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Don't Pitch to Buyers, Pitch to the Audience

Mark Mayerson has posted his six part series (one, two, three, four, five, six) on pitching your ideas, owning what you create and things to watch out for should you pitch your concepts to buyers.

I saw him give this talk last month at AnimaticTO and it was great. Very refreshing information and sometimes eye opening. Unless you're completely jaded, like me.

WIP: Darth Malificent

I haven't ever posted my own art here before. But I'm going to start, now that I'm able to do more of my own work.

This is a work in progress. It's something I started back in November of 2012, shortly after Disney's announcement of their purchase of Lucasfilm. People were talking about mashups and this is the first thing that popped into my head. Now I've seen lots of mashups since but I haven't seen one like this.

Let me know what you think in the comments! Constructive feedback is welcome!

Hand drawn on paper and in Photoshop.

And here's the other version I'm working on:

The ruff work up. Still some tweaking needed.

The ruff work up. Still some tweaking needed.

Thoughts On Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.


I know everyone has ideas that would make this show better but I do enjoy it. It's been getting much better since the episode T.R.A.C.K.S.

However, I think the key way to improve it is to merge it further with the Movieverse. Right now, it feels too distant sometimes. It doesn't look like the films either. (Much more TVish photography.) A shorter season might help as people have suggested. That way, there'd be more money for each episode. But I get why they did it the way they did.

Old TV models go for long seasons and syndication to make their money. But, let's be honest, even if AoS is meant to stand on its own could it ever? If the show was really great, would you watch it three years from now? Is it too niche for the mainstream, even yet?

I'm not saying Marvel should only make the show for fans. Clearly, the show is designed to bring in new fans. A gateway drug if you will.

Since the hunt for The Clairvoyant became the running plot thread through AoS, the show has been getting significantly better every week. The cliffhangers feel more comic bookish, too, more so than a villain of the week model. And real stakes are now being integrated into the story. This makes for great drama.

But I think, to make it over the top good, Marvel needs to have more crossover with the films and less padding. It would be AMAZING to see some of the major film characters actually cross paths with the series characters. Even if Capt. America just ran through a wall next to Fitz or someone. Better yet, if the AoS actually affected the plots of the films (or seemed to) then I think it would really shore up some of the viewership that is actually fading. The most recent episode, Turn, Turn, Turn, the one with the most tie-in to the films yet, with the biggest plot twist yet, the most "Holy Poopcicles!" moment yet, is also the lowest rated episode to date.

It's too bad because AoS is far from the worst thing on TV at the moment. It's actually pretty good. Plus, it has all that Marvel cache.

I think that Marvel needs to really up the show's integration with the movie plots if it wants to keep using AoS as a gateway to their film franchises. When everyone is tired of the Marvel Movies, and that's only a matter of when, AoS, in its current incarnation will be the last thing anyone will care about.

Then you'll find AoS DVDs in the dollar bin of your closest Value Village.

Let me know what you think in the comments. (I work in a vacuum and desperately need some nerd talk.)

STRIPPED – The Comics Documentary Now Available on iTunes

Q: WHY iTUNES?  A: Mostly because — of all the platforms you could choose to do this on — iTunes will get the biggest splash in the press, if we make it to #1.


Q: WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE iTUNES, OR CAN’T USE iTUNES? A: No problem! The film will be available on Google Play, on VHX (DRM-free), and on DVD (DRM-free)all on April 2nd! But maybe you can still help us out on April 1st, and spread the word to friends who use iTunes?

I'm booking mine thru VHX. DRM blows chunks.