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“Hey,”said Ashleigh as I walked by her office this afternoon, stopping me in mid-stride. “I shredded those documents.”
“What?”I asked.

“Those documents you dropped off this morning and asked me to shred,”she sunnily informed me. 

“You mean ‘sent’,”I corrected her. “You ‘sent’ those documents.”

“No, no,”she casually shook her head and leaned back in her chair, just a hint of smile on her lips. “I’m sure you said ‘shred’.”

“No, I’m pretty sure I said send. Why would I give you a buckslip with my accountant’s name and address on it, paperclip it to a bunch of documents, and ask you to shred them?”

She shrugged, not the least perturbed, and murmured “I don’t know.” as if to imply “Hey, what’re you getting all annoyed at me for. You’re the one who wanted the documents shredded.”

Anyhoo, so long as the documents eventually found their way to my accountant, shredded or otherwise, I’m okay with it.

Well, the ball’s in my court. Paul handed off the Atlantis script, halfway completed, and it falls on me to finish the job. Tomorrow, I’ll re-read the outline, read what we have so far, and get to work. It’ll certainly be interesting shifting back into Atlantis mode.

Oh, hey, so I’ve picked up a slew of comic book titles over the past week and a half and am trying to get in a good 5-6 issues a night. The plan is to continue following the titles that hook my interest and drop the titles that fail to wow me. So far, not so much wow. Quite a few underwhelming entries and a few fence-straddlers that I’m willing to give another shot to impress. There are a couple I’ve found intriguing but have proven a bit overwhelming in terms of backstory and developments. I thought Hawkeye was dead. Who’s the new Captain America? When did Mockingbird make a return to the Marvel Universe? What happened to Max Mercury? I’m assuming Impulse is Kid Flash? If so, why the hell change to a lamer, younger name? The last time I checked in on Hal Jordan, he was the Spectre. What gives? And again to all you comic regulars out there, if you had to choose your three favorite titles presently being published, what would they be?

Some Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? discussion –

Dasndanger writes: “Anyway…what didn’t I like about Walker? What did I find prickish? Well, yes – his reaction to Deena invading his privacy.”

Answer: Really? I thought he was perfectly justified. How would you have reacted in a similar situation? Wouldn’t you be upset?

Dasndager also writes: “It was the flow of her dialogue…it flowed like an adult’s, not like that of a child her age. (Granted, I do know a couple kids that age who speak like adults, but it sounds just as unnatural on them as it did on her.) It was the stuff at the beginning – later in the book her dialogue flowed a bit better. So, it’s not necessarily WHAT she said, but how she said it, that didn’t work for me at the start.”

Answer: I thought her dialogue and, in particular, her metafictional soliloquy on the almost rough, comic-book quality of the people in her world hinted to the fact that she was more than just some cute kid.

Dasndanger also writes: “Do I pick up every single book and get the whole story, or do I sacrifice the ones I don’t normally read, and then, HOW THE HELL DO YOU FILE THESE THINGS???!”

Answer: If the crossover story is intriguing enough, I’ll pick up the other titles (and you’d file them by title, not story, although if you don‘t normally pick up those other titles, you can file those single issues within the body of the title you do collect.). If it doesn’t hold my interest, that will usually deep-six my interest in following any related title including the one I happen to be reading.

Hey, last chance to submit those questions for author Brian Michael Bendis!

Today’s pics: Some early shots of Destiny under construction in Stage 4.

Today’s video: Ashleigh reveals how much she is enjoying working with me. Alas, I experienced some technical difficulties and accidentally cut her off, but I can assure you it was all good.

Today’s entry is dedicated to AV Eddy’s buddy Simon.

Mailbag:

Davidd writes: “Joe, I wanted to know what you think of the Vancouver Film School……good? Not-so-good?”

Answer: I’ve heard good things about it.

Ytimyona writes: “Any chance Fire might turn into a 90 minute episode? If it’s a tight script, why not? I hate to see significant parts of the story disappear because of a time limit! If all 20 minutes end up being cut, any chance it’ll be put on the special features of the DVD (like with Morpheus in SG-1)?”

Answer: We’re looking at all possibilities. Like I said, the episode is pretty damn tight and even feels like it’s missing a couple of scenes and sequences I would love to see.

Bailey writes: “You haven’t sold me yet on there actually being an SGA movie, but keep trying!”

Anwer: Actually, I’m not trying to sell you on anything. I’m just relaying where things stand. If I knew the movie was dead, I’d say so. What’s to be gained from keeping everyone in the dark if it isn’t going to happen? I realize there’s a big negative vibe out there and I understand where it’s coming from but from where I’m sitting and given what I know, I’m not at all worried.

Nathaniel writes: “Since you kind of started talking about it a little in this post could you please explain why the different series are “run” by different production houses?”

Answer: SGU, SG-1 and Atlantis are three different productions made up of very different elements in terms of cast, crew, and innumerable other elements – so it make sense that their operations will be separate. Although they’re all part of the franchise, and many of the players are similar (ie. studio and network), they are individual entities.

Nathaniel also writes: “To me this seems a horribly hard way to secure funding. Instead of being the production company that brought you SG-1 (aka a proven track record) your a whole new company.”

Answer: No, the main players remain consistent, specifically the creative and the studio.

My Initials Are RDA Too writes: “It made me wonder if there was a chance of having Joel on a Q&A someday?”

Answer: We already did a Q&A. Questions were sent his way but Joel’s been quite busy of late, working on a little show called Universe. Still, I’m sure his responses will eventually make their way here. This blog aint going anywhere. That I know of.

Daniel Willis writes: “Do you know if work experience has been allowed in the past? I only ask because I wonder if it would be allowed in season 2.”

Answer: Most of the crew has been with us since the start of SG-1. We doubled our personnel when we ran both shows side by side, then collapsed that group into one again for Atlantis’s last three seasons. The new faces we are bringing in for universe have been writers, directors, DP’s and the like. This franchise is a particularly tough nut to crack for entry-level positions given that the people already on staff have a wealth of experience seasoned by many, many years in the Stargate trenches.

JJ writes: “Lou Diamond Phillips also directed his new film Love Takes Wing.
So will he direct an episode of SGU?”

Answer: No plans for Lou to direct an episode at present.

Dasndanger writes: “Me? Well, I’m simple and you know what would make me happy…but not so sure the others will be as easily satisfied. You’ve got a challenge ahead of you, that’s for sure.”

Answer: Well, regardless of how easy you are to please, I have a feeling you’ll especially enjoy the movie.

ChelleDeBoer writes: “Do you have any special or unique family traditions for Easter??”

Answer: Alas, I won’t be in Montreal this Easter but will be celebrating here in Vancouver. The dogs are especially looking forward to the big feast.

Michael A. Burstein writes: “I don’t know anything about Iron Man and Giant Man, but I could probably find out for you.”

Answer: I believe Iron Man killed him (accidentally?) during Civil War.

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Re: the short story… how did our hero get out of the room?”

Answer: He was never in a room. I was drawing a parallel between being stuck on a scene as a writer and being stuck in a room as a gamer.

Major D. Davis writes: “1. Will Andy be directing Life?

2. I just found out there will be gay characters on SGU. Will the fact that they are gay come up in the story often or will it be an every few episode occurrence.

3. Will Richard Woosley make an guest appearance in Universe?

4. Will Universe have a lot of straight out relationships or will it be subtle like in Sg-1 and Atlantis?”

Answers: 1. No.

2. I’m not sure what you mean by “often”. The story dictates the degree of a given character’s (be he/she blond, left-handeded, gay, or walks with a limp) involvement in an episode. However, if you’re asking whether their sexuality is going to be the focus of every scene they appear in – then the answer is no.

3. Not as of yet.

4. Given their situation – stuck together, stranded on a ship with no seeming hope of getting hope – it makes sense that relationships will develop.

 

 

59 thoughts on “April 8, 2009: “Was that shred or send?”, the Ball is in my Court, Comic Book S.O.S., More Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? Discussion, and the Mailbag

  1. To answer some of your comic book questions:

    The new Captain America is actually Bucky Barnes, the original Cap’s sidekick who was believed to have been killed in WWII.

    Green Lantern: Rebirth showed that Hal Jordan had (years prior) been possessed by the Parallax entity (which was living in the central power battery on Oa, given GL rings a weakness to yellow, the color of fear). Parallax and the Spectre clashed inside Hal who eventually made his way free of both and became Green Lantern again. The new Spectre is dead cop called Crispus Allen.

    Max Mercury was possessed by an evil speedster named Rival (an old enemy of Jay Garrick) and disappeared into the Speed Force. Impulse (Bart Allen) was shot in the knee by Deathstroke in issue #1 of the current Teen Titans series (currently at issue #70 I think) and became Kid Flash after knee surgery. Since then he disappeared into the Speed Force, became the new adult Flash (after Wally West disappeared) and died, only to be brought back to life (as Kid Flash again) by the Legion of Super-Heroes. Confusing, ain’t it?

    Now a question of my own: given the run time on Fire, who makes the ultimate decisions as to what gets cut and what stays? Robert? Brad? Or someone else?

  2. So, Joe…you trying to bribe me?? If so, it might just work… 😉

    I REALLY must go home, but to answer one question – Captain America is Bucky.

    Also, the thing about Walker being upset with Deena – I get why he was upset, etc…but that wasn’t why I thought he was…ya know…it was more his hot-headedness over everything. Of course, if you’ve read more than the first book, then you may have a perspective of the character I do not yet possess. But I’ll get back to you with more…brain is rushing out the door, while body still sitting here, pecking away at the keyboard… 😛

    And I’ll get back to you on my three fav titles…but it might be easier if you tell me which ones are falling flat to you, and what – exactly – you’re looking for in a book, then I won’t recommend something you’ve already written off as crap.

    Ack! Really gotta go…but *smooches* for the reassurance! 🙂 Maybe now I won’t hide like a coward (as I had planned), waiting for internet feedback from folks much braver than me before I dared to watch…

    I am such a big baby sometimes. 😀

    ACK! The time!!! Ciao!

    das

  3. Hi Joe,
    Thank you for responding to me.
    I am cynical by nature, so forgive me for carrying that through to the SGA movie.
    I certainly hope and even pray that it will be made, as I am a SGA fan first and foremost, and everything else Stargate is just of minor passing interest to me.
    I will keep coming back to your blog for further news, and wish you all the success in the world with your new ventures. 🙂
    Happy Easter!

  4. Hey Joe, I enjoy your site and just wanted to take a sec and congratulate you on your Leo nomination.

  5. Whooohooooo!!!

    Pictures of the Destiny set which don’t exactly tell much except that the ship won’t be colored pink with purple dots (sigh of relief), Keep em coming 😛

  6. Expanding on the relationship question, I just realized the only openly expressed romantic relationship between two main characters in either Stargate series was Rodney and Jennifer. Will there be any main character relationships to that degree aboard the Destiny?

  7. Hmmmmm, and I wonder why in the world you accidentally cut off Ashleigh’s comments. LOL!! could be she really did think you said SHRED!! close sounding phonetically.. Thanks for the ship building pictures, Ah progress!
    Have a great day!

  8. Ashleigh seems to have figured you out quite well. That didn’t take long. Either she is really good or ….. she’s probably just really good.

  9. It’s nice to see that you get along so well with your staff!

    Thanks for the update on what’s going on in the wonderful world of StarGate.

    Sorry, but I have nothing to contribute to the comic book discussion, but it looks like there are plenty of very knowledgeable people here on the blog. I’ll just watch quietly from over here.

    The whole sexual orientation and its role in SG:U brought an odd thought to mind. Joe, have you ever read Ursula LeGuin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”?

  10. Gosh, I forgot, Happy Easter and Passover to all!

    @Das: Todd would have you for lunch, darlin’, you’re way to easy when it comes to him 🙂

  11. Sorry to keep bugging you!! Now I feel bad!

    I dont know if “work experience” means the same as it does here… Basically what I am thinking is a week/2 weeks experience with maybe the locations or art department etc… Nothing paid, but just to get some experience behind my belt. I would be willing to help out in the offices – anything!!

    Promise this will be my last comment regarding this! Thanks heaps for answering my previous questions.

    Daniel

  12. @ Deni B. – No worries about me and Todd. I’d bring along snacks! 😀

    😐

    Yeah…I wouldn’t stand a chance… 😛

    das

  13. Recent news posting at Gateworld about the greenlit SG-1 movie has some quotes from RDA’s website. I believe he calls the food eaten at the SGU dinner ‘mediocre’.

    Did you guys go to Fuel for that? And if so, doesn’t that make RDA’s comments somewhat of a challenge for you? Maybe when they’re filming the SG-1 movie you can kidnap him and take him to a 30 course meal or something to convince him otherwise.

    Also, not directly related to that, if the SGC sets have been taken down (*sniff* I always wanted to walk through those), will they have to rebuild them for the SG-1 movie? Or has that not even been considered yet.

  14. Now that the Icarus base set takes the place of the previous SGC will it also take that place in the show? by which I mean is Icarus below the depths of Cheyenne mountain?

  15. Hi Joe!

    Thank you for the blog dedication. It means a lot.

    Thanks also to ytimynona, PB Mom (cool story about your dog and your son), ShiningWit, Deni B., dasNdanger (agreed about Calista), Narelle, and all of the anonymous well-wishes. I can tell you he is feeling better today and only got me up once last night, so I truly believe you have helped.

    Now, to put this in perspective, he’s 10 yrs old, just went blind in one eye, is on insulin, and can’t walk a block and back w/o stopping a lot, but he’s eating better and has more energy today. Thanks everyone! 🙂 🙂

    Chelle, I hope this Easter is as happy and peaceful as can be.

    Anne Teldy, peace and health, eh? I understand how much a MRSA can take out of a person, so I will definitely keep you in my prayers.

    I hope Ashleigh works at the studio a long, long time. She rocks!!! 😀

    Thanks, Joe, for the early Destiny pics. It’ll be interesting to compare those to the finished videos/pics we’ll see in the future.

    Have a lovely night, everyone!

    eddy

  16. Okay…lemme see… Hawkeye was resurrected when reality was restored to normal after House of M. He later joined the New Avengers as Ronin, and is still with the New Avengers, as himself, and as their leader. Bullseye is ‘Hawkeye’ on the Dark Avengers team. Mockingbird is found as a Skrull captive and returns to earth during the Secret Invasion event that just finished. At least, I think that’s how that all goes. She still wants to dump Clint, though.

    Oh…damn. Can I just say that LIFE is the best freakin’ show on tv right now? Whoa…good stuff.

    Joe…getting back to the whole thing between Walker and Deena. I really don’t know how I would have reacted in a similar situation…I’m not that private of a person, ifyouhaven’tnoticedbynow. 😛 However…if somebody say…repositioned all the action figures on my desk… there would be hell to pay!

    “(and you’d file them by title, not story, although if you don‘t normally pick up those other titles, you can file those single issues within the body of the title you do collect.).”

    Okay. You win the ‘who can out-geek who’ contest! 😀 Aaaand…I’m guessing you have a very neat sock drawer.

    I wish I could play more – but I gotta run…again…

    das

  17. Thanks for the pics and for answering my questions.
    So are you saying that you will write the second half of the Atlantis movie?

    Happy Easter,
    Major D. Davis

  18. Hey Joe, have you seen the promo video from SciFi? There were a few new scenes of Universe in there and there’s a debate going on over at Gateworld on whether or not the gateroom we see in the video’s actually the SGC or Icarus Base.

    Wonder if you can clarify that for us?

    Thanks.

  19. How long do you think it will be before somebody comes up with a giant turkey that brings presents on Thanksgiving?

  20. Guh…tonight has just been a mess. Missed Tyler McClendon – he had stopped by the WDC at Gateworld earlier, and I wasn’t over there. Bummer. I wanted to ask him about Watchmen. Oh well…hopefully he’ll be back. I should be in bed, big day tomorrow – but I’m still running around like a head with my chicken chopped off. 😛

    So…where were we? Oh, Calista. In retrospect, yes…I can see how much of what she said related to the fact that she was something more than what she appeared to be. However…like I said, I see that in retrospect. But as I was advancing through the book, it was a bit like speed bumps in an otherwise smooth story.

    That said, I talked to my comic book guy tonight, about this book. He shed some light on a few things, including some things about Walker that might tempt me to read further into the series. The guy loves Powers – in fact, I called him to see if there were any books he could recommend to a ‘professional writer’, and the very first one he mentioned was Powers. Go figger. 😉

    Of course, I have a whole boatload of stuff to get through before I dive into anything new…including the rest of the Elric books. I think I just might give up the internet and tv for a bit, and get caught up a bit, just so I do have room for anything tempting that might come along.

    Have a good night, Joe! Or…a good morning. Whenever you approve this darn thing!

    das

  21. Wow… Ashleigh is AWESOME!!! Lol I think that was a faux prank so you’ll let your guard down for an even bigger one!
    Does she know how much we all wish we had her job? 😉

    Everyone on Twitter is talking about how awesome LIFE was. Hmm… worth checking out?

  22. Ashleigh sooo has you in her crosshairs! ;-]
    Bet she could nail smoke to a wall!

    BTW, that SGA script had better be beyond awesome there Shred! Cause you just *know* it’s gonna be nitpicked into several timelines/alternate realities….!!

    And oh, **NO** bad rug on Ronon!!!

  23. Ashleigh is one very smart gal, and wonderfully evil. Can’t wait to hear the results of other plans she has for you.

    Thank you for being so reassuring about SGA. As you work on the script, how many pages (minutes) will it be?

    @Anne Teldy – Very sorry to hear about your infections. I hope the new stuff finally kills those little buggers. Thinking about you. And you should be getting a package soon.

  24. Questions for Mr. Bendis:

    How goes the Powers script? How are you enjoying/not enjoying the process? This isn’t your first brush with Hollywood as I remember reading your hilarious account of your first tinseltown experience in Fortune and Glory. Has anything changed or do you find the experience of working for television different from the world of film?

  25. Hey, happy to hear about inclusion of a gay character! I always prefer my TV shows to reflect reality–even my sci-fi. I realize you said you felt a character or two in SGA was gay (I think at one point you mentioned you would tell us someday?) and that’s awesome. But yet, while I don’t think the fact needs to be shoved in the audience’s face every episode (it’s not Queer as Stargate, obviously), it still reminds me of Rowling and her Dumbledore reveal. I’ve never quite understood why, when sci-fi is such a forward looking genre, the homosexuality has to still be kept at subtext or somehow written away. Or made unsympathetic (thinking Cain in Battlestar Galactica here). I know, society and the need to bring in viewers and revenue. I just sometimes wish that a genre so ground breaking in other respects hadn’t still fallen in line with such traditional sentiments.

    Hmm. Anyway, rambling over. Thanks for the great set pics! Can’t wait to see it all put together. Here’s a random set building question: does Stargate make muslin-covered flats for walls? Or is everything solid wood?

  26. hey joe,

    thanks for answering my question about the wraith yesterday. I felt like thanking you this morning so I really need so say how much I appreciate you bloggging every single day. I’ve been following your blog now for a year and a few months and you’ve never missed a single day. It’s quite easy to get used to the daily blogging and forgetting along the way how great it is of you to do it. 🙂
    Every morning I wake up (because I live in europe) I find a new blog from you. You just keep going and not only that. You regulary answer the questions of us fans. Other people do that for a weekend you do it every single day.

    Have a nice day 🙂

  27. HI Mr M!

    Greetings from a very cold and wet Tipperary!

    OK, so I can only say this once a year…..HOLY THURSDAY BATMAN!…done

    BIG HELLO to Ashleigh!!! She is a very patient girl. She definitely has some Irish ancestry.

    Thank you (as always) for answering question. I was a little confused. When will we see the “piece de resistance” in print? Also, thanks for the snaps! I love to see the “build” on the sets.

    Will be off-line for the weekend (for the most part), so have a great weekend, and don’t eat too many eggs.

    Best to all at the Bridge

    Shirt’n’Tie

  28. Re: Iron Man and Giant Man
    Iron man, Mr. Fantastic and Hank Pym cloned Thor (who was missing at the time) and used the clone to try and stop Cap’s Secret Avengers. However the Thor clone was too aggressive and killed Giant Man (who wasn’t Hank Pym but another hero, Bill Foster).
    Hope that helps.

  29. Aha…so, Ashleigh has learned to use her powers for evil, as well as, good. Muwhahaha! Watch your back. She may have crafty minions.

  30. Looks like you met your match in Ashleigh, lol.

    SGA script, YES! Do a good job now, we are all counting on you. No pressure though.

  31. @ anneteldy – I must be having sympathy ‘pains’ for you – just got back from the doctor and what I thought was just a mild throat irritation due to allergies is, in fact, strep throat. 😛 I’m very prone to strep, but haven’t had it since 2001. So far, this is very mild – but I am really, REALLY tired of being sick (although I actually feel quite good otherwise).

    So, anyway – antibiotics again for me, too.

    das

  32. So uh… over on my fav. TV blogging site, (TvSquad) and they have a post about RDA and Micheal Shanks being involved with SGU. Either I missed it here, or it wasn’t mentioned (I do remember something about Shanks so… I prolly missed it. LOL). And I have to say, I’m happy about it. Something about keeping it all together… loose ends and all. Which brings me to the point I wanted to make.

    TPTB, you gentlemen, owe the fans nothing in the grand scheme of things. I know that we have a symbotic relationship, but to be honest, you owe us nothing. But to make the point that you are bringing in char. that are not only near and dear to us, but that would add so much to the “story of Stargate” is wonderful.

    And that is why this group of shows work.

  33. Bonjour joseph! Aprés 4 heures de comptabilité je suis enfin la ouff j’ai cru que cela ne se terminerais jamais!

    Merci pour ces photos et cette video!
    Sa vous direz pas de faire un article en français un jour? car c’est lomg et dure de traduire tout ce qu’il y’a sur votre blog^^.

    Bisou, a demain (en vacance^^)

  34. Joe what do you think about sexism/racism? There have been a few topics on GateWorld about the lack of women on Stargate. And I was just reading this article:
    http://sports.sympatico.msn.ca/Golf/ContentPosting?newsitemid=0835720026&feedname=CP-GOLF&show=True&number=3&showbyline=True&subtitle=&detect=&abc=abc&date=True

    I think people are looking too far into it. Not everything is judged by gender/race, I have always assumed the lack of women on Stargate was due to not many female air force officers and the fact that there is a much larger male actor pool to choose from than female. It seems like alot of the time, the problems come from the people calling for equality rather than the people who are effected.

  35. @ Deni B. – Much appreciated! It seems my safety around Todd is secure…seeing as how I have five, count ’em – FIVE – employees from the NJ motor vehicle inspection station already lined up! (I will spare the cute fella who admired my Wolverine dashboard ornament. 😀 )

    Ah, yes…they failed my car a second time for a ‘problem’ I just spent $600 fixing (worn tire and loose wheel). After they failed me I showed them the paperwork of the repair and they scoffed. I get my work done at a Honda dealership, which – according to them – they do not recognize. Bastards. So, I called the dealership, and they told me to take it to another county because the inspection station in our county fails everyone, all the time. This just really irritates me because I’ve spent hours between taking it through inspection (where there is always a wait), and getting it repaired…hours I could have spent here, buggin’ Joe! 😀

    So, anyway, Deni – with your mother-in-law now – that makes 6 snacks for Todd. That should last him a while. 🙂 Of course, not really sure what I’d do to entertain him. I mean, he seems to like mind games and problem solving and technical stuff. I do have Risk, but how long will he be content playing that, especially once he figures out he can’t feed on the little plastic armies he defeats? Nah…I gotta find something that would really challenge him. Hmmmm…Hey! Maybe I could get him to fix my car!! Heck, he’s already wearing a mechanic’s jumpsuit, and everything! 😉

    (Hmm. I wonder if he’ll do dishes… )

    das

  36. @das: LOL, just had a thought. My mother-in-law would leave such a bad taste in Todd’s mouth, we could forget about the gene therapy altogether. I am cracking myself up today! He’d spit her out and swear off humans forever.

    Re the vehicle inspections, we’ve gone through that when we lived in Miami for so many years and it was very frustratring when you didn’t have a brand new car that was either running too rich, too lean, too something. You’d get it repaired and it still wouldn’t pass. Turns out we had an inspection station like the one you encountered, and it passed with no problems at another station. I haven’t had to deal with that in this city, no vehicle inspections here – one of the few positive aspects of this two-horse POS town. Oh gawd, I’m gonna hear about that, hey? Whatever, I’m not deleting.

    Feel better (can’t believe you’ve got strep now)!

    Hi Joe!

  37. Sounds like Ashleigh really has your number, Mr. M.! 🙂

    Seriously – have you considered that she may be a mole put in place by Baron Destructo for various and sundry nefarious purposes? Watch your back, Joe … 😀

  38. Hope you’re still taking questions for Brian –

    1. As Joe pointed out, Powers is fairly subsersive of many established superhero conceits. What was it like shifting your focus to the more traditional superpowered storytelling of Spiderman and The Avengers?

    2. And how do you find the storytelling opportunities presented in scriptwriting measure up against the freedom you’ve enjoyed in the comics medium?

    3. Was there ever a fan critique that made you stop and say “Hey, they’re right?”. If so, what was it and how did you address it?

  39. Thanks to all for the well wishes. One treatment down; the second tonight.

    das: Sorry to hear we have antibiotics in common again.

    I am so glad I never got into action comics. I would go nuts trying to file those crossovers, too.

    Anne Teldy (Richie Rich fan from waaaaay back. Owned hundreds.)

  40. Das: Strep throat = too much gawping. Scrub Chabal and Todd for a week or so and you’ll feel muuuuuch better 😛

    Joe: I forgot to say thanks yesterday. Thanks for the Atlantis updates as and when they come through. It may not seem it at times, but I am really grateful.

    Anne Teldy: Also forgot to say get well soon and chin up. Am thinking of you.

    Don’t think I forgot anything else. But I could be mistaken >.>

  41. Gee, Joe, the video seems to warn: be careful, be very very careful. Check your six, and mind all of your “Ps” and “Qs” around Ashleigh. She takes no prisoners.

    Anne Teldy:
    Good to see you on-line. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed and hoping the next treatment is a good one.

  42. @Das, I can offer an ex-mother-in-law and an ex-husband(may he rest in peace one day) as snacks for Todd(my ex would be more like a main course, he’s huge!) Hope everyone gets well soon, I’m tired of wearing this haz-mat suit every time I come here.

    Have a good weekend all.

    Moyz

  43. Ashleigh, you must be a saint. God bless all those who are ailing, I feel for ya.

    Happy Easter and a Happy Passover to all!

  44. Was that the real Ba’al who was extracted in the ceremony at the end of Continuum or was it one of the clones? Did the real Ba’al survive the end of Continuum?

  45. What is your former assistant Lawren’s job duties now? I’m assuming Ashleigh took his place.

  46. I certainly hope that wasn’t “the big prank” Ashleigh because it would be an anti-climax. I think you need to enlist some help. Perhaps Carl could scheme with you and don’t forget all of the resources available to you e.g. entire Special Effects dept.

    Cheers, Chev

  47. We trust you to make the transition from Mullie scenes to Mallozzi scenes seamless, even if you do have very different styles going in!

    Speaking of Vancouver crime, Ivon twittered that his car got broken into right near Bridge and his GPS and iPod Touch stolen. What’s the deal in Vancouver? Everywhere I went in Van last week were signs warning of car thieves. The broken glass on the ground proved the point. The bellman at the convention hotel looked very uncomfortable when I asked if our rooms were safe to leave our stuff in. So each time I returned and saw my laptop I was grateful. Doesn’t bode well for the Olympics experience!

  48. There are tornadoes here in Springfield, MO right now, so wish us luck! I’ve had my street totally gutted by one before.

  49. The three best comic books actually being published? Hard question, but I think that I’ll go for (alphabetic ordering):

    * Fables
    * Invincible
    * The Walking Dead

    Runners-up: The Boys, DMZ, The Astounding Wolf-Man (yes, I love Kirkman), Ultimate Spider-Man…

  50. @ My Name Is Scott – Heya – how did you – and Toto – make out?? Hope all is well!

    das

  51. Wow, it looks pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the series to come out!

    I don’t know what the finish product looks like, but it doesn’t appear they are giving much away with these photos!

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