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Someone in the comments rightly pointed out that being an illusionist doesn’t necessarily mean being RESTRICTED to illusions…although I’m starting to worry that we’re getting too predictable. I have no idea where I got the name “Saradna” from, but that makes a decent number of named wizards now: Aeryn Thornheart, Zezem the Cruel, Castigan, Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze, and now Saradna. That’s five. I can tell you that every wizard thus far named plays a part in our story, whether large or small, and there are roles for at least two more wizards…but those are a ways away.

Everyone keep your fingers crossed…today is the championship game of my fantasy football league, and I’m in it. Right now, I’m winning by 18 points, and my kicker has only his kicker remaining. But his kicker plays for the Denver Broncos in tomorrow night’s game, and 18 points is definitely doable, if not very likely. There’s a BIG difference between winning the championship and losing it, at least in terms of winnings, and there’s never been a time in my adult life when I couldn’t use the money!

Also, this is the first time since I met my wife five years ago that I’ve actually finished in the money, so she can finally stop thinking that I’m throwing my money away! I USED to be awesome at fantasy, but as my writing career has become more and more time consuming, fantasy football has been one of the corners I’ve had to most sharply cut in terms of my full attention.

Anybody besides me a passionate football fan? Who’s your team? I root for the insensitively named team from Washington, my home town, although I decided a year or so ago that I couldn’t continue to support them with my dollars until they changed the name. I’m hoping that they wise up and become the Washington Americans some time real soon.

All right, it’s Sunday for me, which means I’m exhausted AND I have to get up at the crack of darn tomorrow. I’ll talk to you guys on what will be Christmas Eve for you!


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Will and I love Jasoom…he’s rapidly becoming one of our favorite characters in the comic. Jasoom isn’t like Hunter AT ALL. He’s not as driven and he’s not as willing to die for what he wants…in fact, he’s not willing to die, period. In Jasoom, I was looking to create a true rogue. All that said, this is not his finest hour.

Will and I had our first sit down meeting in a while today.¬†Our schedules are not as compatible as they used to be, so we don’t get to devote as much time to getting on the same page as we used to. Even before this meeting, though, things were starting to percolate. After today, we have the beginnings of a road map for 2015.

It’s premature for me to start making announcements, but I can say this for sure: 2015 is going to be quite a bit more ambitious a year than 2014 has been. If we stick to our guns and have even a modicum of success, it will be more successful a year than all of the rest of time that we’ve been doing this. A LOT of what we have going on relates to Hunter Black…but there are a few other things on the horizon too…

…if we play our cards right.


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Look at Panel One. Castigan is metal as #$%&. Panel Four is a bit of homage to the time that my friends and I sometimes take planning strategy for an upcoming combat when we’re playing D&D. Fighting spellcasters scares the crap out of us, especially since we have a tendency to play…melee heavy parties. This one time, we got so scared that an NPC might be a spellcaster, we took her OUT in the first round of combat. Turns out, she was planted there to be an ally of the party. Oops.


So I went to see final Hobbit film tonight. (SPOILERS AHEAD!!! READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!) Man, what a stinker. The second film was by FAR the best of the trilogy, and even that wasn’t in the same weight class as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. No matter how hard you try, stretching a single novel, intended for children, over the course of three films, each one approaching three hours, is just plain bad filmmaking. SO LITTLE of this story revolved around Bilbo. His role was most prominent in the second film, and not coincidentally, that’s the best one. This movie was far more focused on supposedly sexy men, dwarves, and elves. Also, Legolas as Superman has been taken way too far. This time, it was all but watching a video game.

Worst of all, despite its best efforts, this film had no heart. I didn’t care one whit about the characters in this film. I felt nothing when Thorin and Fili and Kili died. I mean, I knew Boromir was gonna die in Fellowship of the Ring, but I still felt something when he went. It wasn’t about the lack of shock value, it was just that I wasn’t given a compelling reason to care. Worse yet, Tauriel survived. Her love story with Kili would have been much better served if they had died in each other’s defense. Legolas’ departure at the end would have made more sense, too.

For all that this was an endless action sequence, the film did a lot of telling me things instead of showing them to me. (If you end up seeing the movie, just wait until you hear about Legolas’ mom. This movie was SUCH a stinker.)

All of the above said, Dain Ironfoot is THE BEST. Every time you’ve ever thought about how bad-ass a dwarf fighter can be, this is what you were thinking of. Billy Connolly gives what is hands down the best performance in the film as Dain Ironfoot. (I really wanted him to play Mad-Eye Moody in the Harry Potter films, but Brendan Gleeson was suitably awesome in the role.) Of course, his character is also the only part of the movie that is unabashedly fun.

Oh, the dragon was cool too. But that was done with five minutes into the movie.


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Sorry, Will…every time I look at Castigan, I just see an older and blacker version of you. And yes, if you can’t tell, the hole in the wall is opening completely silently.

This has been a crazy weekend. I’ve worked 20 or so hours at the night job, I worked on three separate comic projects (including Hunter Black), and I’m watching a TERRIBLE movie as research for a fourth. This has not left me with much to say…because unfortunately, I’m not allowed to say anything about these projects…YET.

But there are things coming…not least of which is me going to bed.

#LuckyToBeBusy #YouAreTheThirteen

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You have no idea how many times Will and I have talked about putting together a map of the Known World. (I should take this time to point out that I’m the only member of the creative team that calls it that. I mean, that IS what it’s called, because with very few exceptions, I name the stuff in this comic, and because Will has never vetoed it. Anyway.) Jacob has even volunteered to do the heavy lifting on the map; design is what he does. THERE IS JUST SO MUCH TO DO. Also, I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve ever called Thylian’s Curse by its name. Thylian is the god of magic, and he is the reason that the Thirteen wizards cannot coexist.

So, the midseason finale of The Flash was so good that I saw people referring to the show as “the best superhero TV show ever” on Facebook…and I found myself hard pressed to disagree. I loved it so much…and then I saw the midseason finale of Arrow. #OMG

These shows are so damn good right now. The production team behind these shows is at the top of their game.They are making unexpected choices…and and those unexpected choices are still the RIGHT choices, and that means so much. Agents of SHIELD is also the best it’s thus far been…but it’s a distant third in terms of superhero television. AoS is REALLY good, much better than it was when it first started, and I hate that I have to wait until March for more…but I get The Flash and Arrow back next month…so I’ll be fine.

(I ended up dropping both Gotham and Constantine. They just failed to engage me enough to justify the extra two hours of my week.)

See you all next week!

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