12th Level Intellects: June & July ’18

The 12th Level Intellects– a biweekly geeky podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself– released five more episodes in June and July 2018, so you could say that it has been a busy summer! We reviewed recent theatrical films like DEADPOOL 2 and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, and the trailers for AQUAMAN and SHAZAM! which were unveiled at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, California. 

Per the podcast’s usual DCAU slant, we also analyzed the cartoons’ influence on modern comics and films, discussed fan theories for BATMAN BEYOND, and interviewed Matthew Valencia, voice actor of the second Robin, Tim Drake, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Check it all out at the embedded videos below, or stream on iTunes. As always, the podcast is hosted by the Watchtower Database.

MillarWorld 2017 Annual Contest

I’ve made the habit now of participating in various writing contests over the last three years, though comic contests have always been my favorite. MillarWorld’s 2017 Annual Contest was both the second year it’s been held and my second year to participate. MillarWorld is an imprint of comics from writer Mark Millar, known for the KICK-ASS series, Marvel’s CIVIL WAR, and SUPERMAN: RED SON. Millar is also the creative liaison between Marvel Comics and 20th Century FOX’s superhero film franchises such as X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, and DEADPOOL.


MillarWorld’s Annual Contest asks writers and artists to take Mark Millar’s intellectual properties and write a short story set around the events of the original series. Though I suspect the contest is an avenue for MillarWorld to sell more comics, I have always found it a satisfying test in terms of the research involved required to write characters who are slightly more obscure and unfamiliar to the casual reader. In 2015, I entered a script entitled CHRONONAUTS: THINK DIFFERENT about a pair of time travelers who give Steve Jobs the idea for the iPod.

This year, I wrote about HUCK, a small-time superhero composite of Superman and Forest Gump. HUCK was originally created by writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque. The series log line is described as such: “In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything.”


My entry entitled HUCK: FROM SOUP TO NUTS featured Huck in a soup kitchen where he serves everyone at super-speed. One man asks for monetary assistance, and Huck obliges only to watch him throw it away on pointless pursuits. It was difficult to present Huck in a light that didn’t come across as bully, but genuinely upset that people waste his help. Fortunately, I was lucky to have constructive feedback from editors Jason Buchanan, James Strecker, and Adam Mullen.

HUCK: FROM SOUP TO NUTS was not a winner, but I still found it a worthy effort and challenging assignment. The script is available to read upon request.