Just got off a conference call on which I pitched Dark Matter to some interested parties. To those of you who don’t know, Dark Matter is my scifi comic book series scheduled to launch on January 8th, 2012 through Dark Horse Comics. The plan is to kick things off with a four-issue opening arc, and then use those four issues (and the pilot script) as a springboard to a television series (or mini-series). Although my agent suggested I could simply offer a brief overview of the series on this call, I thought it best to deliver the full pitch covering the pilot (first two issues of the comic book) and the series overview. Although I’ll be the first to admit I’m better on paper, the pitch went well. I’m always heartened when people ask the right questions – specifically, those related to character, tone, and production. The next step is to get them the script and those first two issues for holiday perusal.
Speaking of Dark Matter, looks like the March solicitation for issue #3 is out, and it offers a sneak peek at the cover artwork by Garry Brown (see above). The accompanying blurb:
On the heels of a shocking revelation about the nature of their mission, the amnesiac crew struggle to come to terms with their roles—and each other. Meanwhile, a space ship bristling with weaponry pops up on their radar and it doesn’t seem friendly. Will a reckless response to a perceived threat damn them all?
Intriguing, no? The great thing about the lead time I had in developing this series (years!) is that it allowed me to really flesh out the characters and premise, map out the twists, turns, and shocking revelations, and offer plenty of clues for those looking to piece together Dark Matter’s multi-layered mystery.
If you want to learn more about the series, here are my past posts on Dark Matter:
Early character designs of the crew: May 10, 2011: Thanks for the thanks! Transporter: The Series! My Comic Book series!
Early ship designs: May 13, 2011: Okay, try to keep up! The Transporter Team! Dark Matter Ship Designs! Movement on the Anime Front! Stargate: SG-1 Season 6 Memories! Notes on Network Notes! And I Answer Your Stargate Questions!
Early character/clothing designs: May 27, 2011: Getting the Book of the Month Club back on track! More Dark Matter Designs! Mailbag!
Early B&W artwork for issue #1: September 2, 2011: Dark Matter! Carl’s bento surprise!
Early B&W pencils by Garry Brown: September 29, 2011: Dark Matter!
Sneak peak at issue #1: November 3, 2011: Dark Matter Preview! Reminiscing SG-1′s Tenth Season!
Sneak peek at the cover for issue #2: November 17, 2011: Dark Matter #2 cover! News of note!
Another sneak peek at issue #1: November 21, 2011: A Dark Matter sneak peek! My first Dark Matter interview! The Europeans are coming! The Europeans are coming!
And here are the online interviews I’ve done to date along with more sneak peeks of the comic book:
My editor at Dark Horse Comics, Patrick Thorpe, informs me that Dark Matter will be available through Dark Horse Digital for those you residing outside North America or those who prefer the convenience of online shopping – and reading. Check it out here: Buy digital comics:
Speaking of sneak peeks, here’s a look at some of Garry Brown’s (pre-color) pencils for the series:
Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Deni.