“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.
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.