Friday, December 17, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

Chat time!

We have rain here; very welcome as water restrictions forced the avid gardeners to only water their leafy darlings with a hose. For some gardens, do you know how long that takes? I, for one can get lost in my garden for a good hour or so when I have my hose, before I realise what the time is. And that's not even watering it all!

My handy tip for the week: flea powder kills ants. Great for sprinkling around the home, and staying in the cracks to keep on killing them for weeks on end!

Here's a new movie coming out next year - The Rite.

Related News Item: Shadowing an Exorcist

9 comment(s):

Lucia Maria said...

I just did a news search on Joss Whedon after reading an article comparing Spike (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Christopher Hitchens: Spike and Hitch. And I thought, what ever happened to Joss Whedon?

Well, would you know it, and maybe this is only interesting to me, but Joss turned down a Buffy reboot movie and is currently working on a new Avengers movie, which Iron Man will be part of. I loved Iron Man - both of them.

I.M Fletcher said...
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I.M Fletcher said...


Lots of writers these days days go back and forth between different media. eg, Whedon had an awesome run on Astonishing X-Men (which I read); J. Michael Straczynski who wrote Babylon 5 for TV had a good run on Spiderman; and Allan Heinberg (Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., and Grey's Anatomy) has written for JLA, Wonder Woman, and Young Avengers.

Quite often, if a TV show gets cancelled and the writer wants to carry it on, he'll do it through comics. eg, Whedon continued writing Buffy through comicbooks -

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight is a comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics. The series serves as a canonical continuation of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and follows the events of that show's final televised season.[1] It is produced by Joss Whedon, who wrote the first arc, "The Long Way Home".[2] The first issue was released on March 14, 2007.[3]
The series was originally supposed to consist of about 25 issues,[4] but series editor Scott Allie stated that they were already "up to about 50, could go a little higher",[5][6] before it was finally decided that the series would have a 40-issue run. The series is ongoing. On September 24, 2009, Joss Whedon announced the series would continue into Season Nine.

The success of the series prompted IDW Publishing and Joss Whedon to publish a concurrent continuation of the Angel television series, titled Angel: After the Fall.

Also, when the TV show Jericho was cancelled after two seasons, the writers continued it through comics ('Jericho - Season 3').

One of the writers of the Jericho TV show explains in an interview -

In terms of the story itself, I would say that we’ve pretty much picked up the story from the end of season two of the tv series, and continued it forward in the same spirit we started it in. But producing a tv show is a lot different than creating a comic book. WIth the book, we didn’t have to worry about locations, special effects, shooting days, or any of the other practical challenges that we dealt with on the show. So the comics will be telling a story that’s very much a Jericho story, but in a way that is, to say the least, bigger than any tv show could ever be. By a lot.

Writer Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma) has also written for comics (Daredevil, Green Hornet, Spiderman, Batman).

So, yeh. There's a lot of crossover between both writers and even shows between the TV and comicbook media.

Lucia Maria said...

Thanks, Fletch. Very interesting. I never did read the comics for Buffy, as it just seemed ... wrong. But, now, with space of time, I could just do it. Did you ever read them?

I.M Fletcher said...

No, I've never watched Buffy, to be honest :)

The wiki article I'm quoting above, also says that Pushing Daisies and Charmed have been continued through comics.

Much as Buffy began television trends, Season Eight began the trend of television-to-comic book adaptations; Pushing Daisies and Charmed, to give two examples, both launched comic book continuations. In 2010, writers of the Charmed comic book cited Season Eight as the commercial model which inspired Zenescope Entertainment to pursue rights to Charmed.[13]

Comics are pirated online also, much like music and TV programs. They're scanned and saved in .cbr, or .cbz formats.

I.M Fletcher said...

ps, probably the best way to catch up reading a comic series is to buy it in TPB (trade paperback) version - kind of collected together in a graphic novel format. Amazon sells them.

scrubone said...

Well, we watched a very funny Chinese movie and now we're watching one which I think is Danish.

William Stout said...

Thank you for the heads up on the film "The Rite." If you have never read it and if you are interested in the Rite of Exorcism, I recommned the book Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. It is an excellent source of information on both possession and exorcisms.

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