My credits include:
- 400+ hours of produced television
- 100+ hours as a writer
- 100+ hours as a showrunner
But two of my greatest accomplishments remain:
My contribution, “Downfall”
And the four issue Dark Matter comic book
for Dark Horse Comics
As much as I love television, I love comic books even more for the freedom they allow a creator to tell a complete story, uncompromised by budgetary constraints or executive interference.
For some time now, I’ve been sitting on a few original ideas. Three years ago, I would have gone out and pitched them to broadcasters and production companies, looked to secure a development deal, been paid handsomely to write a bible and accompanying overview, pitched, and hoped it I would get the opportunity to produce a television show based on those original concepts.
Today, I’m less inclined to do so because, to be honest, the lure of actually being able to tell a full story, from beginning to end, outweighs the attraction of development work and the gamble on a prospective pick-up.
Sure, in the case of Dark Matter, it was the best of both worlds – a comic book AND an ensuing t.v. series. But for me, right now, the endgame is an awesome comic book series (or two, or three, depending on which get the green light) that will, in at least a couple of instances, fill that Dark Matter-sized hole in your hearts.
First things first though. I need an artist, preferably one with experience, who’d be interested in collaborating on a sci-fi comic book series.
I’m still going to continue my t.v. work, follow through on the various projects in play — the sci-fi series, that horror novel adaptation (deal pending), that small town horror series (overview delivered, pilot script up next), that sci-fi series (doing a polish on the pilot next week), and the drama pilot (just optioned) — but I just really want to tell some amazing stories. And I can think of no better, and no more satisfying, medium than comic books.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to the memory of The Amazing Steve Ditko.