Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blog of Comic-Con Past...

Hello, it's the Narrator again, watching - with no small amount of amusement - as Michael Reisman slowly gets ready to head south to San Diego for the 2009 Comic-Con. (As in Comic book convention. Rather obvious, I think.)

This is Michael's 2nd journey for the convention in 2 years. Last year's was rather interesting - especially from a Narratorial standpoint - but I was too busy Chronicling Simon Bloom to tell you about it. Here's a few quick looks:

The bathrooms were for humans only, giving these characters a bit of a dilemma.

Fortunately, there were all sorts of heroes around in case there was trouble.

Michael Reisman met all sorts of amazing people, too. True, he was briefly kidnapped by COBRA (where's GI Joe when you need 'em?)...

...but he also hung out with exciting folks like Alex Winter (director of the BEN 10 live action movies (and Bill from BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE); Peter Hannan (creator of CATDOG and writer of the SUPER GOOFBALLS books); James Owen (author of HERE THERE BE DRAGONS and its sequels - the latest is THE INDIGO KING); fellow LAYA (um, that's Los Angeles Young Adult writer ) Dan Santat (creator of THE REPLACEMENTS, illustrator/ author of Many great picture and chapter books); and last but not least, Michael Carroll (writer of the awesome QUANTUM PROPHECY books).

By the way, Michael's favorite costumes may have been these: Triana and the Monarch from VENTURE BROS (on Adult Swim)...

Overall, he had a great time and is looking forward to this year's...if he ever gets going.

In fact, he's going to be on a panel with some great authors on Friday, 7-24-09 at 12:30 - click here for details ( and he's also going to be doing a signing on Sunday at 12pm!

If you're at Comic-con, stop by and say hello to him...

And don't worry - I'll do my best to Chronicle Michael's further adventures at Comic-Con this
year (and I'll try rather hard not to wait so long for it!).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Blog? So soon? I Must Be Joking!

Ah, but I'm not joking - we Narrators take our work very seriously. Perhaps I feel bad that I've been on hiatus for so long, or perhaps I have some pearls of wisdom or glorious comments to share with the world. it turns out, I'm posting a link to a great video of a shark fighting an octopus to show you all! (No, no, not the one with Lorenzo Lamas and Deborah Gibson...I feel that one speaks for itself.)

I'm talking about a real shark fighting a real octopus that I found on the National Geographic website. (Narrators like to web-surf, you know.)

I'm certain you can guess who I'm rooting for...go octopus!

Get Busy Blogging, or Get Busy...Not Blogging.

Hmm.  You'd think I'd have come up with a snappier title for my first blog post in over a year. Think again.  Yes, it's me, your long-lost Narrator, back to tell you a bit more about Michael Reisman, Simon Bloom, and whatever else comes to mind.  

Where have I been?  Narrating, of course.  I have mentioned the adventures of Simon Bloom in THE OCTOPUS EFFECT, haven't I?  It's coming out soon...oh, so very soon...on Thursday, June 11.  

Here's what the cover looks like: 

(I've also Narrated a third Chronicle of Simon Bloom and his friends.  Michael Reisman, the so-called author of the book version of Simon's adventures, is doing more of that revising stuff he does to my historical records.  The new Chronicle, by the way, is tentatively titled SIMON BLOOM: THE ORDER OF CHAOS, and it should be ready for you...yes, read in 2010.)  

Did I mention that SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER has a spiffy new cover?  No?  My goodness, I am not up to my Narrating best.  Perhaps it's because of how bothersome it can get watching Michael Reisman's daily activities.  Zzzzzz.  Well, here's what GRAVITY KEEPER looks like now:

Pretty amazing, isn't it?  Yes, it's a fitting nod to my wondrous Narrating.  And, I suppose, a nodto the effort that Michael Reisman and the great people at Penguin and Walden Media have put forth.  (But mostly it's my Narrating.  Hurrah for me!)

In the meanwhile, Michael Reisman has been up to many, many things (that, to be honest, aren't nearly as interesting as my life):  

Juggling in book stores like Mrs. Nelson's Toys and Books...

        ...making new and interesting friends...

...and glowing with a weird light.  (Er, I have no idea how he managed that.  Perhaps Simon Bloom knows...)

That's all for now - I shall try to be a more attentive blog-Narrator with more exciting photos, dazzling mini-videos, and tips on how to accessorize with your bathrobe.

Ok, maybe not all of that.  Or any of it.  We shall see.  But thank you for stopping by!