If you haven’t already heard, great guy and awesome artist Pat Carlucci is terminally sick with Lymphoma.  This really sucks… comics doesn’t really have health care/medical insurance (unless you’re in the Big Two), so if you could, any donations to Pat’s Paypal would be appreciated: darthcrypt1@aol.com

What can I say about Pat that everyone doesn’t already know?  I first met him at one of the conventions- our booths were in the same area and we dug each other’s work.  Stayed in touch via ComicSpace and eventually on DA when I rejoined.  My best wishes to him, his wife, and his family.  I hope he pulls through and we can hang out at one of the shows this year.

Stop by his page for more information and/or to show your support: Pat Carlucci

P.S. Artist Chad Fuller is also having a rough go right now.  Stop by his page, too and show some love.

I just got the e-mail that Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #11 has just been added to the online store!  This issue makes me happy on so many levels… it’s our second issue in the double digits (we’ve finally met and crossed that threshold!!!).  It’s the second time team Thompson, Baal, Baal, and Bedwell have collaborated on a Chaos Campus issue (the first time was the legendary Chaos Campus #6).

But the biggest factor?  The series crossing over into Dan Schaffer‘s Dogwitch universe!  What can I say about Dan and his works that haven’t already said by more focused and well-spoken individuals?!  The guy is a class act, talented, and one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet.  And the Dogwitch series?  I had pretty much given up reading comics, but for a few years it was just Dogwitch and Strangers In Paradise that kept me coming to the comic store on a regular basis.

Though the Dogwitch series ended with #18, the characters live on and I wanted more!  I proposed the crossover idea to him, and he was game!  I did the script, he loved it.  Showed him the art as it progressed, and he dug those, too.  A great time had by all!  🙂

And now, here it is… all that love and work finally paid off!

Spent yesterday lettering CC #16. Three pages to go needing three bubbles of dialogue. I’m sure John will take care of them with ease.

In other news, yesterday I discovered I went too deeply in-depth with all the characters in the new project I’m working on. The characters from the intended prologue took lives of their own and demanded their own story. So now I have two stories. Oy. Now one story has a the cool hook and about 9 decently scripted pages… with 91 pages left of I have no freakin’ idea. The other story has almost fully developed characters, maybe 3 decently scripted pages, pretty much a decent outline and bulk of a full story, but now I have to figure out a sellable hook.

Again I say, oy.

I almost look forward to my crappy day job tomorrow just so I can develop these stories some more.

Oh, and my amount of needed research has just doubled. Weee. @_@

Scarefest was awesome. I missed some good stuff Friday, but I made up for it the rest of the weekend. I didn’t get much sleep (about 5 hours the whole weekend), so I need to hit the bed in an hour or so.

Rum is on my like list so far. ^_^

Filmed all day Sat in a cold warehouse. It was fun but tiring. So much that I pretty much slept all day Sunday.

We filmed for this a while back, but here’s the trailer for it finally!

I’m waiting for my printer contact to jump on IM. I just talked to my Diamond rep and though the pre-orders for Chaos Campus were good, they weren’t phenomenal to the point where we could do some other options. The Wowio thing really messed up the plan for the three one-shots. If my printer and I can’t come up with something we’ll just have to cancel the two issues solicited and re-solicit as a 96-page graphic novel. On one hand I’d hate to have to do that to the retailers and fans who took the time to pre-order. On the other hand, a majority will probably understand… plus I hate single comics and would rather have a nice graphic novel anyway. Getting pre-orders would be a bit tougher, though.

A definite bind, but not something that can’t be worked out. It seems I’m out of the apathetic mind state and ready to fight these impossible odds once again.

LegacyShoot

Avri and I (pictured) went to be an extra in Jason and Roni‘s new indy movie, the Legacy. We were planned to be FBI agents, but we got there a bit late so we ended up being victims. Since we were late I figured they had already wrapped so I wore regular clothes, but brought a change of clothes anyway. So I went down to change and ran into Al Snow and Cyndi and we both were like, WOAH! Didn’t expect to see you here (great times with them at Wizard World Chicago and the Fright Film Fest). So changed clothes and ran back up (we were filming in a warehouse and the freight elevator was awesome). So we had a scene where they were dragging us through a dark walkway and that was fun. I thought that was it, but Jason mentioned we would be hanging from chains and so begun a fun five hours of fake blood and good times.

During filming Al made a joke that I was Eddie Steeples from My Name is Earl (which many people have said I look like, even back when he was just the Rubberband man from the Office Max commercials). Most people understood, but one of the guys really must have thought I was him and had me take some pictures with him on his cell and digital camera.

We all couldn’t wait to go back to our homes to wash off the thick glazed layer of fake blood and lead based paint chips from our bodies and hair.

*****

Watching Jason made me realize where I went wrong on my Chaos Campus movie. I over-thought things, as I tend to do. I had the crew, the material, the equipment. We should have jumped into it and let the chips fall.

Dead tired. Just 4 more months of this. I can do it.

So the SDCC post. I keep putting it off thinking I’ll be able to sit down and do this great blow-by-blow account of it all to do the whole week justice. It’s not gonna happen, my friend. My apologies… this is as good as it’s gonna get. O_o

TUESDAY

Sucked because I spent most of the day in the airport. The plan was to catch my first flight at 3pm, land in Cincinnati, catch the connecting flight to San Diego and arrive at 6pm. There was some sort of East coast crazy weather that messed all the flights up, so I had to wait 2 or 3 hours for a flight to Atlanta and then fly to San Diego. Finally did that and then more crazy weather to where we sat on that plane for ages. We never got to see any of this crazy weather, mind you, which pissed us all off more. So yeah, didn’t make it at 6pm… I made it to the hotel around 2 or 3am. @_@ Everyone was having travel issues, but mine was the worst. Tony was already knocked out, but thankfully Sean was sleeping light enough to where he let me in.

Oh, I did fly my second flight first class. Free booze, free earphones, free movies. I watched Penelope which was very cute and a good movie (in the class of Enchanted). Ricci is very cute as is, but she almost looked even more endearing with the little pig nose. Watched half of 21 which was the better half (I watched the rest when I got back from the trip… it was alright…).

WEDNESDAY

I think this is the day the three of us went for breakfast and I bought a good pair of $5 sunglasses (that surprisingly I STILL HAVE!!!). Tony has great comedic timing, but the thing that stands out was his impression of my dating life that almost made me spew everywhere. He even had a “Man Whore” theme song (he had tons of different theme songs), so I decided I would NOT be a Man Whore on this trip.

We went early to pick up our badges expecting to have to wait for a few hours. It took 3 minutes. The SDCC crew had their stuff together this year.

Preview night’s crowd looked like Friday during regular hours. We knew then this was going to be a crazy packed year with the crowds and such.

Food and drinking… talking and drinking. Good times.

THURSDAY

Kirby’s arrival day. We did the convention and I think this was the day my Uncle Will and Cousin Chris came down to meet up with me. They met Sean and as he was going back into the convention we ran into Rebecca (Dwight‘s girlfriend) and her mom- they had been looking for me all day. We made plans to meet up Friday and off I went with my family. Good times- had dinner and caught up on a lot of things. Very cool night.

FRIDAY

Did the show, it was PACKED.  I can’t remember much of what happened during the day, but later on that night back to the bar for more bar-con. I was pretty wiped out on comics, talking about comics, and anything relating to comics by that point. Tony and Kirby were in their groove and Sean was feeling more like me, so we talked more to one creator’s wife and another creator’s girlfriend. That was fun, but I was pretty much ready to go.

We were going to the other bar just to check on things, then head back, but then EVERYTHING changed. I just felt more at home in the other bar. Not only were the tables and chairs better, but there were more people and more GIRLS! Hung out, chatted, flirted a lot with (Censored 2). The night went on and we eventually had to bail. Met a few more cool people and by that point it was me who didn’t want to leave! But we all did and another great evening.

SATURDAY

Very rough day with a lot of missed meetings.  Lots of backtracking, asking directions, lots of walking… then finally make it to this huge mall Horton’s Plaza and had to climb levels and levels of stairs… but not all in a row. Oh, nooo… they’re all in some random maze pattern where you do some stairs, walk a level, find escalators, go up, oh, no… you have to take stairs down a level as the escalator took you up a level and a half… rinse and repeat. Finally made it on time… hot, tired, pissed, and half my hearing went out. Watched the movie and got most of my amusement from Tony and Sean’s reactions. Good times. I did kinda nod in and out near the end, though.

SUNDAY

Caught up on everything I didn’t do at the convention the other days on this day. Ran into Mike who I thought was one of the New York people who didn’t make it because of the weather, but he came a day or two before I did.

Can’t remember much more… probably did the last bar-con of the weekend.

MONDAY

Kirby had to leave early in the am, Sean went to catch a train, and Tony and I shared a car (not a limo, but not a taxi) to the airport. The airport stuff wasn’t too eventful and was pretty much by the numbers. Made it back that evening.

And I’ve been working my day jobs non stop since then. Except today… my first day off since the 4th of July.

P.S. One of these days Tony joked that I was the Black Jack Sparrow, which was an awesome idea. I think I’m going to give it a test run this Halloween and if it works out I might use it as an alter ego at upcoming shows.

P.P.S. Pictures later… though I only took like 6. We took more in Chicago because I had Avri around to remind me to take pictures. 🙁

The first Chaos Campus one-shot is in today’s Diamond Previews… page 200. On one hand I’m excited… I’ve been waiting for my return to the Previews catalogue, especially being something I’m completely proud of. On the other hand that excitement is tempered greatly by the burden that the issue isn’t finished… I’m still waiting for a fourth of the issue’s inks, I need a new colorist for half of the issue, and the dialogue to the second half isn’t as great to me as it should be. Also I still have to work almost every waking hour to make sure I have money for the print run, but I also have to find time to promote the book so I can have enough pre-orders to have something to print in the first place (catch-22).

If that wasn’t enough stress there’s BSR, Lethal, the next CC one-shot, and other projects.

@_@

P.S. I was going to give an attempt to write about SDCC. It’s not gonna happen just yet. So much I gotta do. 🙁

Hell, I haven’t even had time to upload the few pictures I took yet. @_@

«« Newer Posts  ∞  Older Posts »»