Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk

I get geeked out over comics pretty easily, but the re-launched (?) Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk is blowing my little brain away. Yeah, I know the story was delayed, Lindelof committed the ultimate comic creator sin, etc. But hey, he was busy working on Lost which, if I were PhD student, I'd write my thesis on (and get kicked out of academia accordingly).

Anyway, I can't wait to see how this series plays out--the next issue is out next week. There's just something fundamentally exhilarating about the Wolverine/Hulk dynamic. Last night my wife asked me why Wolverine was hunting down the Hulkster. The only think I could think of was "why not?"

Sunday, February 8, 2009

'The Police Channel'

I'm happy to report that my latest short, 'The Police Channel' will appear in Insomnia Publications' forthcoming Layer Zero anthology. The story takes place in a Blade Runner-esque future, where the police have been privatized and the only crime of interest is of the high-profile, celebrity variety.

For this anthology, the theme is Survival. Here's a glimpse at the thought process behind the script (as told to Nic Wilkinson, Insomnia Creative Director):

"The topic got me thinking about what it takes to survive in our world, the type of person you're forced to become. The story is about the crime too many become guilty of: compromising who we are and doing that which we vowed we wouldn't. The tragedy is that the compromise comes cheap; all we get in exchange for our integrity is the fundamental right to survive."

I'm yet to be paired with an artist, but am looking forward to getting a feel for the style of whomever I end up working with.

For more on Insomnia, who have been publishing some really cool work, go here:

Monday, February 2, 2009

'Underworld' Preview

Not to be confused with the crappy movie of the same name, this is the first, unlettered page of a short comic that will be published in the fall issue of Something Wicked (a FutureQuake publication). Keith Burns did the art. I can go on lauding his work, but for the sake of brevity all I'll say is that his cityscape rendering in the third and fourth panels is excellent (and exactly what I had in mind).

And, just to note, the birdcage was a detail I really enjoyed--a homage to one of my favorite films, Melville's Le Samourai. It was in the original script, but seeing it on the page is a different experience.