Hey there! How are things?
OK, OK… I know you’re just here for the coupon code for Paramount+, but while I have your attention, I’m gonna sneak in some plugs.
Starting with this art by Mick Beyers from our mystery project with editor Frank Pittarese:
I am super happy with how this script came out. Working with Frank was a blast, and Mick is turning in his typically stellar job.
More news, plus title reveal, coming soon!
Meanwhile, over at Bloodline Comics, CANNIBALS ON MARS is all set to go to the printer this week.
If you’re a backer of this space horror one shot from writer D.E. Schrader, artist Tony Donley, and colorist Andres Salazar (plus letterer Little Ol’ Me), expect digital copies in your inbox this week.
(And don’t forget to fill out your survey!)
If you missed the Kickstarter but still want to snag a copy…
In other Bloodline news, NIGHTMARE THEATER 2 is still at the printer, waiting for the paper supply logjam to clear (see next item!).
But as for what’s next? The cat (bat?) is out of the bag:
This time around, I’m co-writing Carmilla’s adventures, and if I may say so myself, I guarantee this story will rock.
(That, gentle reader, is not a brag. It’s what we call in the writing business, “a play on words.” Because the story is set at a—whoops. Outta space. I’ll tease you more later.)
BLAZING BLADE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Speaking of teases… here’s one that’s gone on way too long.
As most of you know, BLAZING BLADE OF FRANKENSTEIN #1 is waiting to be reprinted after a pretty major printing error left portions of the book unreadable.
And, well, we’ve been waiting for quite a while now.
I went into a little more depth for our backers here, and when I mentioned that issue 2 is already complete and ready to Kickstart, some of the responses surprised me:
Very curious to know what the rest of you think.
Should we go ahead and launch issue 2, reprint be damned?
Or should we continue to wait until the first campaign has fulfilled?
It’s the Week Before the Show, Y’all!
SDCC, that is. Anyone else going?
You’re most likely to find me gorging at the Broken Yolk, but I plan to occasionally wade through the sea of humanity to try and find actual comic books at this celebration of film and television they call “Comic Con.”
Legion M just announced their first ever Hall H panel, which will include the legendary William Shatner, moderator Kevin Smith, and FRIED’s own Alexandre O. Philippe.
They are also promising a “special announcement.”
I’ll be there with bells on.
Now if only I knew someone who could help me cut the line…
Speaking of Film and TV…
I’ve talked about my love for The Godfather and the juicy story of the movie’s journey from page to screen on this here Substack before, and Frequent Frier Guy Rosefelt was kind enough to point me to The Offer, a dramatized version of the behind the scenes story now streaming on Paramount+.
Created by Michael Tolkin—who also wrote Robert Altman’s The Player (another fantastic bit of showbiz cinema)—this 10 part series doesn’t always hew to the facts, but damn if it isn’t highly entertaining.
Featuring some fantastic performances from folks like Miles Teller, Juno Temple, and Matthew Goode, it’s well worth watching for the acting alone. Mrs. Adams and I blazed through it in record time (for us).
And I gotta say, the app itself looks pretty sweet. I’ve already added the new Scream and Beavis and Butthead movies to my list, plus all the Mission Impossibles.
Now I just have to find the time to watch them…
If you’re like me and love signing up for streaming services you pay for but don’t use, may I suggest the following hack?
We used Coupon Code GLORY to get Paramount+ free for 30 days.
Go ahead and give it a try. If it still works, happy streaming…
And tell ‘em Frieda sent you.
And finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention…
From the LA Times story:
Takahashi created the beloved world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, which first appeared in the Japanese comic magazine Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. The comic followed a teenager named Yugi Muto who solves an ancient Egyptian puzzle that unlocks a dark and mighty alter ego.
The original manga then spawned a popular anime series, a trading card game and various spinoff films, opening Takahashi’s universe to multiple generations of anime enthusiasts.
Playing the characters of Jesse Anderson and Crow Hogan in the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! will always be a highlight of my career.
Not only were they some of the most fun I’ve had acting, but I never would have guessed that more than a decade later, fans would still want me to do the voices or sign their cards at conventions.
It’s amazing the sense of community and passion Takahashi spawned from his comic, and we should all be so lucky to create something as lasting.
Thanks for the memories. You’re gone way too soon.
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Carmilla’s gonna be on a “rock” in “outta space”? Cool!! Asteroids rule!