I was once an ACE

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As I was between assignments in 2007, my old DC Comics colleague Jordan B. Gorfinkel reached out to me about working with his start-up, Avalanche Comics Entertainment. His goal was to produce custom comics for clients or work with them in handling transmedia exploitation of their Intellectual Property. For the next seven years or so, […]

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Join me Back on Pangaea

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I enjoy worldbuilding. It probably has to do with growing up with the words “to seek new life forms and new civilizations…:” rattling in my head with great regularity.I loved playing with the DC Universe characters, helping reshape the universe in the wake of Crisis on Infinite Earths. I adored collaborating to craft new worlds […]

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At the After Earth Press Junket

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I’m in NYC today for the World Premier of After Earth, sharing the moment with Mike Friedman, Peter David, and our spouses. Now that the website is back and running, I can finally talk about the press junket.The one thing a freelance writer lives for is the phone to ring and an amazing opportunity to […]

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After Earth: Redemption now Available for Purchase

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My second personal contribution to the six eBook series of After Earth: Ghost Stories goes live today. Redemption tells a fresh tale about one of the six people who developed the ability to mask their presence from the alien predators called the Ursa. The ghosts are a significant element in the After Earth universe and […]

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2012: A Look Back

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Last day of a tough year, made tougher by yesterday’s news that my longtime, close friend Peter David had a stroke. But, the end of the year brings about a chance for reflection, an opportunity to be reminded of the highs and lows.The highest high is that in May I was awarded my Master’s Degree […]

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After Earth Digital Short Story Schedule

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Since ending school work last week, the bulk of my desk time has been spent doing After Earth related tasks. And look, the website went live when I wasn’t looking. Beyond the trailer, it begins to dole out information on the characters and their world, much drawn from the film and some drawn from material […]

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First After Earth Digital Short is now Live

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After months and months of work and planning, last week the teaser trailer for After Earth finally debuted around the world both online and in theaters showing The Hobbit. I think it looks pretty cool, demonstrating just enough to hook you.For those interested, the Facebook page for the film is now being populated with a […]

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Update on After Earth Fiction

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A while back I talked about the various tie-in books related to After Earth, the June 2013 release that Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman and I have been working on. Since then, a few things have moved and others freshly announced so I wanted to take a moment to update everyone.The big news is that […]

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After Earth: Innocence — the Reviews are In

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After Earth: Innocence was a one-shot comic given out at the movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con with a nifty Jae Lee cover. The commercial version, with a cover by my pal Dennis Calero, was released by Dynamite Entertainment last Wednesday.In the wake of its release, the reviews have been coming in and I am […]

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After Earth Novels now Available for Pre-Order

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I haven’t said much about After Earth of late, but trust me, things are happening. First, the comic book prequel After Earth: Innocence will be out in a few weeks. For those who missed it in San Diego, now’s your chance for a look at this new universe.Also in October, the first of six short […]

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To Print or Not to Print

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When I completed the first draft of my third of the forthcoming After Earth  prequel novel, I noted this on Twitter and Facebook which launched an interesting discussion with a variety of peers from a wide swath of my professional life.The argument boiled down as to whether or not printing out the work resulted in […]

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What I did on My Summer Vacation

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The sun is setting a little earlier and the mornings have that first hint of fall coolness. During lunch, a school bus rumbled down the street, a practice run before classes begin next week. Suddenly the summer season has begun drawing to a close and honestly, it caught me off-guard. I knew it was August […]

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The After Earth Panel was a Success

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 I’ve been doing convention panels since 1981 or so and rarely get flustered let alone nervous. And yet, this morning I was definitely feeling some butterflies as we stood backstage getting ready for the After Earth panel.Friday night, we met in the Omni’s Jimmy Carter Presidential Suite to meet one another and review the run […]

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The After Earth Publishing Program

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This is incredibly exciting and I am thrilled to be finally able to talk about this stuff. As Nikki Finke and Deadline broke the news on Friday, Random House will be doing a series of tie-in projects with After Earth, the film that Peter David, Mike Friedman, and I have been working on.This morning, at […]

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San Diego Bound

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As early as April, people begin asking, “Will I see you in San Diego?” This year, the answer was a routine, “Not unless a fairy godmother arrived unexpectedly.”Most years, she passes over my home but this year she made a stop. Over the last few days, the arrangements have been put into place and yesterday, […]

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Visiting After Earth

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As many recall, Peter David, Mike Friedman and I have been writing bible material for 2013’s After Earth film starring Will and Jaden Smith. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, its set in the future and we’ve had a ball filling in gaps and expanding on concepts found in the script.Early last week, Peter said we […]

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Imagining Life After Earth

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After toiling in other people’s universes, I have a pretty good idea as to how worldbuilding should be done. I’ve seen it handled well and seen it done not so well. I have certainly contributed to shared worlds such as the Latchkeys universe that is now here and worked within the strictures of the DC […]

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