Saturday, June 4, 2016

Abigail Waller--Coming Back to a Screen Near You?

It's been a pretty productive Saturday. Just taking a break before finding something else to jump into...

A couple months back, one of my film friends confessed to me (his word, not mine) that he was a fan of The Life and Times of Abigail Waller and had been interested in doing a short film based on it for a while. His request was simple: a three-minute script; either a new story, or one based on an existing comic. He'd direct it, and handle all the logistics. He even offered to let me hang around and consult to make sure the characters were represented authentically.

I was completely down with the idea. I had wondered about crossing Abigail back into live action myself, but with the ease and speed of being able to put out the comic, I just wasn't motivated enough to make the jump. So taking my friend up on his offer represented the best of both worlds.

It took me a couple months, but yesterday I finally selected the story I wanted to go with, and today I refined the script and sent it off for review. If you're a follower of the webcomic, I decided to go with Episode 1.3 - "I like Your Hair. Can I Touch It?" It's a particular favorite, but it will also be an easy shoot, and something I feel will work great as a short.

Who knows? It might lead to more. I'd definitely be interested if I could find the right team--though I wonder if I should stick to comics, seeing as how so much of the story exists in that format. But that's another issue for another time. Let's see if this current project comes to fruition first.

Though--and I told my friend this--I don't doubt he can make it happen.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Freshening Up the Joint

EDIT - 7.22.16: Due to a legal issue, I've had to go with another name for the sci-fi/fantasy/adventure shingle. For more on that, including the new branding visit this blog post

Below you will find the original post, unaltered for the most part for the sake of posterity, save for the removal of the logo intended for the former book brand.

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I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about where I am and where I want to go...

As I mentioned in a previous post, though the interest is still there, I'm not overly-enthusiastic about going back to filmmaking. My webcomic is going well, and my prose projects still look promising. In fact, I was approached by a friend a couple nights ago about the possibility of bringing another long-dormant story to life as a spinoff comic of The Life and Times of Abigail Waller. I really like the idea, so more development may happen on that front in the future.

As for prose, I'm becoming more and more enamored with that form of storytelling, and I've been spending more and more time thinking about it, pondering on how to bring those concepts, and how to organize the structure under which the projects will be released. Because my story ideas break down into two camps--sci-fi/fantasy/adventure and horror/supernatural--I've decided to release the books under different publishing shingles, as I envision each as its own universe where characters may cross from one story/series to another.

The sci-fi/fantasy/adventure shingle, with will primarily house my superhero characters, will be known as Ascension Press, while my horror/supernatural shingle will bear the name Darque Marque Press. In true Kevin Sorrell fashion, I've already created logos for both brands (with no books to show, but those will come later, right?), and they have corresponding Facebook and Twitter accounts--'cause I love the world-building aspect of things.


But all my brainstorming didn't stop there. With my currently-waning interest in filmmaking, I wasn't sure what to do with my Cougar's Marque Entertainment brand. Surely I'd have some use for it, but as what, if I wasn't making films?

Well, the answer, for now, is "nothing." For a moment, the idea was to use CME as the parent company under which everything else would be placed, making it a truly multi-media company. But something just didn't feel right when it came to the novels and books. In most cases, especially as an indie, the author more or less takes center stage in terms of online presence. They themselves are the brand--not some company. In other words, if you wanted to know more about a certain book, you'd most like be presented with an author page that houses information on their books and projects, or, at least, a website specifically dedicated to the books in question. 

I could go the latter route, but, thinking toward the hopeful day that I'm a comic or book convention, and someone asks me where they can get more information about my work, instead of having multiple URLs I could provide (and have to keep up with), I felt that it would be nice to have one catch-all site, whether someone wanted to know about my webcomic, my short films, my books--all of it. And if someone was asking about my books, telling them "cougars-marque.com" wasn't doing it for me, as it created a bit of a disconnect. What the hell is Cougar's Marque?

Now, this is probably one of those cases where I'm making something out to be a bigger problem than it really is. In actuality, I could probably give someone any URL, and they'd go off happy because they got what they needed. But there's a business aspect to go along with all of this creativity, and I'm obsessed with making the smartest decision--getting it "right"--and paranoid about getting it "wrong." So the "right" answer was simple...

"Kevin Sorrell" would become the "parent company," and everything would fall under that in terms of corporate structure. 
  • You want to know more about my novels and prose? "kevinsorrell.com."
  • You want to know more about my webcomic? "kevinsorrell.com" (of course, there's abigailwallerseries.com, but we're talking a one-stop shop here). 
  • You want to know more about my films? 
  • Music video? 
  • Screenwriting? 
  • General thoughts?
You get the idea...

I've had this blog for a while, so it makes perfect sense for everything to coalesce under this site. And I bought kevinsorrell.com a while ago, when I first had the idea of doing a site to brand myself as a writer--basically the planned successor to this blog. I'll probably move this over to another platform eventually, but for now, this is where it's at.

Oh, and one more thing. I might change the name of the blog, in alignment with the username I currently use on Twitter, and plan to use on any writing-related sites I join going forward--writerguykev. It's not a definite, as I dig the current name, but it's always something I could always go back to if I wanted.

Besides, change is good. I should know. I certainly do it enough...