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A new book tries its best to ‘splain us the biggest mystery man in the Marvel Universe: The Incredible, Elusive Steve Ditko. And we’re definitely buying it to see if this terrific collection of writers succeeds at its dangerous mission

Steve Ditko – Creativity Just Beyond Reality – by Mike Gold

The Creativity of Steve Ditko  • Craig Yoe • With essays by Mykal Banta, Mike Gold, Jack C. Harris, Paul Levitz, and Amber Stanton • IDW/Yoe Books • $39.99 retail

It’s only fitting that I start a review of a book about Steve Ditko by raising an ethical question. Is it proper for a critic to review a book in which he has an essay, no matter how brilliant, poignant and vitalthat essay might be?

I don’t care. The latest tome from YoeBooksThe Creativity of Steve Ditko is so magnificent such petty concerns such as objectivity do not matter. Anything I can do to help direct the masses towards this effort is in service to a greater cause and, besides, I don’t get royalties.

There have been a number of books about Ditko, one of America’s most important comics creators who is as reclusive as he is gifted. In fact, this one is a sequel to Yoe’s The Art of Ditko, which I haven’t read – not because I’m not in it, but because I’m a cheap bastard. Creativity runs over 200 over-sized pages and weighs over three and one-half pounds, supporting my argument for electronic publishing as I suspect the majority of its audience consists of aging baby boomers who can only keep the book on our laps for a short period before reaching for Depends. I’m hard-pressed to suggest what Yoe could have cut.

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PUNCHING THE CLOWN is a Catchy Title, Don’tcha Think?

…So catchy, in fact, that co-writer-director Gregori Viens and co-writer-star Henry Phillips of the Slamdance Audience-Award winning feature film of the same name, are turning it into a Showtime series, with Chuck Martin of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT joining the writing mix.

If the series bears any resemblance to the film as described on IMDB, viewers like us – you know, the True Believers in Showbiz – are going to have something solid to watch:

Winner of the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, this uproarious and smart new comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen. After a booking mishap involving a Christian fundraiser, he decides he’s hit rock bottom. Seeking to shake things up, he moves to L.A. where his luck changes overnight. Thanks less to his inept manager than to a wild case of mistaken identity, he falls backwards into a string of packed gigs, a record deal and even the promise of love. But he who lives by the whimsy of show business dies by it, and reality hits him like a fist in the face: an innocent miscommunication over a bagel brands him a neo-Nazi in the world of tabloid journalism. Luckily, somewhere between rock bottom and nowhere lies the perfect terrain for his dark and hilarious songs.

ABC Buys Sitcom Set in the ’50s From 2 Writers Who Were Born in 1980

…So that’s perfect network-think, hands down.

         

We, however, have to admit that we’re rooting for this one to work. It’s called THE HOUSEWIVES and is about three housewives in 1954, when our blessed mum was, in fact exactly one year old. (What does that have to do with anything? Just trying to show that we have some link to the time period, that’s all.)

Ms Raphael is reportedly negotiating to play one of the leads, which is awesome because we’ve loved her on Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV:: for, well, for the last several months at least since we only discovered the show in April of this year. Ms. Wilson, one of the stars of ABC’s HAPPY ENDINGS and an alum of the 2008 and 2009 seasons of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, will be too busy to do anything but write the pilot, we surmise, but we hope she can show her sweet punum in the new show also.

Are these two the new Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French? We hope so because it’s so much more fun looking into the future than reliving the past. ‘Luck, kids!

We, however, have to admit that we’re rooting for this project

SPEC SCRIPTACULAR Finalists are Here

18th SPEC SCRIPTACULAR FINALISTS
For contest ending June 1, 2012

SITCOM

ARCHER: OFFING DRONES by Sam Miller

BORED TO DEATH: THE CASE OF THE SICILIAN CURSE by Carla Custance

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: TRIVIA NIGHT by Tadhg Ferry

MODERN FAMILY: CO-DEPENDABLE by Cirocco Dunlap

MODERN FAMILY: FARMER’S MARKET by Andrew Lee

MODERN FAMILY: THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE BINGHAM by Nate Price

MODERN FAMILY: TRI PHI by Greg Wayne

THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE GONORRHEA HYPOTHESIS by Fritz Staudmyer & George Kimmel IV

THE BIG C: CANCER INTERRUPTUS by Julie Livingston

THE OFFICE: THE BAD NEWS PIT BULLS by Andy Picarro

 ACTION/DRAMA/DRAMEDY

BODY OF PROOF: HEAVEN HELP US by Katie Hennicke

CRIMINAL MINDS: ENTITLED by Barbara Miller

ONCE UPON A TIME: WOOL OVER HIS EYES by Jenn Dlugos

SOUTHLAND: MAMA KNOWS BEST by Marqueta Smith

THE WALKING DEAD: BROKEN STRINGS by Jeane Wong

 TV MOVIE/SCREENPLAY/SPECIAL

HEATED by Julie Livingston

LANCER by Paul Hopper

OASIS FOR THE SOUL by Jennifer Carlevatti Aderhold

RESURRECTING JANE DOE by Carla Custance

REVELATIONS by R.T. Allen

TRUSTED FRIENDS by Elizabeth Appell

How close was this contest? The Spec Scriptacular judges had such a difficult time narrowing their selections down that they grumbled throughout the entire process. Everything was so close that having to make these kinds of choices was exceedingly painful. We’re very proud of everyone involved. Our thanks and congratulations!

For those who frequent THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR mini-site, this list of Finalists is on the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR News Page.

Come back in one week to see which of the above have become our Winners.

Yep, we said next week. It’s too important to make anybody wait any longer than they have to. Next Monday, September 10th, we’ll be posting both the People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular Winners together!

Another Day Another Good Deal for Bowie & Sussman

Let’s face it, BIG BANK THEORY lovers, one BBT is not enough. Luckily, CBS is seriously giving us another (kinda):

These guys are actors, which means we don’t have to I.D. them cuz y’all know who they be.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Duo Sell Semi-Autobiographical Comedy to CBS – by Lesley Goldberg

CBS is expanding its relationship with The Big Bang Theory‘s John Ross Bowie andKevin Sussman.

The network has given script orders to The Second Coming of Rob, a multi-camera comedy loosely based on Bowie’s life.

Actors Bowie and Sussman will co-executive produce and pen the ensemble comedy revolving around a recent divorcee looking for a do-over on his 20s when he reunites with his college friends after seven years of marital “incarceration.”

Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadakare on board to executive produce, with Jill McGrath producing.

Bowie recurs as Kripke, a nemesis to Jim Parsons’ Sheldon, while new series regular Sussman portrays the lovelorn comic book shop owner Stuart on Big Bang.

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More actors becoming writers? Have they no respect? You don’t see writers becoming actors in order to create better vehicles for themselves, do you? Do you? What’s next? Wannabe actors as network CEOs? What? Leslie Moonves? Oh, right, right…but that’s supposed to be a secret, isn’t it?