Monday, July 16, 2012

The Con is over

This is a short epilogue to this year's Comic-Con adventures.  

Sunday, which is the day everything winds down and San Diego sort of gets back to "normal," I mainly hung out with friends.  One of them dressed in his 501st Stormtrooper outfit, so there were a lot of picture requests for him.  He was a superstar.

My big priority was to see the SONS OF ANARCHY panel.  The entire main cast was there, but you know my attention was pretty much on Charlie Hunnam (Jax).  Again, can you blame me?  Oh, and we also got to see the first few minutes of the coming season's episode one.  Recap:

* Jax talking.  Hot.

* The motorcycle club escorting one of their prospects as he drives a truck.  Truck attack.  Gun fire.  Boom!  Sons fend off the attackers.

* A blank screen with sex sounds happening.  (It was explained by Kurt Sutter that Comic-Con made him black out the image of Gemma getting...erm..."serviced" from the back by Jimmy Smits.  So it was Smits sex.)

* Tara in a bathtub smoking pot or whatever.  I never care much about what Tara does.  In fact, I like to pretend she doesn't exist.

The cast was funny and full of expletives, which makes things funnier.  Big surprise of this panel: Girls love Charlie Hunnam and Theo Rossi (Juice).  Kurt Sutter gave away swag based on trivia questions.

And that was the end of the Con for 2012, you guys.  Tah-dah!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Comic-Con brief

As some of you know, I used to do a pretty thorough recap of my Comic-Con experiences in the past.  That was back in the days before it took every ounce of energy I possess to make it through the crowds. Besides, *everyone* does recaps now, and it just seemed redundant to add my own 2 cents, especially since you have to race to get your "news" up before everyone else does.

Anyway.  I had a great Thursday that really reminded me of the old Con days, because I sat in on what felt like an old-school Con panel re: an indie horror movie that I'm excited to see.  AMERICAN MARY is about body modification, and I'm curious about the story and visuals--and Katherine Isabelle (from GINGER SNAPS--whoo!) stars in it.  The movie looks to be gory as all get out, but the directors (twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska) seem to be coming at their horror with some cerebral power behind the blood.

Friday was my big Hall H day because I was bound and determined to see GAME OF THRONES this year.  (Last year, I came about 30 frustrating feet from getting inside Ballroom 20. Ugh.)  So I got up at about 4:45 am (I know!  Yuck!), then met a friend in line (Thank you, Nancy!).  We did the geek Hall-H waiting thing, then the staff let us into the hall for another wait until the PARANORMAN panel started.

We watched some PARANORMAN clips with our 3-D glasses.  My nephew is dying to see this movie, and I would actually love to go with him.  The directors said that this flick comes out of a love for John Carpenter crossed with John Hughes.  Um...awesome?  They said it was influenced by THE GOONIES and 80s films of that nature, too, and it showed.  There's a lot of fun and energy to PARANORMAN.  Plus, Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR and general actress of awesomeness) is enough to get me to see a movie.  She's the dry-witted girl in high school you really wanted to be friends with, but you were careful never to let her know it because that would make you totally uncool and, thus, unworthy of her attentions.

The BIG BANG THEORY panel was hilarious, as expected.  Almost the entire cast was there, except for Johnny Galecki, whose plane was delayed, and Jim Parsons--although he did appear via satellite hook-up.  (Hah--isn't that totally something Sheldon would do?  That's what made it so funny.)  The panel was a little weird, though, because for some reason, all these kids kept coming to the Q&A microphone and asking questions.  One girl even challenged the cast to a Nerd Battle to the death. (Gulp.)  Sadly, she was removed from the microphone.  The cast was politely miffed.

THE WALKING DEAD panel was terrific, and I think that's because Chris Hardwick (host of THE TALKING DEAD) was the moderator.  He kept everything rolling and was funny as hell.  I wish you all could've seen him give Steven Yeun (Glen) a hard time--strangely, the whole "way too many kids asking questions" thing carried over from the previous panel into this one, but this time we had tween girls who were crushing on Steven.  ("I guess we've discovered your demographic." -Funnybunny Chris Hardwick)  They showed us a kick-ass season 3 clip package, and I'm telling you--this show hasn't even come close to exploding yet.  And I'm not just talking about popularity.  The action was intense at the prison, you all.  HARDCORE ZOMBIE BEANS.  Carol, a character who has gone through an admittedly tough time the past couple of seasons, doesn't do much in the series but drag herself around and make puppy eyes at Daryl, but it looks like she's gonna jack up her 'tude and pull out some weapons this time around.  (If you haven't read the comics, don't read what's in the rest of this paragraph: POSSIBLE SPOILER!!!  We know that the series has deviated from the comics quite a bit, but a pretty big change seems to have been made with the Woodbury story line.  In the comics, Rick, Michonne, and Glen, I believe, went to Woodbury and met the Governor.  <---shithead  But it looks like Michonne and Andrea are the ones who'll have some Woodbury adventuring here.  No matter, though, because Michonne looks *perfect.*  She is still a zombie-killing goddess.)

I will tell you this, too--Andrew Lincoln (Sheriff Rick) is smoking hot in real life, especially because he has an English accent.  Holy moly, that accent.  Sarah Wayne Callies was *very* aware of the burning hatred her character Lori evokes, and I felt terrible for her, because she says she goes to places like the grocery store with her daughter and fans accuse her of being a homewrecker.  *Get a grip, people!*  Yikes.  Oh, and Norman Reedus (Daryl) is gold, clearly loving the fans and his job.

Now...the GAME OF THRONES panel.  Let me first say that I love that the cast flew a long way to be at the Con, and we adore them.  George RR Martin moderated, and I'm thinking that he might've been a little tired from writing away on WINDS OF WINTER.  (I hope!)  David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the show runners, weren't on the panel this year because they're on the set in Europe, so we didn't get a lot of insight into the story decisions they made re: season 2.  (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SEASON 2 yet: I was hoping someone would broach the subject of the Robb/Talisa story line.  Truthfully, I'm really curious about why a very key plot element that affected the decisions Robb made about marrying Talisa as well as the one Cat made about releasing Jaime was left out.  And I wished for some insight about why they decided to make Jeyne into Talisa.)

Martin's questions were pretty general, but I was *very* excited to be in the same room as Richard Madden (Robb Stark).  Can you blame me?  Also, they showed us a segment that revealed the casting of some season 3 characters.  I am LOVING that Diana Rigg is the Queen of Thorns, which is a small role but a memorable one.  The guy playing Beric Dondarrion looked like he might be hot.  Also, the kid they cast as Jojen Reed is simply adorable, and I think Meera will be, too.

After the THRONES panel, we stayed for RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, and Michelle Rodriguez won my admiration when she civilly--yet very firmly--shot down a jerk who used the Q&A panel to ask her to have sex with him.  *You read that correctly.*  He started off by asking an apparently legit question, then popped out with that gem.  She told him a story that involved a stalker who came to masturbate in her backyard; her reaction was to call the police, then laugh at him while she held a sword in one hand and a gun that Samuel Jackson once gave her in the other.  "You remind me of that guy," she told this particular freakshow. It was an amazing way to handle what could've been an embarrassing situation.

The last panel we saw was TOTAL RECALL.  I'm one of those people who didn't see the purpose in remaking a movie that seemed perfectly fine in the first place, but I think that Colin Farrell definitely brings some soulfulness to a role that was originally quippy and light.  Oh--and if you ever get the chance to see a Colin Farrell panel, go.  He's witty and cool and lively.  I want to be his buddy.

Today's a free day, but I'm thinking of going for the SONS OF ANARCHY panel tomorrow, because I love me some Jax Teller.  Meanwhile, have a great Saturday, you all!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Hint about a big upcoming project! And site update...

For a few months now, I’ve been working with two other urban fantasy authors on a “top secret self-published digital project.”  We have a name for it, and we have a logo.  But we have a few things to resolve before we officially announce this endeavor.

Even so, I’m free to tell you this much: I have already written the first Vampire Babylon novella to be digitally self-published with this “Top Secret Project”!

I can’t even tell you how exciting this is.  When Vampire Babylon, a series that I wrote as “Chris Marie Green,” ended, I knew there were still a lot of adventures that Dawn Madison, Kiko, and the gang could have.  I even wrote a short story for a collection called THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS.  But then I started getting very interested in digital publishing and, naturally, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to go for it with my beloved VB world.

I’ll be putting out another newsletter in August, and it’ll have an official announcement about this project in it, but before then, my friends and I (You’ll find out who they are soon!) will be putting out more information on Twitter and Facebook.  You might even be able to connect the dots with our Tweets and posts. 

Hang in there for more!

These are very exciting times, because besides this project, I’m working on others, both digital and print-based.  In fact, my next “Crystal Green” Special Edition in my St. Valentine, Texas, miniseries, DADDY IN THE MAKING, will be out in October.  I don’t have release dates yet for my next Blazes since Harlequin plans on releasing the two books in a connected series back-to-back, but it looks like we’ll have to wait for early 2014.  Still, I’ll have four more Special Editions out before then, as well as these new novellas.

I’ll also be getting started on the Jensen Murphy: Ghost for Hire series that Ace recently purchased.  My guess is that the first of those won’t be out until 2014, either—but they’re coming!  I swear! 

I’ve got some cool prizes for the updated contest: two Lori Foster books.  And they’re signed!!!  You could win SIMON SAYS and TOO MUCH TEMPTATION, plus a stone bracelet I bought at Bottom of the Cup during my last trip to New Orleans.  (For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bottom of the Cup, it’s a wonderful tea room where you can get psychic readings.  Definitely worth a visit when you’re in NOLA!)

Good luck, and thank you for all your support.  :)