Tagged: Harlan Ellison

On the Road with Harlan Ellison from Deep Shag Records Available at Forbidden Planet NYC

The full line of Unca Harlan CDs, all six volumes, from Deep Shag Records is now in stock and I couldn’t be happier!  Volume six is brand new and the only installment I had not owned… until now. This series is a friggin gem, and MUST be one of the prime reasons homo sapiens developed ears.

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Concrete is back baby!

Fact: Paul Chadwick’s Concrete is one of my favorite comics.

Fiction: Buying Dark Horse Presents #1 (which features an all new COLOR Concrete story) will make you as cool as me.

O.K. so it may not make you as cool as me, but it is packed from cover to cover with amazing comicy stuff by Richard Corben, Frank Miller, Harlan Ellison, Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, and more.

Oh Lordy! Just buy it already…

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Best News I’ve Heard All Week- JMS Adapting Classic Ellison Story for the Big Screen

J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) is apparently shopping his adaptation of  Unca Harlan’s “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Tictockman as a feature film.

Harlan Ellison J. Michael Straczynski Repent Harlequin Ticktockman“Since this has apparently leaked onto several film-oriented websites, I should probably confirm the information and preclude distortion: I have optioned, and adapted into screenplay form, Harlan Ellison’s “Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman.” It’s out to producers, studios and directors now. We hope to find a director who has always wanted to make this story into a movie. More as, if and when it develops.”

Ellison’s most beautifully written ode to free-will and non-conformity, “Repent Harleqiun!” was first published in 1965, has been re-published and translated in dozens of editions, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, science fiction’s two most prestigious.  It’s a humorous SF romp, with little linear storytelling.  Not necessarily standard Hollywood fare, but it could be phenomenal if executed well.

Searching around the webs about this story (which FP customer and fellow Ellison fan Michael Skloff hipped me to) I came across a good point made by Devin Faraci of Badass News:

It’ll be intriguing… what name the purchasing studio slaps on the film. No way they’re releasing it with a title that interesting. It’ll probably end up called On The Clock or Out Of Time or something.

To whatever suit gives the greenbacks and the green light  to this film- kudos and have a bag of jellybeans on me.

To whatever suit slaps such a title on this film- GET STUFFED!

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The Great Harlan Rare Book Purge Numero Tres

shatterday1If you’re unfamiliar with the man’s quite massive and exceptional body work, Harlan Ellison is one of the great writers of the last hundred years and you simply must drop everything you’re doing and seek out his oeuvre.  But his many fans need to be hipped onto a neat-o and thoroughly bodacious event: The Great Harlan Rare Book Purge #3.

According to his lovely (some might say saintly) wife Susan, “It’s been more than two years since the last book purge and we’ve found, acquired, and assembled more Ellison goodies from his personal “underground” archives.  HE can’t stand it.  He runs off with obscure items I’ve freed from his vault and hides them!”

Up for sale through the Ellisons are a treasure trove of  signed books, rare first editions, magazines, comics, CDs, DVDs, Posters, and a myriad of curiosities to pique the interest of any fan.

View the complete catalog of what’s available and ordering details here. Be aware that The Purge only runs through Thursday, July 8th.

Oh, and if you’ve got any scratch left over and are still hankering for more Unca Harlan, may I highly recommend picking up the recent documentary Dreams With Sharp Teeth DVD from FPNYC. I screened it in the shop tonight at a volume not normally afforded the litany of flicks and cartoons we play on that big-ass screen of ours and sold a copy within its first 4 minutes.

And ‘cuz it came up in conversation with the next customer after that…

To the young lady to whom I lent my signed and personalized copy of the first edition of Shatterday (my favorite all-time book and one I had previously lent to dozens of appreciative new fans- friends and complete strangers alike-  by means of introducing them to the author’s prose) and who then kept/stole it and had the guts to amble back in the shop some years later and remind me of who she was and her transgression, then demand I take her on a dinner date as ransom for the prized tome she still possessed…

You can still bite me.  I ain’t calling.

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Links for 10/22/09

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter Executive Producer and showrunner Marc Guggenheim has left ABC’s FlashForward, a new borderline sciffy series I’ve been digging immensely.  David Goyer, who along with Brannon Braga is co-creator of the show based on Robert J. Sawyer’s 1999 novel, has been handed the reins.  SciFi Wire gives the change a thumbs up, with analysis. Pay no mind to the haters in the comments section- it’s a decent bit of television with all sorts of potential for innovative storytelling and should be checked out ASAP.
  • Harlan Ellison’s lawsuit against CBS/Paramount has concluded to his apparent satisfaction, with an “agreed-upon statement” from both parties forthcoming in the next few days.  Wait for it.


  • Hosting a Halloween party in NYC? Looking for a a swell, geeky conversation piece of a pumpkin? Look no further than FP buddies maniacpumkincavers.com.  Commission them before they’re booked for the heathen holiday, you pagans.


  • Andrew Wheeler reviews David Small’s Stitches, recently nominated as a finalist for the National Book Award in the young people’s literature category, over at ComicMix. It has otherwise been very well received, though I’ve not taken the opportunity to check it out yet.


If anybody out there has pulled this off before The Daily Planet wants to hear from ya!

Ray Bradbury: “They’re All Graphic Novels”

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When Writers Attack!

by Jeff Ayers

Further proving this writer’s hypothesis that damn near  everyone involved in the pop arts these days wants to be associated with comics & geek culture, an onslaught of prose novelists are releasing comics in the near future, led by this week’s Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures #1 from Laurell K.Hamilton.  Other recent medium-hoppers of note include espionage/suspense  writers Greg Rucka (52, Whiteout) and Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, Justice League), as well as fantasists Raymond E. Feist, Tad Williams, and Orson Scott Card.  Movie and TV personalities are also jumping aboard as director Reggie Huddlin, Lost producer Damon Lindelof, Buffy creator Joss Whedon, and Allan Heinberg of The OC are all writing comics, too.

While this trend is anything but new, the sheer number of projects granted to these fledging comic authors is daunting to say the least.  One wonders if the job pool for established comic writers will soon be shallower by way of  this new wave, regardless of the former’s prior successes, their knowledge of the medium, and their ability to make a deadline.  Indeed, many of these newer ongoing projects from “outside” writers are plagued by release dates not met and rush-jobs churned out on account of the writer’s other, more profitable, obligations.  However, as long as their comics maintain a consistent level of quality and punctuality they are worth note.

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