Q:finally got the time to read the newest Dredd! Super stoked for the next issue!
Excellent. Nelson Daniel and I have been having way too much with the Dark Judges…
Today is the 97th birthday of Philly noir legend David Goodis. And what better way to celebrate than with a copy of Philippe Garnier’s biography GOODIS: A LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE, available soon in English for the very first time? Visit Eddie Muller's http://blackpoolproductions.com for more info.
Eddie allowed me a sneak peek last year. When I received my preview copy of the finished book yesterday I was happily surprised to see Chris Isaak's blurb there, too. (Yep, that Chris Isaak.)
Crime Scenes in 80s Music Videos: Second in a Series (David Fincher edition).
Crime Scenes in 80s Music Videos: First in a Series.
A writer who hates the actual writing, who gets no joy out of the creation of magic by words, to me is simply not a writer at all. The actual writing is what you live for. The rest is something you have to get through in order to arrive at the point. How can you hate the actual writing? … How can you hate the magic which makes a paragraph or a sentence or a line of dialogue or a description something in the nature of a new creation?
Raymond Chandler, in a letter to his publisher, Hamish Hamilton.
(Source: Frank MacShane’s The Life of Raymond Chandler, 1976)
English is Paul’s second language, so he kept asking us, “What does this joke mean? What does that joke mean?” He was a slave to the script. He wasn’t trying to rewrite the script the way that American directors say that they rewrite with the camera. Ed will agree with me on this, but Paul was executing what was on the page.
One reason why the original RoboCop was so friggin’ brilliant.
From RoboCop: The Oral History (Esquire)
Q:I'm super excited to the new Dark judges in action!!! What was the inspiration behind each?
Geez, to go in that kind of detail would be like a session on a therpist’s couch, and I wouldn’t want to do that to you, kid. But here’s a fun bit of trivia: originally there was supposed to be a new baddie named “Judge Fudge,” and let me tell you, it wasn’t chocolate he was spreading around town…
Meet Judge Skinner, one of the new Dark Judges from my upcoming Judge Dredd arc, The American Way of Death. The rest of the crew are popping up all over the interwebs today; collect ‘em all!
From my original notes to editor Chris Ryall and artist Nelson Daniel:
"JUDGE SKINNER, meanwhile, considers all form of a fashion a crime and moves not only the clothes of citizens but their skins, too, admonishing them to be proud of their internal organs and not hide them from the world. Few, however, live long enough to heed his advice. Skinner looks like one of those “Visible Man” models; we can see the veins and bones and dark fluids beneath his translucent skin."
Q:I'm loving your run on Judge Dress so much! Thank you for writing it
Hey, thanks! Now I know you meant to type “Judge Dredd,” but now that I see it, damn do I want to pitch a comic called JUDGE DRESS to the guys at 2000 A.D. Of course, he/she would be a member of Mega-City One’s fashion police…