Monday, February 25, 2013

'Nerds Assemble"

Many thanks to Emily and Paul (that's Emily on the right, that's me on the left, Paul took the photo) who invited me to appear on episode 27 of their Cornwall-based regular gaming/geek culture podcast 'Nerds Assemble'. I'll be honest, I didn't have a massive amount to contribute to the gaming element, as what with me having young kids and all, my gaming experience is down to one new Xbox thing every six months - and that's usually one that's already been out for a year or so, because then I can get it dead cheap.

We did talk about scriptwritey stuff though, so if you wanted to go there first, head to about 42 minutes in.

Nerds Assemble #27 Podcast

Things I should probably add:

1. While I was talking about television writers who like to retain as much control over their projects as possible, my brain did a dur and I said 'Polanski', when I meant to say 'Poliakoff'.

2. When we were talking about UK television shows often only running for two series, I didn't get round to mentioning one of the most important differences between our industry and the Americans: syndication. There's obviously immense pressure on US shows to get to that magic one hundred (sometimes fewer) episodes and get into syndication on various cable channels, at which point everyone involved retires on Fuck You money to spend the rest of their lives doing whatever they want.

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Bridge & Tunnel" cover art

Just a quick extra plug for the comic now Sarah's art is all done. Release date looks like it's going to be around April/possibly May, but in the meantime, here's the rather spiffy cover image:

Crikey I'm busy at the moment. What happened was, just before Christmas, all the projects I was supposed to be working on for other people got suddenly cancelled, or postponed indefinitely, which is bad financially, then suddenly all my own projects got, as some small level, commitment from various parties and moved on a stage. Which financially still isn't that great, but creatively is 'Woo!' as we creatives say. So that's fun.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

'How Opal Slew The Dark Lord'

I've only got a flippin' comic coming out in a bit, and not one of your rubbishy paper ones, nooo, this one is designed by TECHNOLOGY to work on TECHNOLOGY, so think on't, frankly. It's the first part of a series called 'Bridge and Tunnel', and the art is by the brilliant Sarah Gordon and it's going to be out very soon on VS Comics - more details here

After spending too many years writing stuff that will only ever be seen by script editors, producers and then commissioning editors who say 'no', it's been incredibly exciting sending off scripts, then almost immediately getting back lovely brightly-coloured artwork from Sarah, and then being able to refine that artwork at my whim! And I'm really quite whimmy, so Sarah's been very patient. Anyway, more details when it's properly available, but it's all quite exciting so I wanted to get something up on the blog now.