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Wrath of Con

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

This weekend in Iowa City, I’ll be a guest at the Iowa City Book Festival.

My programs are:

Adaptation – Books Into Film panel, Sat, July 17 at noon in the Bijou Theater, Iowa Memorial Union. The Bijou is located on the first floor of the IMU. I’ll be appearing with Phil Robinson (Field of Dreams) and Nicholas Meyer (Wrath of Khan).

The Last Lullaby screening, Sun, July 18 at 3 p.m. in the Bijou Theater, Iowa Memorial Union. After the screening I’ll conduct a brief question and answer session with attendees.

You can read more about it here.

Right now I only have two panels set for the San Diego Comic Con (coming up July 21 – 25). And, of course, they are simultaneous.

Yet somehow I will be on both. I’m just that dedicated. Here’s the line-up:

Friday, July 23:

5:00-6:30 Scribe Awards/Media Tie-in Writers Panel— Presenting the fourth annual International Association of Media-Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) “Scribe” awards, honoring such notable franchises as CSI, Criminal Minds, The X-Files, Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars, and Dr. Who. Nominees on hand include Alina Adams (As the World Turns), Max Allan Collins (G.I. Joe), Keith R. A. DeCandido (Star Trek), Stacia Deutsch (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Jeff Mariotte (CSI), Nathan Long (Warhammer), and Dayton Ward (Star Trek). With moderator Collins and awards presenter Lee Goldberg (Monk). Room 4

5:30-6:30Vertigo: On the Edge— Find out what compelling tales comics’ edgiest imprint has in store for you in the months to come! Led by senior VP/executive editor Karen Berger, the all-star lineup of talent includes Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire), Gabriel Bá (Daytripper), Cliff Chiang (Neil Young’s Greendale), Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), Joshua Dysart (Neil Young’s Greendale, Unknown Soldier), Peter Gross (The Unwritten), Matt Kindt (Revolver), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Peter Milligan (Greek Street, Hellblazer), Fabio Moon (Daytripper), Chris Roberson (iZombie), Scott Snyder (American Vampire), Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables), Jill Thompson (Little Endless), Bill Willingham (Fables) and others. Room 6DE

How will I be on both panels? Well, I’ll be moderating the tie-in panel from 5 to 6, then slipping out during the Scribe Awards and joining the Vertigo panel for its last half hour. See you there – somewhere!

The Daybreakers reunion (on July 10 for the Class of 1970 at the Hotel Muscatine Ballroom) was a big success. Frankly, we killed. We had a very modest rehearsal time to prepare over 30 songs – just one morning and afternoon, plus a sound check the next day – but the crowd was supportive and danced and clapped all night long. We wound up doing three encores, which was tricky since we’d already done the 32 songs we’d learned for the gig. We pulled “You Really Got Me” and “Money” out of our nether storage compartments, and then repeated “Mony Mony.”

Great, great fun playing with these guys again. Chuck Bunn and I still play regularly together in Crusin’, but having drummer Buddy Busch and guitarists Dennis Maxwell and Mike Bridges up on stage with me again was memorable and even moving. Buddy, Denny and Mike were all Class of 1970 grads, and three of our late bandmates – Paul Thomas, Bruce Peters and Terry Beckey – were also in that class. So this was an ideal audience for us, plus Charlie Koenigsacker and a few other hardcore Daybreakers fans showed up, too. Wonderful night. As Paul would have said, “Rock ‘n’ roll happened.”

Check us out with another You Tube clip from our Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame concert appearance in 2008. We’re doing a song by our late bandmate Bruce Peters, “I Need Somebody.”


The Last Lullaby Midwestern Premiere

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

THE LAST LULLABY will play at the Showcase Cinemas 53 in Davenport, Iowa, on Friday May 15 through May 21. For the first two evening showings on Friday, director Jeffrey Goodman and I will introduce the film and do Q and A after. Tickets are on sale online (Friday night showings: 7:00 / 9:30). The film’s next Iowa booking is at the Fleur in Des Moines, where it will play June 5 through June 11 — again, Jeffrey and I will be there opening night.

The midwestern premiere of THE LAST LULLABY at the Collins Rd Theatres in Cedar Rapids went very well indeed — we had a very nearly full house for the 7 pm showing, when Jeffrey and I introed the film and followed up afterward with a Q and A.

The Last Lullaby Collins Road

Hard to believe, but this is the first face-to-face meeting between Jeffrey and myself, and years of long-distance collaborating first on the short film “A Matter of Principal” and then on the feature-length expansion, THE LAST LULLABY. He is a very friendly guy, low-key and very sharp.

A question that keeps coming up is whether the film is based on the novel THE LAST QUARRY. The answer is — sort of. The detailed answer is convoluted, so I usually just say, “Yes.” The truth is, THE LAST QUARRY is a novel based on my first draft screenplay for Jeffrey, itself an expansion of my short story, “A Matter of Principal” and my screenplay from the short film derived from it. The title THE LAST LULLABY reflects the novel’s title, obviously, and the novel and film are very similar, but not exactly so. That reflects me doing a second draft after getting notes from Jeffrey, another writer doing a draft for him when the film moved from California to Louisiana, and me doing a final polish. So it evolved away from the novel version.

The other question that comes up is, “Why is Quarry (Tom Sizemore) called Price in the film?” For the same reason Parker is “Walker” in POINT BLANK — to limit the film to a once only use of the character, not to license the entire series. Anyway, Quarry uses aliases all the time — “Quarry” is itself an alibi.

The Cedar Rapids screening was my first chance to see the film in a real theatrical setting — right down to popcorn with real butter, a point of pride for theater owner Bruce Taylor — and seeing THE LAST LULLABY in its full thirty-five millimeter (and of course nine millimeter) glory was a thrill. Quarry was born around 1971 at the Writers Workshop in Iowa City, where the first two chapters of what would become THE BROKER were discussed by a mostly horrified class. To see him come to life on screen so many years later, in a definitive portrayal by Tom Sizemore, is a real thrill for me.

Here are a few recent reviews/stories on the film:

The Gazette Online: “deliciously mixes old-fashioned film noir with newfangled violence.”
Shreveport Times Online: “bold, brilliant and inventive”
KWQC-TV’s Linda Cook: “A strong character study with a fascinating leading man”