I’ve been surprisingly busy since my return to Vancouver on Tuesday. Not stupid-busy as in months past, but diligently and satisfactorily so. In addition to the various issues that need to be addressed on the home front, there are the various potential and upcoming projects I finally have the time to get around to. On the flight over, I read four scripts – three possible future show runner-related ventures (one script in particular thoroughly wowed) and a horror feature from our old buddy Robert C. Cooper, a positively chilling tale based on a true story. And, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know to what I’m referring. Eventually. Lots of wonderfully spooky moments and a final scene that will positively give you nightmares. I also have a couple of my own scripts I really should get around to finishing, but my priority right now – on the professional front – is Dark Matter, the comic book series I’m working on for Dark Horse Comics along with artist Garry Brown and my editor, Patrick Thorpe. At this point, the hard part has been completed (on my end anyway). I’ve delivered scripts for the first four issues and now, it’s a matter of sitting back and watching the characters and story come to life, from pencils to layouts to inks to color. Truly amazing stuff.
Love Garry’s style and his interpretation of the characters: guileless ONE, no-nonsense TWO, bad-ass THREE, staid FOUR, ebullient FIVE, and compassionate SIX. Oh, and our surprise guest.
I just did the solicitation copy for issue #3. Patrick informs me that the solicitation for issue #1 will appear in the November installment of Previews and will include a two page color sneak preview of the series. I believe it should be out in the coming weeks (if my local comic book retailer is to be believed), so make a point to swing by your corner comic shop and check it out.
In the meantime, here are some of Garry’s pencils to whet your appetite and give you a sense of the series’ visual style.
Haven’t seen much in the way of SF comic books on the shelves, so I’m hoping audiences are in the mood for something a little different. The plan is to start with the opening four-issue arc that will eventually form the two hour pilot of the television series. Television series? Oh, yeah. Once the comic book launches, Paul and I will be heading to L.A. to pitch the property. Ideally, we’d like to set it up as a t.v. show. Idealier, shooting in Vancouver. Idealiest, involving a lot of the same talented/familiar individuals we worked with on the Stargate franchise.
It WOULD be fun to get the band back together. But, first things first. The first issue of Dark Matter comes out in January of 2012. Pick it up!