Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I'm doing boards for Carli's Kills, nicer and more precise. Got 5 frames for 3 set-ups done...and I'm back to thinking I should keep the opening, with Anastasia hurling to her death. It cuts so nicely into Carli doing a break on the pool table. And using Derwent pencils makes me feel real, again.

I like working in soft graphite. It's easy to change and has a nice feel to it. My next favorite style is colored pencil. That's what I did these in...each frame taking a couple of hours. I've sometimes thought about doing a graphic novel of one of my scripts, using this style...and may, yet...but it'll take years to complete.

I'm still pissed that Marvel is turning Thor into a woman. It's one thing to be PC; it's quite another to rewrite facts and history to suit yourself. I despise people who do that, be it on the left or the right.

Two prime examples -- Republicans saying Democrats are the party of racism because most Southerners were Democrats. That ignores the fact that when the Democratic party said it would no longer tolerate racism and pushed through the Civil Rights Act in 1965, all those Democrats became Republicans...and now many are Tea Partiers out to control the GOP and crush anything that benefits minorities, making them the party of racism, not Democrats.

On the left, it's the ludicrous casting of Audra MacDonald as the Mother Superior in the remake of The Sound of Music. The play is set in Austria in 1938. Miss MacDonald is amazingly gifted in so many ways, but the very idea of a black Mother Superior in that time is so insane, it kills the story. It's rewriting history to suit today's mores.

And that is all I have to say on the subject...until my next rant.


Michael said...

I love the idea of you writing a graphic novel although I'm sure it would be an unprecedented amount of work. Writing is hard enough without having to worry about illustrations and panels.

In regards to the Thor thing, Thor the superhero and the Thor of Norse mythology are pretty far removed from each other. The Norse Thor wasn't known to team up with the Hulk, fight alien invaders and travel the universe in space ships but superhero Thor does those things on the regular. In the comics, other characters have temporally taken up the Thor mantle and hammer, but the original Thor has always, eventually, returned to claim them. I haven't read much about this new Thor, but I personally hope it's the same Thor but magically transformed into a woman. That actually happened with Loki recently in the comics. I think it could be an interesting story-arc.

JamTheCat said...

Guess I just like my Thor (and Loki) to be hot mens for me to dreams abouts.

Michael said...

In that case there's an abundance of fan-art you would really enjoy.

JamTheCat said...