Archive for October, 2007

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2007

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Wanna Shot?

October 30, 2007

I decided that I’m going to start collecting shot glasses. I made my decision not based on the fact that I already own a number of various shot glasses, or that I’m in the market to find something new to collect. I decided that I would start collecting shot glasses because I have the perfect place to store and display them in my house.

I’ve got this cabinet built into the wall in my hallway that is 66 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and only 4 inches deep — not necessarily ideal for linens or towels. But, a collection of small shot glasses…

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As you can see from the photo of the cabinet above I’ve already got a small collection started. These are random shot glasses that I already found around the house. I figure shot glasses are a pretty nifty thing to collect — they’re numerous designs and types and they can be used with the bottle of Jägermeister that I’ve got chilling in the freezer. As my collection grows I’ll have to add a couple of more shelves, but that’s easy enough.

And, shot glasses seem relatively easy to collect. They make nice little mementos acquired during traveling. They’re an easy out as far as gifts go for anybody feeling the need to get me a gift. And they’re relatively cheap.

I thought about using the space for an action figure collection — the small 3 3/4″ type like Star Wars or G.I. Joe, but there aren’t any action figure lines out there that are really floating my boat. Hot Wheels were another possibility, but I’ve never really been into those, or Matchbox Cars. Maybe if the cabinet doors were of glass and the contents could constantly be on display a collection of type of small toy would be cool. But for now, I think I’ll collect shot glasses.

Cheers!

Ninja Bandito Preview Comic Available

October 29, 2007

ninjabanditocover100.gifYou’ve read about me hyping up my creation Ninja Bandito. Now is your chance to check it out for yourself. I’ve got a limited amount of copies of the special Ninja Bandito Preview available for sale. I had a number of copies printed up to show off to the big-time Hollywood-types and I’ve got a handful left over. For $5.00 I’m offering a copy of the digest-sized 8-page preview — written by yours truly with art by Dustin Evans — and a couple of Ninja Bandito stickers. I put a PayPal Buy Now button on the Ninja Bandito web site. (I couldn’t figure out how to work with the code on this site to just slap one here.)

Just head on over, click to buy, and you’re all set. I’m not sure if I’ll have this version of the preview available in the future. And, if you want it signed let me know via an email. Quantities are limited (real limited), so they might go quick. If you don’t act fast you might end up kicking yourself when Ninja Bandito is a mega-hit. Thanks.

Chase: Found And Lost — Part 3

October 27, 2007

It’s been awhile since I posted a segment from my “pulp fantasy noir” comic book script Chase: Lost and Found. You can find part one here, and part two here. I’ve sort of been on a fantasy kick lately and have been given this concept, and a few new ones a lot of gray mattering.

PAGE 7 (Three Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he bursts into his office throwing open a plank door. Hanging on the outside of the door is a modest wood engraved placard that reads Chase Investigations. We can see very little of the office at this point, but what we can see shows evidence of a ransacking. Perhaps there’s a knocked over stool or chair near the door and some parchment papers scattered about. Chase looks very concerned.

CHASE:
Lana? You all right?

2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as more of Chases office is revealed. There are a few lanterns providing light. There are two desks – one Chase’s the other Lana’s, his secretary – with accompanying chairs. There are a few other chairs thrown about, a couple of knocked over tables. Books and scrolls tossed out of bookcases, an open chest with it’s contents strewn and hanging out, knocked over candle stands, etc…

Lana is kneeling in the middle of the room trying to make some order of the mess. She looks up at Chase as he rapidly approaches. She is an attractive human woman – a bit frightened looking, but unhurt.

CHASE:
Lana, did those goons hurt you?

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Lana stands with her arms full of parchment. Chase places a hand on both of her shoulders. She can’t help but look a bit pleased by Chase’s concern.

LANA:
No. I’m fine, Mr. Chase. They didn’t touch me. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop them from tearing apart the office.

CHASE:
As long as you’re fine. That’s what’s important.

PAGE 8 (Five Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as they both survey the disaster within the office. Chase is scratching his head.

LANA
They were looking for gold. They said that you owned their employer quite a bit.

CHASE:
I probably do.

2 – TIGHT ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Lana looks at Chase with concern.

LANA:
They said that they’d be back.

CHASE:
Oh… I’m sure they will be.

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he avoids eye contact with Lana.

CHASE:
Look Lana… I want you to take a few days off. In fact, don’t come back until I contact you.

4 – ANGLE ON LANA
who looks legitimately hurt – emotionally.

LANA:
Are you firing me, Mr. Chase?

5 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he looks directly into Lana’s eyes while he reaches for a pouch tucked in his belt in back and underneath his coat.

CHASE:
No. I’m just shutting down the office for a little while. I’ll come find you when we’re ready to re-open.

PAGE 9 (Six Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Chase takes one of her hands in his and thrust the small pouch of coins into grip with his other hand. Lana looks somewhat taken aback.

CHASE:
Now, take this.

LANA:
I can’t take this, Mr. Chase. It’s all you’ve got.

2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Chase shows her to the door with one hand on the small of her back and the other making sure she has a good grip on the pouch of coins.

CHASE:
Take it. I owe you a lot more than this. Better you have it than those goons that showed up earlier.

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
who have stopped before reaching the door – about halfway across the room. Lana is pouring some of the coins out of the pouch and into her free hand. Chase cannot help but smile because of Lana’s generosity and concern. Lana is looking down as she pours the coins into her hand.

LANA:
I’ll take half. You’ll need the other half.

CHASE:
Thanks. You’re a good kid.

4 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA

as Lana hands the now half full coin pouch back to Chase and he slides a finger under Lana’s chin lifting it up to look her in the eyes.

LANA:
Promise me you’ll find me when you’re ready to re-open.

CHASE:
I promise.

5 – ANGLE ON LANA
as she stands in the open doorway leading out to the hall. She looks concerned, yet a trace of hopefulness radiates from her eyes. Maybe in the foreground and to the side we can partially see Chase from behind as he watches her leave.

LANA
Good night, Mr. Chase.

6 – ANGLE ON CHASE
after Lana has left and shut the door behind her. He has a somber look. The room appears somewhat darker now in Lana’s absence.

CHASE:
Goodbye, Lana.

Chase: Found and Lost © 2007 Dan Taylor

¿Dónde Está La Biblioteca?

October 26, 2007

I’ve discovered my neighborhood public library. Actually, I’ve known of its existence since they started construction on it a few years ago. The Donna & John Crean Mariners Branch Library officially opened last year in April. It’s just that yesterday was the first time that I actually utilized my neighborhood library’s resources.

Currently at home my bathroom is having some work done and it’s a little hard to get any writing (or even web surfing) done when you’ve got blaring power sanders and obnoxious paint fumes emanating from down the hall. So, I thought I’d take my show on the road and I walked over to the library — it really is in my neighborhood at about a block away.

Upon entering I got myself a bright shiny new library card. I haven’t had one of those in probably over 25 years. Then I sat down at one of the cubicles, pulled out my laptop, and got a lot of work done — probably more work than I would’ve gotten done at home. (At least in the three hour period that I worked.) I think I found my “office” away from my home office.

One of the concerns that I had about writing and working at home was distraction. It’s so easy to get distracted when I’m trying to work at home. There are chores to do, television to watch, errands to run, etc… Having a place to “go to” in order to work seems to help me get more into a work-mode. The library seems to work out quite well. In fact, I’m surrounded by thousands of books for not only reference, but inspiration as well.

So, I’m going to wrap up this post and get to work. Oh, yeah… I’m typing this up and posting it via the library computer.

Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now #4

October 25, 2007

Honestly, as a comic book writer it’s nice to get the latest copy of Previews (the monthly catalog from Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc. — the comic book distributor, for those of you that don’t live and breath to get to the neighborhood comic book shop on Wednesdays) and see a title that you worked on listed and officially being solicited. As was the case yesterday when I picked up the November edition for titles and products available in January.

So, I want to make sure that you all know about Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now #4. I adapted the Cory Doctorow story Nimby And The D-Hoppers, with art by Dustin Evans, and a cover by Ben Templesmith (see below).

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Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now #4
Dan Taylor (w); Dustin Evans (a); Ben Templesmith (c)
IDW Publishing continues to bring the stories of acclaimed science-fiction author Cory Doctorow to comics, this time offering up “Nimby and the D-Hoppers.” Night after night, the peaceful serenity of a non-technocratic society is shattered by the chaotic and disruptive arrival of fully automatic, laser-guided, armor-piercing, self-replenishing personal sidearm wielding dimension hoppers. Well, for the once-involved couple of Barry and Sally—enough is enough. With a cover by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night)!
*Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
FC • $3.99 • 32 pages

Now comes the pitch, people… Please visit your local comic book retailer (if you’re not sure of where your local comic book retailer is located check out www.comicbooklocator.com) and pre-order a copy or two. The important info that you need to know is the Diamond order code, which is:

NOV07 3652

And, of course, the title:

CORY DOCTOROWS FUTURISTIC TALES HERE AND NOW #4

Be sure to pick up a copy in January. (I’ll be reminding you.) I thank you, and my mom thanks you.

Enterprise Crew V2.0

October 24, 2007

Well, as of last week (I meant to cover this earlier), it looks like the final cast member to make up the core crew we all know and love aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise has signed on for this December’s release of Paramount’s Star Trek — an all-new, re-imagined take on the science-fiction juggernaut originally created by Gene Roddenberry. So, who are the actors that will be tackling the roles that have become iconic over the last forty years?

stv2kirk.gifChris Pine is James T. Kirk. He’s appeared in movies such as The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Just My Luck, Blind Dating, and Smokin’ Aces. Chris has shared on-screen time with the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Anjali Jay — like the original Kirk, he has had “experience” with the alien and exotic. I haven’t seen any of his films, but he has “the look” of a young confident Starfleet captain.

stv2spock.gifZachary Quinto is Mr. Spock. I know that I’m probably in danger of having my geek card revoked for admitting this, but I’ve never seen a full episode of Heroes, which Zachary is probably best known for — playing the character Sylar, which also sounds like a Star Trek alien name. Other than Heroes, he’s appeared on a number of other television shows like 24, Charmed, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

stv2mccoy.gif Karl Urban is Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. Karl has had experience in a handful of “genre” projects including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess on television. On the big screen, Karl was featured in the last two of the three Lord of the Rings movies (The Two Towers and Return of the King), as well as Doom (shudder), The Bourne Supremacy, and The Chronicles of Riddick.

stv2scotty.gifSimon Pegg is Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott. The most recognizable name to me is the star of Shaun of the Dead. Simon has also appeared in director J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III, as well as Hot Fuzz. Maybe the most appropriate aspect of Simon being cast is that he was in the British TV series Spaced where he played a would-be comic artist who would have opinions on the casting of the new Star Trek.

stv2sulu.gifJohn Cho is Hikaru Sulu. John is probably best known for his role as Harold in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. He has also appeared in a number of television shows including Kitchen Confidential, and an episode or two in such series as Ugly Bettie and Grey’s Anatomy. As for “genre” related projects, he was in Solaris and an episode of Charmed. Next for John is Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay

stv2chekov.gif Anton Yelchin is Pavel Chekov. I think Anton may be the youngest cast member on board. He has a number of television credits ranging from ER to Without A Trace to NYPD Blue. His longest stint on a TV show appears to be the Showtime show Huff. Upcoming he has the films Middle of Nowhere and (questionable) Finding a t.A.T.u. (look it up). As for “genre” related, he was in Steven Spielberg’s Taken.

stv2uhura.gif Zoe Saldana is Uhura. It looks like she’ll be in James Cameron’s Avatar due in 2009. She has done a some television work, including Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit and Six Degrees. Zoe starred opposite Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher in Guess Who, and high school films like Drumline and Dirty Deeds. It also looks like she had small roles in The Terminal and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

So, that’s a quick rundown on the new crew of the new Enterprise for the new Star Trek movie. For the most part, they’re rather fresh faces taking on roles that will surely launch them to “stellar” careers. On the surface they all look like they fit the parts — for the most part, that is. We shall see as they boldly go where Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, Doohan, Takei, Koening, and Nichols have gone before…

SoCal Firestorms

October 23, 2007

The good news is that my home is not threatened — but there are wildfires all over the southland. The closest fire is about 18 to 20 miles away, the Santiago fire which crawled in to the Foothill Ranch area. There are pretty much fires to the north, east, and south. North San Diego County seems to be getting hit hard with over 250,000 people evacuated. I know people who were evacuated. I also know people in the Newhall/Santa Clarita area where there are a number of fires currently burning. And in the area of the Lake Arrowhead fire, I have family and friends that have homes in Crestline and Big Bear — haven’t heard anything regarding their situations.

But, while all is fine in my immediate area there is plenty of smoke and ash in the air. Also, a thin layer of ash has fallen on everything outside and it’s even gotten into the house a bit. There’s an eerie orange tint to everything — a neat effect for Halloween, but not worth the cost to homes and lives.

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Fretting On Friday

October 19, 2007

Damn, I’ve got a lot to do today. I still need to figure out if I can pull off 24 Hour Comics Day tomorrow. Being artistically challenged and not having any idea what I can do to fill up 24 page I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed about attempting it. Believe it or not, that’s what got me out of bed this morning — unable to sleep. (And, trust me, I’ve got plenty of other things that I can be worrying about — a lot of which I’m not even going to get into.)

I need to get some work done on the script for the project I’m co-writing with Neil Kleid. I’m already working on the script for issue two of Pirat Tales and want to make sure that project stays the course, so to speak. There’s the “zombie” side project that needs some attention. And, with my doubts regarding 24 Hour Comics Day, I’m thinking that my participation in National Novel Writing Month — which kicks off in less than two weeks — is looking grim.

I missed a screening of 30 Days of Night last night (I’m going to blame the girlfriend getting me sick on this one), so I want to try to get to the theater today and catch it — I feel safer watching vampire movies during daylight hours.

And, I’ve got a few “entertaining” posts in various stages of completion that I want to put up, but… Ugh.

Last Of The Pack

October 18, 2007

bishop.jpgComedian Joey Bishop passed away last night at his home in Newport Beach, CA. Bishop was the last surviving member of the famous (or infamous) Rat Pack — the sixties nightclub quintet sensation. The group also appeared together in such films as the original Ocean’s Eleven and Sergeants 3.

The Rat Pack consisted of members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and comedian, Joey Bishop. They appeared at the Sands in Las Vegas, performing shows that chaotically combined comedy and musical numbers. If the Kennedy’s represented “political” royalty in the sixties, than the Rat Pack represented “entertainment” royalty. Coincidently, the group faded after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who was given an honorary membership to the group. Also, Bishop served as the master of ceremonies during Kennedy’s inauguration gala.

Outside of the Rat Pack, Joey Bishop had two television shows, both called The Joey Bishop Show. In the first show Bishop played a talk show host. In the second show he was a talk show host.

Joey Bishop was 89.