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Today the great AdHouse publisher, Chris Pitzer, observed the ninth year of being in business. Congrats to one of the good folks and I look forward to celebrating its 10th anniversary next year.
In observing the nine-year mark, Pitzer also noted it is the publisher’s “MOST productive year to date”.
Article first published as Ryan Dunlavey on Action Philosophers Play Adaptation on Technorati.
Action Philosophers, the comic book series by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, has been adapted for the theater by award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman (who happens to also be Van Lente’s spouse). The play has been acclaimed for capturing the flavor of the comics series’ comedic exploration of several world philosophers. Action Philosophers is currently in a limited run through October 16 (Thursday & Friday at 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday at 7 pm) at the Brick Theater (in cooperation with Impetuous Theater Group). Dunlavey recently took the time to share his thoughts with me via email on the comic series’ successful transition to the theater.
When you and Fred first developed Action Philosophers, did you ever envision it being adapted for theater?
Never. I arrogantly believed that it was completely unadaptable to other mediums and it would exclusively live and die on the comic book page, but Crystal Skillman, director John Hurley and the actors have done a fantastic job of proving me wrong!
Interestingly enough (maybe only to me) Action Philosophers originally came about when I asked Crystal to collaborate on a comic with me, but then Fred got to me first!
Over at Robot 6, I interviewed colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser.
Meanwhile, over at ContainsEggs, my pals find a way to connect writer/director/actor Christopher Guest to the NFL.
The latest installment in my ongoing effort to cover the creators of ACT-I-VATE continues this week with my interview of writer Chris Miskiewicz regarding Everywhere. Everywhere is an anthology series with a unique foundation that is discussed in our opening question. My thanks to Miskiewicz for the interview.
Tim O’Shea: In a few words, could you tell our readers the premise of The Everywhere Anthology?
Chris Miskiewicz: You wake up to find that millions of a single species have appeared EVERYWHERE around the world at the same time. It’s basically The Twilight Zone meets an Animal Disaster B-Movie Feature where each episode features a different animal disaster drawn by a different artist.
O’Shea: What motivated you to initially develop Everywhere, and how did it land at ACT-I-VATE?
Miskiewicz: The Everywhere Anthology came from a drunken conversation with artist Andrew Wendel who co-created the concept with me.
This year, at a panel discussing comedy, Dorkin mentioned Kliph Nesteroff, a show business historian with a few websites (including Classic Television Showbiz) . When Dorkin mentioned that Nesteroff posts obscure videos that would have me staying on the website way too long, I doubted him.
Then I ran across this 1958 conversation between Hy Gardner and Steve Allen, which includes a link to a Allen op-ed Village Voice piece . Yes, Dorkin is right, I will be spending a lot of time reading up
So, a few months back, when I interviewed Troy Wilson about Panels for Primates, he talked about a big name creator having recently turned in a script. He would not tell me the person’s name, but merely said, the person was ”Big, though. A dream come true.” I had no idea that by big, he meant Stan “The Man” Lee. And to see that pal of the blog, Dean Haspiel got to work with Stan on this charity effort was equally delightful. The new installment, featuring Lee and Haspiel launched today. Go. Read. Consider donating to Primate Rescue Center (and make sure to mention Panels for Primates).
Here’s some additional info to consider when checking out the story: “Other prominent contributors [to Panels for Primates] include Fred Van Lente (Cowboys & Aliens), Mike Carey (The Unwritten), Rick Geary (Treasury of Victorian Murder series), Stuart Moore (Namor: The First Mutant), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl), Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and Roger Stern (The Death and Life of Superman). In all, 56 generous creators from seven countries have donated 127 pages of all-new material for the cause.”
As fate would have it, interviews that I had hoped to finalize earlier this week did not occur. Hopefully we can resume normal interview schedule by next week. My apologies.
But there is a bonus Talking Comics with Tim, a blast of a discussion with witty and insightful artist Stuart Immonen over at Robot 6.
As noted by USA Today’s Brian Truitt, Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic’s Image limited series, Who Is Jake Ellis?, is no longer limited–
it is now an ongoing. [Update: Edmondson contacted me to clarify, that as noted in the initial Truitt coverage, it is not an unlimited ongoing series: it has been extended in that there will be at least one more set of adventures than initially planned for the limited series. Instead of ending at five issues it will go on to 10, potentially 15 issues.] Congrats to the Jake Ellis crew.
In addition, there’s this song by Piano Player, also inspired by OLYMPUS.