Comic Books, Scripts, Short Stories, and School

The last couple of weeks haven’t been hectic per se, but they’ve definitely been busy.  My girlfriend and I are huge comic book nerds and we started off our ‘busyness’ by attending the Spokane Comicon.  Besides having the opportunity to meet all of the artists and writers we were able to get a small group together and go with several of our friends, which made it all that much more enjoyable.  My favorite part of the con was meeting one of the current Green Lantern artists, Tyler Kirkham.  I am a huge Green Lantern fan, and with DC Comics relaunching their entire continuity last September, Green Lantern and the New Guardians has been one of my favorite runs.  Kirkham was laid back, and more than willing to chat about his work.  I ended buying a print from him (featured left) as well as having several comics signed by him.  I had a great time!  I found some gems, got to hangout with my girlfriend and our friends, and I had the privilege of meeting many talented artists.

In general, May is always a big month for comics.  DC and Marvel usually start their big summer events whilst also laying out a plethora of announcements concerning future arcs.  My work for the Examiner as well as my comic book blog, The Martian Manhunter, can best be described as:  swamped.  DC has a stellar Batman crossover currently running titled, “Night of the Owls,” and Marvel’s “Avengers vs. X-Men” has been a great romp into the mano y mano, brawl territory.  DC also decided to release six new number ones this month to fill-in their six cancellations, which coincidentally corresponds with Valiant Entertainment reformation and release of “X-O Manowar,” their first comic in years.  Needless to say, it has been a busy month for Examiner articles and reviews; and even with June around the corner it looks like the flow won’t be slowing for a while.  “Before Watchmen” is closely looming and if the hype holds true it’s going to be big, and it’s going to be spectacular.  I already put a down-payment on the six-month long series.

As well as participating in the loads of comic book goodness, one of my friends and I have been working on writing a television sitcom.  We’ve been getting together at least once or twice a week to brainstorm and pen the first season of a retailed centered comedy.  We’ve finally wrapped up the pilot, and have been working on the overarching plotline that’ll cover the entirety of the season.  So far it has been a blast.  I’ve never co-written anything before, so it’s been a new experience through-and-through.

Riverside State Park and we discussed possible plotlines, and I think I finally have a ‘solid’ story nailed down.  Hopefully, I’ll crack into it tonight or tomorrow, and I get some words a streamin’.  The goal is to have a 20,000 or so word count that I can publish through Amazon to take advantage of their exclusivity perks.  I want to combine a James Bond-esque character (more anti-hero than not) with classic 1950’s science fiction and the cheesiness of 1970’s science fiction films.  It’ll be silly and over the top, but with any sort of luck…well-written and intriguing.

Also, as apart of my larger life goals, I’ve finally decided that this coming fall would be an appropriate time to return to school, so that I can wrap up my bachelor’s degree (and subsequent master’s) in creative writing.  I’ve had a couple hang-ups due to my hiatus, but in the plus column I did receive a $1,000 scholarship for an essay I did on the importance of unions upon the middle class.  Every little bit helps, and it definitely serves as a nice little ego boost for something that has truthfully been quite difficult for me to return to.

Well, that is a couple moments in the life of a twenty-something.  What’s been keeping you busy?  Work, play…life in general?

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