December Sun – A Web Comic

January 18, 2011

December Sun #5 – Page #22

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A little late, but here it is.  So my hope is that Steven Spielberg, seeing this page, will finally be convinced to offer me a boatload of cash for the rights to the screenplay, which I will write and draft up story-boards for.

Either that, or page #23 will be here in a couple weeks.

September 10, 2010

How Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull Should Have Ended

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Some pretty funny stuff, particularly George Lucas munching away on money…

May 14, 2010

Another imaginary and pointless conversation with Steven Spielberg

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(I write these imaginary conversations with Spielberg, simply because he’s the most iconic film-maker of my particular generation.  Same with George Lucas, I suppose – but to be honest, you could fill the blank here with any Hollywood director/producer and the conversation would go the same way in my idiotic imagination.  Rob, there comes a time to give up on the dream and get a life…)

INT – POSH HOLLYWOOD RESTAURANT

Rob enters restaurant looking completely out of place in jeans and old cotton shirt.  Clientèle look at him repugnantly when suddenly, Spielberg notices Rob, waves, and becons him to a table in the back of the restaurant.

Rob sits and the two begin discussing December Sun, the move (I told you this was delusional)

ROB

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about the screenplay today, Mr. Speilberg – and thank you for compensating for the flight, the lodging and meals (again, suspend reality here)

SPIELBERG

My pleasure.  I’ve been reading the screenplay that you wrote, and I think that you have something good here.  I’m definitely willing to pay you several million dollars for the character and the screenplay, but I think there need to be a few changes…

ROB

Oh really?

SPIELBERG

Yes.  I noticed that there is a marked lack of any profanity in the script.  The strongest expletive that you use is on pg. 352 – you feature a scene with a Hungarian baker tripping over some marbles, dropping a meringue pie, and uttering the word “Blast!”

ROB

Hehe, yes, the script is filled with mirth-filled moments of lively humor like that.

SPIELBERG

Absolutely right, and when I read that particular sequence I was in stitches for hours… particularly the following sequence with the string bass and the Eskimo relay race…

ROB

Great stuff, but whats wrong with a film that doesn’t incorporate profanity?

SPIELBERG

Well, nothing really.  But Hollywood movie producers these days just feel called to ruin a perfectly good story with strong language, graphic violence and adult content.  For some pointless and unexplainable reason, everything these days needs to be marketed as a mildly-offensive PG-13 grade of film or stronger.

ROB

Right, thats pretty much why I don’t watch films any more.

An awkward silence follows, and a waiter steps up to refill the glasses with water.  Spielberg continues.

ROB

So what changes do you have in mind?

SPIELBERG

Well, we want to take December Sun and turn him into a dark vigilantee.  He’s a cop with special powers, and his partner is killed in battle by an evil oil industry tycoon.  December Sun sinks into a depressed, alcohol-fueled rage and…

ROB

I think you’re taking this a little off course…

SPIELBERG

I did mention that we’d give you several million dollars for this character?

ROB

Go on.

SPIELBERG

…And then, December Sun, realizing that he needs to find the strength within, listens to a Celine Dion song, stands tall, and saves the world from evil corporate greed.

ROB

Sounds completely off the beaten track, but as long as you pay me.  Now tell me about the music.

SPIELBERG

John Williams.  At least, SOME John Williams.  He’ll write the score, and then just like we did in the last Indy film, we will cut and paste in portions of music from other films – we’ll do this because our digital animators are so far behind that the music will be written before the digital material is completed, so then we later need to apply musical “band-aids” of cues copied from different films in order to cover those digital scenes.

ROB

As long as you don’t reuse any of his music from “Diamondhead.”  Speaking of special effects, lets talk about this.  I want virtually NO computer-generated special effects.  I want old-school special effects:  wire-work, models, costumes, hand-puppets…

Spielberg stares blankly.  Waiter delivers his salad.

ROB (continuing)

I think that too many semi-decent films have been RUINED recently by too much CGI – or even by one or two sequences clearly augmented by computer graphics, in which the entire film was ruined.  I would submit that computers have not made films better:  they’ve just fused cinema with video game sequences.

SPIELBERG

(eating a raddish).  Really.

ROB

Oh, absolutely.  Films are without character and soul when the stories are told by computer-animated characters.  These are worse than cartoons: they are lifeless representations on the screen that don’t reflect REAL light, don’t cast real shadows, and don’t breathe and exhale the same real air of reality that you and I do.  If the film must feature an inane story and a horrifically fractured soundtrack, so be it, but if December Sun the Movie is just turned into a giant cinematic video game, then what’s the point?

SPIELBERG

Box office ticket sales.

ROB

Oh yeah, that.

You know, this whole exercise is dumb.  Who am I kidding – the draw and appeal of creating a comic book-turned-motion picture is frankly idiotic.  I think its time to give up on this pipe dream and move on.  Or maybe my direction is all wrong and I should turn DS into manga…

January 5, 2010

Why December Sun is a “Hobby” Webcomic

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Here’s an interesting article on webcomic publishing that, in many ways illustrates the futility of publishing a webcomic. Humorously titled “Webcomic Promotion: Why You Might as Well Give Up“, it offers a nice overview of the overwhelming futility in ever “making it” with a webcomic, while at the same time offering a positive and somewhat encouraging conclusion.

With December Sun, I just publish this comic for fun, once a week, and honestly doubt I’ll ever see anything come of it (Spielberg and Lucas have yet to contact me about it.) But even though it’s been mostly fruitless financially as an exercise, I’ve still enjoyed the comic creation and posting, the comments and folks I’ve met, as well as the technical hurdles of working with WordPress and 1&1. I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon, and I’ve got quite a few more pages on the way, with stories that reach pretty far.

November 23, 2009

An imaginary interview with Steven Spielberg

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Speilberg - the one who will buy the rights to December Sun.... someday...Spielberg: Hey Rob, I checked out your webcomic site, and while I think there’s a great idea there that could be ruined by a big-budget Hollywood motion picture, I’m just not interested in this time.

Rob: But why, Mr. Spielberg? The comic has everything! Adventure, excitement, romance! (well, not yet story-wise, but it’s on the horizon.)

Spielberg: No, I’m actually in the market for taking cherished 1980′s toy icons and ruining these at the moment. But maybe someday Dreamworks will offer you millions of dollars for the rights to ruin your character.

Rob: You really mean it?

Spielberg: Oh yes, our studio triumphs in taking interesting ideas for a film and utterly ruining them. Take “A.I.” for example. Can you really think of an idea more interesting – a cyborg child who wants to be human? Well, I took that story and absolutely made it creepy, disturbing, and utterly boring, and then totally ruined everything with CGI-animated aliens at the end of the film (much like the CGI aliens in that crummy “Indiana Jones 4″ movie… and hey, didn’t I once make a comment that I didn’t like CGI-animated characters because they didn’t have any soul?)

Rob: Yeah, I think I remember reading that in a magazine once, but I don’t remember the source. It was probably a remark aimed at George Lucas.

Spielberg: Probably. Well, I’ve gotta go. I’m off to a pre-screening of “Go-Bots: Revenge of the Knock-Off Toys”…

Rob: Are you sure you won’t consider?

Spielberg: Afraid not.

Rob: Wait…. what if I rewrite the script, so that instead of being a thrilling adventure of a reluctant super-hero against an exciting and plausible alien menace, I change it so that…. the entire story revolves around December Sun and his fractured relationship with his father, that unfolds in painfully-slow detail throughout the film…

Spielberg: Really?

Rob: Yes. The film opens with December Sun as a boy, and his Dad at a table, and December Sun mimics his Dad leaning his head on his hands. Later, they throw a ball around to one another, but the Dad leaves, and December Sun grows up to be a bitter lad named “Mutt”. They reconcile when the Government agencies show up to reclaim a lost, gross-looking pale muppet living in Drew Barrymore’s closet, then father and son scoot off in a motorcycle with side-car, fleeing the fake-looking CGI-dinosaurs and distract the Nazi’s airplanes by sending thousands of seagulls up to their grizzly death!

Spielberg: (awed silence)

Rob: Then Tom Hanks dies and the big, radiation-producing spaceship lands and picks up Richard Dreyfus’ ghost that died in a plane crash in an air battle in 1941…

Spielberg: Who do I make the check payable to?

August 6, 2007

My letter to George Lucas regarding ‘Indiana Jones 4′

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Here’s a letter I’m going to print and mail to George Lucas. As a huge fan of John Williams, I have a secret dread that the upcoming Indiana Jones 4 will feature huge, re-used chunks of music from earlier Indiana Jones films (similar to how Lucas cut-n-pasted large segments of music into “Clones” and “Sith” from other Star Wars films.)
Anyhow, here’s the letter. It’s a tad pretentious, but doggonit, John Williams is such a fantastic composer, that I really don’t want to see his music get chopped up again by Lucas.

Dear Mr. Lucas:

I wanted to write to you to make an urgent appeal. I realize that the next Indiana Jones film is in production now, and this is very exciting news! But at the same time, I’m somewhat concerned. I’m concerned that, for whatever reason, you might consider REUSING some of John Williams’ music in this film, by simply cutting and pasting musical cues from some of the
previous Indiana Jones films, such as ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ or ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.’

Granted, it’s to be expected that musically the audience will be treated to a recap of the classic Indiana Jones theme. This is to be expected. But as for the principle musical body of the film itself, I would BEG you: please DO NOT reuse John Williams’ music from the earlier Indiana Jones films. PLEASE, please allow Williams’ music to remain untouched and unedited
in this fourth Indiana Jones film, without resorting to reusing cues from the first three films.

For fans of John Williams like myself, one of the greatest pleasures of cinema is to enjoy a brand-new, brilliant Williams composition. I have enjoyed John Williams’ music since my earliest childhood, treasuring the score both within the film, and in isolated form in my music
collection, and Williams’ music has always been something very important and very special to me. I can’t stress enough that, to a fan of Williams, there is nothing more dissatisfying than watching a “new” film, such as “Attack of the Clones” or “Revenge of the Sith“, and hearing repeatedly reused clips from a different Star Wars film. The music from the Phantom Menace was fantastic, but it was so disappointing to hear the SAME, EXACT music reused for sequence of “Attack of the Clones”. Or hearing musical segment from “Empire Strikes Back” reused in “Revenge of the Sith.” This is a very unfortunate, and disrespectful, way to treat John Williams music.

If it wasn’t for John Williams, your films would have NOWHERE near the success that they have enjoyed. John Williams is one of the most legendary composers ever, and he deserves to have his film music kept INTACT and AS HE WROTE IT in the film, and not shamefully chopped apart and reused in different films.

So please, I beg of you, afford John Williams the luxury of keeping his score intact for Indiana Jones 4. Let him write the music as he sees fit, and DO NOT EDIT IT! Keep it in the film the way he wrote it! The fans will appreciate it, and you might be surprised that the film will become an even better production as a result.

Thank you,

Rob Marsh

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