In Which We Try To Schedule Our Time
Many of you checking in here know that the biggest industry trade show of the year, San Diego, is almost here. Many more of you want to do your own comics, and, of course, want to show them to us. We, on the other hand, always point you to this,
thinking everyone will, if not follow instructions, then at least show us something we can use.
Larry's setting aside sixteen spots for you serious people to pitch him your projects, so come prepared. I'm sure he'll be polite to you if you aren't, since ever since his dad died and Mimi's mom died and some other personal challenges they've had to face have given him a different definition of what a "big deal" is, so he's not going to tell you to stop wasting his time like he might have online five years or so ago. He probably wouldn't, anyways, because he's actually quite polite in public. But anyway. If you want to show us your project at San Diego, send me an email
and I will spot you a time between 11 am and noon on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to meet with The Chief. He won't do portfolio reviews in these scheduled times, just talk with people who have projects ready to go. Otherwise, you can come up to the AiT booth, #2001, anytime during the week and try to catch him. Because there's nothing he likes more than talking about comics.
I dunno, maybe Blade Runner.
Or Sandra Bullock.
But if you have a book you think is ready to go, or you're just dying for fifteen minutes with The King of Independent Comics, drop me a line, and I'll see you there.
Larry just emailed me to add in this email he wrote on The Engine to help him along with the peoples at San Diego:
"Let's say you want to pitch me something (you have) and let's say I told you what I want to hear in a pitch (I did). Let's say even though I make no secret that I don't want to hear pitches from people (I don't), I have enough talented friends that they still pitch me stuff anyway (they do). Lots of these folks work in creative areas that are not comics, and they pitch me in a way that works in their area of expertise but maybe not so much in comics (also true). Since I get one of these well-meaning calls or emails at least twice a week, I have finally been broken down by the persistence of the talent and have written this down. This is the Holy Word; THE way to pitch me your project. But since everyone's creativity is coming from a different place, I can't show you how to pitch your INDIVIDUAL project. But you've seen STAR WARS, right? Let's say you're pitching me the original STAR WARS as a graphic novel. THIS IS ALL YOU NEED:
"Tonally like the FLASH GORDON serial cliffhangers of old, this 144 page OGN has us meet a desert planet farmboy, LUKE SKYWALKER, who gets caught up in an epic rebellion against an evil Galactic Empire. Guided by a member of the old guard, OBI-WAN KENOBI, Luke is swept up into intergalactic intrigue and machinations along with PRINCESS LEIA (last survivor of a doomed planet) and HAN SOLO (a roguish space pirate). Two robots Luke encounters are secretly carrying plans to the Empire's Ultimate Weapon, The Death Star, and it's up to our unlikely band to deliver the plans to rebel forces in the hopes The Death Star can be destroyed.
"Along the way, they are hounded by DARTH VADER, an evil Hitler-in-space sworn to serve the Emperor. Vader has kidnapped Princess Leia and is holding her aboard the Death Star. After the destruction of Leia's home planet by the Empire, Han, Luke and the rest are captured and brought aboard the Death Star as well. Evading the Imperial forces, the lads decide to rescue the Princess and get away clean. Kenobi confronts Vader, a pupil of his until he turned to evil, and sacrifices himself in a futuristic laser sword duel so his crew can get away.
"Reluctantly, Luke leaves his dead mentor and Han and the boys escape behind Rebel lines, delivering the plans but inadvertently leading the Death Star to their base and imminent destruction. The rag-tag rebel fleet launches a last-ditch effort to protect their base and destroy the Death Star. Led by Luke and with a last-minute save by Han, evil is vanquished and the good guys win. Cue fanfare; happily ever after.
"See? Obviously it doesn't have all the story beats and it doesn't say the droids are comic relief and doesn't even mention Grand Moff Tarkin and Chewbacca, but it tells the three-act breakdown enough that anyone can see whether publishing STAR WARS fits their publishing plan or not. An added benefit is that once you know your story this well, you can pitch the whole thing to a hungover editor on a convention floor in 90 seconds.
"This is the secret to the clean pitch, and doesn't waste anyone's time. They're either on your bus or not. They don't like it, pitch it to the next bus. Metaphorically."
Jeez, I love that.--Josh
In Which Dave "Sumo" Campbell Does The Math For You
is better than Batman Returns
, but not as good as Batman Begins
. It's also not as good as X-Men 2
, but it is better than The Fantastic Four
and is about a third as good as both Superman
and Superman II
combined. It's no Blade
, but it's twice as good as Daredevil
and five times as good as Catwoman
. It would take all the combined good parts of Elektra
, Batman and Robin
, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
to equal half of Superman Returns
, but Superman Returns
would have to be twice as rad to equal The Incredibles
or Spider-Man 2.
Having said that, I'd say it was a little better than X-Men 3
and four times as good as Superman III
(separately.) It's no Swamp Thing
The Black Diamond
superstar JON PROCTOR will be at the AiT compound at San Diego! The Black Diamond
superstar JON PROCTOR will be at the AiT compound at San Diego!
More news as this story develops.