Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 797 – Who The Hell They Really Are

I don’t want you guys to think that Hunter’s this bad at choosing allies…he’s not. It’s just that everyone in the Known World is AWFUL.

Once again, I just have too much to do to spend too much time blogging. I do want to tell you guys that I saw Hidden Figures last night. I don’t think it really qualifies as geekery, but it’s ABOUT geeks, right? Close enough for me.

Not so long ago, I watched Ryan Reynolds and Taraji P. Henson interview each other about these super personal projects that they had been working on, Deadpool and Hidden Figures. Having now seen both films, all I have to say is, there is a great deal to be said for talented people working on passion projects, because both films were outstanding. Very different from one another, obviously, but both outstanding nonetheless.

Hidden Figures is one of those films that will give you more hope for a crappy world. That’s a good thing to watch in this day and age.

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When I went to post this page, I couldn’t help but notice that Page 800 is up in our dropbox folder. That’s pretty crazy.

You know, I finally rewatched both Age of Ultron and Ant-Man yesterday. Ant-Man was NOT QUITE as good as I remembered, although I still found it extremely enjoyable. (Notably, Michael Pena was no longer taking me by surprise, and that was, I think, the big difference.) Meanwhile, Age of Ultron was WAY better than I remembered, mostly because it’s still a Marvel movie filled with charismatic actors, and because I had absolutely no expectations this time around.

Yeah, that’s all I got today. I’m tired and I have a ton of writing to do, so you get this perfunctory observation on geekery that I’ve already seen.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t love you. You know I do.

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 795 – More Than One Distraction

I love this page. Not much happens, but I think that Will sells what we DO have here extraordinarily well. Pages like this worry, though, because despite Will’s awesomeness, my words are what are driving the page here, and I’m never comfortable under those circumstances.

I look at what I wrote above, and it’s true, but at the same time, this is a time for me to be confident about my writing. I’m going to continue to vaguely allude to the many, many things that I have going on right now, but some of it could be game-changing for me, and maybe for Will too. In most things, I perform best when I perform confidently. (Maybe I’m performing confidently because I’m performing well…but that’s not how it feels.) I need to bring my A-game…which means I need to BELIEVE in my A-game.

To be honest, I have been proceeding fairly confidently of late. Signing with the manager was extremely validating for me…but I have a tendency to rest on my laurels when I’m feeling validated, and that sort of behavior will not do. Not now. I’m super determined to make it happen this time around. Maybe the determination is what’s giving me the confidence, I don’t know.

Anyway, Will really does kill it on this page.

(Medical Update: I spoke to my friend in the hospital today, and he hasn’t sounded that healthy and strong to me in a very, very long time. I imagine that’s HIS confidence at play. My mom’s doctor is prescribing transcendental meditation for her. Better than a triple bypass!)

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What do you do when you’re doing a grayscale comic and one of your Kickstarter backers adds a character with purple eyes? You give the character purple eyes, especially since the character was created by the two young sons of a ridiculously generous friend of yours, that’s what you do. Besides, it’s hard to talk to passionately about a comics done in grayscale when it’s got red blood and golden magic all over that particular page.

I’m watching American Gods, and I think I like the show better than I liked the novel. I was unimpressed with the book the first time I read it, Neil Gaiman has certainly written things that I’ve enjoyed more, and while I definitely enjoyed it more the second time, I’m still finding the STARZ adaptation more to my liking. I’m confident that’s down to the aesthetic you get when you put Bryan Fuller (along with cohorts Michael Green and David Slade) on a television project. There’s just a hint of what I liked about Hannibal, but even more batshit crazy, since it’s on a premium cable channel. Also, Ian McShane is bad ass in anything. ANYTHING.

Man, since I recommitted myself to my writing career, my plate filled up FAST. Not everything on my plate is something I’m fully committed to yet, at least three of the projects are on spec, but I have just enough insider information to know that these are projects that certain studios and/or comic book companies are looking for, as long as I execute them well. Seriously, though…I’ve got SEVEN projects in some level of development, two of which you already know about: Hunter Black and The Brood Mare, Will’s and my contribution to the Terminal Anthology by IMMINENT Press. The other five projects are all fairly ambitious, the least ambitious of which I’ve already been hired for. (I’ve even spent the money in my head. Sigh.)

So there’s a certain amount of pressure on me right now, pressure to deliver to myself that which I have been wanting for a while. It’s a welcome pressure…but it’s also a very real pressure. (I’m sharing some of it with Will, too. What’s that guy got on his plate besides planning a wedding?)

Health scares…health TERRORS…have abounded in and among my friends and family of late. #Squirrel has had them, my mom has had them, one of my very best friends has had them. Everything seems to have come out okay, everyone’s not out of the woods but the trees have definitely thinned, so I’m breathing a lot easier. Needless to say, I’m eating a lot more salads these days. I have no wish to put my wife and family and friends through what I’ve been through in the past year.

Well, that’s my wordy-ass update for the night. I think I just needed an excuse to write something other than a comic script for a while.

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 793 – This Is A Good Distraction

I’m not good at remembering to point cool things out, but I’m remembering today. So, when we did our Kickstarter campaign for Volume One, one of the rewards was getting a character of your creation into the comic. A friend of mine bought that reward and let her kids design the character. This is him, although he’s disguised, and so doesn’t appear in his final form, the one that the kids designed. The monster dog appears as described, however.

Today, as I write this, is Mother’s Day. I’m reaching an age where this isn’t the happiest of days for a lot of people in my life. Two good friends of mine (brothers) lost their mom this past week. One of my oldest friends lost his mother over ten years ago. #Squirrel’s mother is recovering from knee replacement surgery. My mom is dealing with her own health issues.

I say all of these depressing things as a segue to this: DO NOT WAIT FOR THE HOLIDAY. Love your mom, your dad, your spouse, your kids, your friends, your family, whomever you love…love them every day. Demonstrate your love for them as often as you can. If you have the time, it’s never a bad time to call your mom, if only to leave her a loving message. It’s never a bad time to tell a former teacher how much they mean to you. It’s never a bad time to remind your spouse how sexy they are. It’s never a bad time to remind your kids that you love them.

Never feel like you wasted your chances to love your loved ones.

On that note, we love and appreciate you guys. Happy (at this point belated) Mother’s Day!

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