Sunday, March 30, 2003

BOOK SIGNING IN LA

I'll be signing comics next Saturday at my spanking new neighborhood comic store. Some other guys are coming too:


Saturday & Sunday 2pm-6pm*

JOE CASEY (writer WILDCATS 3.0, ADV. SUPERMAN)
TOMM COKER (Vertigo artist, BLOOD & WATER)
FORD GILMORE (writer THUNDERCATS)
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE (creator STATIC SHOCK,
writer BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT)
JEFF PARKER (writer/artist INTERMAN, BATGIRL, ROBIN)
LEN WEIN (writer BATMAN NEVERMORE, SWAMP THING)
DENNIS WOODYARD (writer/producer THUNDERCATS ANIMATED SERIES)
CHUCK AUSTEN (CAPTAIN AMERICA,UNCANNY X-MEN)

*Check back often for exact schedule and added creators!

SPECIAL SALES & DISCOUNTS IN THE SHOP AND ON THE WEB! FREE GIVEAWAYS! RAFFLES!

If you're in the neighborhood, stop by! If you're on the web, check out our great deals and FREEBIES!

Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd. (818) 386-9590
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
2 blocks east of the Galleria

More at the earth 2 comics home page

I'LL BE APPEARING AT WONDERCON

I'll be there for the whole weekend, April 25-27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I'm tentatively scheduled to appear on an animation panel Saturday at noon. I'll update you with more info when it's confirmed.

Details at the WonderCon home page

Anybody else coming? Maybe we can arrange some kind of get-together.
"NEW" DISCUSSION GROUP

I've resurrected my Delphi Forum as a place for Milestone fans to come interact with each other. We'll discuss STATIC SHOCK, Milestone comics, some of my other projects (including JUSTICE LEAGUE), comics, TV, music and media in general, politics and anything else that crosses our group mind. At Delphi we've got threaded topics and chat rooms. I'm also experimenting with the idea of moving the official Milestone Comics Discussion Group over there. While I'm still shaking out the bugs, I'd love for all of you guys to come and play.

Click here to join the discussion

Thursday, March 13, 2003

STATIC SHOCK GETS 2 EMMY NOMINATIONS

I'm stunned...

THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 30th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
STATIC SHOCK * KIDS WB
(I don't have the official credits yet, I'll do an update later)

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction And Composition
STATIC SHOCK * KIDS WB
RICHARD WOLF, MUSIC DIRECTOR/COMPOSER

Monday, March 10, 2003

ANOTHER "BLINK" REVIEW

I've been searching the web for reviews of my current "Don't Blink" story arc in BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT but haven't had any luck, so far. I did turn up an old review of the first "Blink" story that I hadn't seen:

Tom Grozan, Movie Poop Shoot - Forced Perspective:

"The 3-issue "Blink" by Dwayne McDuffie and Val Semeiks was the strongest story the title has seen in a long time. The title character Blink (he's never called that in the story) is a blind man who has the power to see through another person's eyes after he touches them. A small-time grifter, he views the people's bank account and credit card numbers. That all changes when he touches a serial killer and witnesses a grisly murder that brings him to Batman's attention. The idea is clever and engaging enough to make a decent Hollywood thriller and DC wisely has a sequel fast-tracked for upcoming issues of LOTDK. McDuffie is one of those writers who's not "hot" but seems to do nothing but quality work. I'm surprised he doesn't get more opportunities."

I'm still on the lookout for reviews of "Don't Blink." If you run across one, drop me a line, okay?

Friday, March 07, 2003

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #165



Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze
"Don't Blink" Part 2 of 4.

After searching high and low for the blind man who can see through the eyes of others, Batman finds Blink. Now the Dark Knight must fight for Blink's freedom by taking out the military units using Blink's powers to spy on international terrorists.

BATMAN  |  32pg.  |  Color  |  $2.50
Available on March 12th, 2003

Thursday, March 06, 2003

JOHN SEMPER ON STATIC SHOCK/JUSTICE LEAGUE



Courtesy Toon Zone:

Semper Talks Static Shock/Justice League Crossover
03-05-2003 04:29 PM
by Jim Harvey
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Toon Zone caught up with John Semper, Jr., story editor of Static Shock, to discuss "A League of Their Own." The two-part Static Shock episode has the young hero from Dakota and his sidekick Gear meeting the Justice League.

"Hey, part one looked great, didn't it?" said Semper. "Kudos to the production team, Alan Burnett, Denys Cowan, Swinton Scott and Bobby Paige. They did a great job!"

Semper was quick to mention the contribution of one particular writer who has been a regular fixture at Warner Bros. Animation for the past few years.

"My quick thoughts are that there was an uncredited bit of creative contribution from Stan Berkowitz, one of the key story editor/writer people on the Justice League series," said Semper. "He was certainly in the room when Alan Burnett and I came up with the original concept for this two-parter, so he should be mentioned here."

"I really like Stan," said Semper. "He was the first staff writer that I hired on Spider-Man: The Animated Series years ago. It was his first cartoon-writing gig. He has since gone on to great, much-deserved success in animation at Warners and it was fun to work with him again, if only briefly."

But Berkowitz isn't the only Spider-Man writer that played a role in this two-part crossover.

"I brought in Ernie Altbacker to write the first episode first draft," said Semper. "He was also one of my staff people on Spider-Man, and it was fun to bring him in on this. I guess it really does pay to call me every other week for the last few years and pester me looking for work."

Semper wanted this episode of Static Shock to start just a little bit different than usual.

"I recall really pushing for the idea that the episode teaser should really start out just like a Justice League episode, with no hint of Static Shock," Semper said. "I wanted it to look like the Kids' WB made a mistake and was airing the wrong show. Then at the end of the teaser, Batman says something to the effect that 'There's only one person who can help us here.' He punches up the image on screen and we see...gasp!....Static!"

"I like to mess with peoples' heads like that," Semper jokingly added.

Semper provided a little bit of teaser information for the second part of "A League of Their Own," which airs this weekend.

"The second part, the next episode, is more of a Static Shock episode with the Justice League as guest stars," said Semper. "Most of the action takes place down in Dakota and we see the usual cast of characters. So we get a whole new perspective on Static's interaction with the Justice League."

Semper said that while the finished product looked great, there was a small bit of comedic trouble behind the scenes.

"I remember how much trouble Kevin Conroy had saying the line, 'It looks like some sort of space anomaly.' He kept flubbing it and we all kept laughing," said Semper. "I almost expected Batman to flub it in the final cartoon."

"A League of Their Own, Part 2" airs at 10:30 am, ET on Saturday, March 8, 2003. Stay tuned for more from John Semper here at Toon Zone News.

Dwayne here: I wrote "A League of Their Own, Part 2," hope you'll be watching.

Monday, March 03, 2003

HOLY FOLEY! JASON MARSDEN, THE BOY WONDER



I just ran into Jason Marsden, the very fine actor who voices Richie "Gear" Foley on STATIC SHOCK and Snapper Carr on JUSTICE LEAGUE. He told me about his upcoming TV movie gig, and damned if it wasn't on-topic here. Jason will be playing Robin The Boy Wonder, sort of. Actually, he'll be playing Burt Ward, the 1960's TV Robin, in a bio-pic. Again, sort of. I'll let TV Guide take a stab at explaining:

"Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt is a tongue-in-cheek comedy adventure in which West and Ward, playing themselves, stumble upon a diabolical plot to steal the original Batmobile from a charity benefit."

Jason plays Burt Ward in flashbacks. You'll want to check this out, if only to prove to yourself that I'm not lying. It's on Sunday, March 9th at 9 PM on CBS.