My Next Spec: Hannibal – October 22nd, 2014

Guess what’s gonna be my next spec?

Once I’m back from Austin, it’s time to start reading the season one scripts and reverse engineering season two. Also gotta look up new recipes and interesting ways to kill people.



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The Green Arrow vs The Good Doctor Lecter – October 18th, 2014

After a tough summer and a terrible week, I’m calling an audible. I’ll be attending the Austin Film Festival’s Writers Conference and in preparation, I’ll be locking in my next spec script before I arrive in the land of brisket. Or, more accurately, you’ll be deciding my next spec for me. Will it be Arrow?


I’m thinking “Ollie Goes to the Gym”

or will it be Hannibal?

What ya cooking, Dr. Lecter?

What ya cooking, Dr. Lecter?

You decide. VOTE!

Which show should I spec next: Hannibal or Arrow?

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Long Beach Comic Con 2014 – October 10th, 2014

Babs Tarr has the best dimples in comic. Period. Full stop.

The Best Dimples in Comics

The Best Dimples in Comics

It’s a fact. And no, it’s not because I have a tiny crush on her.

I kinda have a BIG crush on her, and it’s not just because she has killer dimples. And it’s not just because I bought this kick ass 3D print from Babs when I met her at the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con.

Did You Put on Your 3D Glasses?

Did You Put on Your 3D Glasses?

And it’s not just because she’s responsible for the awesome new Batgirl reboot.


I have a crush on her for ALL OF THE ABOVE REASONS. So go buy her new comic. It’s super easy to find it on ComiXology. It’s right there.


See it?


Wait a second, who’s her neighbor? HOLY SHIT! It’s my ex-roommate’s new comic which is also available on ComiXology.

Cause I'd follow these guys down a dark alley.

Cause I’d follow these guys.

Be a good netizen and buy their comics.

A great costume idea for all you Dr. Who fans with twin girls.

A great costume idea for all you Dr. Who fans with twin girls.

Tell you what. Buy both their books and I’ll draw you a sketch.

David, My Ex-Roommate by Me

David, My Ex-Roommate by Me


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My Americans Spec Gets A Little More Love – October 3rd, 2014

Good news, everyone! My spec script for The Americans got a little more love today.

Undeniably Bad Ass

Undeniably Bad Ass

It was selected as a quarter finalist for the Final Draft Big Break contest. Check it out:


With that and Austin, I’m feeling pretty good… HIGH FIVE FOR ME! BTW, in case you’re wondering how I knew I had to spec this show, it was this moment from season one…



God help me but I LOVE writing for a woman like that.

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Rose City Comic Con 2014 – September 25th, 2014

Every industry has their Mecca. Film has Hollywood. Barbecue has Austin. Comics have Portland. Yeah, you read that right. Rose City. Stumptown. The People’s Republic of Portland (love that one). Rip City is “The Hollywood of Comics”.


No, seriously. Don’t believe me? Check out the heavyweights I ran into at the 2014 Rose City Comic Con Artist Alley:

That guy’s face is priceless.

But I digress. My reasons for hitting RCCC were 1) to find a potential artist for my webcomic, 2) to get to better know the comics community and 3) maybe get inspired.

On the first front, I met / got cards for four artists that might be right for my idea. Now if only I could settle on a damn title.

On the second point, I met and talked to all of the above heavyweights but is that really getting to know the community? I dunno. Maybe that’s the introvert in me.

On the third topic, yeah, you can’t help but feel inspired when talking to those titans of the industry. If there was a highlight, it was from the Image hosted panel with Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Greg Rucka. It occured when someone asked “what makes you jealous about your fellow panelists” and Greg Rucka jumped in with an answer so heartfelt that it made one feel both awkward and endeared. By the way, Greg said that he’s jealous of Kelly’s fearlessness and Matt’s control of the form without sacrificing the emotional impact.

That Chewbacca was 7'3" tall.

That Chewbacca was 7’3″ tall.

On a nerdier point, Antony Johnson got name dropped twice during the first day. I guess that when it comes to comic book formatting, he’s the king. I’ve only just started using Scrivner (his software of choice), and I have yet to try his template/method as I made my own template in Final Draft, but I’ll give his a try in the near future.

Overall, it was a pretty awesome convention in an absolutely wonderful town. I’d love to be back in a year with something of my own (if I say it in public enough, I become accountable, no?).

"What's a cassette tape?"

“What’s a cassette tape?”

By the way, I’m gonna steal something from Ben Blacker and share with you what I’ve been reading/watching. While in Portland, I read Cliff Chang/Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman


Great Pacific by Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo…


Animal Man by Jeff Lamire & Travel Foreman…


and Over Easy by Mimi Pond (for a book club).


On the plane I started watching The Strain.


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Get Busy Living – September 23rd, 2014

Oddly enough, one of the last, great, sappy dude movies also debuted 20 years ago today.


Happy birthday to the best Stephen King adaptation ever.

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You Dig It The Most – September 23rd, 2014

20 years ago the best movie of our age debuted in theaters.


Happy birthday to the best modern movie that has has no rival.

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What’s The Most Popular Drama to Spec in 2014? – September 12th, 2014

First, guess who writes a blog and just had his spec for The Americans place in the 2014 Austin Film Festival?


Now, this post isn’t all about back-slaps and high-fives. Like last year, I took the list of second rounders and semi-finalists and created a homemade infographic that answers “what is the most popular show to spec?” Note, I really did make this all on my own in Illustrator, so it’s a little rough.

Here are the number of specs that placed by show (be sure to click on the graphic below to see it nice and big).


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Final Showdown: Hannibal vs Arrow, VOTE! – September 5th, 2014

Holy s**t! In a last minute rally the good Doctor Lecter devoured the Agents of SHIELD.

Hannibal - Season 1

And so we are down to our final two contenders. Both shall enter but only one will emerge the victor.



If you’re up on your geekery, you know that Arrow has been casting like crazy and, unlike Marvel with Agents of SHIELD, they aren’t afraid of using DC characters in the show. Hell, if you read my last post, you know that a bit of casting news just delivered my spec idea a fatal bullseye to the heart. That’s fine. I’ll just have to dig up a different baddie for my script. It’s a challenge I’m willing to tackle.

In the other corner we have the fever dream that is Hannibal. I won’t lie, writing a Hannibal scares me. It’s highly serialized and more about mood and imagery than plot but it’ll be a great challenge for me. Plus I’ll have to dig up at least one amazing recipe where I could substitute the usual protein for that most dangerous game, man. That’s a tasty proposition (I couldn’t resist).

Okay, this is it. Will I be cozying up to the Emerald Archer


or Hannibal the Cannibal?


Will I be crafting passionate moments between masked avengers…


Or plumbing the depths of my darkness for something like this?


Are the young and cross-fit my cast…


Or cops, killers and cooks?


I leave it in your hand.

Which show should I spec next: Hannibal or Arrow?

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One Less Arrow In My Quiver – September 1st, 2014

Although the new fall TV season has yet to start, and the TV writing fellowships have barely started sending notifications — already got my form letter from Warner Brothers — I’m already planning my next spec. That’s right, I’m already brainstorming ideas for the three final contenders in my spec challenge: Agents of SHIELD, Arrow and Hannibal. Hell, I’ll even go so far as to tell you that my Arrow spec idea featured Cupid.


The spec practically writes itself, no?

Why am I so willing to spill the beans? Because they just cast a Cupid and that pretty much kills my spec idea. Still, that doesn’t deter me. I’ll figure out a different story to tell, minus a pretty badass origin for Cupid. Actually, it all depends on which show I spec. Maybe you guys will pick Marvel over DC, or you’ll vote in the good doctor. It’s up to you. So vote.

Which is a better show to spec, Agents of SHIELD or Hannibal?

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