A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Imagine this: an assassin is chasing a target in his car; he pulls up alongside the target's car and shoots at him but the windows are bulletproof--the bullet bounces off. So the assassin's partner races directly at him in her car...he drives up and over her hood using it as a ramp, propelling and twisting his car in midair, OVER the target's vehicle which has an open sunroof. The assassin shoots down through the sunroof and kills the target as his car flies overhead.

That's one of the least offensive pieces of farfetched action in the (red-band) trailer for this movie. I haven't read the comic this is based on so as far as I know this is the real world, the characters are real people and they're driving real cars. They're not in the Matrix (at least not that I'm aware of) so we're expected to believe these things based on the setting they take place in. In the Matrix (the first film), the world was set up to allow for lots of scenarios that would be impossible in a normal setting; and the movie worked because of that.

During this trailer I couldn't help but shake my head and say wha-wha-whaaat?? I'm all for pushing the bounds of what viewers (myself included) are willing to believe in movies, but some of the things in this trailer go so far beyond the realm of possibility, that it's just silly.

But isn't silly, ridiculous action good? Well, in certain cases yes, but not if you want the movie or its characters to stay with viewers any longer than the end credits.

The events that occur in a film/comic/etc HAVE to be believable within the context of the world that was set up for them in order for us to care. Otherwise, you have characters that are unstoppable, can do anything, and run no risk of injury; without that there's no threat. Without the threat there's no conflict. Without conflict there's no story.

Rejected titles for this post were "Nuking the Fridge" and "It Falls Three Times".

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CORA is done

Well, part one is. The files get uploaded to the printer tomorrow. I'm sure there will be tweaks and changes that I still have to make. They somehow become glaringly apparent once the book has left the nest (so to speak). With Rose and Isabel I had about a week or so to mull the thing over and make last minute changes.

Anyhow, Derek Thompson (who just finished his latest Monster Annual and shipped it off yesterday) and I are very excited that we will both have a 2-day weekend to unwind.

Monday, June 02, 2008

1 week to go

One week left before delivery of book one to the printer. Part one of Cora will have a print run of 1000 books. It'll be 64 pages, full color, and cost $15 (this is because it's being self-published at a relatively low print run). The book (if everything goes according to schedule - hope hope) will debut at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, and will be available for sale online via this blog and Paypal after Comic-Con finishes on July 27th. Details on Comic-Con will be coming soon.

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