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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
9:41 am
America Jr.
It is with a great deal of excitement and joy that I announce the return of America Jr.! Production of brand new strips began yesterday. Target date is May 1st, but nothing solid yet, although we will have a re-vamped website.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
9:34 am
Dog Whisperer seems like it would be a pretty good job. Supermodel Whisperer, even better.
Friday, February 20th, 2009
9:33 am
Rickey Wright - Rest In Peace
Today I mourn the loss of a friend: Gifted writer, music critic and man of solid character, Rickey Wright. He died of a massive stroke yesterday in Seattle at 4:31pm PST. He was 45.

When I was growing up in Norfolk, VA and active in the music scene, Rickey was always there. He had more knowledge and passion about bands, both indie and mainstream than anyone I have met since. He had an unmistakable voice and his tone was often arrogant when expressing an opinion about a band. When he was right, he knew it and could not be convinced otherwise. It was part of his charm and led to many arguments with his sometimes girlfriend but always friend Jill. These arguments most often ended with laughter.

There are lots of articles, obits and tributes of and to him online today. Go read them. He deserves that you know who he was.





Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
8:05 am
SO, YOU'VE DOWNLOADED A DEMON in stores today!!!
Finally - the DVD is available in select retailers and online (Amazon.com, DVD Empire, etc)!

I am very proud of this little 90 minute movie. Making it was the hardest and most rewarding thing I've done and I'm so happy it found a distributor! It was touchy there for a while, with lawyers getting in way, but they finally relaxed and let the universe squirt this one out.

I have been talking about this movie for ages, it seems. Now, today, I hope you will celebrate with me. I have posted the trailer for those of you who haven't already seen it, as well as the new DVD cover.

If you like what you see, I hope you will pick up a copy. Maybe even review it. In any case, I hope you get a few laughs!


Click the cover to go to Amazon!
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
7:16 am
Exposing my ignorance
Can someone please tell me how Twilight is at all different from virtually every vampire story of the last 30 years?
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
7:54 pm
Halloween
It is hard to believe tomorrow is Halloween. It hasn't felt like it all month.

Current Mood: sad
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
5:42 am
movie now available for less $$$$
My movie can now be pre-ordered for pretty cheap. Below is a link for DVD Empire, but most online stores will have it. For those of you who don't know - it is about 4 college students who release a demon from a website, which possesses the stupid one who is running for class president.

Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:14 am
This goes out to all the ladies in the house...
When you were a junior in high school, what was the most important thing in the world to you? What did you want more than anything (that you received or didn't)? Honestly.

Comments are screened.
Friday, September 26th, 2008
10:14 am
party photos!!!
The week since The ODD Squad release party has flown by!



It was awesome fun and I've included a bunch of pics from the event behind, as they say, the cut.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
10:03 am
Comic book fans....
The ODD Squad #1, my new series, is in stores today!

Monday, September 8th, 2008
8:10 am
Reflections
Taking a break from the promotion to reflect a bit.... things I've learned....

Don't spend time or energy on people who don't see the value in being with you

Do the things you love to do; and those things you don't love that you have to do - do them to the best of your ability.

Don't worry about the things you can't control, like success, other people's opinion/approval, etc.

Be the best friend you can be to the people who deserve your friendship.

See people for who they really are, not who you want them to be.

Who you are defines who you are - not your trauma, your environment, your past. But who you are right now.
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
4:55 pm
Finally.....
Available on DVD December 2, 2008.



Friday, August 22nd, 2008
8:04 am
DragonCon schedule
Below is a list of my DragonCon commitments:

PANEL: Funny As Hell
Friday 5:30 pm - 6:30PM

Description: It has been said that humor and horror are flipsides of the same coin. This panel will spotlight the ways in which authors mix the unsettling with the uncomfortably funny.


PANEL: Mondo Zombie
Saturday 10:00 pm - 11:00PM

Description: Because you demanded it - the long-awaited presentation on zombies in literature! A panel of writers talk about how they have used the icon of "the walking dead" in their creative works.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Sunday 5:30PM - 6:30PM

PANEL: Today's Filmmaker--Big Productions or Indie
Sunday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Description: How does an average, everyday Joe like me break into the Hollywood market? Or, the Indies? Listen to these filmmakers and screenwriters tell you how.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
2:47 pm
More comics news
Yes, lots of comics news this week!! Besides my prior entry about the great review of The ODD Squad, the same site reviewed X-Men Origins: Jean Grey (for which you now know I modeled for Professor Xavier): See it below

http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/121854300689073.htm

Also, I wanted to share some pages from issue #2 of Starring Sonya Devereaux: Vampire Academy 4. blueyeswhtdragn take note especially! :)



Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
4:10 pm
1st review of The ODD Squad #1


From ComicsBulletin.com - reviewed by Michael Colbert

Plot: Supernatural hijinx and the women who love them.

Summary: Devil’s Due has billed Odd Squad as X-Files meets Ghostbusters, a great log line to be sure; the type that marketing executives and toy manufactures dream about at night. The drawback to such log lines is that the attempt to encapsulate a concept in an easily digestible sound bite (Die Hard in a bar-b-que joint) tends to infer a lack of originality in the work itself. Even more common is the fact that the log line says more about what the product wants to be than what it is; the spirit of the reference points tend to be lacking. The surprising thing about Odd Squad is that the above statements don’t apply. Odd Squad not only uses Ghostbusters and X-Files as reference points, but it honestly captures the goofball spirit of the former and the sincere weirdness and loose structure of the latter. Nowhere in the logline does it mention an MIT professor in a chicken costume or the fact that our protagonist can understand his clucking chickeneese.

That’s a long way to go to say I liked Odd Squad, quite a bit in fact. I bring up the log line thing because on paper the concept seems groan inducing; a paranormal expert investigates weird happenings for the government. Saddled with a straight-laced unimaginative federal agent she unearths the weird and supernatural while forces inside the government conspire against her. Been there before! Now imagine if Peter Venkman traded places with Fox Mulder. Odd Squad side steps the problem by being slyly funny, moving at a pace faster than your, “That’s dumb” reflex can respond, and twisting expectations just enough to let us know we’re all in on the joke and keep us interested in the bargain.

The book opens with a visual gag that expands on itself; a small town sheriff comes out of the bathroom complaining to his deputy that he doesn’t get a moments peace. He walks into his deputy being held at gunpoint. The next panel reveals that the gun wielding kid is buck naked and wants to be put in jail claiming he turns into a fierce animal at night. The sheriff locks him up and the scene is capped by the sheriff stating that the President’s son is in the cooler. The tone is pretty much set from the beginning with that scene. Enter Dr. Charlotte Springs -- paranormal investigator, foster daughter to the former chief of the ODD government agency and thorn in Special Agent Frank Flood’s side. The president re-activates ODD (short for Office of Dimensional Defense) with Charlotte in charge. Her first assignment is to figure out what’s wrong with the president’s son. The plot chugs along as Charlotte forms her team: a MIT nerd genius in a Starfleet outfit, a Chris Angel Vegas showman and her blonder-than-thou sister. Agent Flood seems beholden to someone interested in de-railing Dr Springs’ research and then there is the lady with the buzzing wings flying around the same place the president’s son is locked up. All this set up and story could be just terrible in the wrong hands, but Odd Squad plays the whole thing with a sly wink and snappy dialogue that wouldn’t seem odd coming out of Peter Venkman’s mouth. The issue ends with the stunning reveal of what fierce animal the president’s son turns into. I won’t spoil, but I will say it’s not the werewolf you’d expect.

Final Word: There were several points in Odd Squad that made me chuckle outright, pretty good for being stuck in a Starbucks with a bunch of Hollywood too-cool types. The dialogue is breezy and funny, the plot is fluff but quick paced and fun, and the art (though I’m not particularly into the style) has the right pacing and the jokes are perfectly executed. Odd Squad seems to be a rare bird; something that is perfectly marketable and still has an original sense of fun to it.

The book hits stores September 17th
Friday, August 8th, 2008
11:26 am
New interview
The creators of The ODD Squad, my new comic book series from Devils Due, are the featured interview in this week's SCOOP newsletter.

It's worth a few chuckles!
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
7:37 pm
Just try and stop me from going to see HOUSE BUNNY. Go on. Try.
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
2:56 pm
how things work
I am looking for a colorist for a new creator-owned property. Had I known I would need one, it would have been a goal of mine to find at San Diego Comic Con last week. But alas, this is not so much how it worked out.

If you know anyone who would be interested, please let me know or forward my info or whatever. I'm the easiest guy in the world to find.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
9:04 am
X
I have been sitting on this news for almost 2 years, when artist Mike Mayhew emailed me about modeling as Professor Xavier for him. The comic, X-Men Origins: Jean Grey (one of the Marvel Mythos series) will be released August 13th.

It was written by Sean McKeever. Below is a page of Mayhew magic.



Friday, July 11th, 2008
9:26 am
new website
So, I have a new website which is a catch-all for all things Todd.

As always, I appreciate your thoughts and cakes. Especially cakes.

http://www.toddlivingstonla.com
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