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Netflix Renews Sense8 For Season 2

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Good news for fans of Sense8 (count me as one of them) as Netflix has finally decided to renew the series, which is created by JMS and The Wachowski’s.

There seemed to be some himming and hawwing around on the part of Netflix regarding renewing the series with Sense8 fans having had to take to social networks to show their support for the series.

Seeing how today is 8/8 (August 8th), the official Sense8 Twitter account revealed the following videos confirming Season 2.

I recently binge-watched Sense8 and absolutely loved it. I think if you enjoy the type of movies The Wachowski’s put out (Matrix, Cloud Atlas), you will probably be a big fan of this series.

Sense8 stars Freema Agyeman, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Daryl Hannah, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Brian J. Smith.

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DC Comics Announces Aquaman & The Flash Earth One GNs At Comic-Con

DC Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio announced two new “Earth One” original graphic noves at Comic-Con with J. Michael Strazynski following up his best-selling Superman: Earth One tale with a new look at the Scarlet Speedster in Flash: Earth One.

In addition, Francis Manapul (Detective Comics) will provide his take on the King of the Seas in Aquaman: Earth One.

Look for more details soon.

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Watch: The Wachowski’s Sense8 Netflix Trailer

Watch the trailer above for the new science-fiction Netflix series from The Wachowski’s (Cloud Atlas, The Matrix) & JMS with Sense8.

Info:

One moment links 8 minds in disparate parts of the world, putting 8 strangers in each other’s lives, each other’s secrets, and in terrible danger.

All ​12 episodes of the global dramatic thriller will launch Friday, June 5 ​only on Netflix​.

From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (“The Matrix”​ trilogy,​ “Cloud Atlas”)​ and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling​,” ​”World War Z”), as well as Grant Hill (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”).

The international cast includes: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. Also, Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Adam Shapiro, Ness Bautista​ and ​​​Joe Pantoliano.

Unlike anything seen on television before, Sense8 pushes the boundaries in style, scope and story.

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Babylon 5 Movie Reboot Announced

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J. Michael Straczynski announced at last month’s Comic-Con that he intends to reboot his Babylon 5 TV series with a feature film.

TVWise reports that JMS said he plans to have the script completed for the Babylon 5 movie by the end of 2015, which would then see production start in 2016.

No specifics are known in regards to the plot, but JMS did state he would like to use the cast members from the original series in the rebooted Babylon 5 movie in new roles.

“I’d love to see Bruce [Boxleitner] as the President of the Earth Alliance,” he said.

It’s said JMS is hoping Warner Bros. will be involved with the movie, as WB was involved with the TV series, but if WB doesn’t wish to be, JMS does own the rights to Babylon 5; so he can do the film under his Studio JMS banner on a $80 – $100 million budget.

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Watch Trailers For JMS’ Twilght Zone Comic & Willingham’s Legenderry From Dynamite

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Check out a pair of trailers for comics from Dynamite Entertainment with JMS’ Twilight Zone and Bill Willingham’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure.

Both are in stores now.

Check out Byron’s review for Twilight Zone as well!

 

Press Release

Trailers for Straczynski’s Twilight Zone #1 and Willingham’s Legenderry #1!

 

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January 7, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite is proud to share trailers to promote the recently released TWILIGHT ZONE and LEGENDERRY to give extra attention to these two wonderful books.  Demand has been high for these two books, with many retailers seling out.  So if you haven’t picked them up yet, what are you waiting for?  Fans, go to the comic book stores to get these books as soon as you can while supplies last.

In Twilight Zone #1, the Twilight Zone, Issue One: Trevor Richmond is a Wall Street investor who embezzled millions and is about to tank the economy. Again. Desperate to avoid the consequences for his actions, he goes to Expedited Services, Inc., which offers to help him disappear and enjoy a life of leisure in a new life. But what exactly is this new life, how much is freedom worth, and what happens to the old life when someone else shows up to claim it? This is the first installment of three interlocking stories that will push the boundaries of The Twilight Zone into new and uncharted territory, a journey that will travel into the past and the future, into murder and revenge and the sunrise of nuclear Armageddon. From J. Michael Straczynski, Hugo-winning creator of Babylon 5, writer for Thor and Changeling and World War Z as well as the 1988 Twilight Zone.

In Legenderry #1, we start in the Big City, protected by Vampirella and the Green Hornet. A scarlet clad woman of mystery rushes into a bar, pursued by a team of assassins. The terror that breaks loose there and then will eventually lead (in the issues that follow) to The Phantom’s Jungle, Flash Gordon’s space age town of Landing, battles in the sky with Captain Victory, and so much more, until finally, we arrive in the Monstrous Lands, protected by… well, nobody.

To kick off their tenth anniversary in a big way, Dynamite will launch two of their most highly anticipated projects ever – J. Michael Straczynski’s Twilight Zone and Bill Willingham’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure – on December 31st.  That’s right – two colossal first issues by top-tier creators, both slated to hit stores during the week after Christmas.

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JMS Says WB Should Do Movies For The Flash, Wonder Woman & Haunted Tank

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At the recent NYCC, JMS offered his thoughts on the DC movie universe stating “Marvel is really kicking DC’s clock.”

Previously, JMS offered his opinion on how to do Green Lantern right saying they should have kept Hal Jordan on his own and introduced the Green Lantern Corps later on.

Now the writer behind Babylon 5, various comics and a movie credit on Marvel Studios’s Thor offers DC should do movies for The Flash, Wonder Woman and even Haunted Tank.

FilmBuffOnline was on hand at the NYCC to record the following:

I would love to see the Flash. Ever see The Man With The X-Ray Eyes? There’s a scientist in pursuit of knowledge and information and receives this power and uses it to try and see deeper and deeper what’s going on on the physical scale and the metaphysical scale, trying to burrow through to the core of the universe to understand things better. Make it obsessive like that I think you could make a really good film about the Flash.

There’s a fan made trailer for Wonder Woman online. Have you all seen that? Is that not well done? And that’s what the Wonder Woman film should be. If you treated the Wonder Woman film the way we treated the Thor movie with some seriousness and also focus on her family you’d get a really good film out of that.

Oddly enough, the Haunted Tank could be a really good movie. Set it in Iraq or somewhere the Middle East, update it and it writes itself.

Seems JMS event told Warner Bros. that they have more in their stable than just Batman and Superman.

I’ve talked to the people at Warner Brothers and said “What is wrong with you people?” They think that they have a very narrow bench – Superman, Batman and then nobody else. We’re trying to get them to understand that we have a really good bench of characters if you treat them properly.

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JMS Says Babylon 5 Return Is Up To The Fans

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Want Babylon 5 to return in some form?

Well, you better start making some noise!

Creator of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski, took to his Twitter and Facebook accounts to offer up that if Babylon 5 is to ever return, the fans have to get behind it.

JMS lets it be known that a return for Babylon 5 is essentially out of his hands as he doesn’t own it, Warner Bros. does.

As Babylon 5 is currently not playing on Netflix, SyFy or the like, the series will “slide into obsecurity.”

Seems fans have been bugging JMS about Babylon 5 with the prolific writer offering the following:

To the online backinh and forthing…some hard facts. Because Babylon 5 isn’t on the air in the US anywhere, it’s impossible for the show to add new viewers except one at a time, friend to friend, or if you’ve heard about it enough to want to shell out the money for the DVDs. Casual viewers can’t stumble across it while channel surfing. (As we all know, after Trek was canceled for poor ratings, it found its audience in syndication.) So in answer to the photo below, either WB has to be convinced to release the show somewhere, or a network like Syfy or Chiller or another along those lines has to be prompted to pick it up. If not, quite honestly, and without any way to add new viewers, the show will eventually slide into obscurity. This ain’t something I can do, or even directly participate in. It’s up to the fans now.

There is no chance for a Babylon 5 kickstarter as well, as JMS again cites he doesn’t own it.

So it seems as if Babylon 5′s last best hope is…you.

(Via Blastr)

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SDCC 2013: Dynamite Announces JMS Twilight Zone Series

Press Release

SDCC Announcement – Dynamite Announces
The Twilight Zone™ Comic Book Series,
Signs Legendary Writer J. Michael Straczynski as Ongoing Writer

 

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July 17, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite signed a deal with CBS Consumer Products to create a comic book series based on one of the most captivating television shows of all time, The Twilight Zone, featuring all-new tales of science and superstition as written by acclaimed author and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, one of the privileged few celebrated as a Special Guest of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013.

“One of the most deeply satisfying and creatively exciting experiences I’ve had in 25 years of writing for television and film was my stint on the new Twilight Zone television series,” says Straczynski.  “I’ve been a fan of the original series since I was tall enough to reach for the TV tuner.  So I was profoundly excited when Nick Barrucci came to me with the possibility of doing the new Twilight Zone comic to come out from Dynamite.”

The Twilight Zone took millions of television viewers on a weekly journey to another dimension, starting in 1959.  The enduring success ofThe Twilight Zone spawned three revival series (one of which featured episodes written by J. Michael Straczynski), a feature film, novels, comics, and other related merchandise.

Regarding the unique nature of The Twilight Zone series, Straczynski says, “The immediate creative question to be resolved was: how do you transplant or adapt the TV anthology format into comic form?  Individual stand-alone issues don’t give the issue-to-issue continuity you need to consistently bring in modern readers, and if it’s a year long arc, it’s not an anthology.  The solution: three four-issue arcs that are connected by theme, character, and location… so that in reading one arc you get one side of the story, with its own supernatural or science-fiction elements, then you turn the character around to another character in that sequence who has his or her own story for the next four issues… and then at the end, you connect all of these individual stories into one overlapping tapestry, so you could literally view the book as individual stories as initially published, or layer the pages to create one big story.  It’s a cool structure that I’m not sure has been attempted before, so this will be an awful lot of fun.  I’m very excited to be working with Nick and his team on this book, and hope folks will check out the books when they come out.”

J. Michael Straczynski is the perfect choice to reinvent a television icon for the comics medium after spending many successful years straddling both media.  In television, Straczynski has written over 300 produced episodes and six TV movies.  In film, Straczynski’s credits include five produced movies in six years: Changeling for director Clint Eastwood, Ninja Assassin for the Wachowkis, Thor for Kenneth Branagh, Underworld Awakening, and World War Z for Paramount and Brad Pitt.  He has written nearly 400 published comics for Marvel, DC and Image, including The Amazing Spider-Man for seven years, followed by Thor, The Fantastic Four, Before Watchmen, and others.

“It’s a thrill, an absolute thrill, to not only develop new tales for Twilight Zone, but to welcome J. Michael Straczynski as our honored host,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite.  “We’ve wanted to work with him for years, and it’s finally materializing with this perfect combination: Straczynski and Twilight Zone, together again!  The energy and enthusiasm behind the scenes is going to yield some truly mind-blowing science fiction.”

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Wachowski’s Sci-Fi Series Sense8 Lands On Netflix With JMS

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6379:]]The Wachowski’s have put together a new sci-fi series, Sense8, that has landed at Netflix for a 10-episode run starting in 2014.

Sense8 also has J. Michael Straczynski attached with his Studio JMS.

Of course, JMS is no stranger to the land of science-fiction television with his popular Babylon 5 series airing for five seasons.

Sense8 is described by Deadline as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted that incorporates the Wachowskis’ storytelling style.”

“Several years ago, we had a late-night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox Sense8 was born,” the Wachowski’s said.

The Wachowski’s are known for their Matrix films as well as the recent Cloud Atlas movie.

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JMS Offers Thoughts On How To Do Green Lantern Movie

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6042:]]JMS – comic book, film and TV writer extraordinaire – is responsible for a number of successful science-fiction and super hero adaptations.

JMS is currently writing the script for the Valiant Comics film adaptation of the Shadowman comic book and offered his thoughts on not only the difference between the two genres, but on the disappointing Green Lantern movie.

Regarding the Shadowman movie, JMS noted there has to be a difference between the comics and movies.

We had talked about the difference between the ‘Shadowman‘ movie and the ‘Shadowman‘ comic, and the good thing is that the folks involved understand that there’s a difference between a movie and a comic book. There were times when they said, ‘We’re doing this in the book, does it work for you in the movie?’ Some things did work and we’re going to carry them over, and some things did not and I said, ‘We have to leave that out.

So what about the Green Lantern movie? As many fans have noted, the movie seemed to have a hard time deciding where it should take place. Earth or Space? Seems JMS felt Earth would have been best.

In the Green Lantern movie, you want to make this character special, one of a kind, the bravest guy on the planet, and then put him on a planet with 10,000 just like him. The fan part said, ‘We should have the whole Green Lantern Corps there.’ Someone should have said, no, the movie side say, ‘Keep him on his own. Don’t bring them in yet. Let’s make him special on his own first, then, two movie down the road, we’ll bring in the whole Corps.

(Via Blastr)

Recent Green Lantern movie news includes Mark Strong stating he thinks “Green Lantern 2” would be a surprise.

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JMS World War Z Script Lands Online

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This week saw the first footage and the first movie poster for World War Z released.

The zombie film is based on the Max Brooks novel of the same name starring Brad Pitt.

The original script for World War Z was written by J. Michael Straczynksi and has undergone a few re-writes since then.

Now it seems someone went and posted the 2007 JMS World War Z script online.

As the script has gone under so many re-writes, at least three I believe, it might not be at all what will be debuting next year; however, there could still be possible spoilers.

I haven’t check it out extensively, but I know a lot of aspiring filmmakers might like to view a script from JMS.

In addition, some fans of the novel have been pretty upset that the new movie doesn’t seem to be a direct take from the book.

Is that what JMS intended as well?

Word War Z has a June 21, 2013 release and is directed by Marc Forster, starring Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Eric West, James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3), David Morse and Mireille Enos.

Synopsis:

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

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JMS Writing Valiant Comics Shadowman Movie

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2523:]]Valiant Entertainment and the producer of The Mummy, Sean Daniel, have struck a deal with J. Michael Straczynksi to bring Shadowman to the big screen.

Deadline has the news in that Valiant, Daniel and JMS are teaming up for a Shadowman live-action film, with JMS writing the script.

Shadowman is a popular comic book character from the ‘90s and is being rebooted by Valiant Comics this November by writer Justin Jordan.

Shadowman is a character who lives in a unique world that mixes the modern world with that which is most ancient within us,” Straczynski tells Deadline. “The New Orleans vibe and history, and the struggle to find a balance with the personality within him, is a perfect dramatic vehicle. We’ve already finished the outline and there’s a lot of action, much of it unique to what Shadowman can do…but at the core of it, there’s a strong character, world and mythology that can be explored across multiple subsequent films. This is gonna be fun.”

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SDCC 2012: JMS To Write For Legendary Comics With “The Majesic Files”

There is a new kid on the block and it’s Legendary Comics.

Earlier at the SDCC Legendary Comics announced a partnership with the likes of Mark Waid, Shane Davis and Max Brooks on Shadow Walk.

Now, J. Michael Straczynski is coming onboard with The Majestic Files with pencils by Geoff Shaw and inks from Matt Banning.

Look for that in 2013.

Legendary Comics is owned by Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment. Tull is a big comic book aficionado, with Legendary Entertainment helping to finance the likes of The Dark Knight Rises and the Man of Steel.

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WonderCon 2012: Superman News: Smallville Comics, Batman, Earth One Volume Two Image

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The WonderCon is underway and reports are coming in from the DC All Access Panel.

We get the following image (right – via Bleeding Cool) for JMS’ Superman: Earth One Volume Two, along with: 

• Clark Kent has to figure out where Superman fits into this.

•  The book will introduce Parasite to “Earth One.” 

On the Smallville Season 11 Comic, Bryan Q. Miller teased:

At the end of the finale, we did a time jump where Clark became Superman … and pushed Apocalypse out of orbit. Season 11 takes place six months after he pushed Apocalypse out of orbit. It’s essentially a ‘Smallville‘ Year One story. … It’s terribly exciting.

The cover of issue #2 features Lex Luthor, who is back and doesn’t have his memories. “He knows there’s something about Superman that he vehemently just hates and doesn’t trust,” said Miller. “As for Clark, he’s riding the highest high he’s ever ridden. … He’s perpetually engaged to Lois Lane. It’s everybody from the show taking that next mid-twenties step in their lives. They’re trying to figure out their place in the world.” The series will start with a digital only format, then transitioning to print.

-Via CBR

And from Twitter we learn that Batman’s relationship with Superman will be explored in upcoming stores. One twitter user even mentions that Scott Snyder said we’ll be seeing the relationship of Batman and Superman in Batman after the Night of the Cowls event.

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JMS Sounds Off On Alan Moore and Before Watchmen; Compares To Babylon 5

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We just posted Alan Moore’s thoughts on the recently announced Watchmen prequel, Before Watchmen, where the writer compared his original to Moby Dick, and thought the new take to be “completely shameless.”

One of the creators onboard for the new series of 7 prequel comic books is J. Michael Straczynksi. JMS is writing the Dr. Manhattan issue with artist Adam Hughes, and JMS being JMS, he is not one to bite his tongue when it comes to his thoughts and opinions as well.

JMS posted a lengthy and well thought out rebuttal of sorts to Alan Moore’s arguments, offering up the question: What If the same happened with his beloved Babylon 5?

Here’s the post from his fan Facebook page:

Rather than answer the questions about Watchmen piecemeal in separate topics, I figured I’d address the key ones here, all in one place. 

Let me start out by tackling head-on the most frequent question: “how would you feel if Babylon 5 was being done without your permission?” It’s a fair question, and it needs to be fairly answered…but it has to be an honest comparison, apples to apples, not apples to pomegranates.

First, we have to take the word “permission” off the table. Warner Bros. owns Babylon 5 lock, stock and phased-plasma guns, just as DC owns the Watchmen characters. DC wasn’t making creator-owned deals back in the 80s. Moreover, they were variations on characters that had been previously created for the Charleton Comics universe. Main point is: neither of us owns these characters in any significant legal way. Consequently, neither company needs our permission to do anything.

But I get that we’re talking about the emotional aspect of all this, not the legal stuff, which is pretty cut and dry. So again: apples to apples.

How would I feel if Babylon 5 were being made and I were shut out of anything to do with it, despite my desire to be involved? I’d feel pretty crummy about it. But as it happens, that has absolutely nothing to do with this situation in any way, manner, shape or form.

If at any point in the last 25 years, Alan had said, “you know, there’s a Watchmen story I’d like to tell,” there’s no question that DC would have given him both the freedom to tell that story and a check big enough to dim the lights at their offices for a week. And there were frequent overtures for him to do just that. In 2005, DC actually offered to give him ownership of the characters if he’d come back to do more stories with them. 

They wanted his involvement, solicited his involvement, would have been thrilled at his involvement. He declined at every point. Fair enough. It’s his choice, and it’s his right to make it.

So now – apples to apples – let’s make the B5 comparison. Let’s say Warner Bros. came to me and said, “we want to do more Babylon 5, and we want you to run the whole thing. We’ll pay you anything you want, give you a proper budget, and you will have complete creative freedom.” (Actually, they made that offer last year, and I said yes enthusiastically, because I love these characters and that universe. At the eleventh hour the distribution system they had been trying to put together fell apart, and so did this, but let’s stick to the subject, shall we?)

So let’s say that Warners makes that offer, and I said, “No, I don’t want it, take your accursed money, your big budget and your complete creative freedom and begone, get thee behind me Satan!” Let’s say they came back and said “Okay, then how about we pay you vast sums of money just to consult? How about that?” 

“No,” let’s say I cried, “no, no, a thousand times no.”

“How about just to meet with us? Just for an hour?”

“No, absolutely not, nuh-uh, no way, not a chance.”

“What if we sweeten the deal? What if we offer to give you full ownership of Babylon 5, legally and contractually, so you own it? How about that?”

“Fie, I tell you, fie!”

Well, where does that leave us?

If Warners offered me creative freedom, money and a budget to do the show the way I wanted, up to and including my completely owning the show, and I said no to that deal, and if after Warners waited TWENTY FIVE YEARS for me to change my mind they finally decided to go ahead and make B5 without me…then I would have absolutely zero right to complain about it. Because it was my choice to remove myself from the process, it wasn’t something foisted upon me by anybody else.

And frankly, and I’m only talking about me here, if I made that choice, I would be an idiot. Because I love those characters and that universe, and would greatly enjoy the chance to play with them again. Every TV writer in town would show up at my door just to personally kick the crap out of me, and they’d be right to do it.

On to the next topic.

“These were one-off characters, they were never intended to be used again.” A really good point whose only problem is that it’s not actually true. That was certainly never DC’s perception of the characters, and Alan himself floated an idea about doing a Minutemen prequel back in 1985. 

Alan didn’t walk away from Watchmen for artistic reasons, he walked away over contract language regarding ownership issues. It was a contract dispute. In time that morphed into something else, but that was not what happened at the time.

“These characters are sacred, nobody else should write them.”

If we’re going to talk about the sanctity of characters, let me point to an observation I made in one of the interviews:

“Alan has spent most of the last decade writing some very, very good stories about characters created by other writers, including Alice (from Wonderland), Dorothy (from Oz), Wendy (from Peter Pan), as well as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Jekyll and Hyde and Professor Moriarty. I think one loses a little of the moral high ground to say, “I can write characters created by Jules Verne, HG Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Frank Baum, but it’s wrong for anyone else to write my characters.”

Some folks have replied to this with “well, Alan says this is different because he’s using those characters in different situations.” (I’m not vouching that Alan said that, only that this is the most common reply. If he never said anything to that effect I’m happy to be corrected.)

I’m really good with the English language, but I’ve turned that sentence over several times and I can’t parse it in any logical way. What the heck does it even mean? The moment you have Mr. Hyde do anything not in Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, it’s a “different situation.” I think that the argument being made here is that by putting Mr. Hyde in a modern context, then that makes it Alan’s and that makes it legally and morally okay. 

If that’s true, then I invite Alan to try that with James Bond, or Jason Bourne, or any other character where the writer or the estate is still around to fight for the rights of their characters. Legally, yes, you can do what you wish with public domain characters. But one ends up on a slippery moral slope to say that all of these other writers’ characters are fair game but Alan’s characters are sacred on a moral or emotional basis. 

I would suggest that there are just as many people around the world who hold Wendy from Peter Pan sacred, or who might think it untoward that Alan had Mr. Hyde literally sodomize the Invisible Man TO DEATH after the latter serially raped a bunch of girls at a private school. How would Robert Louis Stevenson or H.G. Wells have viewed such a story? 

Despite this, somehow, by Alan’s lights, that’s not just okay, it is right and proper. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have done it. Alan’s a genius, and if it were in my power I’d set him up with a big distribution system, ten million dollars, and publish anything he wrote, up to and including the phone book. 

I’m just suggesting that one needs to be consistent in one’s moral stance if one wishes that moral stance to be taken seriously.

“This will dilute the legacy of the original Watchmen.”

Can’t happen. The book is the book is the book. It will always be up on the shelf. You can read it alone, or after the prequels, or before…it doesn’t change a word of it. The original book has twenty five years of legacy standing behind it. It’s not that fragile. It’s a work of art, and art endures.

“So how come you left Thor because they were messing with the story?”

Apples, meet oranges. Thor was a work in process, versus a finished work in the case of Watchmen. No one’s suggesting a mid-course correction in the original book. I would have been happy to remain on Thor for decades, but when I saw the ominous approach of an Event that would once again erase or damage the story that I had worked so hard to create, I opted out. By contrast, nobody is infringing on a story Alan wants to write. Finally, again, opting out of Thor was my choice, just as it’s Alan’s choice not to be involved in any further Watchmen projects. I have no more right to complain about what came afterward than…well, anyone else in that situation.

“You didn’t like what Mongoose Publishing did with Babylon 5.”

True. Leaving aside that they were trying to include novels into a licensing contract that was intended only for game books and reference…leaving aside that instead of going to quality writers they picked up fan fiction on the cheap from amateur writers…the books were dreadful and not in keeping with the standard that I applied to anything done in the B5 universe. I’d bounced a couple of properly authorized and sanctioned novels previously because I didn’t feel they were up to snuff. The quality was the issue, not my involvement, because under contract I was involved and had approval. Had the books been better, they would’ve come out. They weren’t, and they didn’t. Apples and oranges.

I think those are all the major points that have been repeatedly brought up here and online elsewhere. To which I would add only the following codicil. 

When I met with the others in New York to discuss these books, I was in awe of the assembled talent. These were, and are, some of the brightest lights in the comic business. (And me, holding up the rear.) Listening to Brian A, I frankly thought I should be sitting at the children’s table, not here. And beside me was Len Wein, who was involved with the original Watchmen books. Amazing.

I wish you could’ve been there. I wish you could’ve seen the passion, the care, the creativity in their eyes and in their voices. There was no talk of money, or of deals, it was all about digging into characters for whom we all shared a profound reverence and appreciation. No detail was too small to delve into. What really happened to this character, who died or disappeared? Why did this other character dissolve into madness and alcohol? Who the hell was the Twilight Lady? There was an excitement and a dedication to preserve the quality of the characters that I wish you could have been present to witness firsthand. 

It. Was. Awesome.

I have always put a great emphasis on doing right by the money fans have to spend on product. This is because I come from ridiculously poor circumstances, and equally ridiculous fannish circumstances. I saved all summer to buy a membership in the Supermen of America Club. Another summer got me a wonderful envelope from FOOM. I was the only kid in my neighborhood who not only ordered a pair of X-Ray Specs, but expected them to actually work…and was devastated when they didn’t.

So I’ve always viewed things from a perspective of, “Is this going to be worth somebody’s hard earned cash?” I won’t speak of my stuff, because the specter of enlightened self-interest raises its head…but when I think of what Brian and Darwyn and the others are doing with their books, the stories they’ve chosen to tell, and the reaction I think these stories will meet, the quality of the art and the storytelling…for me, as a fan, the answer is an enthusiastic “hell, yes.”

The books will speak for themselves.

Everything else is just foreplay.

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