LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 179
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FROM A TO ZUDA
I’m told the first to get the treatment is “Night Owls” by Robert and Peter Timony.
Expect a pilot filmed next year, with a possible animated series for 2010. “Bayou,” “High Moon,” “Black Cherry Bombshells” and “Supertron” are also all being lined up within the next 18 months.
I’m led to believe a number of creator owned Vertigo and Wildstorm comics are to debut with Zuda first.
This urgent approach to media development comes in direct response to the failure of the Minx line, once seen as the Great Hope. Turns out, as Obama prophesized, there’s a lot more hope going around.
Robert Timony would not be drawn further however, telling me only “I can neither confirm nor deny this rumor.”
He’s no fun.
NO PHOTOS, NO HEROICS
The sixth series of “Doctor Who” (2011) will star Paterson Joseph as The Doctor.
Previously playing Roderick in the “Doctor Who” episodes “Bad Wolf”/”Parting Of Ways,” Joseph is known for fine upstanding and terribly-well-spoken-dontcha-know roles as Johnson in “Peep Show,” the Marquis De Carabas in “Neverwhere,” Space Marshall Clarke in “Hyperdrive,” Lyndon in “Green Wing”…
…and more importantly Benjamin in “Jekyll.” Written and produced by upcoming “Doctor” Who showrunner, Steven Moffat.
If true, it’s a great call on Moffat’s part. A damn fine call. Paterson has a very British Authority approach to many of his characters, comparable with Jon Pertwee. It’s not a traditional choice, but then neither was Christopher Eccleston. And, like I say, it’s bloody brilliant.
This rumour is obviously an amber light story for now, but it could well change colour in the months to come.
And, as it appears, so could the Doctor.
The original series was written by Jim Shooter and Gil Kane and illustrated by Wally Wood. The Moonstone series is written by Fabian Niceiza.
THE KING HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
I’m told that the art for the books will be produced by the Dabel Brothers.
No obvious jokes guys, let’s wait and see, eh?
It transpires however that many of these jokes, non-attributed, were from “Bash Street Kids” creator and children’s cartoonist Leo Baxendale, trying his hand at something a little scarier…
HANG THE DJ
DJ then goes into details over recent Platinum activity, exposing a variety of manipulative practices that do bring the whole “Cowboys & Aliens” graphic novel situation to light. Fun reading…
THIS WEEK IN TWITTER
Brian Bendis: hey, at least he isn’t cronically masterbating to the image of you, like me does millar. 🙂
Warren Ellis: What I have learned from Twitter tonight. Brian Bendis has no trouble telling people he jerks off over Mark Millar. Comics fuck you up.
Matt Fraction: Now Mark Millar’s beating off.
The same company owned by Devil’s Due CEO PJ Bickett?
Splitting hairs I think.
There’s a good aggregation of reporting in this issue here.
All rights are returned and the creators are free to take their books elsewhere.
Abrosia published comics such as “Clockwork Creature” and “Smuggling Spirits.”
THIS WEEK IN PICTURES
That Sarah Palin untouched covershot…
A HEARTBEAT AWAY
Here’s a look at a few variant covers to the first issue by Kenneth Rocafort, from Top Cow’s “Madam Mirage” series (and currently working on a new Marvel project).
ODDS AND SODS
Another one for the Christmas list.
As is Paul Kupperberg’s guide to the emetic martial art, “Jew-Jitsu.”
For those who liked or hated “War Heroes,” comes “The Major” as the USA invades Brazil to rescue a bank manager from a drug lord. If you were indifferent to “War Heroes,” don’t worry about it.
Let’s Be Friends Again shall we?
Feel free to google for “Spider-chick vs Mr. Mesmer” at your peril.
I swear I did not make this up. More here…
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