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Wolverine & Nightcrawler listen to TAL from my story with Mike Allred in Nation X #1

A fusion of so many things I love.

When I wrote my script for last fall’s X-Men anthology NATION X, the conceit was watching two of my favorite mutants on a road trip: Wolverine & Nightcrawler.

When it came to depicting the feel of a great trek like that, I peppered in some things that make me love the long highways: roadside oddities, deeply candid conversations, and something great to listen to.  So I went with THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

Just thinking about the show (a series of rich audio documentaries and essays) provokes a very specific emotional response for me.   It seemed like a perfect short-hand.

Plus – I’m always happy to offer a shout-out to something I love, in hopes that a couple more people will turn on its wonderfulness.

But to my thrill, I ended up hearing from the staff of the show (who were equally psyched to have such a cool fan…in Wolverine).

All of that leads us to this.   This American Life collaborated with Marvel to print up a limited edition poster of the panel – available through the show’s website.

I practically $#!+ my pants.

The only thing that could make this team-up any better (for my money, at least)  is the fact that the story’s art was done by the fantastic MIKE ALLRED.  I’ve said it before – but it was a dream come true to have him illustrate one of my scripts.  He has been my #1 favorite comic artist (and a great writer, too) since I first read the Dark Horse run of his most famous creation, MADMAN.*

There are only 2,000 copies of this poster available.  I know that may sound like a lot – but not when you consider how awesome the mash-up of elements vs. how many people like awesomeness.

So do yourself (or a nerd you love) a favor and pick it up while you can.  If you’re on the fence, TAL made a handy Venn Diagram to get you off …the fence.

 

A Venn Diagram of who would kill for this poster

A handy Venn Diagram of this poster's target audience...and of my psyche

*Seriously – if you haven’t read it, go buy a copy now. Though the first mini-series is great, the tone really shifted afterward.   So I recommend starting with either the second 3-part story originally published through Tundra, or his initial Dark Horse run.  Both have been re-collected in trades that are still available.

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HEY!  Hit the comic shops from this day forth* for my story in Wolverine #900 -

I know what you’re thinking:  “James, I didn’t see your name on the solicit for this amazing, deluxe tribute to one of Marvel’s main characters!”

I know.   I was attached at THE LAST minute.

As in, 3 weeks ago.

(Which, if you have no frame of reference, is an insanely low amount of turn around time.)

BUT – the offer was to write a script in 2 daysusing existing art work. ** Crazy? Yes.   An awesomely fun challenge?  That too.   What really sold me, though, is that my story sports badass art by super star David Finch!

And, though I was left out of the creator names in the solicits, my pages make up the entirety of the issue preview.   (Though the preview is not the entirety of my pages.)

So it’s strange, an honor (that they trusted me to pull it off), and thrilling (to be in the company of Finch).  But ultimately, I’m just curious to see how it turned out.   So feel free to be even more honest than usual about what you liked and didn’t like.

+james

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*It comes out today, but really – you’ll be able to get for years to come.

**I actually wrote two scripts since I knew there wouldn’t be much editorial time.  This is the one they chose, and I see that they also changed some parts of the script on the fly.

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Chipping 10 more seconds away from my God*-given 15 minutes of fame this week.   This time, I’m snarking from home for the Rotten Tomatoes show on CurrentTV, current.com, Hulu, and where ever else they plant that thing.

So feel free to watch me question the judgement of the people behind the film LEGION.  Though, in fairness, my full review would have also mentioned things I loved.  Which amount to about 20 minutes.   The rest is boring.

I should at least mention that I really genuinely like The Rotten Tomatoes show.  It’s genuinely funny, and Bret is a really good guy.  So make a habit out of watching it.

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Happy New Year, theoretical reader!

If you like video games, basic cable, and/or pithy comments – check out me & several other talking heads giving the Best Week Ever treatment to the forthcoming BioWare epic Mass Effect 2!  The special will air on SyFy channel several times through the month.  I’m there as a writer, but other guests include Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and rapper The Game.  Hear that?  That’s the sound of blipping on a a very small radar…

The dates and times that Sci vs Fi: Mass Effect 2 airs:
01/19/2010 – 11:00 PM

01/20/2010 – 04:00 PM

01/21/2010 – 5:30 AM
01/22/2010 – 08:00 AM
01/24/2010 – 01:00 AM
01/25/2010 – 01:00 AM
01/26/2010 – 03:30 PM

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