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A collection of writing and other content from the mind of Mike Jozic

Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha

It was back in 1998 that I decided to do a big all-X-Files issue of Meanwhile… to coincide with, and celebrate, the release of the first X-Files feature film, Fight the Future. I struggle to remember what other X-File-related material I compiled and published at the time but this interview with comic book writer and novelist, Stefan Petrucha, as well as a conversation with the show’s location scouts, was certainly the main draw.

My first introduction to Petrucha’s writing was within the pages of the Topps Comics adaptation of the show that I loved so dearly. He seemed able to effortlessly capture the voices of the characters and he really just nailed the structure of the show, only in comic book form. Although it is much more common today for a licensed product to mirror the show or film it is based on, sometimes even being written or ‘executive produced’ by the show’s creator and writers, back in 1998 that was not a thing.

And sales for the book reflected that. I am sure that those early issues benefited a bit from the speculator boom of the ’90s but I think the fact that it stayed a best-seller for as long as it did had more to do with the quality of the work being produced than sheer momentum derived from the worldwide popularity of the series. Continue reading “Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha”

Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn

Back in 1998, pretty early on in the life of my online magazine, Meanwhile…, I was contacted by an artist by the name of Ed Flynn. Ed was promoting a comic book he was working on that was being written by a young filmmaker named Darren Aronofsky. Darren had a movie he had been working on and, as part of the process of putting the film together, he wanted to launch a four-part comic book story to act as a companion piece to the film. The film was his first feature entitled, Pi, and the comic book would be called, fittingly, Pi: The Book of Ants. Continue reading “Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn”

APNSD! Comic Book Revue: SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16

As part of my duties running a Scooby-Doo-centric podcast and blog I have been reviewing the Scooby-Doo comic books published by DC Comics. This is a review for Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16. These are especially hard to do as I try to balance the quality of the writing and art with the demographic DC is targeting with these books. I try to be honest but fair.

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STL005135SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16 (DC Comics)

  • W: Sholly Fisch
  • A: Dario Brizuela

In this issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, the gang are summoned to Fawcett City to help find the miraculous Marvel Family who have gone missing, and only Mr. Mind and his Monster Society of Evil could be to blame!!

The story begins with Tawky Tawny and Uncle Marvel filling Mystery Inc. in on the disappearance of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Junior. They are told that they were the best chance at finding the Marvels since their area of expertise is finding monsters. With the Monster Society of Evil undoubtedly behind their capture, they are the perfect match for the job.

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Afterthoughts: Lights Out (2016)

This is a review I wrote after watching the film, Lights Out. I wish I could have been kinder to it but there were just so many things wrong with it to give it a pass.

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I went to see Lights Out this weekend, the new horror movie written by Eric Heisserer and directed by David Sandberg. It comes as no surprise to me that the film was produced by James Wan as he seems to be behind just about every scary movie that has hit cinemas in the last few years, and Lights Out has that familiar vibe to it that we’ve come to expect from the likes of the Insidious movies and The Conjurings. One difference with Lights Out compared to those other movies, however, is the fact that it started life as short film of Sandberg’s that was then adapted  by Heisserer with a few tweaks to the story to accommodate the longer running time. Overall I’d say it’s a serviceable boofest but I have to qualify that I do have some genuinely mixed feelings about it.

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Considering…Alien: Covenant

A very brief piece I wrote in anticipation of the new film, Alien: Covenant, for my film-based podcast blog.

For five years I have been struggling with Prometheus as a film. I had trouble with some of the character motivations, the pathology of the black goo, and a number of other things. I have been revisiting the film off and on since 2012 when I first saw it in theatres and it wasn’t until this month that I was finally able to make sense of things to the degree that I can actually enjoy the movie. In fact, now, I can honestly say that I’m actually quite fond of it.

After doing some research and watching the marketing unravel for Covenant, I was finally able to fill the holes previously left gaping, answer questions left irritatingly unanswered, and giving me hope that Alien: Covenant would be the film that I hoped it would be. 

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aliencovenantOkay. I am officially in full deep-dive mode on Prometheus and Alien: Covenant as we go into the final couple of weeks leading up to the latter film’s release.

Originally, I had a lot of problems with Prometheus and have spent that last couple of years visiting and revisiting the story to try and find that place where I can enjoy it without getting angry. I love a mystery but so many questions left unanswered in an unsatisfactory way just leaves a bad taste in your mouth no matter how you slice it. Promises, however, have been made that many of the answers we, as fans, have been seeking for the last 5 years will be addressed and from what I have seen of early promotional material this may actually be the case.

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Afterthoughts: The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

I wrote a movie review of the wonderfully done 2016 zombie film, The Girl With All the Gifts, for my film-based podcast blog.

For Your Consideration

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Although it hasn’t had a wide release in North America I had a chance to see The Girl With All the Gifts the other day at one of my local cinemas. I was pretty jazzed to see it based on the trailer I had caught on the internet a few months ago but wasn’t entirely sure what to expect other than that. I knew it was going to be kind of a zombie movie, it kind of reminded me a bit of 28 Days Later, and it was written by a writer I enjoy, Mike Carey. I am pleased to report that what I got from the film was both exactly what I expected and a whole lot more, as well.

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A Podcast Named Scooby-Doo! Episode 07: Interview with Jon Colton Barry (Part One)

I recently had a conversation with Be Cool Scooby-Doo story editor, Jon Colton Barry, for my Scooby-centric podcast where we talked about the development process of the show and their new take on the characters.

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APNSD! is back again with another brand-new episode, this time featuring the first part of our long-awaited exclusive interview with Be Cool Scooby-Doo! Story Editor, Jon Colton Barry. In this first installment of our conversation, Jon discusses much of the thought process behind the development of the Be Cool show and some of the reasoning behind their take on the characters and the show’s particular brand of humour.


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A Goon For All Seasons: Interviewing Eric Powell

This is an interview I conducted with writer/artist, Eric Powell (creator of The Goon, Chimichanga, and Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities) back in October of 2004. I no longer remember why it wasn’t published on any of the sites I was contributing to at the time and, based on the intro I wrote below, that reason is likely lost to posterity. It only ever saw the light of day when I eventually threw it up on Blogger just to get it out into the world. I don’t know if anybody really saw it there, but it’s pretty doubtful.
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Post Mortem Week 5: Jeff Parker

I interviewed writer/artist Jeff Parker in April of 2004 for my Buffy Post Mortem project as he was the illustrator for a Jane Espenson penned story from the Tales Of The Vampires mini-series that was running at that time. I was a big fan of Jeff’s since I had read and enjoyed his Interman original graphic novel and had the pleasure of interviewing him after the release of that book for Silver Bullet Comicbooks. He was a collaborative subject and one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with as a comics jouorno.

Although a skilled draftsman, Jeff is much better known as a writer these days having done amazing work on several books for Marvel and DC including Agents of Atlas, Thunderbolts, and Future Quest. He has a great writer’s voice but I’ve always loved and appreciated his artwork and do miss seeing it from time to time. His work on “Dust Bowl” was exceptional and I was very happy to spotlight it, and Jeff, on the website at the time. Continue reading “Buffy The Vampire Slayer Post Mortem Week 5: Jeff Parker”

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