“Shadowdance” author Mark Wooden to appear at Clermont Comic Con

Hello “Shadowdance” saga followers!

Big announcement — I’ll be making my first public appearance as creator of the “Shadowdance” saga at the Clermont Comic Con on Sunday, November 22. Swing by to see me and a surprise special guest at our table.

The Clermont Comic Con’s mission is to bring pop culture to Clermont Florida on a large scale with a convention that the city of Clermont, Florida can call it’s very own.

Clermont can now look forward to a yearly convention which will include comic book artists and writers, media guests, local talent and many comic book, toy, anime and video games vendors.

Florida Geek Scene is one of the con’s sponsors.

And did I mention that admission is a low low $10?

Click on the Clermont Comic Con link above to learn more about the con.

If you’re in the Orlando or Clermont area, hope to see ya there!

logo title, "Creating Darkness"

Wrap party for “Wake the Darkness” song documentary

The “Shadowdance” saga was always meant to be a multi-medium story. It actually started as a screenplay, which floated to a comic book series, which landed squarely in novel territory due to lack of funds and lack of drawing skill.

Around 2010, I tried to go back to the movie idea with a script entitled “Wake the Darkness.”

The movie never went anywhere past meeting a unit production manager and getting a $1.5 million quote on special effects. But it did find life in a song written by a friend of mine, Robert “Big Bob” Colwell. He enlisted another mutual friend, Mike Blaty, to engineer the piece.

Tom Deblois, Michael Blaty and Bob Colwell, creators of "Wake the Darkness" song for the "Shadowdance" action/ urban fantasy saga.

Tom Deblois, Michael Blaty and Bob Colwell

With the help of several other musician friends (including another mutual friend, Tom Deblois on crunch guitar), Bob and Mike finished up the original version of the song last year. I recorded behind the scenes material on video for posterity.

A year and a half later, I finally got that material edited into eight main segments (eleven with teaser, credits and upcoming blooper reel) documentary that chronicles the making of the song, “Wake the Darkness.”

We held the viewing party for the series last Wednesday. Thankfully, the players thought the behind the scenes series did justice to the creation of the song. The series also serves as an interesting look into the creative mind — not just for musicians, but also for anyone looking to produce an original piece of art.

You can view the teaser for the series, entitled “Creating Darkness,” below. There’s some necessary touch up work in store for the series, but I hope to have it posted to YouTube in time for Halloween.

Watch this space — and the “Shadowdance” saga YouTube page — for more information.

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The truth is coming – “The X-Files” returns!

Though no one asked for it, Fox has gotten with “X-Files” creator Chris Carter and called up six more episodes of the landmark series. I guess this is an apology for the lousy last movie they made, which was little more than an expensive episode. There were TV episodes that were far better.

Thankfully, Carter was able to bring back the original Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) as well as some other familiar faces. From prelim interviews, it also sounds like this isn’t a money grab for the creators; they genuinely want to further explore these characters onscreen.

Six episodes is a good taste, but not so expensive when you’re making a second attempt to grab lightning in a bottle.

Fox pulled the same magic with “24: Live Another Day.” Of course, that series was serviceable but didn’t live up to the high expectations of “24.” And had a shitty ending.

Here’s to hoping the return of “The X-Files” fares better. We’ll know on January 24, 2016.

Take a glimpse at some images below.

Mad Max joins “From Dusk Til Dawn?”

Actually, no.

Tom Hardy is tackling the dual roles of the notorious Kray brothers, gangsters from the UK back in the 1950s and 1960s. He’s giving them the “Orphan Black” treatment in that he’s playing both parts. He just happens to look like he’s taking the parts of another set of notorious brothers, the Geckos, who star in “From Dusk Til Dawn.”

Courtesy El Rey

Courtesy El Rey

Hardy’s film, titled “Legend,” hits theaters stateside on October 2, 2015. It’s directed by Brian Helgeland, who gave us the phenom “L.A. Confidential,” so it oughta be pretty good. You can get a glimpse from the trailer below.

“Sinister 2” poster reveal

“Sinister 2” scares audiences this August (the 21st, to be exact). This is the poster, showcasing “Sinister” series villain Mr. Bughuul, who messed up Ethan Hawke and his family in the first movie.

“Sinister” director and co-writer Scott Derrickson does the writing chores on the sequel, lending some continuity before he goes off to direct Marvel’s “Dr Strange.” Original co-writer C. Robert Cargill also returns.

Ciaran Foy, who’s directed a bunch of short films, takes the director’s chair this time around. We’ll see how that goes, but truly the scares are the stars of this film.

Here’s the trailer, for good measure.