FROM BATMAN TO THE BARD: Theatre company is focus of new comedy graphic novel
Two entertainment execs with super-hero backgrounds do a comedy about a different kind of men in tights.
The first project will be “Cheapjack Shakespeare”
Stories will be in full color, but readable on non-color devices. This comic is formatted especially for easy reading on a computer screen or mobile device.
The project began as a script for McLaughlin’s MFA. “I’d always intended it to be a film,” McLaughlin said, “and that’s still the final goal. But when I began using 3D programs to storyboard it, I began to realize that there were other options. I started moving the characters into comic book style layouts and then I showed it to Gabe who saw the possibilities.”
“The cool thing about what Shaun has done with Cheapjack, is that it’s blurred the line between what comes first – the comic or the movie – as what you are seeing in the comic is basically a draft of what you will see eventually on screen,” Benson adds. “And the great thing about producing online intially, is that allows anyone the ability to find it, sample it, and see if it is for them without having to make a big financial commitment at the comic shop.”
The chapters have been formatted and the pages designed to work especially well digitally, allowing a full-page view with easy reading. This will allow for collection in the popular manga format even though the art is not in the manga style.
“This is something we’ve talked about with other projects,” McLaughlin said, “but there’s always the problem of getting an artist. The people I know are usually pretty busy and you get tired of calling for favors and a 144-page book with out any upfront money is a little more than a favor. Having the 3D program allows us to get something out, something we’re proud of and I don’t have to annoy any of my friends! From the advance copies we’re sending out, it also seems to resonate particularly well with a non-traditional comics audiences.”
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Shaun McLaughlin began his career writing “Aquaman” (the non-maimed version) for DC Comics. He went on to write for DC, Malibu, Disney and Dark Horse. In 1994 he moved to Warner Bros. Animation where he produced over 400 episodes of television (5 Emmy Award Winners) including “Batman Beyond”, “Static Shock”, and the various incarnations of “Justice League”. Besides “Cheapjack Shakespeare”
Gabriel Benson worked on numerous feature films that people might have seen during his years in Hollywood, including a lengthy stint developing Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines. Benson is also the writer of the graphic novels “The Ballad Of Sleeping Beauty,” “Fade From Grace” and the animated feature “Gene-Fusion”