Some people have e-mailed and asked what happened to theFriday C2F wrap. Others have wondered what all that "countdown"business was in the Monday-Thursday wraps from last week. And most surmisedcorrectly that I got caught up in "Blackout 2003" (coming soon to atheater near you, no doubt) and, on Friday, was unable to post a C2F update (ordo anything else that would be associated with modern civilization).
But theelectricity and bandwidth is flowing once again, so I now present you with whatwas intended to be Friday's Comics2Film entry on CBR....
THE LASTC2F UPDATE
Over six years. That's how long I've been writing Comics2Film. And those areInternet years. Given the lifespan of most websites, Internet years are like dogyears. You have to multiply by seven.
Now, after six years, two months three weeks and a few days (or about 43 dogyears), you are reading the last Comics2Film update. It's been a great, excitingrun for me personally but I've decided that the time is right to move on.
Back when I started, nobody was paying close attention to the weird littlesub-genre of movies that are based on comics. Hollywood was making them, butwith gems like "Batman and Robin," "Steel" and"Spawn" filling the silver screen, who could bother to care? Me, Iguess.
Here we are six years later and comic book movies are a big deal. We've hadfive major studio releases culled from comics already in 2003 and one indie releasecollecting all kinds of awards before it even began it's limited run this weekend(speaking, of course, about "AmericanSplendor"). The comic-to-film has undeniably arrived.
For me, a comic geek who grew up on a steady diet of Spider-Man and Hulk,I've had a ringside seat watching my favorite characters make the transition.Now that my two favorites have hit theaters in a big way (say what you willabout "The Hulk," but that watching him taunt soldiers with the brokencannon from a tank is more than enough to keep this fanboy grinning) there's adefinite feeling my work is done.
While I wonder if anyone's gotten rich writing news for the Internet, I willsay that creating and working Comics2Film for six-plus years has been one of themost rewarding experiences of my life. It has opened doors for me that I nevereven knew were there (much less pondered unlocking them). It's put me incontact with many interesting, cool and just-plain-nice people in both thecomics and film industries.
Before I sign off I'd like to name many of these people who have helped outalong the way.
First up I'd like to thank Jonah Weiland for playing host to Comics2Film as acolumn and, more recently, a daily feature at CBR. Besides becoming a good friendand Jonah's enthusiasm and professionalism continue to make CBR the comics siteyou HAVE to visit.
I'd also like to thank the secret society known as Forum X, who has offeredsteadfast support to C2F in recent years. Forum X can now be revealed to includeDave Richards, Adam Thur, Kevin Leung, Rhonda Hearon, Zac Pensol, Joe Hendren,Thom Stricklin, Mikey Mason, Jason Lethert, Christian Koch and Damon Schmidt.
Finally, like a bad Oscar speech, I'd like to name as many of the people whohave had an impact on the C2F effort over the years as I possibly can, withpreemptive apologies for those that I've missed. That would include Sean Jordan,Valerie Thorpe, Peter Briggs, Ben Myron, Michael Shuken, Evan Charnov, PatrickSauriol, Dave Elliott, Keith Giffen, Kevin Feige, Steve and Dorothy Gerding, Hans Rodionoff,David Engel, Shannon Denton, Daniel Alter, Beau Smith, Scott Rosenberg, DavidTischman, Carleton Smith, Marcelo Gomes, Mark Jones, Heidi and James Meeley and Brian Pate. Many, many more, I'msure.
So what does the future hold?
You'll continue to get breaking news on comic book movies right here at CBR.Jonah will be making an announcement about a regular new comic-to-film feature soon.
Comics2Film.com willcontinue on as a largely fan-run entity. It'll still have links to comic bookmovie news on other sites and the rich, well-organized archives the site isfamous for will continue to grow. The fan art community and message board communities willremain there as well, along with the usual contests and giveaways.
As for me, well, you haven't heard the last from me. I've been lucky enoughto see a number of promising opportunities come my way in the past few years,and I aim to make good on them. As CBR has reported the first such project is acomic called "YoungAncient One" for Marvel/Epic. And who knows...if a movie scoop just happens tofall my way you may read a C2F update here and there as well.
Until then...I'll see you all at the movies!