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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lunch With Carmine.

So, I just had lunch with Carmine Infantino thanks to the awesome Christopher Irving. He was interviewing him as part of a NY Comic Creator history book he's putting together and he invited me to tag along.

This is the artist responsible for creating the Flash (Silver Age/Barry Allen) and his entire Rogues Gallery. He also is responsible for helping artists get royalties on their work, getting their artwork returned to them, increasing their page rates, and more. A true unsung hero in not only DC Comics history, but also superheroes and comic book publishing.

He brought a design sensibility to comics and helped bring many major talented artists to DC Comics, even working on the script for the Superman films with Mario Puzo. He partied with Stan Lee and challenged legendary editor Julius Scwartz's storytelling. A creator of many of DC's secondary characters, and one time editor, publisher and president.

I asked him what advice he had regarding writing and he had two pieces of advice. One: write it visually, always be thinking of how it will look on the page. Two: situation, complication, and twist. He had me repeat this last bit a few times and I will be sure to really refine my scripts around this structure.

I long for the days when comics can again be written based around cover art showing some sort of cliffhanger, then leaving it to the writer to come up with some sort of story to really play up this insane idea. It seems the days where comic companies would playfully push each other to create better comics, where rivals would get together for drinks and party, might be long gone.

Let's try and bring this back.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Write Club: Episode 7- "Writers Round Table"

Kurt, Tim and special guest Pete Lenz discuss their favorite authors in this special 2-hour episode packed with special, specialness. Tim discusses H.P. Lovecraft, Pete discusses Philip K. Dick and Kurt breaks it down about Lovecraft and Dick's secret love child Grant Morrison.

Apologies in advance, there was an unforeseen audio hiccup and you may notice a few skips here and there. Major sorries! I'm going to do my best to make certain this does not happen again.

Intro: Combines 2 audio tracks from Rudimentary Peni: "Twitch" & "Imps of The Perverse," with Nick Blinko's Lovecraft monologue. All props go to YouTuber digitalshark.

Outro: “Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You” Ookla The Mok

Images above:
Lovecraft = Bruce Timm
Dick = Robert Crumb
Morrison = I have no idea (let me know if you do)

Discuss the Podcast HERE

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Write Club wgah'nagl fhtagn"

Friday, April 17, 2009

Write Club 6.1: "So Supplemental"

Since we didn't have time to get together to record a proper episode, Kurt and I decided to record some of our works and send them out into the world.

We'll be back next week with some shiny fresh content...



Fixed! Listen here:

All clips and music copyright their respective owners.

Intro: “Vampire” Antsy Pants

“Flash Theme” Danny Elfman

“Teardrop” Massive Attack

“Get What You Need” Jet

“Dan’s Apocalyptic Dream” Tyler Bates

“Pruit Igoe & Prophecies” The Philip Glass Ensemble

“Black Wings” Tom Waits

Outro: “Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You” Ookla The Mok

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Write Club: Episode 6- "With this Ring, I Thee...Write Club!?"

We wrap up our thoughts about DC's Final Crisis, run through some WTF moments in comics, and do some shout outs! Word.

Intro Song: "M1A1" Gorillaz
Outro Song: "Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You" Ookla The Mok

Top 50 WTF Moments
Matt “Tha Rock” LaRock
Kurt’s Ebay Store!

Discuss The Podcast HERE!

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Submit to Darkseid. Darkseid is all.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wolverine ENTIRE MOVIE Leaked Online

I'm sure you've all heard that the Wolverine movie was leaked online. Well, don't tattle on us here at Write Club, but we're all about nerd pride, and want to bring the people what they want.


Write Club: Episode 5- "Stop Talking About Comic Books..."

In this Episode we try to discuss pop culture, but end up talking about comic books. We discuss a bit of Final Crisis (DC Comics Big Season Crossover Event), and give a rundown of our personal Top Ten Graphic Novels/Comic Series' of all time.

Brace yourselves. Nerdishness abound.

Other stuff we talk about:
Saturday Morning Watchmen
Pencil Jack
Tower of Brahma- Kurt's Opus
The Law of Fives

Discuss the Podcast Here!

Intro Song: "Space Odyssey" David Bowie
Outro Song: "Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You" Ookla The Mok

All clips copyright their respective owners.

This episode is so late because none of you are giving us money so I have to work for a living.