Thursday, October 13, 2011


This is what it looks like...

FLYING HIGH (seriously)

This is my first official blog post at 20,000 feet. The wonders of technology have allowed me to type this on the interweb while hurtling through the air at over 500mph. How did we ever live before wireless internet? I'm pretty sure that in the next 10 years I will be saying "How did we ever live without the ability to jack our brains directly into the intergalactic wide web?"

Technology is awesome.

Anyway, back to the point... I'm on my way to my New York to partake of this experience we call Comic Con (the east coast version). I don't have a booth at this thing, but you may be able to find me loitering around the DC Booth or at artist alley. I also have a few signings at the DC booth and a panel. Here are the deets (can I say "deets" instead of details?)...


FRIDAY October 14th
4-5 PM @ THE DC BOOTH (with Francis Manapul)

SATURDAY October 15th

SUNDAY October 16th
3-4 PM @ THE DC BOOTH (with Francis Manapul)


SATURDAY October 15th
12-1 PM - ROOM 1A10

Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Captain Atom), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific).

So those are my OFFICIAL PLANS for the weekend. Short of that, if you are related to me by blood, are an old friend, a new friend, want to give me gifts, want to hire me to write your comic books, want to buy me a drink, want to be my friend, or just want to say hi, you can send me a TWEET @BrianBooch or send me a FACEBOOK message and I will do my best to catch up with you.

But if you want to verbally berate me or cause me physical, emotional or spiritual harm... I would prefer if you didn't message me.

And just so we are clear... I DO accept gifts. And I WILL write your comic books for money.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It's been almost a week since Flash #1 came out, and I'm still trying to catch my breath. It's been an amazing time filled with flattery, pride, satisfaction, validation... and even a wee bit of vindication. I almost can't believe how overwhelmingly positive the response has been to our book. I say almost, because Francis and I put SO much work into the darn thing that I knew in my heart that it was something to be proud of.

Yeah, we've gotten a handful of so-so and stinker reviews, but for every one of those we got 8-10 super positive ones (which is fitting for this super professional blogger). And it seemed like every one was more flattering than the next. And even more importantly, most of the reviewers REALLY got what we were going for.

They noticed many of the layers we put into the story. Some subtle, some fairly obvious... but they noticed. I think my favorite excerpt was in Newsarama's "Best Shots" review where David Pepose picked up on the subtle difference with our treatment of Barry's mother, Nora.

"Whereas recent depictions of the character have made Barry seem like a sad sack, always talking about his dead mother, Manapul and Buccellato make Barry's mom a bit more of an inspiration, a bit more of a foundation for metaphor than an emotional anchor around all of our necks."

Now I personally enjoyed the previous run of FLASH, and the character arc that Geoff Johns painstakingly laid out for Barry. This foundation is what Francis and I were able to build OUR story upon AND have it not be weighed down by unresolved backstory. When Nora tells Barry to "keep moving forward, even if the path isn't lit", she is really telling ALL of us to forge ahead (albeit, for our own reasons). And by all, I mean Barry, Flash fans, and even Francis & myself. I don't claim that this is the most clever piece of writing on earth -- it is fairly literal -- but I am nonetheless REALLY proud of the end narration that Francis and I wrote.

Anyway, I have to get back to working on Flash #6... but I just wanted to take a few moments to share my thoughts and THANK THE WORLD (or at least our small corner of it) for embracing our take on Barry Allen. It feels pretty effin great.

And for anyone that hasn't weighed in with their opinion on Flash #1, the invitation to leave your comments is still open.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Yeah, it's early... but like Francis said to me last night on twitter, "(It) feels like Christmas morning to me! I hope I don't get coal in my stockings."

CBR and COMICVINE have already posted their reviews of Flash #1...

...where's yours?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


...that my Flash journey officially begins. Am I excited about it?

Uhm... YEAH! I can't wait.

For Francis and I, it's been a pretty long road since we started this adventure... and to FINALLY see it come out is an amazing feeling that is beyond my ability to describe.

The initial reaction to the announcement that we would be taking over writing duties was met with something less than confidence. The reasons for this are obvious and one hundred percent fair. But that just made us more determined to prove ourselves as writers. And as he and I chugged along, sweating, working our asses off, doing interviews, talking to people, and putting together the book, we started to build up a good head of steam.

In the last month or so, things have REALLY taken off!

The book pre-sold over 100,000 copies... After the launch of JLA #1, the orders jumped quite a bit higher than that... Many professionals and peers read the book and weighed in with OVERWHELMINGLY positive reviews. A couple of BIGWIGS @ DC even confided in us that Flash #1 was their favorite of the New52. The worm has started to turn. The covers. The preview art. The interviews. The convention exposure. All good stuff. I can't wait.

And now here we are, on the eve of the book's release...

Starting tomorrow, the books will hit the shelves... and anxious fans will hopefully start buying those 100K copies. The reviews will start appearing on the web... Fans will head to the forums to weigh in with their opinions. Some will offer glowing praise... others will find fault with ever word and/or image. The Flash experts will deconstruct our story and offer their analysis. Starting tomorrow, things are going to change for me.

I'm going to acquire passionate new fans... AND passionate new haters. And you know what? I can't wait.

Francis and I are already knee deep in issue #4. We're here and we are crafting stories that we are insanely proud of. We're working SO hard, we're SO exhausted... and we're SO having the time of our lives.

And starting tomorrow, EVERYONE gets to see what we have done.

I can't wait.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

LISTEN TO ME... about the Flash (and say "Uhm" a lot) in this handy little podcast interview that I did with the good folks at Modern Myth Media.

I had a lot of fun doing the interview. I hope you all like it... in spite of my excessive "uhming" and the fact that I carry on for about forty minutes. Man, I'm long-winded!



Friday, September 23, 2011


Since I haven't had time to post more of my inane ramblings... enjoy this image from Flash #3!


Hey all,

It's been way too long since my last entry. Sorry, folks. As you can imagine, I've been pretty busy with a host of different commitments that have kept me from staying on top of this blog. I'm really going to try to have another entry in the next few days, focusing my creative process as a writer.

But for now, I just wanted to post my upcoming schedule of signings and con appearances. FLASH #1 is less than a week away from hitting the stores, and I'm REALLY looking forward to meeting the fans and signing... oh, I don't know, a hundred thousand copies of the book?

Anyway, here's my schedule so far. As I get more details I will certainly pass the info along...

The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Frank & Sons Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748

Emerald Knights Comics and Games
4116 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA

Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Road Suite G
Anaheim, CA 92804

OCTOBER 14-16, 2011
New York Comic Con
@ The Javitz Center

OCTOBER 29-30, 2011

Long Beach Comic Con
@ Long Beach Convention Center

NOVEMBER 5-6, 2011
Comikaze Expo
@ Los Angeles Convention Center

Hope to meet as many of you as humanly possible! Thanks!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Better late than never, eh?

Sorry, folks! I intended to get back to this post sooner than now, but deadlines and parenthood and Disneyland and working on my own personal projects got in the way of getting this done in a timely fashion.

Jumping right into it, let me address the concept of using social media to interact with fans. Am I for it? YES Do I think it's for everyone? NO! I wouldn't recommend doing so to those that can't disconnect their personal feelings from their professional persona. I say this because it's a recipe for creating conflict, and I say this because while I was at the midnight release of JLA #1, I was talking to an well-known artist friend who warned me to STAY OFF THE MESSAGE BOARDS. This personal warning came with the revelation that he got into it with fans online and that it "nearly ruined his career". I don't know how much of an exaggeration that is, but I do know that (by his own admission) he is a fellow that can't disconnect himself emotionally from his work.

I thanked him for the advice and politely agreed to disagree. We have two different temperaments and I just don't see myself getting into it with fans.


...don't take this as an invitation to antagonize this Super Professional Blogger in order to see if you can get a rise out of me. That's not nice. And not to come off as cocky, but I have a pretty sharp tongue and it's never a good thing when it gets to acting the crazy. Be warned that if we end up in dialogue about something and you try and bait me... I will turn Derek Jeter on you. I will not go A-Rod on you and say something regrettable and stupid.

At least I hope not. :)

As an aside, my artist friend also advised me AGAINST talking sports with fans, because that's another sure-fire way of driving a wedge between people. But then again, he's a Spurs fan, so how could you blame the fans for turning on him. Kidding! Sort of. Not really... okay, maybe a little.

Of course the willingness to interact with fans via social media comes at a price.... TIME. In order to do so, one must make it a priority to create an interactive online presence. This means tweeting, facebooking and reading through various forums. Like most people, I am a busy dude with a host of responsibilities... BUT I have made a commitment to do what I can to maintain an interactive public presence.

Obviously, I'm not Warren Ellis (of the nearly 500k twitter followers)... nor am I Geoff Johns (35K) or even (and I don't mean that in a negative way AT ALL -- I love him) Josh Fialkov of the 2,339 followers. I'm new to this and I have way less than 400 followers. Now, I'm not saying that to bemoan my lack of popularity... I'm saying it because it WAY EASIER for me to connect to all the fans that want to communicate with me. I imagine that it's much harder for those guys to respond to everyone that wants to talk to them.

All that to say that I will try my best to stay in dialogue with the fans. I want to know what you think... even if I don't agree with it.

Don't start disagreeing with me just cause you can. Play nice!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Best. Email. Ever.

While on line at Space Mountain, I got a really touching email from a fan... One that I HAD to share. I'm keeping it anonymous at the author's request...

-OK, this maybe the weirdest email you get. Hopefully not. Earlier today I was playing around on twitter and I came across some Flash posts that you made. The Flash has always been one of my VERY favorite super heroes and I'm honestly looking really forward to your book at the end of the month. 
-This past week I've had some set-backs in my life. Some that I've been very depressed over the past few days. Brian, when I saw these:!/BrianBooch/status/110367327106760704/photo/1!/BrianBooch/status/110367153462591490/photo/1!/BrianBooch/status/110366901556871168/photo/1
-They spoke to me on a level that you had not intended. It seems you snuck a couple of really valuable life lessons in there, not just promos for a comic. They've changed my whole attitude for the day. I can't thank you enough. Looking very forward to reading Flash at the end of the month. And thanks to you, I'm off and running!!! Thanks again, sir."

There's no greater compliment to us as writers than to have quotes from our book affect someone in a positive way. I'm honored beyond words.

And I REALLY hope things get better for this person, SOON!


I'm taking my son to the Magic Kingdom for a day of awesome. But before I go, I wanted to post this amazing piece of artwork from The Flash.

I also wanted to address the whole SINGLE BARRY issue. For the record, making Barry single was a creative choice that Francis and I made. There wasn't any pressure from up high, and there is no DC-wide mandate to abolish marriages. We didn't even know Clark and Lois were going to be single at the time we made this choice (over 6 months ago). We even had to ask permission from the bigwigs... and clearly they totally supported our choice.

Also, I'm not sure that it's been stated, but ALL of the DC characters have been de-aged and are in their twenties. So we decided to make him single because he is a younger Barry and this is a fresh angle to draw from... with a lot of interesting (for us) places to go. I know this flies in the face of those that identified with Barry as a married man for 40+ years... and I'm sorry if that turns anyone off to the extent that they won't even give our book a shot. But I'm not sorry about the choice we made. We like what we are doing and we think the fans will too.

Will Barry fall in love? Yes. Will he end up with someone? Yes. Will it be Iris or Patty or Lois? Maybe. :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Okay, so I know that I'm supposed to follow up my PART ONE with a second part. I apologize for not having a chance to tackle the follow up to my thoughts on social media and fan interaction. I will be posting my thoughts on that soon... but in honor of the fast approaching DCNew52 Midnight Launch, I wanted to post a quote from someone OTHER THAN MYSELF about Flash #1.

Chris Murphy @ ComicsAlliance had a chance to get a sneak peek at all of the new relaunch stuff. Now, while he didn't get a chance to actually read Flash #1 (since it's coming out in the second half of the month), he did get to see the art. And here is what he said...

"The other series that intrigued me most from visuals alone was Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's Flash. Manapul's work is gorgeous, and the fact that he's both co-writing and doing the art on the series seems to have given him the opportunity to do incredible page layouts to portray moments ranging from action scenes to the Flash's accelerated thought processes. I'll be paying a lot more attention to this one."

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As far as I know, this is the FIRST public impression of our book. And while I am not going to name names, I will mention that privately a few very prominent persons at DC have told us that our Flash #1 is among their favorites of the new52. Someone was even kind enough to say that it was "absolutely brilliant". And I gotta tell you, hearing that felt DAMNED GOOD.

Sorry if this is coming across as bragging. I just wanted to put it out there because... well, because I'm REALLY proud of what Francis and I are doing.

Of course, the true measure of our success will be the fan reaction (and how many of our little babies fly off the shelves). I think I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed from now until September 28th.

Friday, August 26, 2011


In the aftermath of my previous post about Wally West… and the interesting reactions to it, I figured now was a good a time as any to explore the notion of creators reading forums, blogs and fan sites that focus on the materials they’re working on. Furthermore, I want to share my thoughts about using social media as a means of connecting to the fans.


After it was announced that Francis and I would be writing Flash, I started to check out fan forums @ CBR, Comic Bloc, and DC. Why? Because I was curious… I wanted to gauge the reaction of the Flash fan base. Despite being cautioned NOT to do so (by a few writer friends), I went ahead and started rooting around to see what “the people” thought. Across the board their was skepticism and doubt… peppered with some genuine wrath that DC would think to hand over the keys to Flash to a pair of literary unknowns. Was I surprised?

Absolutely not.

The response is pretty much what I thought it would be. Sight unseen, how could anyone really be FOR us? Most were dubious… some folks took a wait and see attitude… and a few were even cautiously optimistic because they love Francis’ art. No matter what the opinion, we never took it personally –


-- I must say that I wasn’t fond of those knee-jerk reactions that trumpeted certain doomsday, claiming Francis was an unreliable artist and incapable of meeting deadlines. Why? Because that just ain’t true. He’s a fully invested and dedicated artist / writing partner that has put his EVERYTHING into this re-launch. I can tell you this because I have seen it first hand. It is a fact. And for those keeping score… he’s currently finishing up the art for issue three. Sorry for the digression, but I just wanted to put that out there.

Back to my point…

Anyway, I never took any of those negative reactions personally. And I don’t think I ever will. We are all different people, with different experiences, interests, tastes and expectations. It’s a great thing when those elements line up and the masses respond positively to what someone has created… but no matter how many people dig what you are doing, there will ALWAYS be those that don’t. Some people will even HATE the eff out of your most beloved creative babies – the ones you labor over, birth and nurture into what you think is your finest example of creative expression. People will metaphorically spit on it, point out every perceived flaw, and dismiss your work in a host of ways.

And you know what… they have every right to.

That’s kind of the whole point, isn’t it? Setting aside the commercial aspect, art is meant to entertain… it’s meant to provoke an emotional response… it’s meant to be judged. At least that is MY understanding of what art is. SO even if the reaction to issue #1 is overwhelmingly negative… even if every Flash fan out there calls for our heads… at the end of the day I WON’T take it personally. I’m not gonna lie and say that I will be happy about it. I’m not going to sit there and say it won’t sting like hell and make me want to (momentarily) lash out at all those, “Jerks that wouldn’t know good writing if it fell out of their asses!” Hey, that would be my normal and fair emotional response. But ultimately, it would be just that… an emotional response to being judged. In this hypothetical doomsday scenario (I say hypothetical because EVERYONE is gonna love our Flash), it wouldn’t take me that long to get down off the ledge. Why? Because I get it.

SO… that is why I am fine with reading blogs, fan sites, and forums. I really do get it. I understand that for every fan offering to kiss the ground you walk on, there is another dude that would just as soon gut you like a fish. That’s just the way it is, folks. And if I want to write commercially, I have to accept that.

And if I didn’t, I would just scrawl my thoughts into a diary and lock it up so that NO ONE could ever see it -- unless they were able to break the sophisticated and nearly impregnable dairy locking mechanism.

Anyway, after all this rambling, I haven’t yet talked about social media, connecting WITH the fans (not just reading their opinions), and my willingness to be accessible to people and be accountable for what I put out into the universe. Looks like there’s gonna be a part two to this, kids….

It’s late. Sorry to cut this off (not short… it’s definitely not short)…


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


First off, I want to apologize for NOT having done any new blog entries in a while. I intended to do 4-5 a week, but picked a REALLY hectic time to be so ambitious. On top of my normal coloring and writing work, I just finished a stint as my director pal Tim Story’s assistant for a movie he just shot for Screen Gems. It was a cool experience and I enjoyed being on set… but MAN, OH MAN did it eat up a ton of hours. We wrapped at 7:30am on Friday and I have been recovering/ playing catch-up ever since.

Now I am a LOT more rested and should be able to tackle this blog on a more regular basis. This leads me to the topic I wanted to discuss…


To those of you that don’t know who he is, here’s a primer…

In a nutshell, Wally was the teen speedster, KID FLASH, who mentored under BARRY ALLEN’S FLASH until the mid 80’s when Barry died during a major DC event called “Crisis On Infinite Earths”. After Barry died, Wally took the mantle of The Flash and held onto that role for a LONG time…

…until a few years ago when Barry Allen made his return.

Barry took over the role he possessed about twenty-five years ago, and supplanted Wally… who hasn’t been heard of since. This has created a divide between many Flash fans that fall into two camps – Pro-Wally or Pro-Barry (although sometimes it seems more like anti-Wally and anti-Barry). And these passionate Flash fans LOVE “their” guy and are not afraid to shout it from the rooftops. While I haven’t actually witnessed any Flash Fan rooftop shouting, I have read many forum threads across the world wide web that lead me to believe that this yelling does actually take place.

And one thing I can safely say is… Wally fans ain’t happy that their guy is MIA.


As most people know by now, Francis and I have the honor of writing THE FLASH for DC’s New52 re-launch. The Flash we are writing is BARRY ALLEN. What does this mean? DC Comics has served up plenty of ammunition for the pro-Wally set.

“Wait a second, are you telling me that NOT ONLY are we gonna have that old school, bowtie wearing chump, Barry, but it’s gonna be written by a freakin’ artist and a dude that I have never ever, EVER heard of (and whose last name I can’t pronounce).”

Hey, I get it.
Francis gets it.
We both get it.
And we are okay with it.

We accept the challenge and are looking forward to showing the fans that we know what we are doing. We are genuinely excited, proud and feel like we got it covered. We also believe that all it’s going to take is getting the book into the people’s hands for them to come around. We are either optimistic or deluded. But the good thing is we will find out soon enough.


That’s the part of the equation that remains unchanged. We often get asked that very fair question, and we wish we had an answer that would satisfy. But the simple truth is we don’t. Our book is about Barry. We are focusing on Barry. And there is nothing we can say to put Wally fans at peace.

Sorry, guys. I really am.

And we are not bothered when we are asked about Wally. It’s okay to ask us… I’m glad there are people out that that feel so strongly about The Flash. Unfortunately, there is no new information to impart. I can’t tell you why there is no Wally… but I CAN offer my speculation as to…


Obviously, he is the Flash that DC has chosen to continue the tradition of the Scarlet Speedster. That’s the easy answer. Why do I think HE was chosen instead of Wally? (DISCLAIMER - there is NO Insider Information at work here. This is just me giving my two cents)


1. As part of the re-launch, Barry makes more sense than Wally. Because, if you are trying to introduce The Flash to a whole new audience, Barry’s origin is straight forward and not dependant on Wally. Wally’s origin, on the other hand, IS completely dependant on Barry Allen’s run as the Flash. It’s just that simple. And if you removed Barry’s association with Wally and retconned a new origin for him, he WOULDN’T be Wally any more. He would just be a new flash with Wally’s hair color and name. Wally’s much beloved journey from Kid Flash to Flash (and the death of his mentor) DEFINE who Wally is. So I just don’t see how you can start with him.

2. Warner Brothers is going to make a FLASH MOVIE. It’s gonna happen. It’s in the works. And for the same reasons as stated above… it’s gonna be Barry. So EVEN if someone (smarter than I) were able to figure out how to solve those issues AND retain Wally’s essence… it wouldn’t make a lick of difference. Warner Brothers would NEVER buy into that. Wally was never an option for the movie.

However, that said… who is to say you couldn’t introduce Wally West as Kid Flash in a sequel and have him take over in a later sequel. Right?

You never know… it could happen.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Hi all,

I've got a TON of work to do and am in the middle of several deadlines.

But I DO have a half-written blog entry that I'm going to post as soon as I get a chance to finish it (monday - i hope). Until then, I wanted to make a quick entry to mention that I booked my airfare for New York City today, which means I am DEFINITELY going to NEW YORK COMIC CON in October.

I'm REALLY excited to be going to New York for a number of reasons...

1. FLASH #1 will FINALLY be out and I can't wait to see what the fans think of it.
2. It's New York City in the fall (do I need to explain that?)
3. I get to return to my hometown and see relatives and my oldest friends
4. I'll get to visit the DC offices and see my editorial cronies
5. I get to see many of my comic pals from all across the globe.
6. Walking around in the city is one of my all-time favorite things to do
7. Jamaican Beef Patties and New York Pizza
8. Vanilla Egg Cream
9. Peter Luger Steakhouse (Frank Mastromauro and I vowed to go)
10. The ALCS will be going on and (hopefully) the Yanks will still be playing meaningful baseball.

As you can see, this Super Professional Blogger is Super excited to be going to New York! Now I gotta get back to work... See you Monday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Today I want to talk about MY MEMORY...

I apologize in advance if this is not interesting to anyone beside myself, but this morning I was thinking about my own memory as it pertains to creativity. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I can be absent-minded and do stupid stuff -- like leave the house with my face half shaved, or get into my car with a bag of trash in my hand that I meant to take to the dumpster on the way to the car. I accept this about myself, and can even offer an injury-related justification for my spotty Short-Term Memory (STM). This is who I be. But that said, I also have a (perhaps not iron-clad, but) pretty good Long Term Memory (LTM). I remember a lot of things from my childhood that my older brothers don't. I have vivid memories of the early 70's and snapshots of interesting events from my life. My LTM is WAY MORE ROBUST than my STM.

Okay, sorry for the ponderous backstory, but I needed to get that info out there before moving on to this observation I had about my memory in relation to my writing. I don't know if it is unique, and I'm sure it's not special... but it's interesting TO ME.

While I am writing (a screenplay, a comic script, a treatment), I have the ability to keep the entire story in my head as I work the story out. I WON'T forget the story and I will be able to keep it in my head until the project is finished. However, because of my cautious nature, once I have figured the story out in my head I ALWAYS open a word document and spill it out all out on the page. Then I save the document so that I KNOW I have it. But here is the peculiar thing... I will almost NEVER open that document back up and refer to it. I think that typing it out cements the story in my brain and when I sit down to write the first draft of whatever it is that I am writing, I remember it all.

Now here is where I think it gets weird...

This creative information MUST be stored in my STM, because once I have completed the project, or if something keeps me from working on it for a while (months or longer)... I will forget the whole damned thing! And if I go back later on down the line and re-read what I have written, it feels like someone else wrote it because I can't really remember it.

I'm not saying that I go all "Memento" and have absolutely no recollection of it, but when I read old stuff, the words have a foreign feeling to me. I'm not sure what the point of no return is for me, but there comes a point when I am no longer "IN" the story and it becomes alien to me.

On the surface, all of this seems really odd, since my LTM is better than my STM. But in reality, it REALLY makes sense and explains why I do so much dumb crap in day-to-day life. As an innate writer, I am always inside my own head -- creating... editorializing... working out story problems... weaving experiences in my life into a narrative...

The fact is I am ALWAYS writing in my head and THAT is why I forget mundane things and do dumb stuff. It's THE REASON why I have been accused (on more than one occasion) of "having my head up my a$$".

It also clearly explains why, on a daily basis, I do something stupid and immediately ask myself.. "Why did I do that?"

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NO FRILLS... and some thoughts about the WHY of it all

From a design perspective, this blog is pretty effin pedestrian.

I do have plans to make it look nicer and link it to my (currently not under construction) website -- which right now is nothing more than a domain name that my brother has been kind enough to host (and pay for) for the last five years. Yes, I have plans... but they're of the long term variety because I am already spread pretty thin with all that I have going on. Thanks in advance for tolerating this unsightly incarnation of my Super Professional Blog.

For those wondering why it's called my SUPER PROFESSIONAL BLOG...

I did a personal blog of inane rantings (and pictures of myself) a few years ago. This is not that. This blog is devoted to me as a writer and all that comes with trying to make it in this world by throwing words down on the page. My primary goal is to amuse those that are kind enough to give my blog a read. It's an absolute honor to have ANYONE take time from their busy lives to read what I have to say, and I don't take that for granted. My secondary goal is to share my experiences as someone that is trying to make a living through the thing he is most passionate about. Writing.

Okay... so why do this NOW?

Because I am fortunate to be co-writing THE FLASH, and have finally taken the first real step towards achieving what is now a fifteen-year-long ambition -- making a living as a writer. So now I have something positive to share and this blog doesn't have to be filled with frustration and rejection. Seriously, who wants to read whiny rants about NOT making it? At least now I can pepper my normal whiny rants with happy thoughts about writing the Flash with my pal, Francis Manapul.


Really, the only rules I have given myself are...

a) I am going to write honestly about my experiences.
b) I am NOT going to curse or be lewd or write anything that would be construed as inappropriate for those under 18.

Since I am writing a superhero book, it wouldn't be right to go blue. So, I will suppress my natural instincts... for the kids.

Lastly, I wanted to SHOUT OUT to Francis for believing in me enough to ask me to write The Flash with him. I owe the opportunity to him... Thanks, man!

Okay, one more thing... not to sound too arrogant (I'm trying to sound JUST arrogant enough)... We are totally killing it! This Super Professional Blogger is SUPER proud of what we are doing.

Oh, and THANKS, JACK... For hosting my imaginary website!

Monday, August 8, 2011


That title probably sounds too dramatic for what this is... but it's the first thing I thought of and as ALL writers know, the first thing we think of is ALWAYS the best.

Anyway, this is my first (and hopefully shortest) entry in my brand new super professional blog. Within the confines of this little piece of internety goodness, you will find my long-winded musings about what I'm working on, my process, the pitfalls of trying to be creative (for money) and whatever else just happens to pass through my brain matter while I am within typing distance of my computer, laptop or iphone.

I welcome any and all readers, encourage participation, and aim only to entertain. So please don't get offended by any of the bizarre or potentially inflammatory words I might throw down.

Stay Gold!