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Dave Dorman San Diego Comic-Con News

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Here’s the scoop on Eisner Award and Inkpot Award-winning artist Dave Dorman’s first-ever sketchbook – available at San Diego Comic-Con this year!

http://davedorman.wordpress.com

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Dave Dorman Interviews Alien & Predator

In WriteBrain Media on July 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Dear Friends,

I wrote this parody piece a while back, prior to AVP2 coming out with the “new” Predalien character, if you catch my drift. Dave did a “very similar” creature design as a work-for-hire project for 20th Century Fox years ago, and it became a little controversial when he noted online that the Predalien design in AVP2 was virtually identical to the one he created, and then he proceeded to post both of them for the fans to compare.  I’ve updated the interview a little, but here it is:

Dave Dorman Interviews Alien & Predator

Back Story: Renowned illustrator Dave Dorman, Alien and Predator are old friends, dating back more than 15 years ago to the days when Dorman was painting Alien v. Predator pieces to please the Dark Horse fans…today the threesome reunites for a pre-San Diego Comic-Con interview.

POV: We see the famed Eisner Award-winning  illustrator and two of his favorite creatures, lunching at a local White Castle.

Dave Dorman: Hi guys. Thanks for wearing pants today.

Alien & Predator (in unison): Ditto.

Dave Dorman: Let’s Q&A. How did you like being depicted as warring nemeses in your new film, Alien v. Predator?

Alien: Well, the fans have been dying to see me kick Predator’s ass in a live action piece…

Predator, interrupting: Hold on a ****in’ minute. Whose ass did they want to see getting kicked by who?

Alien, continuing: I believe the correct word is whom…but Dave, you were the first one who actually depicted us dukin’ it out more than 15 years ago in your painting for Dark Horse Presents #36. It was that first fight cover in the swamp, remember?

Predator: That’s right! You made us fly down to your Florida studio and sweat our balls off posing under all of those hot lights. In the middle of summer, no less! That was the modeling job from hell. Just for that, you’re buying lunch today. And I’ll take an extra sack of sliders for the ride home.

Dave Dorman: Nada, Rasta-boy; you can afford to pay your own way! But that particular cover has been one of the most popular from my fans–and yours. You have to admit, Predator, you seemed to enjoy posing with that hot babe on the cover I did for Alien v. Predator #4.

Predator: Nah, she didn’t do it for me. Though I did like that slinky, latex costume.

POV: We see Predator struggling to fit a milkshake straw into his etiquette-unfriendly mouth.

Dave Dorman: Havin’ some trouble, Predator? Let me help.

POV: Dorman’s hand shakes nervously as he pours the vanilla milkshake into Predator’s gaping pie hole.

Dave Dorman: Hey guys, remember when I worked on those designs for that first attempt at the Alien v. Predator movie over 12 years ago? Did I ever show you my hybrid Predalien character?

POV: We see Dorman revealing the Predalien illustration to an astounded Alien and Predator.

Predator (sniffs with disdain): That is sick and wrong…unnatural. Not to mention chromosomally impossible.

Alien (lighting a cigarette): Humans shouldn’t be playing God with the mother race.

POV: Predator slaps the cigarette out of Alien’s mouth and his long claws rake against Alien’s jaw.  A few drops of blood drip onto White Castle’s stainless steel table, hissing as they burn steaming holes through it, then the floor.

Predator: Alien! How many times do I have to tell you? There’s no smoking in California restaurants! Besides I didn’t bring my inhaler.

Alien: Thanks, pal. There goes my goddam product placement cash from the tobacco industry.

Dave Dorman: You know, Alien, I have this persistent rust stain in my toilet and I’ll bet a few drops of your blood would take it right out.

Predator: I’m bettin’ it’s not a rust stain…

Dave Dorman (indignant): Niiiiice. And to think I painted your flattering side in that jail scene for the Predator: Race War piece!

Alien: He doesn’t have a good side. He’s a ****in’ four-toothed freak!

Predator (growling): Wrap it up, Dorman. I’m not sitting much longer with this slimed up gene pool abortion.

Dave Dorman: Right. So, guys, what do you think of my WASTED LANDS series?

Alien: I got your RAIL graphic novel, which definitely had some slick Schuiten and European influences, but my agent’s been hanging onto my complimentary copy of THE UNINVITED. He wants some cool beach reading in case Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman ever invite him over to their private Malibu sands.

Dave Dorman (offering Alien his book): Ah, well here’s an extra copy for you.

Alien: Thanks, man.

Predator: I thought the artwork and the stories kicked ass–just like I do with Alien on a regular basis–HAH!–however, I noticed you didn’t write any parts for me or Alien into your new series.

Alien: Yeah, we’re a little hurt. Remember, I helped you win that Eisner Award for your graphic story album Aliens: Tribes. Nice work with writer Steve Bissette…

Dave Dorman: I’d include you guys in a New York minute, but you have that contractual thing happenin’ with your movie studio. Since you liked the artwork, I’ll forward both of you my new book, “ROLLING THUNDER: The Art of Dave Dorman” from IDW Publishing and Desperado Publishing. It’s a career retrospective, including my pieces of you guys, plus my other licensed work and my Wasted Lands project.

Predator: Cool. Let me leave you with my home address this time so my agent doesn’t permanently borrow my copy.

Alien: What else ya’ got cookin’, paint-boy?

Dave Dorman: Promise not to get pissed?

Alien: I’m not promising anything except for some seriously stale White Castle farts in your rented van for the ride back to the studio.

Dave Dorman: Okay, let me reiterate, I would have written you in if I could…

Predator (nods, knowingly) to Alien: He’s stalling…

Dave  Dorman: Well…it’s a new Wasted Lands sci-fi action adventure novel, featuring my popular character Iguana, called…just don’t get mad, guys… “A Thousand Angry Teeth.”

Alien hisses (dripping with slime and sarcasm): Gee, I wonder who inspired that title?

Predator to Alien: Last time I checked with the dentist, you weren’t the only one with a mouthful of sharp teeth, you cocky bastard!

Alien (revealing menacing, dripping teeth, slowly rising up from his chair): That ****in’ does it!

Dave Dorman: Hey, look!!! Isn’t that Harold and Kumar at the White Castle drive thru’?!?

POV: Alien and Predator–both cursed with short attention spans–look toward the drive thru’ window, distracted just long enough for Dorman’s quick get-away. Dorman flips them some cab money as he casually exits the fine dining establishment, relishing the fact that his van will be Alien fart-free for the drive home. Approaching sirens wail, tables overturn, plate glass windows shatter and fry jockeys quiver beneath the stainless steel counter at the White Castle as Alien and Predator stage their own private, kick-ass sequel. Were it not for the 20th Century Fox-licensed monsters, it would definitely resemble a scene from Dorman’s action-packed sci-fi series, The Wasted Lands. Don’t believe it? See for yourself:

http://www.wastedlands.com.

Our New Podcast: Wednesday is Comic Book Day!

In Entertainment, LinkedIn, WriteBrain Media on March 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Hi Everyone,

Exciting news! My mother’s worst fear has come to light:  Me with a Microphone.  Actually, our new podcast will star Dave Dorman with me as co-host, but we all know who, of the two of us, manages to cram in the most W.P.M.  I used to think “motormouth” was a lingering moniker from my previous career as a TV writer/producer in  motorsports, but I’m realizing it’s not…so much.

The new Dave & Denise Dorman podcast is called “Wednesday is Comic Book Day” through Farpoint Media, owned by friend and client (and former Babylon 5 actor/producer) Jeffrey Willerth. We are relying on the help of producers Michael Mennenga and Denise Gideon to make the production levels ear-worthy. The content of the show will be a fun mash-up of interviews with our wacky cast of pop culture characters, comic book industry writers, publishers, artists, inkers, letterers, pencillers, colorists, retailers, indie guys and the occasional sidebar of something quirky that interests Dave, whether it’s surfing, technology or the latest episode of  TV’s “LOST.”

The podcast will be available via iTunes initially and we will post it here and on Dave’s blog, both of our Twitter accounts, FaceBook & LinkedIn accounts when it’s up.  Hopefully we catch your attention in one of those spaces.

Additionally, I’m so proud of Dave and his friends for their new scholarship offering. They are doing a great thing for some deserving young artist. Their COMIX ACADEMY is offering a full scholarship for their intensive, 6-day course, held in San Diego just prior to San Diego Comic-Con. The purpose of this course is to bring illustrators up to the level of a professional comic book artist, and then introduce them to pro comic book editors and help them get their careers started. As Dave always says, “If only I had this sort of opportunity when I was starting out…”

This weekend Dave will be doing sketches, remarques & signing autographs at the Planet Comic-Con event in Kansas City. I was slated to attend with him, but alas, my videogame project is in its final production throes and I needed to be on site to put those loose ends to bed. I wish I could be there, as it’s a heavy Star Wars-centric show. Dave will be doing a Star Wars panel on  Saturday afternoon; I will pay some lucky prankster $5 to stand up and ask him what Bantha and Ton Ton poo poo smells like…

I’m also finalizing an article for HD Roadie that I think you’ll all find pretty interesting.  I will be sure to post links when the production magazine picks it up.

This has been a great week for reconnecting with old friends, like Mark Voss over at Post Maridian in Chicagoland, a post production house I’ve worked with many times. He’s a terrific, funny and brilliant guy and we’re developing a creative collaboration outside of our everyday corporate work. As I know more, I’ll post more.  My guess? Horror related.

Many thanks to your eyeballs for their time & attention,

Denise

Comic Book Art “Dream Team” Launches COMIX ACADEMY

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Artists Get One-on-One Mentoring and Portfolio Reviews with Top Comic Book Editors

San Diego, CA–March 3, 2010—Five comic book illustrators with super hero-like artistic abilities have teamed up to use their powers for good–helping others realize their dream projects. Dave Dorman, Scott Hampton, Christopher Moeller, Durwin Talon, and John Van Fleet will be teaching Comix Academy, six days of intense instruction dedicated to helping illustrators break into the comics market. Joining them as Comix Academy’s very first special guest presenter will be Mike Mignola.

The workshops will be held in San Diego July 15 through July 20th, dovetailing with the start date of San Diego Comic-Con. The mission of the Comix Academy is to “provide guidance to students in a way that wasn’t available to me when I was trying to find my way in the comics industry,” explained co-founder and #1 Star Wars Artist Dave Dorman.

“We’ve assembled some of the best storytellers in the business to share their talents from visual storytelling and concept work to painting and 3D art. It’s going to be an exciting week!” said co-founder Durwin Talon, educator and author of “Panel Discussions” a book exploring the design of sequential art storytelling by Two Morrows Publishing. Added co-founder Scott Hampton, “The Comix Academy is about focusing on specifics. We have six days and we want them to count, so we’re concentrating on where the attendees are right now with their art. We’ll show students what we’re doing, but just as importantly, we’ll see what they’re doing, what their goals are. I look forward to helping our students polish and improve the art they bring with them.”

To that end, the Comix Academy team will help students prepare their work for the comics and illustration industry, and culminate the course with a final day receiving one-on-one portfolio reviews with world-class comic book editors.

The early registration fee for the course is $950 before April 30th, 2010 and $1,150 after May 1, 2010. Discounts on lodging are also available to students. For more information or media inquiries, please contact 630.845.4694, email denise@writebrainmedia.com or visit http://www.comixacademy.com.

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Phone 24/7: 630.845.4694

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The Steam Punk Movement Is Only Growing

In Entertainment, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media on August 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Been to Etsy.com lately? Type in Steam Punk – I spent Saturday afternoon perusing the first 120 of 1200 pages of product. (And whomever gets the Airship lamp and the Absinthe necklace, I’m SO jealous).

The Steampunk Meetup at San Diego Comic-Con was so enormous, we couldn’t get in. Dave Dorman, who was looking for inspiration for his Steampunk graphic novel The Wasted Lands http://www.wastedlands.com had to go after the fact and take photos as people were exiting the meetup. The costumes at San Diego Comic-Con this year were exquisite, and the best they’ve ever been. So were the vendors. One of the best costumers for Steam Punk was Pendragon Costumes (http://www.PendragonCostumes.com). If you’re checking out gorgeous, well-made Steam Punk gear, check them out. If you’re looking for goggles and felt hats, be sure to check out BossBid.com (where lowest prices always come up FIRST) and look for the entries from Etsy.com – Comic-Con was weak in these products – goggles were $90 and not the quality of those on Etsy.com.

If you’re into Steam Punk aesthetic goodness, follow me on Twitter – I’m @writebrainmedia – I’m often posting mine and my The Devil’s Candy Store biz partner Charlie Athanas’ various discoveries from the Steam Punk world.

Thanks for reading!
Denise

At San Diego Comic-Con Transformers Anthem Singer Stan Bush Has “The Touch”

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Los Angeles, CA—July 20, 2009 – Transformers fans will hear their favorite Transformers anthem a.k.a. Shia LeBeouf’s “favorite song” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con as “The Touch” singer and co-writer Stan Bush works the show from three separate locations to accommodate the fans.
“I love San Diego Comic-Con for the easy access to the fans. They’ve all been so supportive, and I want to be here to give back some of that positive energy,” Bush said during a recent recording session.
Bush will be signing autographs and selling product from three separate locations during San Diego Comic-Con. His schedule is as follows:

Location Time Days

Tformers.com Booth #2517 1-3 pm Friday, Saturday

Slave Boy Films Booth #5242 3-7 pm Friday
10 am – 1 pm Saturday
2 pm – 5 pm Sunday

Stan Bush’s Booth # AA19 3 pm – 7 pm Saturday
11 am – 2 pm Sunday

Bush will have 8 x 10 autograph photos, CDs and T-shirts available for the fans to purchase at all three locations.
For more information or interview requests, please contact publicist Terri Hartman at 813.767.7915 or Denise Dorman at 630.845.4694. Denise Dorman will also be on site at San Diego Comic-Con, Booth #4401 for last-minute requests.

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Praised as a world-class rock singer, Stan Bush is best known for his song “The Touch” featured in the Transformers Movie. An anthem for Transformers fans around the world, “The Touch” has just been released as a download for Guitar Hero WT on May 29, 2009! Stan was the featured performer at the Transformers convention (BOTCON 09) at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Also Hasbro has just released two new Transformers 2 ROTF toys featuring “The Touch”. “The Touch” is available on Stan’s latest album, “In This Life,” named ‘Album of the Year’ for 2007 (Rockunited.com)

Why is Denise Posting Press Releases About The Devil’s Candy Store?

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2009 at 5:26 am

Dear Readers,
Normally when I post items, they are about my clients. The Devil’s Candy Store falls into two categories – I am a co-founder of this company, and I do their publicity/marketing. What is The Devil’s Candy Store, or for the sake of brevity, TDCS? TDCS is a design studio where we creative “Exotic Contraband from Impossible Worlds.” This means we develop collectibles for discerning collectors in the sci-fi, fantasy and horror worlds. Our guiding mantra is to “Do Cool Things with Cool PEOPLE.” TDCS is a group of the most amazing fine artists, concept artists, writers, and creatives – all Diablos in their own unique ways. Most of us can be found yearly at San Diego Comic-Con, if you’d like to observe use diablos behaving in our own wacky habitat. Dive in – the water’s fine!

–Devilishly yours,
Deviled Ham Denise