July 19, 2018: Today!

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10:45 a.m.: Marc Bendavid, Dark Matter’s ONE, was in town for a limited time only. Fortunately, I was able to book early to avoid disappointment.  We discussed ailments, pending projects, and early retirement.  Also, the fact that there’s better eating in Rome than Budapest!

12:00 a.m.: Lunch with the gang from Company A.  About a month ago, I pitched them a half dozen ideas and, today, they made their selection.  A little surprised yet no less delighted by their choice – and you will be too if you were a fan of THAT episode.  We made plans to get together next week and commence the development process.

1:21 p.m.: Received the list of prospective candidates (and supporting materials) for the writers’ room of that pending sci-fi series.  Lots to get through tonight.

1:45 p.m.: Rumblings the deal is almost done on securing the film & television rights to that horror…

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July 18, 2018: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

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These caught my eye…

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Batman #51 (cover art by Elizabeth Breitweiser)

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Batwoman #17 (cover art by Dan Panosian)

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Falcon: Take Flight (cover art by Jesus Saiz)

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Ice Cream Man #5 (cover art by Frazer Irving, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran)

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Old Man Hawkeye #17 (cover art by Marco Checchetto)

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Shipwreck vol. 1 (cover art by Phil Hester)

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VS #5 (cover art by Tom Muller, Eric Ribic)

Which were your favorites?

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July 16, 2018: Anthony Lemke spills his secrets!

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Who is this handsome clean-shaven devil holding up the two flavors of soft serve: salted maple rosemary and pistachio?  Yes!  It’s none other than Anthony Lemke, Dark Matter’s THREE/Marcus Boone, who was in town shooting…something.  Given his love for cider, I figured a few glasses would loosen his lips and have him reveal everything about the production and his role in it.

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Six cider flights later – and he revealed all!

Now YOU have to buy me six flights to get ME to talk.

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Pictured above – the batch of hot sauce I made today.  Ingredients include tomatoes, sweet onion, shallots, garlic, maple sugar, maple syrup, cherry-apple butter, apple cider vinegar, mango, and hot peppers.  Actually, a medley of hot peppers that, without a doubt, included carolina reapers.  I know because the sauce is not just hot, it’s kick you in the back of the throat hot.

Hmmmm.  After months…

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July 15, 2018: Dark Matter Art by Andy W. Clift!

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I first came across Andy W. Clift’s work while perusing Comixology’s new release section,  taking notice of the lovely retro cover for the first issue of his Captain Cosmic comic book –

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I ordered that first issue, loved its fun sensibility, and followed him on twitter.  Recently, I reached out to Andy to find out if he’d be interested in rendering Dark Matter in that same lively style.  Well, he was more than happy to oblige and here is an initial sampling of his take on the The Raza and its crew…

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The Raza in FTL (black and white).

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The Raza in FTL (color).

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Our favorite gunslinger, THREE (black and white).

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Our favorite gunslinger, THREE (color).

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Our resident swordsman, FOUR (black and white)

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Our resident swordsman, FOUR (color).

More of Andy’s work in the coming days.  In the meantime, if you want to check out his creator-owned comic book, The…

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July 14, 2018: From green light to blinking yellow to full-stop red! The realities of the television business!

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Thanks to everyone who congratulated me on the various projects I’ve got in the works.  Of course, the mere fact that I’m busy doesn’t guarantee anything.  Three months ago, I had almost eighteen different projects on the go, most of which have since dematerialized like a red-shirt ensign teleporting planetside so that he can lend Kirk some much-needed back-up.

Don’t get me wrong.  A couple of the projects I mentioned yesterday look very promising, but I know from experience not to take anything for granted.  I learned that lesson the hard way not too long ago…

I received an email informing me that a green lit show was looking for a showrunner and those involved were eager to work with me.  I needed to get on the phone with the president of the company that week!  So, I read all of the supporting materials, then got on the phone with…

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July 13, 2018: Project Updates!

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Over the past several months, I’ve had multiple projects on the go.  A number have fallen by the wayside, leaving me with about a half dozen serious contenders…

Project A: As I mentioned last week, this sci-fi series is a go.  I’ve started the creative ball rolling with series creator, discussing series, seasonal, and character arcs, technology, the pilot, plot developments, and reveals.  Also, have discussed brass tacks production issues, everything from standing sets to visual effects, casting to scheduling.  If everything falls into place next week, I’d like to start assembling the writers’ room with an eye to an initial two-week gathering to discuss broad stroke creative issues and break the first episode, then a lengthier period to break the rest of the season.

Project B: Received broadcaster notes on the pilot and bible for this sci-fi project.  Great input and I don’t foresee any problem addressing the network…

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July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers of the Week!

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These were my favorites…

Domino #4 (cover art by Greg Land)

Jirni Vol. 3, #5 (cover art by Michael Santamaria, John Starr)

The New Mutants: Dead Souls #5 (cover art by Ryan Stegman)

Old Man Logan Vol. 7: Scarlet Samurai (cover art by Mukesh Singh)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered (cover art by Ashley Witter)

The Dead Hand #4 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire)

And which were your favorites?

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July 10, 2018: On meteor and lightning strikes and lottery wins!

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My father was a student of the lottery.  Growing up, I remember him sitting in the kitchen every night, assiduously reviewing data amassed from years of weekly draws, every set of winning numbers carefully transcribed in a  set of dedicated books.  He would pore over these like a cryptanalysist seeking out hidden patterns, looking to identify elusive numerical biases.  When he passed away, among the things he bequeathed his loved ones was a set of lottery numbers my sister has since played on a dedicated weekly basis going on thirteen years now (along with a second set of potential winners that, mysteriously, came to ME in a dream some five years back).

I remember working on a show many, many years ago when, during a snack break between scenes, I got into a conversation about sin taxes – taxes on alcohol and cigarettes.  “How about a tax on stupid people?”offered…

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