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Archive for March, 2008
Bryan Lee O’Malley Interview — CF Issue 1 Excerpt
With the Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim news out this week, I thought it’d be a good time to post a snippet from issue 1 — our feature interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley. In this excerpt, the fabulous Scott Pilgrim creator talks about the transition to film:
So the book got optioned a while back — what’s’ the word on that?
They wrote a draft last year and are supposed to write a second draft over the summer. There’s no casting, no official greenlight or anything.
Well, I know they wanted you to plot out the rest of the series so they could write the screenplay. Does that add more pressure for you to finish?
Yeah, actually, it kinda does. I can’t be like, I could just quit, and say, “I could just leave this book tomorrow and do something else.” But I think the movie is part of that. I wouldn’t want to abandon it because I know whatever happens, the movie will end up being kinda different from my vision of the end of the comic. So I’d like to get my version out there too, especially if the movie does get made. Especially if the movie turns out to be kinda weird or whatever, and people are like, “I don’t like that, I don’t think I’m going to read the rest of the comics.” Well, you know, hopefully everything will be OK and everyone will still be reading.
Is there also more pressure to finish the book series before the movie comes out?
No, I mean, I’d like to get as much done as possible before that happens, if it does happen. The movie process can go faster. If they say they’re fast-tracking it and mean it and actually do things fast in movie world — in comics, I can’t really speed up any more than I possibly can.
Plot-wise, would the movie spoil what would happen in the book?Posted by Tim Leong on March 21st, 2008 filed in Blog, In this Issue |
I know some people that have expressed that concern to me. It’s like the broad outline of what they can do. Then they put their own spin on it. That’s what I think they should do in an adaptation anyway.
Battlestar Galactica Crew does Letterman’s Top 10 List
For a sneak peek at the next season, check out the new issue of Comic Foundry Magazine. On stands April 2nd.Posted by Tim Leong on March 21st, 2008 filed in Blog, Videos |
Scott Pilgrim Movie Script Review
Alex Zalben from Pulp Secret! just posted a review he did of what he says is a script of the Scott Pilgrim movie. It’s a very early draft of the script (as there are inevitably many many many versions) and could be very far from the shooting script, but still interesting nonetheless. Spoilers abound.Posted by Tim Leong on March 20th, 2008 filed in Blog |
Tim and SPLAT in the New York Times today
This past weekend’s SPLAT! event is featured in today’s New York Times Thursday Styles section. The Times featured several photos of people from the SPLAT and I’m one of them! If you click HERE you can see all the pictures of today’s featured fashion trend: glasses! In the photo I’m talking with the lovely Gina Gagliano, who helped concept the entire program. (I don’t know why I’m making such a weird face though). For those with actual newspapers, it’s on page G11.Posted by Tim Leong on March 20th, 2008 filed in Blog | 2 Comments »
Printer Error, Tim Cries Again
Hey all, I got some bad news yesterday from our printer. Apparently there was a problem with their UV coating when they printed our cover. Unfortunately, that means the issues won’t be ready for the Diamond pick-up, so we’ll now be on stands April 2nd. It’s incredibly disappointing and frustrating to me because I’m so anxious to get the book in your hands. I’m so proud of this issue and I think we made great strides in ramping up our content to give you the comics mag this industry deserves. So for now, be patient…
PS - the Comic Foundry party next week is still on!Posted by Tim Leong on March 19th, 2008 filed in Blog | 2 Comments »
Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim?Movies, Blog | 1 Comment »
Harvey Awards Due Friday
Get to submitting! If you qualify, you have no excuse not to print out one of their ballots and jot down your favorites. Do it tonight!Posted by Tim Leong on March 18th, 2008 filed in Blog |
This Past Weekend
This past weekend I moderated a panel at SPLAT about self publishing. It was my first time moderating so I was a wee bit nervous — that and the fact that the entry fee was $125. With that kind of price tag I wanted to make sure the audience really got their money’s worth. There were a lot of variables to hurdle:
1) The audience was more trade and industry focused than your average eager self-publisher
2) The topic was more about breaking into the book industry, which isn’t my specialty
3) I hadn’t met most of my panelists
But, I think overall I think the panel went really well. The panelists were lively and a lot of great advice. There was a lot of nuts and bolts information that didn’t necessarily fit the rest of the show, but was apropos for this particular panel. There was a good Q and A at the end and I thank everyone who contributed and participated.
I was also able to catch a few other panels while I was there — the tail end of the kids comic panel, the webcomics panel and the Scott McCloud Q and A. McCloud is guaranteed entertainment in any public arena and the webcomics forum was pretty entertaining once they got the discussion going. That Ted Rall…He’s got a future, I tell ya.
Then something odd happened to me at the end….which may or may not come to fruition…Posted by Tim Leong on March 18th, 2008 filed in Conventions, Blog | 1 Comment »
SPLAT, the first-ever graphic novel symposium from the New York Center of Independent Publishing is tomorrow — and I’m moderating a panel.
How To Get Published: A Comics Publishing Primer
• Bob Mecoy, Agent
• CB Cebulski, Marvel Submissions Editor
• Tricia Narwani, Del Ray Manga Editor
• Kate Farrell, Henry Holt Editor
• Moderated by Tim Leong, Editor of Comic Foundry
Do you want to write a personal, gripping black-and white memoir? Do you want to write a great superhero script and submit it to your favorite DC editor? Do you just want to get your foot in the door of the industry, and figure it out from there? No matter what genre you work in, you will need to face the age-old problem of getting your work out to the reading public. This panel is here to help answer your questions! The comics industry often works quite differently than the book industry, so you’ll want to know the ins-and-outs up front.
It’s a steep entry fee, but there are a lot of great industry professionals speaking and there’s sure to be great bits of information. And Scott McCloud is the keynote, so that should be enough right there. Check it.Posted by Tim Leong on March 14th, 2008 filed in Conventions, Blog | 1 Comment »
Comic Foundry Issue 2 Pushed Back One Week
Due to an unfortunate printing mishap, Comic Foundry is getting pushed back one week from March 19th to March 26th. I know you’re all very disappointed (I know I am), but fear not — the good news is that we’ll be having another party in conjunction with the new issue release. We’ll have the full details next week, but New Yorkers should save Thursday, March 27th on their iphones. There will be drinks, games and giveaways.Posted by Tim Leong on March 13th, 2008 filed in Party, Blog |
To Do Tonight in NYC: Comic Book Club
If you’re in New York and need something to do tonight, go check out the Comic Book Club, a weekly live talk show about comics. Tonight’s show is a State of the Industry Summit, with guests Heidi MacDonald (PW Beat), Brian Heater (The Daily Cross-Hatch), Kiel Phegley (Wizard Universe), and John DiBello (Bully Says). Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage and Alex Zalben, Comic Book Club is quite the comedic bargain at only $5. Plus they give away a $25 gift certificate to Midtown Comics every show. The CF crew will be there tonight, so come on by.
The CBC guys also do a weekly video podcast called Pulp Secret, where they review comics. They just started shooting it in HD…which is a plus? The lats one I saw pretty high-larious, so I definitely approve.Posted by Tim Leong on March 11th, 2008 filed in Blog |
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