§ BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief and comics writing sifu Mark Waid is now blogging at Kung Fu Monkey, along with proprietor John Rogers, and Michael Alan Nelson. In one of his first outings, Waid explains the very basics of comics writing, and we can tell you from experience, it is info that many tyros are NOT familiar with:
Screenwriter walks into my office. Famous, one of the two or three whose name is as instantly recognizable to movie fans in Iowa as it is to us Left Coasters. And he’s immediately on my good side because the first words out of his mouth are not “so I have this pitch for a supernatural western,” but, rather, “I know how to write for film but I don’t know how to write for comics, and I presume there’s a difference.” You would be astounded at the number of professional writers who mooch off my expense account and don’t know even that much. Here’s what I told him:
The single most important difference between a screenplay and a comic book script is that a comic story is made up of frozen moments. Screen stills. Snapshots.
§ A brief chat with Bryan Lee O’Malley conducted by Chris Butcher.
Comics212: I understand that you’re not taking on any other projects until Scott Pilgrim is done (commendable!). But if you could draw one thing that wasn’t SP right now, what would it be?
BLOM: Honestly, nothing. I have a few ideas for future projects, but I’m enjoying the gentle sound of them percolating in the back of my head. Part of the Great Experiment of Scott Pilgrim is to increase my overall abilities to the point where I can start future projects from a totally different place, craft-wise, than where I started Scott Pilgrim.
¶ Bill Willingham tells Vaneta Rogers about the potential FABLES TV show:
Well, I think it’s probably better suited to an episodic presentation on TV than it is to, like, a major motion picture. That said, I would have loved to see the scope of a feature film.
But I’m cautiously optimistic, I would say. The one thing I will caution everyone is that the Fables comic book will always be the official Fables story. Part of me sees this as a grand thing, and part of me worries that they’ll never get it right. So I’m open to the possibility, but I will just say that the comic books are the thing.
§ Percy Carey continues his interview series at Complex, this time with William Wilson, who has a comics packaging company called Arch Enemy.
§ Spider-Man musical casting gossip: Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane.
The website also reveals that her ‘Across The Universe’ co-star Jim Sturgess, long rumored to play Peter Parker/Spiderman is still a possibility, but has to be “convinced”.
§ Please, whatever you do, don’t read this Quick Guide To Start Reading Comics.