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16 January 2008 @ 12:26 pm
"Supernatural: Rising Son" comics are coming!  
Thank you, TVGuide.com - I popped in for a little lunchtime diversion, and what did I find but a nice little article on the next set of Supernatural comic books coming in April!

Best parts? I like the new artist better than the one who did Origins (and don't judge just on the cover, because covers are usually done by different artists than the inside!); he actually can draw facial expression. Haven't seen his take on the boys, yet, but I'm hopeful. I like the story timing (looks like it will tie in with a certain flashback we saw recently ... yum), and the indication that the focus will be on the family dynamics.

And yay for Peter Johnson confirming that the collected graphic novel publication of Origins will include revisions from the comics to put the Impala squarely where we all knew she belonged: as a Winchester from the very beginning! I think he's also correcting some of the factual gaffes that fans pointed out ...

April is looking a little happier now, although true happiness requires a quick resolution to the writers' strike and the continuation of season three!!
whimsywinx: SN-DeanJohnwhimsywinx on January 16th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
To which I say, "Squeee!!"
Sue: Dean tearscandygramme on January 16th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I read yesterday that four networks have cancelled their contracts with the writers, which doesn't bode well for the rest of the season - or for next season either. That's worrying. What's your take on it?
bardicvoice: wga supernatural by <lj user=lexigeek>bardicvoice on January 17th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Sue, the LA Times story goes a little off the reservation in saying that this action is an indication that the studios are giving up on the current season; it actually has nothing to do with the current season. The studios' use of force majeure to do exactly this was predicted at the very beginning of the strike; it gives the studios the opportunity to get out of development deals for potential future shows that they have reconsidered, without having to pay any severance penalties. You'll note that none of the canceled contracts concern TV series currently running that are/were expected to continue this season and likely return for the next ...

Experienced industry observers with a cynical bent opined at the start that the studios actually had incentive to encourage the strike to continue until the force majeure clauses in their contracts could be invoked, and they could trim away deals that they felt weren't to their advantage. Those same observers would read the current action as an indication that the studios think - particularly with negotiations with the DGA well underway - that they're now about to move to resolve the strike by presenting to the WGA a thinly veiled ultimatum in the form of whatever agreement they reach with the DGA, and elected to clear the decks of what they consider deadwood before business as usual returns and the force majeure window of "free cancellation" opportunity closes.

I don't think that our show has anything to worry about from this. In some ways, it does more to guarantee that we would get a season four, because the studios aren't going to have new scripted things to offer the networks to replace existing ones.

In any case, nothing about this was unexpected, other than the precise identities of the writers/producers whose development deals would get cut (although it was a fair bet that folks with shows that failed to get season orders would be high on the list).
Sue: Both Hmmph!candygramme on January 17th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! That makes a lot of sense. See, I don't know enough about this stuff (although I'm learning.) What I can see is the sad way that the Vancouver economy has just slumped, and the fact that Jensen's grown a beard again. These are things that I have to stop however I can! Meep!
fannishlissfannishliss on January 17th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
What?! You fault Jensen's beard?! How dare you?!
(No, I'm not really like that... but I do love his face, beard or no beard!)
Sue: Jensen LOLcandygramme on January 17th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
No, no, you misunderstand me. Jensen has a very pretty beard - in fact in ways I think he looks hotter with it, but he only grows it when he isn't working, and dammit, he SHOULD be working right now.

This is a bad thing.
fannishlissfannishliss on January 17th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Well I totally agree with you on that. I wish all good actors as much work as they can handle. Here's to the writer's strike coming to an end sometime real soon, and the writers coming out rosy! I wonder if actors are allowed to do independent projects like indy films or some such at this time, or if they are supposed to be waiting to suddenly start up production again? That would be nerve-wracking!
Sue: Dean grabcandygramme on January 17th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Umm... I think that they're under contract aren't they? They'd better be. I want to see Jensen on a reality show while he's waiting - maybe trying out for Pussycat Dolls or something.
bardicvoice: SmileDean by JessicaRaebardicvoice on January 18th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Bite your tongue! NEVER on a reality show!!! (But that image certainly made me laugh ...) *grin*
bardicvoice: Dangerous Boys by <lj user=janglyjewels>bardicvoice on January 18th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
You and Sue have been having entirely too much fun without me!

But in answer to your question, the boys are under contract and are expected to be ready to leap into the breach the moment things are resolved. Well, in reality, everybody knows that it will take a little time to crank the production engine back up, so they'll have a few days' warning before they have to hit the studio.

But believe me, it is nerve-wracking. Back in 1996, I wound up furloughed with the rest of the federal agency workers when Congress decided to express displeasure with the White House by failing both to pass a budget and to enact a continuing resolution to fund government operations while the budget talks continued. The furlough didn't last long, but every day started with checking the news and the EPA's main phone line to learn whether I had to go to work or not. Couldn't go anywhere, couldn't plan anything - everything ran from day to day. Bizarre.
raputathebuta: monster catraputathebuta on January 16th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
As I said over at TVGuide.com, I like the new artist better already!

I really liked the covers of the first series, but was rather disappointed at how different the interior artwork was. *shrugs*

I can't wait for the collected first series to come out!!
psychoactivtoad: spn - perppsychoactivtoad on January 16th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I give Peter Johnson kudos for revising Origins. A lot of people would not have done that.

If they do continue the comics up until the pilot, I wonder if we'll see the big fight between John and Sam? I hope so.

fannishlissfannishliss on January 17th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this alert about the new comic and also, thanks a ton for your elucidating comments above on how the strike may affect our show. I was over on the real wikipedia (not superwiki by mistake -- don't go there unless you want to see spoilers for unaired shows!) and saw how ratings slid overall through seasons 1 and 2 -- but I don't know much of how the ratings compare to other shows, considering the competition in their timeslot. I think it is a great show obviously and I really hope it can finish season 3 and add a season 4. You sound cautiously optimistic?

I didn't like the first comic book story arc a whole lot. The art was very blocky and vague, and the story was confusing and strange. I'm hopeful about the new arc since it will deal with our boys and have a new artist. Wonder why the guy who did the cover thinks they spill their salt in front of the car? Though Sammy's sword is awesome!

Do you think I could auction the first set for Sweet Charity? I also have Tick stuff (duplicates). It's not signed or anything, but it's fun, and it relates to the genius of Ben Edlund, who I want to help support!

bardicvoice: JohnThinker by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>bardicvoice on January 18th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
I am cautiously optimistic. Much of the fall in ratings in season two came - and everyone knew it - from ABC's decision to move Grey's Anatomy to the Thursday night slot. But the show's ratings are still good for the CW, when compared to their other scripted programming. The bad thing is that their reality shows typically pull bigger numbers than their scripted programming, and since the reality crap is cheaper to produce, the biggest danger is that, if the CW is feeling a financial pinch, they may back off on scripted programming in favor of yet more reality stuff. But that is a crapshoot too: even reality advocates wonder when the saturation point may be reached and viewers decide they want quality and absorbing stories back instead, and the CW, like other networks, has seen some reality programming fizzle badly.

Sorry I didn't get back to you in time to register your stuff for Sweet Charity. The auction is now live, so ...