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I am seriously dating myself with these posts.  I’m officially posting an open call to all artists.  If you can draw and feel like working on a project, let me know.  Sequential art preferred, but not necessary.  I’ve been looking at pulling out a lot of my old comic ideas and reprocessing them.  I say reprocessing, cause at the time that a lot of these were conceived the industry didn’t call for well thought out ideas and characters.  Not to say that they were half-assed, but well… Development was secondary to cool characters and action.  Nowadays, the reader demands a better class of comic writers, and I’m gonna give it to them.  Well, help at least.  For my short stories and novels, I occasionally like to have a page of illustration for each chapter, or what have you; ala Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf.  (Side note: Beautiful work by Bernie Wrightson.  Spider-Man: HookyBatman: The CultHulk and Thing Graphic Novel.  And of course we can’t forget Captain Lincoln F. Stern from Heavy Metal.  Great stuff.)   We have become a very visually oriented society.  I’m not complaining, I’m a product of it, too. 

I love comic books.  Always have.  Comic books made me a reader, and evolved me into a writer.  I love writing short stories and novels, and screenplays, but comics have always been a media that has held my heart.  Bleh! Calling Jane Austen!  What I’m saying, is that it’s a community that I’ve always wanted to be a part off, and I’ve never been able to stay away for long.  I shocked someone at the Heroes Con when I told them that I started reading X-Men during the Dark Phoenix Saga.  Dating myself again.  I started collecting with X-Men #141, Days of Future Past storyline.  I technically started with issue #140, the one with Kitty Pryde of the cover and it said something like: “Welcome to the X-Men, Kitty.  Hope you survive the experience.”  It had her in a circle in the center with images of Angel and others fighting in the Danger Room.  I’m going off memory here, so sue me if I go astray.  But when I woke up this morning, could’a sworn it was judgment day.  Go ahead sing it, don’t be ashamed.  Yeeeeeah!  My point, getting back to it, is that comics are in my blood like I was a copy of the KISS comic magazine or a first printing of Squadron Supreme trade paperback.  If you don’t know what I mean Google it.  It’s important.  I’ll defend them till I’m blue in the face, and if you are under the age of 60 and call them “funny books” I’ll punch you in the face.  That’s part of why the next project I’m working on with Jessica “Pablo” Knight is being done Fumetti style.  That, and I really want to focus a lot of attention to her talent. 

Before I go to far, I want to give a big congratulations to Ryan Reynolds for landing the role of Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern movie.  I think he’ll do a great job.  Of course, Guy Gardner is the only true Green Lantern in my book.  He was the first one chosen by Abin Sur and has a greater willpower than Hal, and shows no fear.  The only Lantern that comes close to Guy’s strength is Kilowog.    

In other news, I was asked by a friend if I wanted to contribute to their new site http://www.raptorface.com on a semi-regular basis.  It’s kinda hard to come up with other things to write about on the side, while still trying to do the stuff you’ve been working on for months already, but it sounded like something fun and interesting.  On top of that, it would be a departure from my normal fair.  I came up with a little editorial on Michael Bay.  I also brought out my old whipping boy and gave him a few lashings.  You’ll know what I’m talking about when you check it out.  Is it right?  Maybe not, but I think I shed a little more light on my dislike than in the past, so maybe you’ll sympathize with me more.  Also, check out I Want It Now over at Raptorface, it’s pretty funny, and sad. 

That’s it for this week. 

Were you just looking at my bum?  Cheeky monkey.

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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  1. purple crayon – love it

    Comment by Yuno Hu — July 21, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

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