The return of JANE AND THE DRAGON
When we last thrilled to the adventures of Jane Turnkey of Kippernia Castle, she was well on her way to become the world’s first female knight. But did she make it? Alas, Jane and the Dragon ceased production after 26 episodes. We never learned what happened to her and her dragon named Dragon, and their […]
Bill Maher Explains Jokes to Idiots
Comedian and producer Bill Maher finds it necessary to pontificate about a societal problem on his show, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO: On April 10, multi-talented voicemaster Bob Bergen added his observations on Facebook. With his kind permission, I pass this along: I am reposting this video which I first saw on my […]
What is wrong with Picard?
Science fiction author, TV series writer and producer Marc Scott Zicree, aka Mr. SciFi, has the answers: YouTube comments: gastronomist 22 hours ago My problem with the season so far is that Star Trek has run out of ideas so now it’s ripping itself off. Too often they fall back on the Mirror universe and […]
All Dogs Go to San Diego
From late 1990: Every year the San Diego Comic Convention attracts thousands of people interested in comic books and animation. They can shop at 400 dealers’ tables, buy sketches from 80 artists, meet scores of industry professionals, participate in seminars on the art and industry, and watch endless reels of science fiction and animation. For […]
Handy Latin Phrases
Have you ever come across a Latin phrase in a story, but you don’t know the meaning? Literary agent Steve Laube has posted “21 Latin Phrases Every Writer Should Know” on his blog along with their meanings. Here is one: Deus Ex Machina “God from the Machine.” In a novel it basically means the author […]
How to Make Looney Tunes Comics More Interesting
Comics artist, animator, storyboard and character designer Dave Alvarez, in his own brilliant style and knowledge of the craft, presents a cartoonist’s point of view of presenting Looney Tunes in the medium of comic books. Click on each image to expand it. Check out Dave Alvarez’s website here.
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Paul Dini Reveals the Feature Animation Template
On January 17, 2008, comics,live-action and animation scribe Paul Dini posted the modern feature animation template. Recognize it? * * * Your Animation Feature Template While answering a question about Musical Dance Number Endings in animated features, I decided to explore the subject in depth here. Yes, the MDNE has become a cliche of modern […]
The Law and Authors: Jane Friedman Interviews Jacqui Lipton
Courtesy of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, publishing expert Jane Friedman talks about the law and authors with law professor, consultant and agent Jacqueline Liptom of the Red Quill Agency, posted by Virginia Humanities, March 14, 2021. Abstract: In Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers, Lipton addresses issues of copyright, explaining […]
David Duchovny’s Best Writing Advice
From Literary Hub, “David Duchovny: I Tackle Writer’s Block From Behind; A Conversation with the Author of Truly Like Lightning,” February 8, 2021: David Duchovny: Best writing advice was couched in the best movie making advice I ever got. A director friend of mine came to a screening of something I’d directed and wrote and […]