Tonight we partake in a grand Mallozzi New Year’s Eve tradition. We’ll all gather at my sister’s place, overeat, chat, possibly play some Italian bingo, grow exhausted waiting for the countdown from Times Square, and turn in for the night well before midnight. What about you all? I’m sure your plans are nowhere near as exciting, but I want to hear about them anyway. How are you welcoming in 2012? What resolutions do you plan to make…and ultimately discard by late February?
Joe’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Sit down to a marathon viewing of the entire 1967 animated Spiderman series. I know, I know. I’ve been talking about this for ages but this year, I’m really going to do it!
2. Finish that pilot script I’ve been kicking around, like, forever. I mean, seriously. I’ve been working on this particular pilot, on and off, for two years now – writing, rewriting, shelving, re-rewriting, shelving, re-re-rewriting. And shelving. Compare to my buddy Robert Cooper who joined a bunch of us for a dinner back in Toronto where we discussed a fellow friend’s unnervingly creepy experience in what some (ie. those two dudes from Ghost Hunters) would consider a haunted house. “We should write a script based on this story,”Rob said at the time. Two months later, he had completed the script and was shopping it around. Okay, I know. Rob Cooper is possessed of superhuman writing abilities. Still, if he can knock off a feature in two months, I should be able to complete a pilot script in less than two years. No?
3. Complete research on that grand historical drama and, if all goes well, actually start writing the script.
4. Set up Dark Matter as a television series (or mini-series). The comic book launches January 11, 2012 (but you knew that already) and, while getting a television series up and running is a daunting challenge, we have the personnel and game plan in place to make it happen.
5. Investigate the deepest, darkest recesses of my crawlspace and clear it out by getting rid of half the stuff that’s been sitting there, in boxes, since I moved in six years ago.
6. I make this resolution every December 31st but, after my experience this year, I’m determined to see it through: When it comes to business, stop being so pleasant and accommodating to others and be more of an asshole (before they are).
7. Dramatically improve my Japanese speaking and listening skills. You know what I hate? Meeting someone who has only been studying Japanese for mere months yet speaks and understands the language far better than I do. More language CD’s in the car, more grammar reviews, more anime watching and, as a last resort, maybe a second Japanese girlfriend to help me practice conversation.
8. Master the doggy gate at mom’s place.
9. Wear my reading glasses in social situations to help cultivate a faux intellectual persona.
Let’s ring in the New Year with a few more Dark Matter links. For those of you living on the moon or in one of those pressurized undersea domes with no convenient access to a local comic book store, you have a couple of options. You either order copies here (TFAW.com) or go here (Dark Horse Digital) to order yourself a digital copy.
Interview with Marc Rosenthal at Nerd Trek – Interview with Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate) – in which I discuss both Dark Matter and my time on Stargate.
Follow-up teaser with script pages and some early designs: Teaser! – “Dark Matter” Comic Series by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie (Stargate)
Interview with Ryan Thomason at WatchPlayRead – http://watchplayread.com/wpr-interview-with-dark-matter-writer-joseph-mallozzi/ – in which I talk about Dark Matter…and touch on Stargate as well!
And a quickie preview from Famous Monsters of Filmland: “STARGATE” Writers Deliver “DARK MATTER #1″