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New Dave Dorman Comic Book Cover Art Project: STALAG-X

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce I’ll be doing the comic book cover art for a new sci-fi graphic novel project for Australia’s largest comic book publisher, Gestalt Comics, in partnership with two writers: NY Times Bestselling Author Kevin J. Anderson and Xena: Warrior Princess co-producer and scriptwriter Steven L. Sears. I’ve done a lot of cover art over the years for books Kevin has written, including the Young Jedi Knight series and his book Dogged Persistence. Steven and I are both former Floridians and military brats.

Here is how Kevin J. Anderson describes the STALAG-X story:

“STALAG-X is the gritty story of human soldiers trying to survive in an alien concentration camp, and one mysterious prisoner who calls himself “Joe Human.” He cannot allow the vicious aliens to win . . . but because of his own dark past, he doesn’t dare allow himself to be rescued either.”

The release date hasn’t been announced yet, but we are looking at late Fall 2012 for the first issue. I will keep you posted here, and for the writing side, follow for Kevin J. Anderson’s posts. 

As always, thanks for reading!




Lucille Ball’s Heir Apparent Botches Jan Gabriel’s Ashes

In Entertainment on June 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

There are some people in your life for whom you will drop EVERYTHING to be available to them. Jan Gabriel is one of those special people to me. Many of you will remember him as the reverberating motorsports voice over guy with his iconic “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” mantra. Everyone from Al Roker (weekly, it seems) to Jay Leno borrows Jan’s famous phrase.

To me, Jan was a second dad, career mentor and best of all, my partner in crime. God, did we ever make each other laugh over the years.   We would just feed off of each other with our quick minds and our out-there humor. Little did I know, our last act of hijinks together would involve me…and Jan’s ashes.

Jan passed away this last January from complications with Polycystic Kidney Disease and Peripheral Artery Disease.  He wanted a cremation, and Jan–who ensured his trademark brand remained intact by expiring at 11:57 p.m. on a Sundayalways got his way…in life and in death.

Very last minute on this past Tuesday morning, Jan’s widow Teresa asked me to accept Jan’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Illinois Broadcasting Association on Wednesday night in Normal, IL. I don’t exactly have a love affair with public speaking, but I felt Jan was pulling my strings from the other side.  I called Jan’s and my mutual friend Nan, who used to star on Jan’s Chicago variety show, Up Tempo, back in the 1960s on WCIU/Channel 26. Miraculously, she was able to join us, despite a busy family life and running a wildly successful business.  Her calming presence kept me grounded. Nan is also great eye candy and she really looks the part of someone who belongs in Jan’s entourage.  She’s a tall, blonde Amazon woman with a figure like a sideways stick of gum with giant beach ball hooters. Jan would have been so proud to have her representing him that night.

Yet another miracle occurred. We walked into the ballroom at the Marriott and couldn’t believe our eyes. The entire event had a motorsports theme! Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s gleaming car sat in the front of the Marriott ballroom. Racing flags were the centerpieces on a hundred tables, as far as the eye could see. Then our IBA contact Debra walked up. She was the person responsible for making the last-minute decision about Jan receiving the award. She told us she had been considering it for a long while, and then she went to rent a car last weekend. The guy behind the counter told her she needed to return the car on “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” In that moment, her mind was made up.

It wasn’t until I sat down at our table, directly in front of the stage, that I was able to jot down some bullet points for Jan’s acceptance speech. As I do with most creative tasks, I have to marinade the ideas for a while in that scary cauldron between my ears. I commit nothing to paper until I’m at the 11th hour, buzzing from my deadline adrenaline rush.  This trait of mine makes my orderly BFF Christina Bouvier completely crazy.

With me on this mission were some of Jan’s ashes, in a small Cloissonne’ vial, about the size and shape of a pepper shaker.  I guarded it carefully–I would never live it down if Jan Gabriel became the dark specks on someone’s mashed potatoes at this dinner. As I sat there growing more and more nervous, Miss Illinois gave a wonderful speech, a two-star general from the National Guard spoke, Jeb Bush delivered a few quips, and then I was up.  This is what I told the room full of executives from every Illinois  TV and radio station:

“Jan would have loved this party, with its motorsports theme. You have no idea. Jan interviewed Dale Earnhardt Sr. for our motorsports series, The Super Chargers back in the  early ’90s when NASCAR wasn’t on anyone’s radar, and Jan was on the announcing team at the Indy 500 for many years in the ’70s. Jan loved motorsports. So I brought him with me tonight.

At this point, I pulled out the vial and set it before me on the podium. It made a loud THUNK! sound. I’m fairly sure, I felt the room did a giant inhale before some nervous laughter ensued. Jan would have eaten this up with a spoon! He lived for dramatic moments. “Here he is!” I declared gleefully.

My voice quivered as I struggled not to cry. I missed him so damned much. I proceeded to share with the crowd that Jan was the American Dream personified–this bigger-than-life character who lived within the wonderful reality he created for himself. He wanted a TV show that was a mash-up of entertainment and motorsports, so he just started one.  He had no money and he had no Hollywood connections.  It was the sheer forcefulness of his personality that made things happen. He created his own opportunities. And only Jan Gabriel could convince Elke Sommer to drive a monster truck on TV.  Those were crazy times.

After a few more anecdotes about Jan’s career and the Team Demo Association he founded, I ended the speech by thanking everyone, and reminding people that Jan would have wanted me to remind them to sign up to become organ donors. Jan had waited for five long years and finally died before getting his second transplant.

I took the award, shook hands with the presenter and returned to sit down at my table. That’s when the moment arrived that would have made Jan apoplectic with laughter.

The presenter paused and said, “Uh…Denise…you forgot Jan.” Horrified, I looked up, and there was Jan’s little Cloissonne’ vial, sparkling in the stage lights, still sitting on the podium. I clambered back up there and awkwardly murmured something  into the microphone about Jan not wanting to leave the party so early, but the crowd was laughing so hard, I doubt they even heard me.

My hubby Dave will never let me live this one down. He already saw me as Lucille Ball’s heir apparent with my penchant for inadvertent gaffes. In his eyes, this sealed my legacy. But I maintain that in this particular case, I wasn’t a solo act. Jan Gabriel orchestrated the whole thing.

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,


Erthbound Entertainment’s New Show AUTO ADDICTION Debuts Tonight on SPEED™ Channel

In Entertainment, LinkedIn, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media on December 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm

For Immediate Release: Studio City, CA—Monday, December 7, 2009 – Erthbound Entertainment’s pilot episode of the new series “Auto Addiction” debuts tonight on the SPEED™ Channel at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The show takes a humorous approach to examining what defines today’s car culture. Jeffrey Willerth, president of Erthbound Entertainment, Inc., is the show’s producer, whose lifelong affection for cars is obvious in his new series.

Episode One is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive columnist Dan Neil, who uses the latest medical equipment to show what happens to our minds and bodies while driving distracted. The show’s description says, “It’s wrong, ridiculous and so dangerous, yet it happens daily on America’s highways…people driving while eating, reading, shaving, yakking on the phone, applying makeup, brushing teeth, changing clothes, using computers, choosing CDs, watching TV and even having sex. Driving distracted is driving reckless and sometimes even ‘wreck full.’ ”

According to Willerth. “We are fast becoming a nation of motoring morons, easily distracted by palm-sized technology and social networking.” He adds, “Imagine the headlines when someone pilots their car 150 miles past Minneapolis because they were fussing with their laptops!”

“Auto Addiction” is available on the SPEED channel tonight, Monday 12/7 8:30pm, Tuesday 12/8 12:30am and 8:30am, Friday 12/11 11:00pm and Sunday 12/13 10:30am.

SPEED™ is the nation’s first and foremost cable television network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. SPEED is home to NASCAR on SPEED and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services. Available to more than 78 million households in North America. – The Online Motorsports Authority.

About Erthbound Entertainment
Erthbound Entertainment, Inc. is the boutique production company currently producing the “Auto Addiction” series for the SPEED Network, and distributing the debut comedy special, “Owen Smith: Anonymous” with the new BBN, Black Broadcasting Network. Recent international productions include a series of luxurious business programming for Europe’s LUXE TV, lifestyle content for RTL Belgium, a special program for the BBC’s “TopGear” host, Jeremy Clarkson and production services on commercial shoots for Rolls-Royce and Verizon.

Media Contact:
Denise Dorman, Publicist
WriteBrain Media
Phone: 630.845.4694
Twitter: @writebrainmedia
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One Tree Hill’s MIA – Kate Voegele Interviewed Tonight on

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm

—Media Alert—

What: Kate Voegele, who plays Mia on “One Tree Hill,” can be heard Tuesday evening on Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast in a feature called “Artist’s Alley,” which highlights the show’s musical and artistic guests.

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – 7 p.m. EDT
Where: The interview can be heard and downloaded from the following URLS: (One Tree Hill Connection)
Denise Gideon Quote: “The fans have been asking to hear from Mia, as played by Kate Voegele, for a long time, and now they will know that I heard them loud and clear.”

Kate Voegele Quote on Her song “Angel” from her new album “A Fine Mess,” being released May 18th:

“I actually think it is great I got to perform Angel on One Tree Hill. It seemed appropriate. I actually wrote it on the One Tree Hill set. We were filming a scene, you know, the library scene from Season Five, and it was such a long day. There would be set shots we each had to do, but then there we had these long breaks; we were there until 5 a.m. So, I was in my trailer for a lot of waiting around and wrote Angel.”

Kate Voegele on Similarities Between Kate and Her One Tree Hill Character Mia:

“I like they wrote a storyline for Mia that kind of mirrored what I was going through putting together my second album. Of course I didn’t have as much trouble writing as Mia did, but I am grateful the One Tree Hill producers included the struggles a singer has to go through to create an album into Mia’s storyline the last half of Season Six.”

Forthcoming One Tree Hill Podcast News: On the May 19th episode at 7 p.m. EDT, Denise Gideon will have an exclusive interview with Moira Kelly, who played Karen Roe for four seasons on One Tree Hill; she is returning for the One Tree Hill finale on May 18th. Denise will also be interviewing musician Michael Grubb from the band Wakey, Wakey.

About The One Tree Hill Podcast:
Denise Gideon began podcasting exclusive interviews with One Tree Hill through Farpoint Media on May 20, 2008. Since that time, she has more than 50 interviews with guests ranging from below the line production crew to top musical guests.

Media Contact:
Denise Dorman/WriteBrain Media
Phone 24/7: 630.845.4694


Daphne Zuniga on New Melrose Place Reboot: “Not going to happen.”

In Entertainment, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media on April 29, 2009 at 12:28 am

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2009–Wilmington, NC – Melrose Place fans who were waiting and wondering will have their answer about a potential Daphne Zuniga comeback in the Monday, May 4, 2009 Episode 51 podcast interview at 7 p.m. on Farpoint Media’s with Denise Gideon. Zuniga, who plays Victoria Davis on One Tree Hill, wants no more than a cameo on the new Melrose Place, if asked to return.
“I won’t be a part of this [the new Melrose Place], unless they want to bring me on as a guest. Just for the fun of it. That was a long time ago for me and I am doing so much other stuff, it would feel like going back to the past. I am not interested in going back to where there are all these younger people – who I was 10 years ago. Now I have would have to be their mother, like a mother hen. What, there is going to be a mini-Jo there? It would be like playing the old lady in apartment six. Not going to happen, no, sorry. But we will see how it goes.”
     “Securing an interview with Daphne Zuniga for the One Tree Hill Podcast is another great addition for the podcast,” Gideon said. “It shows the continuing commitment of the podcast to bring quality and timely interviews to the listeners.” Also on the Episode #51 is an “Artist Alley” interview Parachute band member Will Anderson.
For more information, please visit or contact publicist Denise Dorman at

About The One Tree Hill Podcast:
Denise Gideon began podcasting exclusive interviews with One Tree Hill through Farpoint Media on May 20, 2008. Since that time, she has more than 50 interviews with guests ranging from below the line production crew to key characters and top musical guests.

Media Contact:
Denise Dorman/WriteBrain Media
Phone 24/7: 630.845.4694


Nick Lachey Featured Guest on One Tree Hill Podcast April 28th

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 at 2:38 am

Nick Lachey Featured Guest April 28th
on Denise Gideon’s OneTree Hill Podcast

April 22, 2009–Wilmington, NC – The hits keep coming for Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast, as she shares her interview with Nick Lachey on Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. One Tree Hill fans can listen live at This coveted interview follows Lachey’s April 27th debut appearance on “One Tree Hill,” in the episode that will also feature his song “All in My Head.” According to Gideon, Lachey is scheduled to make more than one appearance on the TV show.

Said Gideon, “I am very excited to bring Nick Lachey to the One Tree Hill Podcast. Nick talks about his guest stint on One Tree Hill and his upcoming album slated for a summer release. This interview with Nick Lachey really pushed the One Tree Hill Podcast to another level.” This interview, Gideon’s 50th podcast, follows on the heels of Gideon’s much-heralded interview with band member Ben Wysocki of The Fray (Podcast Episode 48).

For more information, please visit or contact publicist Denise Dorman at 630.845.4694.

About The One Tree Hill Podcast:
Denise Gideon began podcasting exclusive interviews with One Tree Hill through Farpoint Media on May 20, 2008. Since that time, she has more than 47 interviews with guests ranging from below the line production crew to key characters and top musical guests.

Media Contact:

Denise Dorman/WriteBrain Media
Phone 24/7: 630.845.4694


South Park’s “Eat, Pray, Queef” a Gender Issue

In Entertainment, LinkedIn, South Park, WriteBrain Media on April 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm

My best friend Pickles Bouvier and I made an interesting discovery this past week – men do not find South Park’s recent episode of “Eat, Pray, Queef” to be humorous. We, on the flip side, have never laughed so hard in our entire lives, and that’s saying a LOT, given our madcap adventures together since 7th grade. So, we ask that all of you gentle readers step inside the WriteBrain Media laboratories, where brilliant scientific minds are at work identifying this bizarre gender issue. Do you or don’t you think that this episode of South Park was funny? Please click here to do my poll: 

We will be publishing the results to this poll here on this Web Blog, so stay tuned…South Park! REPRESENT!

Some Key Sites for One Tree Hill Fans

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2009 at 4:01 am

Band THE FRAY Interviewed Tomorrow On Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2009 at 3:26 am

—Media Alert—

What: Grammy Award-nominated double-platinum band “The Fray,” renowned for their iconic music on “One Tree Hill,” can be heard Monday evening in a rare interview on Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast in a feature called “Artist’s Alley,” which highlights the show’s musical and artistic guests.

When: Monday, April 13, 2009 – 7 p.m. EDT

Where: The interview can be heard and downloaded from the following URLS: (One Tree Hill Connection)

Denise Gideon Quote: “I am thrilled to interview The Fray, because their music has been iconic for One Tree Hill fans, and the fans really want to hear from them.”

Forthcoming News: The One Tree Hill Podcast will be interviewing musician and actor Nick Lachey on April 28, 2009; Lachey will have a forthcoming cameo appearance on One Tree Hill, and will perform music for the show.

About The One Tree Hill Podcast:
Denise Gideon began podcasting exclusive interviews with One Tree Hill through Farpoint Media on May 20, 2008. Since that time, she has more than 47 interviews with guests ranging from below the line production crew to top musical guests.

About The Fray:
Since 2002, this Denver-based four-piece piano rock band formed by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King has gone double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006. Their music has been heard on One Tree Hill, Gray’s Anatomy, Scrubs, and was part of the soundtrack for the film Stealth.

Media Contact:

Denise Dorman/WriteBrain Media
Phone 24/7: 630.845.4694