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The Way Back Machine
A while back, I read an article that inspired me; that article was a blog posting about how a couple opened up a comic book store. It wasn’t a blow by blow DIY or HOW TO BE A MILLIONARE, but it had some great details, the author was open and honest and was engaging when I opened up a dialog when it came to questions and answers.
In July of 2007, I left a job in the tech industry to do something that I had a passion for and to fulfill a dream of mine. I opened a comic book store.
If anyone tells you that running a business is easy, then I think they got extremely lucky. There was work to be done, but the rewards of talking to people about comics, movies, TV series and comparing them time and time again was fun, entertaining and just made the work appear to be part of the process.
Not the Comic Book Guy anymore
Times and things change, I don’t know exactly why, just that less and less comics were being bought and ultimately it put me in a position that I wasn’t able to keep things going and I had to close the comic book store for good.
A little over a year ago, I started to stream on Twitch. During that time, I was able to share my gaming experience with an interactive audience, where not only did I learn some great stuff, but also got acquainted with some really awesome peeps.
Unfortunately, the twitch experience wasn’t enough to pay the bills and that is the brutal truth. I haven’t given up, but I don’t have a set schedule, my situation and status is tenuous.
Work in progress as it all I can do it persevere and keep positive
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a Warrior Princess to its cast. That’s right, E! News has confirmed Lucy Lawless—you may know her as Xena, Lucretia from Spartacus or Number Three on Battlestar Galactica—will guest star in the upcoming second season of the ABC drama.
We’ll let that sink in for a moment because you know what that means? Lawless is now part of the Marvel universe.
In true S.H.I.E.L.D. fashion, Lawless’ role is being kept under wraps. The New Zealand native also recurs on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson’s (Nick Offerman) wife Diane and will likely pop up in the show’s final season.
As for the role that made Lawless a household name, Xena: Warrior Princess, there’s been some talk here and there about reviving the property—don’t forget, revivals are all the rage in TV and movies these days. “It goes thru many incarnations. Sometimes I’m in it, sometimes I’m not!” Lawless said during a recent live chat. “Truthfully, I don’t know where it’s at. Rob [Tapert] is incommunicado so I can’t ask the latest.”
Now that How I Met Your Mother is done, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely bring back Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). “We have plans to bring her in and see her,” Jed Whedon told E! News, while Maurissa Tancharoen added, “We love Cobie, we love the character. She’s so great.”
“She fits really nicely on the show and has good chemistry with Coulson and the others,” executive producer Jeffrey Bell said.
After being introduced in multimedia to the general public through the animated series Beware the Batman, Katana is coming to live action in the 2014-2015 season. The character will be a recurring guest star on Arrow in season 3 of the CW hit, played by Devon Aoki.
Assuming she dons her alter ego’s identity, and not just that of the casting notice, Tatsu Yamashiro, we should see Aoki wielding her signature Katana – something comic book fans have already seen the actor do on screen in Sin City as Miho. According to Deadline, Tatsu will be primarily in the flashback sequences, as one of Oliver’s instructors now that he’s in Hong Kong under watch of Amanda Waller and ARGUS, as revealed in the season finale.
In the Green Arrow comic book that the show gains inspiration from, Arrow and Katana were recently revealed as both being connected to a secret organization known as the Outsiders, with multiple clans each representing (and represented by) their weapon of choice, including The Arrow Clan, The Sword Clan, The Fist, and others. While that deeper mythological connection will probably stay off TV, it does set a recent precedent for the two heroes working together on the printed page.
Smoking isn’t just an incidental character trait of John Constantine in his DC comics incarnation. Without spoiling anything for young readers – really, anybody can be 23 years behind publication if we’re being fair, and I’m still angry about the original Planet of the Apes‘ DVD cover – let’s just say that John’s habit is ultimately very important.
But this won’t be happening in his new NBC TV show. At least not exactly.
Neil Marshall directed the pilot and will direct more episodes of the show. He spoke to Collider a little, and broke the news that TV John isn’t a smoker.
On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see… the smoking is very frustrating. Who knows where it will go; where the story will go; where the character will go? There’s still lots of options.
Keanu Reeves smoked. That was cinema. In 2005. Maybe he wouldn’t today.
A few months back, David Goyer said the showmakers were “negotiating” for the smoking. The pilot had been filmed by then, though, hadn’t it?
Maybe they’ll opt for a different “change.” I suppose he might be a big drinker. Or be really into unprotected sex. Or like licking lead-painted clock faces.
In an interview with Portland Business Journal , Devlin opened up a bit more about his long-gestating return to the franchise he helped create. Devlin once again noted he originally pitched the franchise as a trilogy, but when the studio opted to go the TV series route with SG-1, he never got to tell that story.
So how will the reboot fit? Basically, it sounds like Devlin is going to incorporate elements from his trilogy idea with the original film to tell a wholly new story — definitely not a sequel, but a reimagining of sorts, incorporating old and new elements from his original pitch 20+ years ago.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The Stargate thing is a different story. We did the original Stargate as an independent movie. It was a surprise success. Shortly before the movie came out, the financiers who were frightened the movie might not do well sold the film to MGM. When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows.
Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let’s reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly.”
It definitely sounds like Devlin is going in with a trilogy (once again) in mind, and it could be interesting to see his long-form take on the franchise all these years later. What do you think?