Projects You’ll Never See

So, the other day someone asked me about some of my “dream projects.” The basic assumption in the question was this: If you had the time to work on any one project that you haven’t had the time to work on, what would it be?

The problem with this question, though, is that makes an incorrect assumption. Time isn’t the limiting factor in my dream projects. The truth is this: I am extremely fortunate in that I can generally shuffle my time to my own dictates.1 If I feel really, really passionately about something, I can figure out a way to work on it.

But my dream projects aren’t just a matter of time — they’re a matter of resources.

I love writing novels, but it’s pretty damn convenient that I don’t need anything to do so. All I need is my iMac or my iPad and my typing fingers. No massive capital investment. No partners. No skill set other than my vocabulary.

The following projects, though, would all require skills I don’t possess: Drawing, coding, design, etc. In other words, I would need other people to jump in and work on them. Which means I would need to be capitalized2 in order to make them happen.

Here they are…

  1. Publish an anthology set in a common fantasy world, where individual authors tell their own stories, all interweaving into a final, climactic tale at the end of the book, jam-written by all of us together.
  2. Produce a videogame.
  3. Develop the very cool iOS app I’ve been thinking about for years.
  4. Do my own web comic.
  5. Publish the awesome ersatz Batman and Robin comic I’ve had on my hard drive for literally twenty years.
  6. Produce the sequel to Mangaman.
  7. Make a short film based on a comic strip I tried to draw back when I was a kid.
  8. Create and manage a website based on the premise of “open-source fiction.”

So, there you are — some dreams that will probably not come true. At least, not any time soon. Unless someone out there is a coder or an artist who would like to work for very, very cheap. :)

Fortunately, I have many, many dream projects that I can work on. And I’ll be getting up to speed on some more books soon.

  1. Leia notwithstanding. But even with a newborn in the house, my designated work time is still extremely flexible.
  2. As in money, not as in letters!

About the TV Show…

So, a lot of you have been asking, and now I can tell you: The I Hunt Killers TV show is not going to happen. At least, not in its current form.

The folks at WBTV gave it their best shot. They optioned the series before the first book was even published and they’ve spent three years working very hard to bring it to the small screen. But they’ve officially let the option lapse at this point.

I know this makes some of you sad. And I know that some of you are happy because you didn’t like some of the changes WB was going to make in order to bring the series to TV.

Me? I’m neither happy nor sad. Look, it was always a longshot. Something that people not involved (even tangentially, as I am) in the entertainment business don’t understand is that it’s a miracle anything gets made at all. There is a constant tension between what the studio1 wants and what the network2 wants. It can be difficult to align everyone’s interests and desires in such a way that what comes out is any good at all…and oftentimes, everyone just decides that it’s best not to proceed.

Which is what has happened here. And I’m fine with it. I also would have been fine with the show proceeding and ending up on the air.3 Would the show have been perfect? Would it have been exactly what I would have done, had I been in charge? Nah, of course not. But it would have exposed a vaster audience to my work, and that would have been nice.

So, the show is dead, but the books can never die. And who knows? Maybe someone else will come along and want to make a TV show or a movie out of these books. And maybe this time, the stars will align and it’ll actually make it all the way to your eyeballs.

Stranger things have happened, after all.

  1. The people making the show, in this case WBTV.
  2. The people who broadcast the show, such as The CW or ABC Family or MTV.
  3. Yes, even with a girl Jazz.

I Love Me Some Fanart!

The title says it all.

Brandon Macias had a Fine Arts project in school. Inspired by Game, he decided to evoke the Crow King… (Make with the clicky to see it larger!)

CrowKingPretty cool, eh? Thanks, Brandon!



So, my best friend (who, it must be noted for the record, is basically a real-life Captain America, except he doesn’t need the crutch of a super-soldier serum) bestowed upon Leia this cool book:


Obviously, I wholeheartedly approve. My daughter is fated to grow up to be a superhero, after all, so it’s just as well she begins her studies young.1 I’m glad there’s a book like this for her, to reinforce that girls kick ass.

However, I have a few nerdly bones to pick with it. First of all:

IMG_2783Um, no. Last time I checked, “healing herself and other people” does not number among Hawkgirl’s powers…unless you count basic first aid as a superpower, in which case, just call me Gauze Man. Hawkgirl’s powers, in fact, are best described as:

  1. Can fly. Like, fast.
  2. Can bash people’s heads open with medieval weaponry (cf. the mace she carries in this very shot).
  3. Can always find Hawkman after reincarnating.

I don’t know where this healing nonsense came from. (And apropos of nothing, I vastly preferred it pre-Crisis, when she was Hawkwoman.)

Secondly, there’s this page:


Excuse me? Is someone afraid that Marvel will sue if a DC character uses her actual name? She’s Mary Marvel, folks, not just plain ol’ Mary. “Mary” might help you with your homework. “Mary Marvel” will dropkick a globe of supervillain-containing Suspendium into the upper atmosphere, demolish a nuclear-powered robot from the future, rescue a cat from a tree, and still have time to help you with algebra before the bell rings to end study hall.

I give the folks at Downtown Bookworks high marks for inculcating in our young lasses the important urge to dress in outlandish garb and promote the greater good through fisticuffs, supernatural apparel, and sonic screams, but beg them to get their facts right. The next generation of geeks, nerds, and fanfolk deserves no less!


  1. That slacker Bruce Wayne waited until he could walk. What a loser.

Tim Cook Says:

“We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”

–Tim Cook, coming out in an editorial in Businessweek.