Musings from the basement...

(Not quite) a year with Hitchcock

When Jim and I set out in late 2005 to watch every Hitchcock film in a year and write about them all, we didn’t give much thought to whether it had been done before. It just seemed like an exciting project to try, so we did it — an early and incomplete draft ran as a series of popular weekly features on┬ábefore we pulled it offline to concentrate on the book — and it was a lot of work, and we persevered, and it became a book. A happy ending to our story. It wasn’t until much later that we realized others had later attempted to do the same. Seeing how those projects panned out is always interesting. We recently came across A Year…
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Whence Comes, Liberty!

Artist Marcus Kelligrew is providing some exciting art for a traditional superhero story set to appear in my upcoming comic anthology. He’s got such a dynamic style, reminiscent of the action-packed Marvel comics of the 1970s, that I just had to do a story with him. The result was “Whence Comes, Liberty!”, a superhero origin story. We’ve got American soldiers getting amazing powers, cyborg nazis, and loads of action. Below are two panels from the story. They’re not yet inked. When they do, expect them to explode off the page even more than they already do. The anthology remains on target for a mid-summer release.

Inspiring readers is awesome

Jim McDevitt, my co-author on A Year of Hitchcock, occasionally posts to the Hitchcock Wiki’s message board. One of the other posters there is now taking a journey through Hitchcock’s career just as we did. Even better, he is using our book as a guide. How great is that? It’s wonderfully gratifying to know that your work is being read, used and enjoyed by someone. It’s even BETTER to know that you’ve inspired them to take the same journey. Check out his viewing and reading experience in this thread.

“Shackles” – an anthology preview

The following is a rough layout for a story in my upcoming comic anthology. The story is called “Shackles” and it is set in London circa 1778. The art is incomplete, obviously, but gives you a sense for what we’re doing. Click here for a version large enough to read. We took an interesting approach on this one. I penned a conversation and provided the text to independent comic creator and musician Stanley Lieber, creator of Massive Fictions, among others. (Some of you might recall that I remixed some of his music.) No stage direction, no art direction, just some text based on a talk he and I had about the situation and themes we’d be dealing with. Stanley then took that conversation and gave…
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