interviews, boxes, comics, promotions, The Walking Dead

I did a little interview this evening for a comic podcast about my mini-comics & the Kickstarter campaign.  It’ll be a week or so until it goes up.  But I’m pretty stoked by the interest.  I’ll let you know when it goes up.

I started doing some finishes for the boxes for the comic box sets.  It’s not going to be nearly an innovative to do as I’d hoped (my idea of having masked patterns didn’t work out), but it will go quicker than I thought.

I got out the last of the press promotional emails.  I’m going to wait a few days to send out the ones to radio & DJs.  I actually still have some packages to put together for a couple dozen stations.  Which I guess I should get done this weekend.

I got a first draft done for Marked #4.  Pretty stoked about the idea of trying to get back in a vein of writing on a regular basis.  It’s been about 15 years since I was really chronically doing something creative every day & I think I might finally be able to make it happen again & maybe this time in such a way as to make a living off of it.

So there’ve been a lot of people talking about The Walking Dead lately.  Some people seem to hate the show & other folks love it.  I feel the same way about it as I do about the comic (which I think the show is a fairly true representation of, though not 100% true as an adaption of), which means I don’t care.  I’m a big fan of the Romero zombie apocalypse stuff (& some of the work spawned by it), & though Kirkman’s initial idea of a zombie story that never ends seems intriguing; I don’t think it works.  I don’t think he’s at fault for it not working for me.  I think it is just one of those things where when you turn something into a long form soap opera format, you lose the ability for story payoffs & it can be really hard to hide a plot device for a payoff where it doesn’t feel contrived.  I kinda feel similar about a lot of things.  Even as much as I like the show Breaking Bad, I’m really glad the upcoming season will be the end.  Stories need some sort of closure.  Dragging a story out over years doesn’t make it epic & better.  I don’t care if that’s closer to real life.  I’m already alive & don’t need another life.  I need stories.  Character studies are fine.  Action is fine.  Zombies are fine.  Mobsters are fine.  Cowboys are fine.  Superheroes are fine.  You know, whatever genre it is makes no difference to me.  But I need a story that I can relate to & react to in my mind & that means having a more or less full story.  What gets weird about me saying all this is I’m pretty guilty of seemingly not finishing stories when I write them.  So maybe that’s my problem with all these long ongoing stories, I feel like I’m a hack & it’s a way of storytelling for hacks….

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