Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Is the murder, mutilation, torture and drug use contained within DIONYSUS WEPT suitable for kids? Renowned American author Gerard Jones would say...YES! I came across an article that Mr. Jones penned on MOTHER JONES titled VIOLENT MEDIA IS GOOD FOR KIDS where he claims that media violence can be beneficial. Jones details his release from a sheltered childhood thanks to the famed Marvel Comics character HULK. Jones goes on to site research:
"Fear, greed, power-hunger, rage: these are aspects of our selves that we try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience vicariously through stories of others," writes Melanie Moore, Ph.D., a psychologist who works with urban teens. "Children need violent entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings that they've been taught to deny, and to reintegrate those feelings into a more whole, more complex, more resilient selfhood."
As a parent, this is comforting. Especially watching my son draw pictures of people getting mowed down by subway trains. Or surfers getting eaten by sharks. All day I've been patting myself on the back for exposing my impressionable son to the beneficial effects of media violence. Yay Dad! My violent stories destined for the pages of DIONYSUS WEPT are doing the youth a great service! So far, the response to my project proposal has been flattering. Stay tuned for the destination of DIONYSUS WEPT.
Below is a video where Gerard Jones discusses the impact of video game violence on children.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
With the completion of the cover art and final tweaks on the interior pages, DIONYSUS WEPT is poised to make its debut. All that remains are some logistical issues that need to be ironed out. But what better time than now? And what better place than C2E2? According to their site, C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a show floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors, to panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, to screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen, C2E2 brings the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago! Sounds like as good a place as any to pitch this gut-checking journey into sequentialism. I'll be talking up DIONYSUS WEPT to all the major publishers in comics. And I won't be coming home until a satisfactory deal is struck. Viva la Comics!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Fresh of the easel of master illustrator John Van Fleet comes the cover to DIONYSUS WEPT. In this single image, John has expertly captured the book's dark mood and rich history. Like any super-talented artist, Van Fleet has exceeded what has been asked of him on this project. The portrait is positively haunting! This fella doesn't appear too happy...does he? All that's left is to design the title logo. And then I'll be presenting it to discerning publishers eager to make their mark on storytelling through the magic of sequential art. I'm hoping that John will be doing covers for the entire series that I've envisioned. Let me know what y'all think!