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The new Justice League: Gods and Monsters DTV movie I directed is in stores today. I’d like to give a shout out to the board team and designers that never get enough praise. EricCanete, jakecastorena, warp-zero, LaurenMontgomery, Dough Murphy, Negotiator53, AZNbebop, Chris Rutkowski, Oniwolf12, ZWYER, johnsonverse, cartoonretro, Glenn Wong, James Tucker, Jay Hong, and Fedja Jovanovic. Also Frederik Wiedmann for the amazing music and score.  None of this gets made  without these talented people!

Thanks Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett for letting me play around with your characters!

  • Reading: Secret scripts
  • Watching: Cloud Atlas
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Drinking: Coffee
The Green Lantern Animated Series season 1 DVD is in stores today! I was the director of the odd numbered episodes throughout the series. (www.amazon.com/Green-Lantern-A…)

For those in the LA area, there will be at the DVD signing on Sunday Sept 2, 1PM at Emerald Knights Comics and Games (4116 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, California 91505). I will be there along with Josh Keaton (Voice of Hal), Kevin Michael Richardson (Voice of Kilowog), Producers Giancarlo Volpe (Fierymonk) and Jim Krieg. Jake Castorena (jakecastorena), one of the talented board artists on my team might show up as well. See you guys there!
  • Reading: Beware the Batman scripts
  • Watching: Miller's Crossing
  • Drinking: Coffee
This is so last minute but Green Lantern: The Animated Series is premiering on Cartoon Network, Fri. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. which in some cases is right now. I just got back from a little party they had at the studio where we watched the East Coast broadcast live. Check it out, hopefully you will get it in HD.
Heartfelt thanks to my crew: Christopher Berkeley, Jake Castorena (jakecastorena), Chrissy Delk (ChrissyDelk), and Olga Ulanova (OlgaUlanova). Couldn't have done it without you guys!

Some cast info from the Variety.com review (www.variety.com/review/VE11179…)

Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

Executive producers, Sam Register, Bruce Timm
Producers, Giancarlo Volpe, Jim Krieg
Directors, Sam Liu, Rick Morales
Writers, Jim Krieg, Ernie Altbacker
Voice director/casting, Lisa Schaffer
Editor, Joe Gall
Music, Frederik Wiedmann

Hal Jordan - Josh Keaton
Kilowog - Kevin Michael Richardson
Razer - Jason Spisak
Aya - Grey DeLisle
  • Reading: Green Lantern scripts
  • Watching: Fringe Season 3
  • Eating: Pesto Paradiso
  • Drinking: Coffee
The Batman: Year One Dvd was released earlier this week. Co directed by me and Lauren Montgomery (LaurenMontgomery).

We had a great team of board artists: Jay Oliva (AZNbebop), Eric Canete (EricCanete), Mel Zwyer (ZWYER), Kihyun Ryu (blacksataguni), Rick Morales (RickMorales), Chrissy Delk (ChrissyDelk), Sean Song, Alan Wan, Christopher Berkeley ... I hope I'm not forgetting anyone else.

Character designs by Jon Suzuki, Junpei Takayama, and Josh Middleton.

Background and Props by Jonard Soriano, Jay Hong, and Andy Chiang.

Character color stylist James Peters.

There's a lot more people but forgive my memory since we made this over a year ago.

If anyone is near the Burbank area, Eric Canete (EricCanete), Jay Oliva (AZNbebop) and I will be at Emerald Knights Comics and Games (ekcomicsandgames.com) tomorrow (October 22) starting at 1pm for a signing. Here's their address:

     Emerald Knights Comics and Games
     4116 W. Burbank Blvd
     Burbank, CA 91505
  • Listening to: my heart
  • Reading: Green Lantern scripts
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica
  • Eating: Big Wave with cheese
  • Drinking: Coffee
SDCC 2011 is coming up quick. Here's my schedule for this years Comic Con.

Friday, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Batman: Year One premiere & panel:
Ben McKenzie (Southland), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), executive producer Bruce Timm (DCU films), directors Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Sam Liu (All-Star Superman),  and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (DCU films). Moderator Gary Miereanu.
-- Ballroom 20

Saturday, 11:00am-Noon
Autograph signing at Warner Bros. Booth

Also on Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  there will be a Green Lantern: The Animated Series panel with Bruce Timm, Giancarlo Volpe, and Jim Krieg if anyone is interested in seeing what the new series looks like.

Hope to see you guys there!
  • Listening to: Cars driving by my window
  • Watching: Evangelion 2.22
  • Eating: Paquito Mas
  • Drinking: Coffee
Thor: Tales of Asgard arrived in stores last week, finally... This was originally made sometime in 2008 between  Hulk vs Thor and Planet Hulk, before I even started Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Producer Gary Hartle and I had a lot of hopes for this movie and if you ask us about the story, there was a lot more characterization we had hoped to put into the film and some stuff we would have liked to have edited out. I still think it's a fun film but  this could have been really great.

This movie also has special memories for me on a production side  because this was main designer Phil Bourassa's  (philbourassa) first shot as a Lead Designer. This was the humble beginnings that lead him to design Planet Hulk then Justice League Crisis on Two Earths and now Young Justice. All those years doing alternate design versions of Ben with ice cream on his shirt, Ben covered in mud has finally paid off!

Phil has a more thorough journal phillybee.deviantart.com/journ… on the many talented people that helped make this come together but I wanted to especially thank Lauren Montgomery (LaurenMontgomery) and Brandon Vietti because they took time out of their insanely busy schedule to help out a buddy with minimal begging.

Hope you guys check it out and enjoy!
  • Watching: NBA Playoffs
  • Playing: World of Warcraft
  • Eating: Paquito Mas
  • Drinking: Coffee
It has been a very odd day with mixed emotions. The great comicbook and animation writer, Dwayne McDuffie passed away last weekend on the eve of the release of All-Star Superman. This is the second dvd we had worked on together at WB and we had spent part of the last week promoting and doing press for it. I think for both of us, it was a project we were excited about and felt lucky to be a part of. I remember shaking hands with Dwayne at the LA Paley Center event last Thursday, moments before going out onto the interview floor. He told me he wanted to tell me how much he enjoyed what we did on this project and I thanked him for a marvelous script. At the end of the evening we joked about seeing each other on next project since I seem to always get his scripts. So the news of his passing this morning was a complete shock.

All-Star Superman comes out in stores today. It was a complete pleasure to work on this project with Dwayne and all the many talented people who helped make this come together. It all starts from the script level and Dwayne was one of the best. The industry lost one of the good ones.
  • Drinking: Tea
First of all I apologize for my lack of updates and entries. I been so overlapped with work I haven't felt like drawing anything outside of work. Hopefully I will get inspired again soon :(

It's been a pretty good month as far as projects I've worked on being released. Earlier this month Planet Hulk was released and today Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths comes out. I was the director on Planet Hulk and co-directed Justice League with Lauren Montgomery. I was fortunate enough to work with my buddy Phil Bourassa who was the character design lead on both projects. His designs translated amazingly. Both Phil and Lauren have done write ups and recognitions to the many talented artists who I am proud to be friends with and made our jobs MUCH easier. Because I am lazy, go check out their journal entries for more info.

Lauren Montgomery notthepornstar.deviantart.com/…
Phil Bourassa phillybee.deviantart.com/journ…

Go pick them up!
  • Drinking: Coffee
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DTV is out in stores now. A lot of people more talented than I at Warner Brothers Animation (many who are on DA as well) came together and helped pull this together in a relatively short amount of time.

Go check it out!
Anyone  going? I will be at a couple of short (Thank God!) obligations on Friday and Saturday.


Friday, July 24
5:45-7:15pm
Green Lantern: First Flight & Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Panel
Room 6BCF
Talent/GL: Christopher Meloni, Juliet Landau, Bruce Timm, Andrea
Romano, Lauren Montgomery, Alan Burnett
Talent/PE: Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown, Tim Daly, Bruce Timm, Andrea
Romano, Sam Liu, Michael Goguen, Stan Berkowitz
Moderator: Gregory Noveck

Saturday, July 25
11:00am-Noon
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Autograph session
Room 21
Talent: Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown, Tim Daly, Andrea Romano, Sam Liu,
Michael Goguen, Stan Berkowitz

Hopefully I'll get to see some of you there!
  • Listening to: the air conditioner in my office
  • Reading: a new script
  • Drinking: coffee