January 19, 2018: Here to stay?

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It’s hard to believe that five years ago I really hated Toronto.  Of course, back then, my circumstances were…different.  But Toronto – and I – have come a long way since then.  We’ve reached a mutual understanding of sorts.  For me, it was more of the sudden revelation that hit me the last time I returned to Vancouver that people in Toronto were nicer.  Oh sure, I’d had friends tell me as much, how Toronto gets a bad rap, how Vancouver cliquish mindset makes it nigh impossible to make new friends.  I’d suspected as much going on two years, toyed with the theory but refuse to fully accept it.  And then, last year, I put it to the test, using my dogs as a barometer.

You’re walking down the street and see a dog in an adorable outfit.  Who doesn’t stop chat, offer a passing comment, or even the briefest…

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January 17, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers of the Week!

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My favorites…

Giant vol. 2

Cover art by Mikael

Ice Cream Man #1

Cover art by Frazer Irving, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran

Punchline #4

Cover art by Matthew Weldon

Strangers in Paradise XXV #1

Cover art by Terry Moore

Super Sons #12

Cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jorge Jimenez, Adriano Lucas, Alejandro Sanchez

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January 16, 2018: Dark Matter recognition!

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“Excuse me,”said our waiter in his thick Italian accent.  “May I ask you a question.”

“Sure,”said Anthony.

“You are an actor?”

“Yes.”

“You are Boone?!”

“Yes!”

“But after three seasons, it is finished already???”

Well, yes.  Long story but, in a nutshell, the decision makers at syfy were never fans of the show.

Still, I never tire of hearing from fans who have discovered the show for the first time.  Syfy may have dismissed us without a second thought, but Dark Matter fandom remains strong.  Thank you!

Today, I had lunch with actor Anthony Lemke who drove all the way into town to sit down with me and discuss the gene manipulation, transhumanism, and perils of future tech over schiacciatas, zabaglione lattes, and a double order of baccala.

Boy, he would be perfect for at least three of the projections I’m currently developing.

Finally, congratulations to Dark Matter’s Lynda McCormack…

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January 15, 2017: My kind of busy!

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Alas, four months later, we’re no closer to finding our dream condo.  Or, more to the point, our dream condo that falls within our budget.  Not in Toronto or Montreal.  So far.  But construction on new condos continues apace and, with indications of a softening market, we’re hopeful…and in no hurry.  Also, I have no idea where my next show will take me so what’s the rush?

Great notes meeting today on Project A, the sci-fi series I’m developing with David Ray.  Solid, character-related input on the outline.  David and I will put our heads together in the coming days, come up with a game plan, and then follow up with a call next week.  If all goes well, I should start writing the pilot shortly.  A fairly challenging series this one, with double world building, complex character dynamics, and a constantly subverted status quo.

Conference call this Thursday for…

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September 14, 2017: We can do this!

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In fact, we ARE doing it.  All that online passion – the tweets, retweets, tagging and hash tagging – is having an effect. It’s impressing some, concerning others, but surprising all.  It’s thanks to you that we are where we are, with three potential new partners in deep discussion.  As I’ve been saying all along, pulling this off is still a longshot, but you’ve gone above and beyond the call in raising awareness and letting everyone out there know exactly how much Dark Matter means to you.  And now we need you to pour it on for the big finish.

TOMORROW – at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT Dark Matter is taking twitter by storm.  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for the secret hashtag of the night, and the SLAM twitter at the appointed time.  

Last week saw us hit 210 000 tweets for the event, trending #4 in the U.S…

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January 14, 2018: My Favorite Childhood Writers!

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I truly believe that it’s those beloved childhood authors, the one you couldn’t get enough of back when you were in elementary (primary) school that shape you, influencing your creative and character in those formative years.  Your sense of humor, personality and, in some cases, your artistic output can be traced directly back to these early influencers.

There’s no doubt that these five writers (my favorites growing up) made me the writer (and the person) I am today…

William Shakespeare

Comedy!  Tragedy!  Romance!  Children being baked into pies!  What more can a six year old ask for?  My mother gifted me The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in first grade and cherished that leather bound edition, reading each play and assiduously writing up summaries for every act in a dedicated notebook.

Arthur C. Clarke

Of course I read (and watched) a lot of science fiction and there was no author…

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January 13, 2018: Watch, Read, Eat – Recommendations!

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WATCH…

DARK (Netflix)

A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.

While it’s easy to draw parallels to Stranger Things, with its youthful protagonists, otherworldly portals, and unexplained child disappearances at the heart of its story, Dark quickly establishes itself as a unique, intricately plotted time travel mystery.

READ…

THE UNSEEN WORLD by Liz Moore

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon she embarks on a…

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January 12, 2018: Get your Suji limited edition pin!

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When Akemi designed the above-pictured Suji pin, she figured she would place an order for about a hundred, sell sixty, and keep the rest as gifts for friends and family.  24 hours after putting the pins on etsy, she has less than thirty left!Clearly, Suji’s fanbase is hardcore.

If you’re thinking of picking one up, act now.  Supplies are limited!  Order here

And remember… Suji loves you!

Addressing the negative effects of competition, soccer in Olympia is now being played without the ball.

I personally can’t wait for a time when there will no longer be winners and losers – just ambivalent participants.

I remember going shopping with my former writer partner way back in the day, and having a salesperson attempt to foist a garish suit upon him.  “No thanks,”he told her.  “I’m not a fan of pink.”  “It’s not pink,”she assured him.  “It’s salmon.”  Brilliant.  Paired with…

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January 11, 2018: Six More Of 2017’s Best Books!

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Since someone asked, here are a few of the great books I read in 2017 that just narrowly missed making my Best Of 2017 list…

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even…

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January 10, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers of the Week!

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My favorites…

Allies #8 (cover art by Denis Popov)

I’m a sucker for sci-fi and this cover is all kinds of intriguing in its premise of discovery.  We are on the inside looking out of…what?  A stasis pod, a ship, some sort of future medical iso unit?  Who are we?  WHAT are we?

Coyotes #3 (cover art by Caitlin Yarsky)

Origami cranes light the way, illuminating the three cross-wielding women.  Upon closer scrutiny, note the one in the foreground sharpening hers, no doubt intending to drive home a point.

She-Hulk vol. 2 (cover art by John Tyler Christopher)

Since watching The Shape of Water, I’m all about the color green and its highlighted here in the hair, the eyes, and what appear to be charges of energy. Closer scrutiny of the eye reveals two interested things: 1) The woman in the reflection appears to be trapped in the pupil. 2)…

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