Archive for December, 2007

Wait! You Didn’t Tell Me River Tam Was In It.

December 31, 2007

Premiering January 13th on Fox is Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Awhile back I started watching a screener of the “original” version of the series’ first episode. I didn’t get to far. There was a lot of shooting up happening at young John Connor’s high school as a nasty Terminator (in the guise of a teacher) was hellbent on ending the future leader of humanity’s struggle against the oppression of robots. I’m not sure why I didn’t give the show a chance back then. I may not have just been in the mood.

But recently Fox has been airing promos for the premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and there is an element in them that I was unaware of — actress Summer Glau plays Cameron Phillips, an unknown Terminator model in the guise of a cute high school student sent back in time to protect John. Okay, now I’ll give the show another chance.


My first introduction to Summer was with Joss Whedon’s Firefly where she played a troubled childhood prodigy tapped with government secrets. I’m a huge Firefly/Serenity fan, so my innocent crush on Summer Glau just fell in place.

Will Summer be enough to turn me into a dedicated viewer of the Sarah Connor Chronicles, or at least enough to pull me in and get me hooked? We shall see beginning January 13th.

Now, if they powers-that-be at NBC and Fox were to arrange a crossover featuring Summer Glaus’ Terminator and Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere’s indestructible cheerleader we’d have a bonafide fanboy mega-hit.

Coming In 2008…

December 30, 2007

In the waining days of 2007 it looks as if I’ve got a new project to unleash in 2008. What is it? Eh… It’s still a little early to make generous with the details just yet. I can report that it is a “soaring rock solid” concept with globe-trotting adventure, mystical creatures, stunning femme fatales, and roaring pulp action.

The pieces are falling in place quite nicely with my co-conspirator on this “secret’ project who is none other than Dustin Evans, the artist on January’s Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now “Nimby and the D-Hoppers” (which I adapted) from IDW and the talent responsible for the look of the Ninja Bandito.

Stay tuned.

Spider-Man Lost

December 29, 2007

‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

From Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam:27, 1850.

one-more-day.jpgWell, Peter Parker — a.k.a. Spider-Man — just got handed both. As 2007 came to a close Marvel Comics nullified the marriage of Peter Parker and Mary (MJ) Jane Watson. There was no “irreconcilable differences,” no ugly divorce hearings, no amicable split-up because the couple just drifted apart. No. It turns out that Spider-Man’s marriage to MJ became null and void because of “a deal with the devil.” In order to save the life of his older-than-dirt Aunt May (who’s life once again was hanging in the balance because Peter is Spider-Man) Peter Parker (for some reason I have to type out “Peter Parker” — I can’t go with just “Peter” nor “Parker”) agrees to allow Mephisto to erase any and every trace of Peter Parker’s (see?) and MJ’s “everlasting love” from the cosmic chronicles of the (flip-floppy) Marvel Universe. Along with squashing the couple’s nuptials, apparently some twenty years of continuity goes along with the erasure.

Needless to say, Spider-Fanboys are upset. Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada may very well be the most hated Marvel super villain right now. It looks as if twenty years of continuity that long-time Spider-Man readers have poured over and loved has now gone the way the comic book spinner rack. Apparently these Spider-Fans aren’t taking Lord Tennyson’s advice to heart. You would’ve thought that they killed off one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe. Oh, yeah. Rest in peace, Captain America.

I’ve been a Spider-Man fan for most of my life — he’s my favorite super hero and has been since I was buying comic books for 35 cents at the corner 7-11 over three decades ago. I read the last issue of the “One More Day” story arc and I honestly don’t feel betrayed. If Quesada and Marvel want to “re-boot” the Spider-Man franchise by bringing back characters that were dead, ditching the organic web-shooters (which they never should have introduced, regardless of the movies) for the original web-shooters, restoring Peter Parker’s secret identity, etc… Fine. I’ve never been one of the readers who felt betrayed when a publisher “dicked around” with one of my favorite characters really — be it Spider-Man, Captain Kirk, Darth Vader, whoever… If I didn’t agree with what how something was handled story wise I’d shrug it off as a missed opportunity and lay off buying more issues or watching (or re-watching) episodes and such. (Okay, I may have made a bigger stink when it came to the Star Wars franchise, but c’mon… Episodes I, II, and III? Seriously?)

I didn’t dig the new red and yellow “Iron” Spider-Armor. It went away. I wasn’t a hundred percent on board with the whole “totem” aspect of Peter Parker’s powers. They steered away from it. The organic web-shooters? Looks like they’re gone now. Ben Reilly?

Marvel Comics have been effin’ with Spider-Man for years. Peter Parker has never had it easy in the Marvel Universe and the Spider-Man character has never had it as easy as it should as a stable franchise. Was “One More Day” played out the way I would’ve done it? No. If the marriage of Peter Parker and MJ needed to be eradicated I probably would’ve put our favorite web-slinger through the divorce ringer. It’s ugly. It’s not fun. It’s not easy. It’s real. (Then again, Spider-Man’s not real.) E-I-C Quesada may have taking the easy route by eliminating twenty years of Spider-Man continuity, but hopefully we’ll have another twenty years of new continuity to build on and I can go on buying my Spider-Man books when I turn 60 and a 32-page comic (with 22 of those pages probably being ads by that time) at 12 bucks a pop.

Jan Flix

December 29, 2007

Since one of my resolutions for the new year is to see more movies, especially in the theaters, I’m going to do a little more research and a little more planning when it comes to my cinematic choices. The first month of 2008 looks as if it is going to be a light month with not a whole lot coming out to entice me to return to the cineplex — perhaps providing me an opportunity to catch up on a few movies that came out during the tail-end of ’07.

ra_cloverfield_teaser2.jpgCloverfield (Jan 18) — A going-away party thrown by a group of young New Yorkers is interrupted by the arrival of a skyscraper-sized monster that descends upon the city. The events are chronicled with their video camera that serves as a document of their attempts to survive the horrifying ordeal.

Alright, besides the fact that I’m thinking that there is going to be a teaser for the J.J. Abrams‘ (Cloverfield producer) Star Trek (albeit brief, I’m sure) this looks like it has the potential to be a fun and even scary movie. Although I wasn’t overly impressed with the “documentary during the heat of the action” approach with The Blair Witch Project I think Cloverfield has a better chance of utilizing this approach to its fullest potential. I’ll probably see this one alone — my girlfriend has already taken a pass.

ra_rambo_poster.jpgRambo (Jan 25) — John Rambo has “retired” to the northern Thailand jungles to live a solitary and peaceful life. Human rights missionaries search him out to serve as a guide into Burma to deliver medical supplies. When the missionaries are captured by the Burmese army, Rambo’s “retirement” is cut short and he ventures into the war zone to rescue them.

Everyone has seen the trailer online — the bloody, gory, violent tailer. And while I think that it might be fun to experience the movie with a theater packed full with an audience hellbent and cheering for Rambo to kick ass, I’m thinking that I might hold out for the much gorier, bloodier, and ultra-violent uncut edition to come out on DVD — and enjoy the carnage in the comfort of my own home.

So, at this point in the game I feel rather confident that I’ll get out and see the one January film that I really want to see — Cloverfield. Though, I am somewhat intrigued by Rambo, I think it can wait.

Probable and possible Feb flix — Jumper and Diary of the Dead.

8 Resolutions For ’08

December 28, 2007

It’s that time of the year when I decide that I’m going to be a “take charge of my life” kind of guy and set forth a number of goals, both lofty and lesser, to better my existence and person outwardly and inwardly (okay, that’s about as self-philosophical that I’ll ever get here) in the announcing of resolutions for the New Year.

In no particular order…

  1. Write every day. Like any skill, writing requires practice. And if I’m going to claim to be a writer I have to remember to practice. I’ve got plenty of half-baked and unfinished scripts, stories, concepts, and ideas bubbling and splattering all over a range of more back-burners than are in the studios of the Food Network. And, I’m not talking about just a quick post on this blog either. Besides the comic book scripts I’m writing to pay the rent, I’d like to finish another screenplay or two this year, a handful of complete short stories, maybe a novella (I’m not going to push it with a novel).
  2. Post every day. I’d like to not have a single gap in posts on this blog for the entire year of 2008 — including weekends. They don’t have to be long-winded posts disguised as my attempts to fulfill the above resolution (since I’ve already declared that option moot), but something either entertaining or informative, maybe personal.
  3. Be more artistic. When I was a kid I use to draw all of the time. I’m not sure why I stopped. Wait, yes I am. I got lazy. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t explore creative avenues such as drawing, painting, sculpting, taking pictures, etc… to help spur my creativity in writing. I’m always thinking up of images in my overactive imagination. Might as well try to bring a few of them out.
  4. Read more. I’m horrible when it comes to reading. Other than comic books and scripts and books involving work, I think I read one novel from cover to cover last year — Warren Ellis’ Crooked Little Vein. I’ve got to do better than that. Writers need to read, period.
  5. See more movies. Once upon a time, I was a film major at Cal State Long Beach. I went to see movies all of the time — three or four times a week. I was a movie junkie. While I don’t plan on being as prolific with my cinema treks this year, I do want to get out to the cineplex more often. I think I want to the movies maybe four times in ’07.
  6. Improve communications with contacts and connections. If I’m really going to get anywhere in my chosen profession I have to a better job with communicating with others in the same field. It ain’t going to do me any good to hole myself up writing the great American comic book if I’m not making an effort to maintain contact with the outside world.
  7. Get more organized. Seriously, the very desk that I’m typing these resolutions at is in shambles. The area around the desk is in shambles. I’ve got no idea where things are. I’ve got stacks of papers, books (most unread — see above) comic books, files, boxes, folders, etc… I have no idea where I’m at with various projects. I have no idea where said projects are even at on my desktop or laptop computers. Spring cleaning definitely has to occur before March 20th.
  8. Lose weight. Ah, yes… the inevitable resolution. Drop the unwanted pounds and get healthier. I just weighed myself and I’m tipping the scales at 215 lbs. I’d be happier to weigh in at under 200 lbs. I’d be much happier to weigh in at under 185 lbs. Either goal is doable. Either goal is very doable if I give up the beer (which is definitely not a resolution). I’ll try to eat healthier and get more exercise.

So there you have it. My eight resolutions for 2008. I’m not sure how I’ll do on all eight, but I definitely feel that they are all steps in the right direction for a happier and healthier — in mind, body, and spirit — Dan Taylor.

Now, if you’ll excuse me… I’ve got to put off writing and reading, avoid going to the movies, ignore my artistic urges and email, and eat and drink as much as I can before 01-01-08 12:00 AM.

2.5 Outta The Top 10 Of 2007

December 27, 2007

With 2007 winding down let’s take a look at the Top 10 Grossing Movies of the year and why I was a horrible movie fan…

ra_wildhogs.jpg10. Wild Hogs [Total Gross: $168,273,550] You’re kidding me, right? This film beat out contenders such as Live Free, Or Die Hard or Knocked Up. Had I Am Legend been released a week or two earlier than its December 14th release date I’m sure we wouldn’t be seeing Wild Hogs on the Ten Top Grossing Movies of 2007 List. This movie was in-flight offering on two flights I was on during the summer and I still couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I have no guilt about missing this one.

ra_thesimpsonsmovie.jpg09. The Simpsons Movie [Total Gross: $183,132,370] I fully intended to go see this — I am fan of The Simpsons, after all. But, I missed it. Well, most of it anyway… I did see about the first half hour or so of a screener copy that I got from a “friend” before it crapped out on me. I’ve got another copy and it is currently residing on my “to view” pile. But, what I did see of it didn’t really “wow” me — though it definitely did look sharper than an average tv episode. I’m going to go ahead and blame the girlfriend for not seeing it in the theater. I offered, but she passed.

ra_ratatouille.jpg08. Ratatouille [Total Gross: $206,445,654] While I did most of the work Pixar has done over the years, I had no attention of catching this flick in the theater. I’m not a big fan of catching my “kid movies” during their initial run at the cineplex — too many… kids. I figured it would be a good DVD — even a good DVD purchase, rather than a rental. I’ll probably pick up the DVD, along with detergent and cat food, on one of my next trips to Target to go along with the DVD copies of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo that I have in the DVD cabinet.

ra_300.jpg07. 300 [Total Gross: $210,614,939] I’ve got the graphic novel this movie is based on sitting on my shelf — just never got to the theater to see the movie. With all of the hype surrounding it around the time of the San Diego International Comic-Con I intended to catch the flick while in theaters — figuring it to be an eye-candy gorgeous epic — but I didn’t. This is another movie that my girlfriend balked at seeing when I suggested that we should go. I don’t blame her, really — not her “cup of tea.” I haven’t picked up the DVD for it yet. Not sure if I will now either. We’ll see if it grabs me when it shows up on DirecTV. It won’t take much to get it listed on my “to buy” list. I am looking forward to 300 director Zach Snyder’s interpretation of Watchman however and fully intend to see that in the theater upon its release.

ra_thebourneultimatum.jpg06. The Bourne Ultimatum [Total Gross: $227,471,070] I haven’t seen any of the other Bourne movies — how many have there been, anyways? — and I don’t plan on seeing this one. Nothing against Matt Damon. Nothing against fast-paced action flicks. Though, I will admit that I respect the healthy and wealthy franchise that the Bourne films are becoming. I pretty much figure this to be a “new James Bond” for a new generation. Not to be confused with the newly retooled James Bond franchise that is also looking to serve as a “new James Bond” for a new generation.

ra_harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix.jpg05. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [Total Gross: $292,004,738] Alright, i can’t blame the girlfriend for missing this one. I blame Harry Potter. I haven’t read a single Harry Potter book, nor have I seen a single Harry Potter. I just have no interest. And this is coming from a nerd who grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons. Maybe down the line when I’ve got my own children this might be a franchise I’ll check out in order to share with my offspring — something we can all geek out over. I just hope that the Harry Potter movies can stand the test of time and hold up. But until then… I don’t care who’s died or who’s allegedly gay.

ra_piratesofthecaribbeanatworldsend.jpg04. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End [Total Gross: $309,420,425] Hey! I saw this one! Like there was ever going to be any doubt. “I dig pirates,” says the guy writing a comic book called Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails. I loved the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies — even if the second one seemed a bit long in length and short in resolution. The third cinematic adventure of Captain Jack Swallow and crew was entertaining, though perhaps a bit wackier and “fantastic” than the previous two voyages. Already got this on DVD to go along with the other two.

ra_transformers.jpg03. Transformers [Total Gross: $319,071,806] Hey! Two in a row that I’ve seen! I’m on a roll. I actually saw this flick before it opened wide while attending Bot309Con 2007 in Providence, RI. The two years or so before the release of this movie I was serving as Editor on much of IDW’s line of Transformers comic books. I knew a lot about this movie going in — the script had sat on my desk for over a year — and I was still really impressed with the final product. This movie was as about as much as a “summertime blockbuster” movie as a movie can be. I’m sure Transformers 2 will make 2009’s Top 10 Grossing Films List.

ra_shrekthethird.jpg02. Shrek the Third [Total Gross: $321,012,359] The roll is over. I caught the first Shrek on DVD. Liked it well enough, but only caught parts of the second Shrek on DirecTV. So it was no surprise when this came and left and I didn’t see it. Nothing against the green ogre, but I felt it pretty much played out its course in the first movie. When, or if, I catch Shrek the Third on satellite in a few months I’ll give it a fair chance — but I won’t be going out of my way to see it. I also didn’t catch the Shrek holiday special this last couple of weeks either.

ra_spiderman3.jpg01. Spider-Man 3 [Total Gross: $336,530,303] Someone is bound to alert the nerd police and require me to forfeit my nerd card. Not only did I not see the number one grossing movie of 2008 — I didn’t see the third cinematic installment of my all-time favorite super hero. When it came out in theaters I seemed to be busy with a lot of “other things” and my girlfriend wasn’t keen on seeing it either. (Sorry, babe, I gotta blame you for this one, too.) So this one fluttered through the web. As summer came to an end I figured I would watch it in the comfort of my own home when I got the DVD for Christmas (like I did the previous two Spider-Man movies), but Santa didn’t come through for me. It’s now top on my list of to get DVDs with my various gift cards — I swear.

So, there you have it. I saw about two and a half of the top 10 Grossing Movies of 2007 (which happened to have a combined gross of over two and a half billion dollars). Not a very good record for a guy that was a film major in college.

My Birthday/Christmas Present To Myself

December 26, 2007

While in Las Vegas celebrating my fourth decade of life, my cell phone finally gave up the ghost and forced me to get a new cell phone upon my return. I had had my old cell phone for quite awhile — probably for over five years or so. It was dependable, though a bit banged up and it couldn’t hold a full battery charge for much longer than a day. It was time to say goodbye.

What did I get? No, iPhone for me. I got myself a slick and nifty LG enV — in orange no less. It actually didn’t cost me anything (other than shipping) since I’ve been sitting on some accumulated credit for being a long-time Verizon customer.



The gadget details are:


  • Music Player for MP3 and WMA Songs
  • V CAST Music and Video
  • Sync music from PC to phone
  • Create & Manage Playlists
  • Music Only Mode (RF off except Bluetooth)
  • microSD™ Memory Port
  • Dual Speakers for Stereo Sound


  • Bluetooth Version: 1.2
  • Profiles Supported: headset, hands–free, dial–up networking, A2DP (Stereo), object push for vCard, serial port, file transfer, audio/video remote control, basic printing, human interface device
  • Save up to 20 Bluetooth Pairings
  • Bluetooth Stereo Headset Support for Music


  • 2.0 Megapixel Autofocus Camera w/ Flash & lens cover
  • Camera Resolution: 1600×1200, 1280×960, 640×480 (default), 320×240 Pixels
  • Video Recording Capability (digital zoom: up to 2.5x)
  • Set Videos (under 5MB) as Wallpaper
  • Video Resolution: 320×240, 176×144 (default) Pixels


  • One–Touch Speakerphone
  • Text to Speech
  • Speaker–Independent (VAD)
  • Voice Memo Recording
  • 13 Unique Ringtones + Vibrate & Silent Modes
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M3

Mobile Media

  • Text Messaging, Picture and Video Messaging, Mobile IM

Tools & Data

  • VZ Navigatorsm – voice–prompted Turn–by–Turn directions
  • Chaperonesm Parent/Child
  • Wireless Sync Email (BREW® Email Client)


  • BroadbandAccess Connect Capable
  • QWERTY Keyboard for Easy Messaging
  • 1.9 GHz CDMA PCS, 800 MHz CDMA
  • Data Transmission: High–Speed EV–DO
  • Dimensions: 4.64″ (H) x 2.08″ (W) x 0.78″ (D)
  • Weight: 4.6 oz.
  • Standard Lithium Polymer Battery (950mAh)
  • Usage Time: Up to 4 Hours & 30 Minutes OR
  • Standby Time: Up to 19 Days & 4 Hours

I doubt that’ll use my new cell phone to its fullest capabilities, but it’s by far the neatest little gadget that I’ve gotten for myself in quite some time. Now I’ve got to get myself a wireless Bluetooth headset before Governor Schwarzenegger’s new law that prohibits the use of handheld mobile phones while driving. That, and I can look important like a big-shot Hollywood mover and shaker (or, like Lobot from The Empire Strikes Back.)

And, since having a new cell phone replacing a dead cell phone means that I inevitably lost a handful or two of phone numbers for friends and family I have a favor to ask. If you’re reading this and think I would like or should have your phone number programmed in my cell phone please send it to me via email. I’d appreciate it.

(Remember back in the day when we kept all of our phone numbers written in little black books that weren’t threatened of being erased by finicky electronics?)

A Page O’ Pirat Tales — In Color

December 24, 2007

Orlando, my fellow shipmate aboard Pirat Tales sent this to me last week, so I thought I’d share it — Juan Mar’s colors for page one of the first issue of Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails. Sort of a Christmas sneak peek at what to expect in ’08…


During the downtime tonight and tomorrow I’m hoping to finish up the script for issue 3 — to avoid overdosing on the A Christmas Story marathon.

Chase: Found And Lost — Part 7

December 23, 2007

The script for the first issue of my pulp fantasy-noir, Chase: Found and Lost, concludes with Part 7. So, without further ado… The conclusion of issue one of Chase: Found and Lost

PAGE 20 (Four Panels)

as he enters Chase’s office. He is a distinguished man in his early fifties. By his garb it would be apparent that he is of the upper-middle class, if not the lower-upper class.

I’m looking for a Mr. Crispin Chase.

as he walks toward his desk, carrying his notes on Rose in his hand.

Who isn’t?

as Flodmere steps into the office closing the door behind him. Chase settles in his chair behind his desk. Flodmere looks a bit taken aback by Chase’s comment. Chase, of course, just looks tired and beaten.

I beg your pardon?


It’s been a long night. If I owe you anything you can either have your goons beat it out me tonight, or come back in a few days to collect.

as Flodmere crosses the office toward Chase’s desk. Chase is practically leaning back in his chair.

You don’t owe me a thing Mr. Chase

Then how may I help you?

PAGE 21 (Four Panels)

as he gets right to the point in a very business-like manner

I need you to find my daughter.

as he continues to look relaxed seated behind his desk. His left elbow resting on the arm of the chair and his left hand is rubbing his chin.


Hmmm… What a coincidence.

Your daughter is missing?

who looks a pit perturbed by Chase’s response.

I assure you Mr. Chase if she were not missing I would not be here.

as he straightens up in his chair and tries to look sincere.

Of course… I apologize.

CHASE (2):
How can I help you… Find your daughter?

PAGE 22 (Four Panels)

as he displays an air of smugness.

Do you know who I am, Mr. Chase?

who knows exactly who Flodmere is but plays it off nonchalantly.

I knew exactly who he was.

No, I’m sorry. You seem to have me at a disadvantage.

as he straightens in his posture and looks somewhat taken aback.

Really? You think someone in your line of work… Investigation, is it not? You would have a better idea of Stoneport’s more influential citizens.

as he looks Flodmere directly in the eye.

Well, in my line of work, investigation, you’re probably better off with me not knowing too much about you.

PAGE 23 (Four Panels)

as his attention turns to window – only to break from Chase’s glare.

I see your point, Mr. Chase.

as Chase shows the slightest of smirks Flodmere looks a bit uncomfortable.

That response usually ended the “don’t you know who I am” conversation rather quickly with the “influential”.

as he returns his attention to Chase.

Now, if we could return to the point at hand…

as he now leans forward with his elbows on his desk and his fingers entertwined.

Yes, your daughter. Let’s start with her name.

PAGE 24 (Two Panels)

as he stands tall and upright in front of Chase’s desk. He slightly cocks his head and stares directly at Chase.

Her name?

Well, her name is Rose.

seated behind his desk as he stares back at Flodmere. His face reveals nothing – but his eyes…


Of course… Her name had to be Rose. With the way my luck was going, would it have been any other name?

To be continued.

Chase: Found and Lost © 2007 Dan Taylor

The Chase: Found and Lost Issue 1 script in its entirety can be found as a pdf here, or on my Writing page. I hope that if you gave it a read you enjoyed it. I hope a bit more that you might know of an artist or publisher interested in a quirky fantasy-noir tale about a down on his luck half-elf detective.

Happy Holidays

December 22, 2007



Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone happy holidays this season and to thank everyone who has supported the GeekPunk efforts of Hero Happy Hour from both myself and Chris Fason.

Remember, special digest-sized editions of the Hero Happy Hour Ominibus 01 and the Hero Happy Hour Special Flashback are now available at Indy Planet.