Friday, December 19, 2008

Culture Notes

Watching Tatum O'Neal as a young girl smoke a cigarette in the 1973 film Paper Noon, I think about how that would be inconcievable today. Why is this?

The idea now is that if fictional entertainment shows an impressionable character doing something less than the ideal (or rather repressing all natural unhealthy imuplses until they become obsessive dysfunction) then their children, who must be perfect, will follow suit. So the corporations that own these fictional entertainments will create outlets for these repressed impulses, taking money from consumers, so they can feast on the imagination of others. Interactively engaged rather than creatively inspired, they are being grafted to virtual experience, trusting pixels rather that light particles, flatscreen HD rather than optic nerves and retinas.

Although watching someone smoke a cigarette in a movie does make me want one. But I'm addicted.

Science vs God

And, yea, I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. And I percieved that all is vanity and vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief. And he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow. For God shall bring every work, and every secret thing into judgement, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Strange Tales Outline

Human Torch & Iceman Night Out
Mundane Day to Day in Marvel's NYC
Ghost Ride To Hell
Silver Surf The Stars
Disciples and Dating
A Dazzling Performance

It's about living in New York City, perspective on life, the deals with the devil we make to survive in urban utopias.

Job, apartment, going out to bars/clubs, damnation, salvation. Patient, therapy of the soul. Art. Bands.

Dr. Strange sends Dean on his path of self-discovery. Running errands and doing battle. Strange's disciple, the next Sorceror Supreme will be good turned evil. Intern is evil turned good.

Ground Marvel's NYC as one unified city and realistically display it.

Comicbook Marketing Notes

First problem is relevance and relatibility.
Marvel characters by themselves have become brands.
New, everyday characters who work for these larger than life celeb/gods.

Four Marvel Books, with retro name, and pulp like sensibility, sold around the city, affordable short stories. Smaller size, more graphic images and text, bridging the gap between comic and novel. Illustrated weekly novellas, collected monthly in a $5 slick packaging, and quarterly as a $10 graphic novel.

Stories will focus on everyday characters: college student, scientist, intern, receptionist, for the Marvel Empires such as Stark Industries, Shield, Fantastic Four Inc. Two major characters featured along with the main new character. We can see the Marvel Universe as it would look from our perspective.

Strange Tales - Dr. Strange & Cameo
The intern of Dr. Strange, Dean Walker, who is the pawn of mystical forces all vying for dominion over Hell. Ghost Rider helps him descend into Hell to face Mephisto, Silver Surfer carries him into the stars towards Eternity.

This book will showcase stories venturing across the Marvel Universe. It will help establish the characters that are darker, more human and flawed. Continuity-wise it will clear up matters over the Underworld and how other dimensions relate. Establishing Hell.

Tales to Astonish - the Hulk & Yellowjacket
Mad science attacks us from the future. The Leader, Kang, and Ultron all orchestrate our armageddon with their science unbound! Jim Lawson, working on his phd, can help bridge the science of Bruce Banner with Henry Pym's, to avert our annihilation!

Using real science and imagine it being twisted by mad genius and cold robotic logic. To show the limits of knowledge and how the status quo must exist to maintain balance. The Hulk representing the outward anger, Yellowjacket the inward quiet rage. Questioning science.

Tales of Suspense - Cap/Hawkeye. Iron Man/
High Adventure.
Tom Shield Recruit. "Cousin of Cap"
Kenneth Stark Intl Liason. "Jackass suckup"
Together they work together to round up rogue science experiments gone horribly wrong.

Governments and corporations, working together to stop anything that upsets their control over the world. The lies and double dealing becomes unveiled as these two see the inner workings of such powerful non-entities, from day to day office work, to battling in remote locales.

Journey Into Mystery - Thor
Mythology. For history buffs, this will include short adaptations and re-imaginings of ancient myths. Thor teams up over the ages with various heroes.

Various mythological heroes and themes explored. Sword and sorcery, barbarians, historical, Jungian archtypes battling our inner demons. Morality tales.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tales to Astonish Notes

Science gone mad.
We must defend ourselves against the combined threat of the Leader and Ultron.
Pushing past boundaries of science, it's up to the brilliant minds (and muscle) of Bruce "the Hulk" Banner and Dr. Hank "Yellowjacket" Pym. Both unstable geniuses, their scientific solitude must end as they team up to outsmart their combined foes.

Enter: Jim Lawson. A young prodigy, our last hope, caught between the raging beast of repression who lives half a life, versus the psychopathically schizophrenic guy who gets small enough to fly into your brain.

When Ultron and Leader send their battalions of next level science, it's up to Lawson to figure out the math, Pym to piece it together, and the Hulk to keep the monsters as bay. Math, mechanical, physical sciences working together to hold the line. Scientific Advancement Spelled Sideways is Armageddon!

Comicbook Rockstar Pitches

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Sun Notes

Ever flowing, pulls on the mind
Opposite of the moon
Expanding universe
Speed of light

Sheet of ice
186,000,000 miles diameter
1/5 inch thick
Billionx3 watts

Prism breaks sunlight
Chemical formula
Information in nature

Ripples from supernovas
Clouds turn to stars
Gravity hydrogen

Pieces of debris
Once part of a whole
Now scattered in a ring
Solar system

Liberates energy with first fusion
Heart - core half mass, 2% of volume
Protons hydrogen to helium
Extreme conditions
Positive and positive
High temp high pressure
15,000,000 degrees celsius

Lost mass equals energy
Energy = Mass x Speed of Light x Speed of Light

11 years cycle peak solar max
Magnetic field strength
Magnetism versus fusion

Flash/Cobalt Blue

Stolen Identity Paranoia