Consumed May 2016 – May 31st, 2016

I finished submitting my script at 4:31AM. I’m done… at least until I have to submit to Final Draft Big Break and the NHMC fellowship… but for now, I’m done. This is me for the next week:

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Here’s what I somehow managed to consume when I wasn’t writing like a maniac.

Television
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Giant robots! Awesome!

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Agents of SHIELD
Blindspot
Bob’s Burgers
The 100
The Flash
Arrow
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – A pretty great season finale.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Movies
Captain America: Civil War – Everything I expected and hoped.

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The Nice Guys – Ryan Gosling goes for the funny. I like it.

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Music
Frightened Rabbit live @ The Fonda – I have been loving this band for a decade. So great to see them live.

Books
Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte – If a thesaurus were to masturbate, you’d get this book.

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Comics
Locke & Key – Finally finished the whole thing. It’s pretty goddamn great. No wonder they want to make it into a TV show.
The Walking Dead (The Alien) – Maybe the best single issue of The Walking Dead I’ve ever read.
Captain America: White
Revenger
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five
Codename: Baboushka – Met the artist. Love her style.
Our Love is Real – Not as disturbing as I thought it’d be.
DC Comic’s Bombshells
Birthright – Pretty cool idea
iZombie – The comic is nothing like the TV show.
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Doctor Strange
Black Canary – So damn good. Want more!
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl – Tons of fun!
The Surface

…and good night.

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Ten Years of Frightened Rabbit – May 26th, 2016

I saw Frightened Rabbit live just a few days ago. During the show, Scott mentioned that this week was the ten year anniversary of their first album. Holy rabbit!

That means it’s been ten years since I first saw them live. That’s right, I first saw them in support of their debut album, Sing the Greys, at SXSW… which means it’s been 10 years since my first trip to SXSW.

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Where the hell did all that time go?

Yeah, I know I promised a longer post this week but it’s chaos at work and I have three essays due for fellowship applications so I’m cutting myself some slack. On the plus side, I’m giving you another week to vote for your favorite comic book cover artist.

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Hacking Sleep: The Cat Nap – May 19th, 2016

When you’re dead tired, do you know how to fight exhaustion? By sleeping! Specifically, by taking a cat nap.

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Want to maximize that nap and not accidentally doze off for three hours?

1) Set an alarm for 15 minutes. Don’t sleep for longer.

2) Set a second alarm and put it far enough away that you have to get up to shut it off.

3) Nap with the lights on.

4) Drink a small tea or coffee before napping.

As for my writing, the deadlines loom large. Then I learn this fun little fact.

So I’m submitting the second most popular drama spec? Guess I can expect a lot of competition.

Cool. Bring it.

But first…

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Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite comic book cover artist. This poll will close in one week.

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Hacking Sleep: Water Logged – May 12th, 2016

With all these upcoming deadlines, I need to sleep less and wake up earlier. How can I ensure that I wake up early? There’s this method…

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Or I can drink a lot of water before bed. I’ll let The Simpsons explain.

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5:04AM? Yes, please. And wish me luck.

But before I go, I see that the Austin Film Festival has been tweeting stats about their spec competitions. That all nice and such but let me provide you with robust infographics.

First, One-Hour Dramas.

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Create your own infographics

And for my Half-Hour Sitcom brethren.

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Create your own infographics

Break a leg.

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Hacking Sleep: Lights On – May 5th, 2016

With an ungodly amount of writing due and a hectic day job, I have to cut down my sleep to 4 hours a night or less. How do I do it?

I sleep with the lights on.

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Is it unhealthy? Probably. Am I reaping diminishing results? Yes. Is it working? Sort of. But I’m on deadline, so don’t judge me too harshly.

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Consumed April 2016 – April 30th, 2016

April showers bring… actually, we really didn’t get any April showers in Los Angeles, and they sure didn’t bring me much of anything because I’m still banging out this iZombie spec. That’s right, it’s still not done. Am I worried?

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Therefore, this update will be short and sweet, right?

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Let’s go.

Television
Gotham
Blindspot
Doctor Who – Finally started the season where Capaldi joined. Have only seen the season premiere but this is my favorite moment so far.

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
iZombie
Justified – Only ever manage to watch this while traveling but damn, it’s good.

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Arrow
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Daredevil
Catastrophe – So glad this is back.

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The Flash
Bob’s Burgers
Crazy Ex- Girlfriend – Goddamn, this show keeps getting better and better.

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Movies
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Best unintentional comedy of 2016.

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Aliens – Maybe one of the best goddamn movies ever made. Just bad ass.

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Music
The Kills, The Big Pink & LA Witch live @ The Mayan  – Holy s**t, I miss live rock n’ roll.

Books
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe – A must read for anyone considering a career in the comic industry (emphasis on industry). Uncompromising. Brutal. The naked truth.

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Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt – Creepy as f**k!

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Comics
The Punisher
Tokyo Ghosts
Plutona – In the best possible way, a super hero comic version of Stand By Me.

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Saints
Ringside
Rat Queens
Monstress – Holy crap, this comic is 13 kinds of awesome.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five
Black Magick
Citizen Jack
Limbo
DC Comic’s Bombshells
Deluge
Karma Police
Past the Last Mountain
The Spire
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft – Just an epic comic. Can’t wait to read more.

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The Walking Dead
Jupiter’s Circle
Invincible
iZombie
Virgil – A brutal revenge story from a unique perspective.

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And that’s a wrap on April. Would love to chat more but I have a ton of writing so this is me.

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Except that I’ll mostly be doing my writing at night. Mostly.

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Judging A Comic Book By Its Cover (2016 Eisner Nominees) – April 28th, 2016

Comic book covers can be a controversial topic. Some feel that art by anyone other than the interior artist is tantamount to bait-and-switch. Others see it as a way to maintain buzz — witness one book that had over 20 different covers for their first issue. Regardless, we can all agree that sometimes they’re just beautiful as f**k, so let’s celebrate those nominated for a 2016 Eisner for Best Cover Artists.

David Aja for Hawkeye, Karnak & Scarlet Witch

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Amanda Connor for Harley Quinn

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Rafael Albuquerque for Ei8ht & Huck

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Joelle Jones for Lady Killer & Brides of Helheim

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Ed Piskor for Hip-Hop Family Tree

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Which cover artist do you love most? Heck, pick two.

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Why I Already Lurv Rogue One – April 21st, 2016

By now I assume you’ve all seen the Rogue One trailer.

Me, I already LOVE this so much that it scares me, and I’m not one of those people that loves all of everything blindly. I had my defenses up for The Force Awakens despite the amazing trailer. I love cautiously (ask any of my exes).

So why is this one getting to me?

One, it appears to have a strong female lead that’s not an innocent. She’s been bad. She rebels.

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Then we’ve got some great casting, like Diego Luna…

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…and Forest Whitaker.

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You know you want to see him grab a lightsaber and go all Ghost Dog.

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But most importantly, this is the kind of Star Wars movie I would have written. See, I’ve been writing spec scripts for all the television fellowships and my favorites have been where I take one forgotten story thread, usually based on a throwaway moment/character/remark, and I weave something brand new from it. I’m the guy that would have asked, “I wonder how they got the Death Star plans?” and then have written that story.  That’s why I’m already in love with this goddamn movie.

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Good or bad, I’m ready to be heart broken.

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The Emerald of My Eye – April 14th, 2016

If you LOVE comic books then you owe it to yourself to attend Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon. While it has a strong cosplay element…

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ECCC lacks any major television and film presence (no offense to the actors signing but the con had no Film/TV premieres or studio/network panels). The focus of this con, the third largest comic book convention in the United States, is comic books.

Personally, I enjoy the size and scope of its artist alley. It’s great discovering up and coming talent seated right next to comic book royalty. This year, I met plenty of potential collaborators, along with a couple of comic book editors. But enough of my blah, blah. Let’s check out my stash.

Here’s my haul…

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In greater detail, Joyride #1 signed by Jackson Lanzing (Writer), Collin Kelly (Writer), Marcus To (Artist) & Jorge Corona (Cover) and HeartThrob #1 signed by by Robert Wilson IV (Artist) & Babs Tarr (Cover).

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4 Kids Walk into a Bank # 1 signed by Matthew Rosenberg (Writer) and Goldie Vance #1 signed by Hope Larson (Writer) & Brittney Williams. (Artist).

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Power Ranger #0 signed by Kyle Higgins (Writer), Mairghread Scott (Writer) & Corin Howell (Artist) and Archer & Armstrong Gold Edition #1 by Rafer Roberts and David LaFuente.

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Maiden of the Machine: North and South by Caitlin Like and Heist: Best Laid Plans by Danielle DeMartini.

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Wayward #2 signed by Jim Zub (Writer) and The Fix #1 signed by Steve Lieber (Artist).

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Whiteout volume 1 signed by Steve Lieber (Artist) and Stringers signed by Justin Greenwood (Artist).

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A couple of prints by Cameron Stewart. I know the first is Jessica Jones but whoever can ID the second gets a beer.

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Furiosa by Kris Anka.

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Oh, there was also karaoke and comic creator arm wrestling, but some tales are meant to be secrets… okay, here’s a glimpse.

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See ya at the next con.

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To TV or Not to TV – April 7th, 2016

Last night I presented a beat sheet of my iZombie spec to my writing group and I got some great feed back. I’m ready to make adjustments, jump into a proper outline, and then pivot into scripting. Then it’s time to practice some project stacking. If I’m writing my spec then I need to start (re)breaking my undercover cop pilot. Technically this is a rewrite of a pilot I scripted last year but so many elements have changed that it’s like starting over again from square one… maybe square two.

But what about after that? I then confront the age old question: be a Jack of All Trades or a Master of One? Diversify or deep dive? Date around or commit to one… oops. Let’s ignore that last analogy.

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Do I focus on another television project or do I try my hand at features and comic books? Is it better to have a diverse portfolio or is that diluting my focus? Right now I’m currently brainstorming the following…
-A sci-fi roommate comic book (or possibly a “comic strip”). Think of SPACED after snorting a line of uncut RICK & MORTY.
-An 80s haunted house feature. I’m already building an EPIC soundtrack!
-A New Orleans set monster movie. I started this last year and I really should finish it (but that haunted house idea is calling).
-A pilot about a cult.
-A pilot about stopping Armageddon.

I could keep going but these are the ones that have passed the “let me sleep on it” test. That’s one comic, two features and two television pilots.

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What’s the best thing for me to do: go all in with television or hedge my bets? What have you done in the past? How did it work out?

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