superbowser asked: Hey, I work at Jack Astors, and one night one of the busboys hung up a wonderful picture of Blue Beetle drawn on the table papers near the kitchen. I ended up taking it home and I looked up the name scribbled beside it and got here. Was it your drawing by any chance? If so, thank you so much, it definitely made my night after work!
Yeah, that’s one of mine alright. My daughter and I were goofing off & she requested Blue Beetle. If I’m not mistaken there are a few X-Penguins on there she drew as well. I’m very glad ol’ Jaime went to a good home. :-)
If you’re interested, I’ll be at the Ottawa ComicCon May 9-12 at the CE Centre. I’ll have a table in Artists Alley. Swing by and I’ll do you a quick rough sketch. XD
CW Casting Sheet For “Amazon” Revealed; Warning Sign?
Deadline has reported that the CW is moving forward on casting the lead role in the CW’s previously announced pilot Amazon, based on the early years of Wonder Woman. The good news? The sheet calls for a woman 5’8 and up. So they will cast tall.
The news giving me a red flag?
Take a deep breath.
I don’t know!! It shouldn’t be so difficult. Really.
Could be worse… If they called her ‘Stephanie’ the whole thing would never air… :-P
I read somewhere that the CW has a history of use “fake” character names for casting calls on these high-profile shows. Whether it’s to generate hype, sow confusion, or just your general smokescreen while they tweak story elements, who knows..? But a year or so from production, I wouldn’t think this is anything that’ll stick.
Suddenly, Stephanie Brown: Wonder Woman… It’d be fun. :-P
To Clarify (because this is a topic I love!)…
Can you separate a creators work from their personality?Depends on the creator & the work. Some people can step into a role and you believe it, for good OR ill. Writers & artists are no exception.
I love Gaiman’s Sandman. I read it as it came out in the original floppies (dating myself) in the dark ages pre-intenet. And I went nuts for it. I’ve read it several times over the years, and several of his other works. Especially reading a variety of his stuff (and now his blog), it becomes pretty clear that Neil Gaiman appreciates human nuance. So many of his characters have a love of simple things, a little endearing quirk, a phrase that turns just so that makes you think to yourself as you read it, ‘wow, you know he’s right… pudding is kind of brilliant in a way’ (or something to that effect).
But Neil Gaiman has scared the hell outta me too.
I’m not saying that if given the opportunity Neil Gaiman would trap me and a few strangers in a diner to twist and mutilate our minds and souls until we maimed, killed and in some cases ate each other. But I am saying that at some point in his life? That man has thought about that shit. And that was kind of brilliant, too.
Creative people draw on their own experience, perspective, and of course imagination to inform their work, so yeah, some of the creator is gonna leak through. Fiction mirrors human experience, with the volume amped up. The best creators are the ones who can tap into that human baseline so strongly that you feel what they feel through the final product.
Sometimes as people, we want a pretty girl Death who smiles and chats us to a safe, welcoming other side. And sometimes we want to stab a motherfucker with a barstool.
Provided we’re all still talking fiction, I think there’s a place (even a need) for both.
So can you separate the creator from the work? Not always. And sometimes you really should if you want to sleep at night. Other creators are just folks in the business of business (insert editorial snipe at the DCnU…) putting in their time, pumping out product, and waiting for the paychecks to come in. In which case, they pretty much separated themselves.