I recently provided research and narration on another video essay through the WATCHTOWER DATABASE channel on YouTube. The DCAU has such a rich history after its long run of various interconnecting animated series, and Superman appeared more often than anyone, aside from perhaps Batman. THE SUPERSUITS is a follow up to similar THE BATSUITS video that went online last October, and provides an excellent look into the evolution of Superman’s design over the years using explanations and evidence provided from the animated series themselves.
Daniel Dockery, an editor for Cracked.com, approached me to start a “written podcast” looking back on the BATMAN BEYOND animated series by the legendary team of Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, et all. As one of the primary sources for the LEGACIES OF THE DCAU webcomic, I’ve already watched this series through many times, but it’s been a few years, and I have no doubt my memory needs refreshing.
We focused primarily on the first two episodes “Rebirth” which set the stage for the series. We discuss the growth of Bruce Wayne, changes that have happened to Gotham over the years, and the new villains such as white collar criminal turned glowing green skeleton Derek Powers and his scarred henchman Mr. Fixx.
Read the first post on Daniel’s blog Daniel Is Funny entitled “Great Villains Need Cool Eyeball Scars” and watch the classic theme song embedded below with music composed by Shirley Walker and animation by Darwyn Cooke.
THE REPLICA RAID has been finished for a few weeks now, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it in the meantime before it screens at the Cat Fly Indie Film Fest on March 31st, programmed by Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk, who also worked on this short, per the credits on the poster.
Image by Ted Kendrick
I created the poster design above for festival use, and may submit the short to other appropriate festivals later in the year. THE REPLICA RAID will also be online and available for view later this month, so be on the lookout for a link soon enough.
After a few months of prep work, James Strecker and I released our latest issue of LEGACIES OF THE DCAU on Saturday, February 25th. Issue #3 is the second part of the “Destroyed” story arc which takes place days after the conclusion of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED in response to the series’ final episode “Destroyer.”
After an international black-ops agency called Checkmate launch a revenge strike against the planet Apokolips, they realize the necessary devastation would affect its innocent neighbor of New Genesis as well, something seen as the wrong move.
Cat Fly Indie Film Fest is an upcoming short showcase launching its inaugural event in Asheville, North Carolina on April Fool’s weekend 2017. Brittany Jackson is the Festival Director with the expert programming team of Madeleine Richardson, Catherine Wityk, and Keeley Turner. Intended initially as a vehicle for screening recent projects, Cat Fly has expanded to include the broader creative community.
Image by Madeleine Richardson
A handful of shorts that I participated on will screen at the festival, including my own writing / directing premiere of THE REPLICA RAID starring Jeff Alexander. BEATERS is also set to play of which I was the Producer, Sound Recordist, and Script Consultant, previously referred to anonymously on my blog as Project Scrambled Eggs. GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE which I produced with leading actors Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde will also headline the second night of the event.
GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE premiered on Friday, February 10th during the “Comedy & Curls” event at the Highwire Comedy Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. The show sold out a week in advance and received press from news outlets such as Atlanta’s NPR network WABE and ATL To Do leading up to the event. Check out the trailer below.
Here it is! The first official trailer for GOOD HAIR! A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.The film will be screening at Highland Inn Ballroom (644 North Highland Avenue Northeast). It's going down Feb. 27th at 8 pm at Comedy & Curls: The GOOD HAIR Movie Screening. Come for the movie, stand up comedy, audiance give-a-ways and some GOOD HAIR.Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comedy-curls-the-good-hair-screening-tickets-32172779650.
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The film stars the directing, writing, and acting talents of comedy couple Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde, seen below on the red carpet with their dog Cocaine, who makes a few brief appearances in the film as well. Fray provided a stand-up set with three other amazing comedians to warm up the crowd before the screening.
My little family at OUR movie premiere! Comedy & Curls was a blast! If you missed it this time, be sure to like us on Facebook to stay tuned for a show near you! Thank you to everybody that made this happen this truly was a collaborative project and thank you to my creative partner and love of my life @frayforde ❤️ . . . . #goodhairthemovie #goodhairentertainment #highwirecomedy #comedy&curls #atlanta #atl #atlantacollective #premiere #movie #director #writer #actor #film #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmfestival #filmisnotdead #standupcomedy #romantic #comedy
I attended the event with Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Jesse Dellea, all below in our group photo. Our hair turned out pretty okay. Not just good, but good enough. Brittany and Madeleine, both Production Assistants on the film, are arranging a screening of GOOD HAIR THE MOVE in Asheville for early April.
In mid-January, my writing partner Bessy Adut and I barely hit the deadline to submit to NBC Universal’s Late Night Writers Workshop for the 2017 year. The winners are sent to New York to attend a multi-day course learning how to write for one of TV’s top tier comedy networks, including programs like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night: Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live.
Since the 2017 class is still under consideration, I won’t reveal much about my submission yet, but it’s safe to say that the desk bits and skit ideas were politically charged since the inauguration of President Trump was coming up that week. Saturday Night Live has been relentless against his candidacy and presidency so far. Knowing my audience, I went a similar route.
I decided to poke fun at Trump’s administration while calling back to the topical STARS WARS film ROGUE ONE which had just premiered in theaters. My skit featured a day in the life of Darth J. Trump who pilots his red power TIE fighter under the influence of Grand Moff Pence, Queen AmidaMelania, and Emperor PalpaPutin.
Images by J. Rutland
Escapist Comix has been busy these last few months growing in scope and size. Jarrett Rutland is preparing to add two books to the line-up: spiritual coming-of-age story LITTLE PREACHER and sci-fi, fantasy mashup DARK PLOTTER, while continuing to regularly release new issues of the steampunk action / adventure series ROBOT SAMURAI PENGUINS.
I’ve been helping strategize ways to grow the Escapist Comix brand lately, including the creation of an online presence and moving the books to other parts of the country. A beautiful wax seal was created for shipping purposes, which I think will make a great first impression on anyone receiving the merchandise above.
Image by Joe Karg
CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS is an upcoming 12-page short comic written by myself and drawn by Gabriel Fobert (@crypt_crow), one of the artists on Project Gloom. Frank, a mild-mannered fax machine salesman, wakes in a taxi cab and exchanges small talk with the driver through a series of disasters. After each event, FRANK reawakens as if from a dream, until the next disaster hits.
CIGARETTE CITY began as a feature film concept I brainstormed with writer Scot Langland, essentially putting our own spin on the gritty tone that Frank Miller popularized in his works like DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and SIN CITY, as well as a few nods to Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN. This dark noir world of crime and mystery became like something from a 1980s dystopian city where every potential nook and cranny might reveal some insight into humanity’s inner conflict of good versus evil.
I began to explore the far corners of CIGARETTE CITY by writing various short stories set in this universe. RUDE AWAKENINGS was a rewrite of a short story I wrote while studying at UNC Asheville’s Creative Writing program. There was originally another artist onboard this comic, and we developed the idea for a few months, but he dropped out to pursue other opportunities. I generated the following panel layout scheme to assist in the comic’s construction as the story heavily involves a series of repeating panels to illustrate the character’s looping events.
Image by Ted Kendrick
CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS will be self-published in a limited run and available for purchase later this year. Should it be well received, there is plenty of potential for more stories set in the CIGARETTE CITY universe.