their body?  RANT.  I’m so sick of seeing people, creatures with multiple arms without having the pectoral muscles to support them or allow them to move.  You can’t just have arms sprouting out of nowhere.  There’s a systems of muscles that have to support them.  No, those extra arms are out.  I’d redevelop their characters, and try to distant them from appearing so X-Men like.  Not completely do away with their past, but twist it a little.  Give it a new Star Trek approach, or as James always tells me, “Don’t be afraid to blow up Vulcan.”  I think taking them from their world and dumping them in new surroundings would be a good start.  It doesn’t have to be permanent, but it gives them a chance to grow, and for their world to change enough o that when they come back, if they come back, they got new avenues to explore.  Trust me on this, I could make this book a hell of a lot of fun. 

So, until Marc gives me the go ahead, I’ll sit here and think about the greatness they could be.  After that, I think I’d head over to Marvel and put She-Hulk (I love Shulkie) and Ms. Marvel into a book together.  I’d give it the comedic, action coolness of a Christopher Priest Black Panther, while at the same time providing a fair amount of fanboy cheesecake.  Mmmm, cheesecake.  *drool*  What about DC and the others?  I’ll have to think on it. 

“Killian, I’ll be back.” 

“Only in a rerun.”    

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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Hot Ham

06/09/10

Well, the HeroesCon is over now.  Whew!  It was fun, and kinda exciting.  I want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and said hi.  I want to give extra thanks to those who stopped by and supported us with a purchase, whether it was Unwanted Heroes, or any of wOlly’s or Marcus’ art prints, or Jeremy’s sketches.  I had such a great time meeting everyone there.  Hopefully, I’ve found most of you and either added you as Facebook friends, or sent you e-mails.  Have to stay in touch.  Dan, with Geek Savant, send me an e-mail.  I have to see that Green Arrow picture when it’s done.  Giggity!  So, where to begin with all the coolness?  Well, I want to acknowledge my partner wOlly, and also Marcus who is doing the colors for Revelations 23.  I can’t begin to express how happy I am to have a dedicated artist who is anxious and excited about working on a project.  For those of you that missed out on the table to our right, Nick Valente, make sure you look him up on Deviant Art.  The guy does really good work.  Thanks for the Rogue picture, Nick.  I should’ve got them both from you.  Scott Blair on the end of our row, beautiful pin-up art.  I wish I had more money.  Directly across from us was Jeremy Massie who did The Deadbeat with Alterna Comics. 

There were so many people that I wanted to meet, but just didn’t get a chance.  Luckily, Tabitha went around and gathered names and got signatures for me.  I got my Infinity Gauntlet and my Gilgamesh II’s signed by Jim Starlin, as well as my Cosmic Odyssey signed by Starlin and Mignola.  Thanks, Tab.   You were invaluable this weekend.  I think it’s great that everyone there was so open and receptive.  Very few egos present.  Mike Mignola was extremely nice and personable, as was Jim Amash, Brian Bolland, and Alex Saviuk.  I got a chance to meet Mike McKone, and reconnect with people like Steve Epting who I knew from a comic book store I used to work at years ago.  Unfortunately, Tabitha informed me that everything I’d heard about Rob Liefeld was true.  He really is a nice guy.  Damn.  Now I feel bad about all the mean things I said about him.  “Bad llama.”  I also want to say thanks to John Hairston Jr. who did the Nightcrawler painting for me.  Thanks, again, dude.  For those interested, take a quick trip over to www.comicrelated.com and check out the podcast interview they did with wOlly and I about our books.  Comic Related is exactly what it says: all things comics.  They have interviews, reviews, con reports… “Anything you want to keep cool, Tommy.”  Thanks to Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, for stopping by the booth and give us some much welcomed moral support.  And all you Black Dynamite fans should take a look at www.Worldofhurtonline.com and read the web comic.  You gotta love 1970’s blaxploitation.  It was also nice to meet Carlton Hargo with Creative Loafing-Comic Proportions.  A man who pulls no punches when it comes to comic book reviews.  Please be kind.  Please be kind. 

You know, the one thing I love about comic cons, in particularly the HeroesCon, is that I’m surrounded by my kind.  Geeks, freaks, and nerds.  Now, some of them aren’t exactly my kindred spirits, but for the most part they are.  When I can get into an argument on the finer points of JJ Abrams, and why the new Star Trek was good for both Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike, with a guy with a brain-slug from Futurama on his head, then I feel I’m in my element.  BTW, you’re wrong and I’m right. 

If I have a chance this weekend, I’ll try and upload pics of the prints I got at the Con.  My apologies if I missed acknowledging anyone, but my brain is a bit rattled from coming off a 4 day high, and being tossed back into the sobering reality of my day job.  Let me just put out an overall “Thank you” to everyone.  I honestly can’t wait to do it all again next year. 

Time to go, I’m trying to fry an ostrich. 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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“What time is it?!”

Any other time when posed with that question I would scream: “It’s adventure time, with Finn and Jake!”  Then I’d sit down and laugh while they saved Lumpy Space Princess from something pretty silly.  Or, I might launch into: Me and Silent Bob patterned our wholes lives after Morris Day and Jerome!  I’m a smooth pimp who loves the pussy, and tubby here is my black man-servant!  What?” 

But, this time it’s all about the Heroes Con 2010.  Yep, it’s on.  Three days of super fanboy geek-dom.  And, as it’s been this entire year, they’ve announced more people at the last minute.  So we’ve now got appearances from Bernie Wrightson who drew the Spider-man graphic novel Hooky, Batman: The Cult, and Punisher: POV, among many others.  The guy’s a gothic art master.  Draws creatures that look like they stepped straight out of John Carpenter’s The Thing.  Joe Jusko is going to be there.  Before Alex Ross was the king of comic book painting, there was Joe Jusko.  I’ve always been a fan of his, from his She-Hulk muscle beach poster, to his Marvel Masterpiece card set.  And, the storyline master, Jim Starlin.  If you don’t know him, you’ve 48 hours to learn.  Creator of Dreadstar.  He brought new life to Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel.  He created one of the coolest Marvel villains ever, Thanos.  Jim Starlin is responsible for such masterpieces as The Death of Captain Marvel graphic novel (the first Marvel graphic novel), Cosmic Odyssey, Infinity Gauntlet, and Gilgamesh II.  Very exciting times. 

Well, as you may have noticed, Unwanted Heroes Chapter VIII was posted on Monday.  There’s a lot going on with the story, and we’ve just scratched the surface.  As the Con goes, everything is printed and ready to be bought.  In addition to the Bury My Mask At Washington Square story, I’ll also have a printed collection of Chapters I – VII. 

For all of you attending, you can find Antwon (Rebel Star studios) and I at Booth #159.  We are at the corner booth diagonally opposite from the entrance.  And, if the floor plan stays the same, we’ll be diagonal from Rob Liefeld and J. Scott Campbell.  Now, as you may remember from last year, I said I’d try to post pics each day and give a little update.  Well, I’m going to try again this year.  Last year there was a problem finding a decent Wi-Fi signal.  I have his thing about paying for Wi-Fi in certain places when Burger King and McDonalds has it for free, but I digress. 

It’s going to be a good time.  If you can come, you should.  I’m done for now.  Gotta finish getting things ready so I can get on the road tomorrow. 

“Chili Sauce!” 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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