Archive for August, 2008

Bernie Mac 1957-2008 / Isaac Hayes 1942-2008

August 10, 2008

We lost two talented individuals over the weekend — Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.

On August 9th it was announced that Bernie Mac had passed away due to complications from pneumonia, which was unrelated to his sarcoidosis. Mac was first known as a stand up comedian, and along with comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley, was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He gained popularity starring in his own sit-com The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006), and motion pictures such as Mr. 3000 and the remake of Ocean’s 11 in 2001 and it’s sequels. Bernie Mac was 50.

Isaac Hayes was found motionless next to a still running treadmill in his home on August 10 by his wife. Hayes was pronounced dead an hour later at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Hayes was one of the originators of disco and earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme to Shaft. In the late nineties, Hays became a fan-favorite as the voice of Chef in South Park.

Here’s to the both of them making the afterlife a little bit funnier and a little bit funkier.

Pirats Blogged

August 9, 2008

If you’re semi-regular reader of my blog, or know what I do to try to make a living, then you know that I’ve created and written a comic book entitled Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails. Since this is my blog I’m going to post about the things that I do — a comic book about swashbuckling rats being one of them. And, while I will continue to post about Pirat Tales here, there is a new Pirat Tales centric blog that is starting at

At the Pirat Tales Blog you’ll get updates, news, information, behind the scenes looks, and previews of what’s going on with the world of Pirat Tales and Captain Blacktail. So, do this humble comic book writer a solid and sail on over

And, be sure to buy Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails when the comic is released. Thanks. Is Two Years Old

August 8, 2008

It’s been two years to the day — 08/08/06 — that I launched my third or fourth regular blogging attempt with my first post on For the first six months my blog averaged about 400 unique hits a month. Now is averaging over 4,000 unique hits a month. Sure, that may seem like a drop in the bucket when compared to some of the bigger and popular blogs, but I feel a certain sense of accomplishment having kept this blog rolling for two years now. Hopefully it’s just the beginning. Here’s to another two years and beyond. I thank you for your readership.

Maybe Not “Too Old For This Sh!t” After All

August 7, 2008

Who is up for another round of Lethal Weapon? Apparently Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are. And, to be honest, I think I am too. Word is floating out on the internet via the industry web site, and numerous other movie related sites, that original Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black (remember way back in the day when he got paid $1.75 million for The Last Boy Scout?) has either handed in a spec script or an outline for Lethal Weapon 5.

There was never anything real groundbreaking about the Lethal Weapon movies, but they pretty much redefined the “buddy-cop” movie in the ’80s and ’90s. In fact, one of my current projects that I’m working on I refer to as “Lethal Weapon in space” — it’s a sci-fi buddy cop movie.

Notice how I had to post pictures of a bearded Gibson and Glover since I posted a picture of myself sans goatee last post?

Shaving For The Muses

August 6, 2008

“Shaving for the Muses” isn’t a new fetish film I’ve discovered. But rather, I decided that perhaps if I shaved off my goatee this morning the muses would flock above my shoulders and shower inspiration down upon me.

And while I did manage to lose the number of additional gray hairs my goatee had acquired since my previous facial follicle famine, I’m not sure of the muses paid much attention to my chin sheering.

Wow! That’s a high forehead. I miss my goatee already.

Still In Post-SDCC Mode

August 6, 2008

The posts on my blog have been light lately. One reason is that I’m still catching up on post San Diego Comic Con work. Other than the work that is neglected during the run of the actual convention, there’s all of the post-con follow up work that needs to be done — thank you emails to publishers and editors that I met with, pitches that I was invited to send to be sent, research on and for said pitches to be done, and catching up on all of the industry news that is announced at the con, but I always manage not to hear about until a week or two afterward.

Speaking of pitches… Last night was a futile attempt and slumber. It was just too damn hot. I had too much bouncing around in my head — both creatively and worrisome. And, with the helicopter activity over my neighborhood last night you would’ve thought that they were filming Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf.

So, one of the creative endeavors that was preoccupying my lack of REM sleep was for a comic book pitch that I was invited to send to an editor. I had done my research on the character that the pitch focused on earlier that day, so it was first and foremost in my mind. After giving up my attempts to get any real sleep at around 5:00 AM, I got up, did a little more research, and worked out what I feel to be a solid pitch. So, before 8:00 AM, I managed to cross off one important item on my self-imposed “honey-do” list.

Proof That I Was At SDCC08

August 2, 2008

Photographic proof that I was at San Diego Comic-Con 2008. Well, not really — seeing how the photo above was snapped by Penguino Kolb while my buddy Lance and I were enjoying a few rounds of beer over at the Marriott lounge. Per the photo’s caption — Dan Taylor and Lance Karutz chilling at Mariott. You can check out more of Penguino’s fantastic Photo Parades at Comic Book Resources. And there are a lot more interesting pictures than of two old guys throwing back brews. If I had a good side, Penguino would be the one to find it and shoot it.

The Windup And The Pitch — Two Pitches Actually

August 1, 2008

Hmmm… Look at that. I actually got some work done today. No casual half-day for me on a Friday. Well, alright… Maybe casual, but that’s one of the benefits of working at home — you don’t have to wear pants while you work. (How’s that visual for you?)

I actually worked on two pitches today that required me to do some research online and watch a couple episodes of one of my all-time favorite television shows. And, yes, that does constitute as work.

I worked out two pitches that I think turned out rather well. Of course, I always feel like there’s something missing in a one paragraph pitch, and I feel like I need to shoehorn more points that I want to get across. But, I feel that the two pitches I constructed convey the story and points that I wanted to get across. I sent them off to the editor about thirty minutes ago — fingers crossed.