Friday, September 27, 2013


I just found out we are Nicholl Academy Fellowship finalists!

My phone has gone supernova.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Remember When We All Blogged?

Those were the good ol' days!  We had time!  We had thoughts!  We couldn't wait to stay up late!

Then, fatigue set in from reading everyone's blog, tweet, and FB update.  The interaction machine ground to a halt.  I went outside and discovered nobody else was out there.

So let's not call it a blog anymore, just to ease the pressure.  Let's call it...the Ranting Occasional Update Site.  Yes, that's right: the R.O.U.S.

That's all for now; I won't be gone so long again.  Check back on the R.O.U.S. soon.

P.S.  Go to the Arcane Sally Facebook page and see Jefferson's shebizzle artwork!

Monday, October 15, 2012

LEGION rises again!

LEGION, a script written by me and Frank DeJohn, took third place today in a very cool script contest!

Some of you might recall that this blog began as a way to chronicle various writing projects, and that LEGION was the first.

Well, since then I gave the script a polish--adding a character I always thought should have been a part of the story--and Frank and I staged a live reading that went so well that Frank was inspired to enter the script into a couple of the best contests he could find.

Guess what?  We won some schwag, some dough, and the right to post the winna logo!

Thanks to all the readers, execs, and incredibly discerning and intelligent people associated with the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.  Heh heh.

Go Underdogs!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Boxing

Sean Price creating Sally's Theme!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Sound of No Music

Jefferson sent me an email: "we have a problem."

While sketching the rough layouts, Jefferson drew up to a scene where Mr. Steam comes into possession of a certain music box.  The music from this box is important to the story, and is played at several key moments.  This is not a problem if you are staging a musical.  It is a problem if you're drawing a graphic novel, since you can't just draw random notes floating in the air around the characters' heads and say it's significant.  Actually, you could, if you were hoping to create something shitty.  Since we're trying to avoid that, Jeff said he needed real music.

I could have easily found a melody in the public domain, like a waltz from 1789, but somehow that felt wrong, using someone else's music to bind my story together.  Then it occurred to me: I knew a musician, a real one, a man in a band called The Little Heroes.

I called James Lombardo, at an odd hour, and asked him to meet me.  Since I don't normally call him at odd hours, he of course said he would be happy to.  But he was on his way somewhere else, so I had ten minutes to give him the ten-peso version of Arcane Sally.

I ended with, "I need you to create an original piece of music for me."  He shook his head, grinned, and said he'd do it.  Ten days later, he sent me a message telling me that he was in a studio in L.A., working with another talented musician, Sean Price.  He added that not only were they writing a piece of music for the book, they were recording a track so people could hear it.

Musicians, man.  They make life worth living.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Arcane Sally

Here she is at last: the girl we've been talking about.  What's so special about her?  You'll have to wait for that question to be answered.

"Arcane" means "secret," after all...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Greetings from Thaddeus Churche!

I can think of no better official greeter on our Facebook page than the charming Mr. Churche.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Goodbye to All That

Sao Paulo gave me a beautiful send-off! Thanks to Bruno, Kako, Jefferson, the Twins, and every Paulista who took the time to show me a most amazing city. And thanks for the 693 bananas. I will remember each and every one of them as I consume the cardboardy things we call bananas in the U.S.

Now it's back to work: character sketches, thumbnails, and more bilingual email bantering than you have ever seen in your life.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Found in Translation

Artists in action! Bruno turns my random thoughts into beautiful Portuguese for Jefferson. Or maybe he's just telling him a dirty joke.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lost in Sampa

Luckily, Kako (as well as his charming and funny wife, Carla) were on hand to prevent me from disappearing into this vast metropolis. Yes, I know I am way too close to the camera. That's why I have no future as a photographer.
Sao Paulo is not the place to visit if you are on a diet: the city is known for its world-class restaurants! In the interest of international relations, I am attempting to visit as many as I can while I'm here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sao Paulo!

Yessir, nothing like going from a town of 3500 to a city of oh, say, about 19 million.
Memo to those who plan to visit: when you're crossing the street, that car will NOT stop for you.
Had some great contemporary Brazilian food last night with none other than Bruno D'Angelo: artist, creative director, and insane human nuclear power plant of energy!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mr. Steam

Here is one of Jeff's rough sketch studies of our young adventurer. This particular expression would be most appropriate for that moment immediately after Mr. Steam meets Miss Sally and realizes he dislikes her. A lot.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Missing In Action

So it would seem. But I have been here all along, chained to my computer, too busy to even call for help. But good things come to those who wait: Sally is underway and Jeff's designs are awesome!

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Life is an Action Movie

Okay, so I've always felt that one of the best parts of any action film is the "recruiting the team" sequence. I have had the pleasure of doing just that for the last few months on the Sally project. Here's the team:

Robin Deshayes: financial wiz, crack demolitions expert, and marketing specialist.
Jefferson Costa: artist and master of Brazilian exacto-knife throwing.
Shane Amaya: creative consultant, exiled knight errant, holds advanced degrees in Vanishing and Odd Languages.
Me: writer, safecracker, and Haver of Visions.

So, that's what I've been doing. As soon as we decide on our outfits (I prefer the Three Amigos look), this mission is GO!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Braved the hordes of stormtroopers, elves, and naughty robots to re-connect with some super-cool people at the one and only San Diego Comic-Con. Those who rocked: Brian at Khepri Comics, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (who won yet another Eisner Award--those twins are unstoppable!), and Tommy Lee Edwards.
Thursday's highlight was spotting the legendary Bruce Campbell, who was sporting a white leisure suit. BOOMSTICK!