When Los Angeles Detective Lieutenant Lloyd Klimpt finds himself in the middle of a Hollywood mystery that falls way outside the norm, he knows he"s going to need a different kind of help than he"s used to. He finds it in the bizarre form of The Ghoul, a monstrous investigator with a reputation for solving the world"s weirdest crimes. Written and created by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), with art by industry legend Bernie Wrightson. Also included is an illustrated prose story by Niles. Features a bonus audio track by writer Steve Niles and series editor Tom Waltz.
My 9 year old nephew said after it was over, “That was the best Justice League ever!!!” and then… he began asking me about Alternate Earths – and he and I discussed the infinite possibilities upon infinite realities and how we could all be girls that laid polka-dotted eggs on one, and how on another we could be Na’vi and yet again on another we could be sentient rocks that get angry at being thrown around by kids, and on and on. But then the conversation turned how to make this reality the best reality you can by making considerate and thought out decisions in life. Because wrong decisions make our reality the suck reality. And really… isn’t that a conversation you want to have with the young kid in your life? Besides that… it fucking rules.
BUT NOT NEARLY AS MUCH AS
THE SPECTRE short film on here! My god. Not only is it amazing because it is THE SPECTRE and holy shit, there’s a SPECTRE short film produced by DC animation as a stand alone. And that, just by itself is fucking awesome. But then… they went and got Steve Niles to write it. And yeah, I thought that would annoy all the Niles haters below in every talkback of an article that mentions him… but then… I saw it. And it is amazing. Imagine if THE SPECTRE was a Detective Giallo Animated Horror Cartoon from the Seventies. Not just that, but all of a sudden, while you’re watching it, you realize… The greatest movie the world would ever see would be THE SPECTRE movie as directed by Brian DePalma… set in the Seventies and shot by Vilmos Zsigmond with a Pino Donaggio Score. And that is a dream worth wanking over. Seriously. The short is good enough to make me dream of that. Sigh. I wish I had my own fantasy studio for like 5 years. Wouldn’t that be cool. (not sure what my brain was doing confusing THE SPECTRE with THE SPIRIT, but my brain did it, though I absolutely know the difference in the characters. My only excuse is... MASSIVE BRAIN FART - hey, I was kinda watching THE GODFATHER Part 1 & 2 while typing this column in a marathon session. And I woke up to correct this, before finishing a little Sunday afternoon nap)
I just got clearance to discuss one of the projects I was hinting at, so I wanted to let you guys know. As some of you may have noticed, I was a huge fan of the one-man play called NEVERMORE, an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe that ran here in LA at the Steve Allen Theater.
The second time I went, I brought Bernie Wrightson and he was as blown away as me. Stuart Gordon (the director) and Jeffrey Combs (plays Poe) knew Bernie and came over and talked so I asked about doing a graphic adaptation of the play.
I met with Stuart and Jeff and Bernie the following week (major nerd-out moment for me) and talked about what I wanted to do.
Cutting to the chase, they said yes. Not only that but Bernie Wrightson will be fully illustrating one of Poe's most famous poems. Other artists are lining up and I'll announce them as we make things official.
We are talking to a couple publishers right now, so where this will land is up in the air for the moment.
I'll be adapting the Dennis Paoli's amazing script to comics.