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Mike

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  1. I waited monthsfor that script to come out!
  2. I'd love to see you get a screen credit for either, or even better, both!
  3. Why would you cut the chain, when the other cuff was latched onto a rust covered, mild steel, bolt on a mounting bracket? The chain would be really hard to cut with a hacksaw, but a bolt under tension with threads to provide a guide would be really easy, and possible with a dull blade. In fact if you made it past the half way point, you could likely break the bolt from there. The fact is that it is just a plot point to tell the story the writer wanted, regardless of the fact that there are several better options other than cutting off the hand. Most likely he cold have broken the cuffs just by continually twisting until there was enough tension to snap them. I think it is particularly important, when doing genre story-telling, to try and keep away from mcguffins to have a much better chance of broad-market success. My understanding is the audience will forgive one big lie in a story. After that, you start to lose people. Mike
  4. I think it would be great if they wrote that into the story by having Rick say, "you know you could have sawed the bolt instead."
  5. I just don't know why a guy would choose to hack saw through his wrist instead of the bolt that he was handcuffed to.
  6. I think that's exactly what I need to do. So far what I have written comes out as more historical information with the potential for story.
  7. I'm wondering if the Boss might be an evil version of Charlie from Charlie's Angels. There are a lot of options you can use to help him validate his beliefs to the audience and still make him an evil bastard. You could give him either a mercenary code of ethics, make him a pure capitalist, or maybe go with a Nietzsche approach that people are sheep to be used by those that recognize they are above rules and laws. Great stuff and looking forward to more, Mike
  8. Brothers we are! And thanks for the props It may be too rich of a world, since I have everything imaginable to define. But thanks to Kdedu, I just defined a little more of the spiritual aspect. I think I need to just focus on a story, much like you are with "The Five Legendary Sisters of the Laughing Doggebi," if I am going to have any success at publishing anything. So far I have created opportunities for good story (I think) rather than writing any. Mike
  9. Here is a map defining the political boundaries and relations between the provinces and kingdoms of Shattered Empire. I still need to create a real terrain map.
  10. Great question, Kdedu! The answer is yes to both. I have discovered that I like to create a structure/theme to work within as part of my own creative process. The initial purpose was to create a game mechanic, but it turned out to be a lot more useful for defining the context of the world and storyline. The Celestial Order is a part of the spiritual dogma of Shattered Empire. The level of awareness by the characters is specifically based on their own spiritual intrerests. Windsong, for example, is the Warlord of the Ram Province, which is the spiritual arm of the Kingdom of the White Tiger. Spiritual awareness has always been a critical component to her life and it helps to emphasize her greatest strength, Wisdom. Spirituality in the Shattered Empire is focused on worship of aspects on the one Great Being that sacrificed himself into all things. Commonly the animal totems and elements are primary foci of worship, but potentially most anything can be worshipped. The only thing that is not a part of the Great Being is free will, that which makes life worth experiencing. The power of free will is what allows individuals to find a path to enlightenment and that is what is represented by the Celestial Order.
  11. KDEDU and JWEBER, I really appreciate the feedback. I posted the image and description in the Shattered Empire thread. I'd like to try and troubleshoot why you can't access the image the image/site, if either of you gets a chance to PM me. Many thanks, Mike
  12. This image has over 67000 distinct colors and the idea is to use a single color to represent both horizontal and vertical values. In the case of Shattered Empire an individuals Karma is their position in the Celestial Order and the vertical values represent Harmony vs. Destruction, while the Horizontal values represent Honor vs. Dishonor. From a game prespective, moving one's karma to a point in the Celestial order represents completing one of 8 paths of enlightenment. Mike
  13. Shattered Empire had its first media event on "The IN Show" while I was at LBCC 2010. It was unexpected, but fun and exciting to get the opportunity to share some thoughts about it. Here's the link
  14. LBCC is one of my favorite shows to do, aside from the opportunity to hang out with all my RAW friends, the support we get from this convention is first class. Mike Scigliano and his team go out of their way not only to ensure that we are able to get set up, but that we are comfortable and happy throughout the entire show. This year I was able to take a day off early and set up on the Thursday before the show. Chris Frobose drove out to meet me there and help me get everything set up, making it a lot easier than doing it with just myself. Scigliano set it up so I could actually drive my vehicle onto the show floor, making the unload unbelievably easy. Of course my favorite part is the exceptional list of friends I get to spend time with throughout the show: Tim, Tom, Kristyn, Frobose, Brian McQuery, Jordan Raskin, Tim Daley, Mark Walters, and one of Tom's new assistants, Zack Ketz. Unlike the San Diego show, I had plenty of time to wander the floor and catch with an even larger list of friends. The screenings were a blast. Tom and Tim are exceptional hosts and I always get to hear something new about the experience of movie making, every time they do Q&A. The second screening with live commentary was very MST3000, and it was AWESOME, ENTERTAINING, and FUNNY. Tom was invited to do an introduction to the animated Jonah Hex screening and I got a chance to talk to one of the event organizers. He and I had the opportunity to share some stories about how Tom got the role in JH. Afterwards he offered to send me a Blu-Ray of the animated shorts. I received them the following week and to my surprise, it turns out that Steve Niles wrote and did audio commentary on the Specter short, which my good friend, Dan Norton did the art design on. The most exciting and unexpected personal event during the show, was that I got video interviewed about Shattered Empire. Mr. Gus Summers, from "The IN Show" and I were sharing a common interest in martial arts and I told him a little about the Shattered Empire concept. The next day he asked if he could talk to me more about it and I promptly agreed. Little did I know that it would include a video camera and microphone. So needless to say I was self conscious and nervous as hell. I still haven't watched it personally, but people tell me it isn't bad. http://www.theinshow.com/lbcc/mikehess.html The title introduces me as a Comic Creator (I still need to create one) and a Philosopher (I am opinionated), but I'll take whatever I can get It was another GREAT RAW show and I am excited for the next one. Mike
  15. RAW will be screening Dark Country on Friday night too.
  16. WWII, USMC, and Japan - Hopefully on an island somewheer in the Pacific.
  17. Official Press Release San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comics convention of its kind in the world, today announced it will be staying in San Diego for the foreseeable future. Comic-Con reached a self-imposed attendance limit at the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) in 2007 and has had to cap attendance at approximately 125,000 people each year since. In looking at ways to better accommodate the growing demand from attendees and exhibitors, the nonprofit organization considered proposals for a move to larger facilities in Los Angeles or Anaheim after the expiration of its SDCC lease in 2012. This decision keeps Comic-Con in San Diego through 2015. “We are grateful for the tireless efforts all three cities put into to their proposals,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself. We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.” Comic-Con was first held in 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel, where it attracted 300 people. As the event grew, subsequent homes included the downtown El Cortez Hotel in the 1970s and the San Diego Convention and Performing Arts Center in the 1980s. Comic-Con moved to the then newly built SDCC in 1991. Comic-Con celebrated its 41st year in 2010. The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has scheduled a press conference for Friday, October 1 at 11:45 a.m. at Lobby E of the convention center. About Comic-Con International: Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring and Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.
  18. Have a GREAT B-DAY, J, you DESERVE it!!!
  19. Tim, Go ahead and auction off my friend slot, my daughter's friend slot, my ex-wife's friend slot, and my assistant's friend slot. Maybe you can get something out of all this effort you are putting into it. We'll still be your friend when it really counts anyway. Mike
  20. Looks like it would be in conflict with the 3D Film Festival being hosted by Tom at the same time.
  21. The plan early this year was to do a full RAW booth at NYCC. Unfortunately the schedules for Tom and Tim didn't really work out for this plan, so the next RAW appearance will be at the Long beach Convention Center on Halloween Weekend. Mike
  22. A picture taken by my daughter of the RAW Crew + 1, Kristyn, Tom, Tim, Jaime, Jim, and Mike.
  23. Mike

    THOR

    Heimdall, the Guardian of Bifrost Bridge, is in it, but they didn't cast someone that looks much like an Asgardian in the role =/
  24. BIG B-day to ya RAW MAN!!!
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