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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
  Posted by Tony on 10/29/2003 04:28:00 PM :


That "good editor" post isn't intended as a slam at our esteemed editor Dara Naraghi, the Godfather Tim Fischer, our lovely and talented cover/layout artists Steve Black and Tom Williams, or anyone else involved with Panel. Gentlemen, your masculinities are large and encompassing.

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  Posted by Tony on 10/29/2003 04:27:00 PM :


A Good Editor
My friend Chris, who works at Cleveland Scene (think the Alive, but with the Lake Effect) just got the following piece of feedback from his editor:

Chris: The story is attached. I thought you handled
this fucker really well. Some of this shit is just
hilarious, but the way you handle it with a passive
narrator sets it off perfectly. Fucking artful, my
brother. I left some notes in the text, as you'll see.
The start might be a little on the slow side, and
there are a few minor things, but for the most part,
it's a first rate charge out of the gate. fucking
money ball. Your masculinity is large and
encompassing. Why don't you work on it again and kick
it back to me tomorrow. we'll roll with this fucker
for next week.Talk to you when I get in. I bow to your
greatness. -pete

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  Posted by Dara on 10/29/2003 01:33:00 PM :


Glory Glory Hallelujah

I just shipped off BigCityBlues to Brenner. Panel was sent in last Saturday.

Holy mother of god and all that's holy, these 2 books just about killed me! Next time I get involved in putting books together, I'll make sure that I only go at it one at a time. Live and learn.

On the plus side, what a rush! The 40-page Panel anthology with all sorts of goodies from the guys in the Panel group, and the 48-page BigCityBlues collection featuring stories by your truly and artwork from 4 talented gentlemen. I can't wait to see the printed books.

And on that note, I'm outta' here. Gotta catch up on sleep.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003
  Posted by Dara on 10/21/2003 10:12:00 PM :


Sorry about the lack of updates...

We've all been too busy working on PANEL: Architecture and BigCityBlues. The books are set to debut at Mid-Ohio-Con on Thanksgiving weekend. Here's a sneak peek at the unfinished covers:

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Sunday, October 12, 2003
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 10/12/2003 08:40:00 PM :


A Look at Graphic Novels
If you get a chance, pick up a copy of the July issue (issue 510) of Locus, the science fiction magazine. It is a special issue focusing on graphic novels. Guest edited by Charles Vess, it has an interview with Alan Moore, short written pieces by Neil Gaiman, Jeff Smith, Bill Willingham, Harlan Ellison and others, and dozens of reviews of graphic novels. It may be hard to find at newsstands now, but your local library might have a copy; although wait a few days before going to Columbus' main library as I have their copy checked out. It is the one with Alan Moore on the cover.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2003
  Posted by Tony on 10/08/2003 02:39:00 PM :



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Friday, October 03, 2003
  Posted by Tony on 10/03/2003 04:54:00 PM :


On the other side

Press releases should be easy, right? I mean, considering how many press releases I see in a day, I shouldn�t have a problem, right?

What worries me is I know how I see press releases. No press release can get a reporter to cover something if he doesn�t think it�s newsworthy. Saying �no� to public relations people is one of the few joys of being a reporter.

Back to the drawing board.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2003
  Posted by Dara on 10/01/2003 01:07:00 PM :


Following Tony

Thinking about Tony's post from Monday...I'm leaning towards the stage name/nickname combination of Phreak Pherret/Biggie D.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/01/2003 01:00:00 PM :


Movies, Movies, Movies...and lawsuits

So I needed a break from working on my BigCityBlues book last night. And my brother was just laying around watching Buffy DVDs he'd gotten from the library, so obviously he was in need of some entertainment as well. We looked up what was showing at the el-cheapo second-run theater and picked Terminator 3. Yeah, yeah, I'd heard all the bad reviews, but frankly I was in the mood for a brainless action flick and Tuesday nights all movies are a mere 50 cents at this place. So off we went.


I'll admit, it was enough entertainment for 50 cents. But that's about it. I feel sorry for anyone who paid $8-10 to see a complete rehash of T2! I mean, really, other than the "evil" terminator being a woman this time, what was original and different about this one? Sad. And to think of all the possibilities had they actually set the movie in the future and concentrated on telling the story of the human resistance. Oh, but maybe they're saving that for T4? Oooooh, good idea. 'Cause it's not like that'll be a direct-to-video flick, if it ever even happens.

So, uh, have you seen this picture of Halle Berry's supposed costume for the new Catwoman movie? It evokes that nostalgic feeling of cheesy 80's music videos by big hair bands, doesn't it? Yes, good times.

In other movie news, lots of lawsuits going around with comic book tie-ins. First, you've got producer Martin Poll and screenwriter Larry Cohen suing Fox for $100 million over the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, claiming that the studio ripped off their unproduced project titled Cast of Characters. Then you've got former Vertigo editor/writer Nancy Collins and White Wolf Publishing jointly suing the makers of the new Underworld movie for ripping off their characters and concepts from White Wolf's line of Vampire and Werewolf role-playing games. You can read the lengthy legal complaint here.

Yep, gotta love that movie making factory. Without speaking to the validity of either lawsuit mentioned earlier, is there no one in Hollywood with a single original idea in their heads? After walking out of T3, I think I already know the answer to that question...

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